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"You don't have to go out of your way [to cook good food], just look at what's in your garden. You can make a great meal with just potatoes and cabbage. Take good ingredients, and it's so easy to make it taste good. If you start with mass-produced food, then you have to be a magician."
"The first thing we show our students how to do is sow a seed. It's an important lesson, because they suddenly realize how long it takes something to grow. It teaches them to have a respect for the food."
"In Ireland we can grow grass like nowhere else in the world because of our climate. The quality of our butter is fantastic because of the grass feeding of the animals."
"There is a perception that farmers markets are more expensive. Look how much depends on the food we eat. We have to remind ourselves that our food should be our medicine, instead of buying bottles of pills. It doesn't have to be expensive, but you have to be able to cook."
--Darina Allen on The Main Course