Goat lends itself wonderfully to rich spicing and punchy aromatics, as this tagine demonstrates. It is particularly good if made ahead of time and reheated a day or two later.
This decadent and delicious chocolate orange tart is perfect for a dinner party dessert. Serve up generous slices on its own or with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream and cups of coffee!
A sweet ending to any meal!
If you find the thought of making homemade pasta daunting, gnocchi is a good stepping-stone. You could use store bought gnocchi, though, if you don't feel up to it. Either way, the combination of golden gnocchi nuggets with creamy mozzarella, sweet garden peas and a drizzling of flavoured butter is a breath of summer air. This makes a superb starter or a light supper.
This is a great way to jazz up a traditional Sunday roast where the chicken is marinated in yoghurt and spices making it meltingly tender. . The flavours here are really fantastic and really penetrate the flesh of the chicken. Try to by a free-range or organic chicken, as the flavour is always so much better.
Affogato is good at any time of year and it is an incredibly easy dessert to prepare. Choose the best vanilla ice cream you can find and make sure you use good, strong espresso (regular brewed coffee will not work here). The recipe for the biscotti makes about 30 but they keep very well in an airtight container.
A starter or light supper dish that puts a modern twist on the traditional combination of boxty, black pudding and eggs. The eggs can be prepared well in advance and just deep-fried at the last minute.
Jack McCarthy's black pudding is championed by some of the best Irish chefs - it was served to the Queen on her state visit in 2011 and his Bramley apple sausages are made from free-range pork. Fortunately they are now becoming more widely available in specialist stores and online.
This has to be one of the most delicious salads I've ever tasted. It packs a powerful flavour punch that you'll find yourself craving. You have been warned!
This is a very smart dessert that everyone will think you've spent ages making. Of course you can spike the prunes with any alcohol but I love the combination of prunes with Irish whiskey.
These mini banana bread loaves are deliciously moist and are extremely easy to throw together. I've added some chocolate chips to this recipe but you could use some toasted chopped nuts instead if you prefer. This recipe will also fill a 900ml loaf tin and will take about 50 minutes to cook in the oven.
This simple but very tasty tart makes an elegant dinner party starter served with some lightly dressed bitter leaf salad. This savoury tart is a wonderful way to celebrate a mature Cheddar cheese and pared with the caramelised onions is a match made in heaven!
This quiche uses a soft curd goat's cheese, which is wonderfully smooth and light with clean lemony flavours with hints of flowers and sweetness that develop when pared with the caramelised red onions.
This is a great recipe of tortillas filled with shallow fried fish goujons, tomato salsa, a little soured cream and some salad. Perfect served with ice cold beer for the grown ups.
There's another chance to catch Donal Skehan's Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast on RTÉ One and here is the recipe for his Glazed Spiced Venison with Forest Mushrooms and Sweet Potato Mash.
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