Christmas Tree Meringues

From: A Simply Delicious Christmas

Darina says: "Meringue is a magic substance that we use to make all manner of shapes to celebrate every occasion. These Christmas trees can be a dessert or can be used to decorate a cake or cupcakes."

Ballymaloe Spiced Beef

From: A Simply Delicious Christmas

Darina says: "Although spiced beef is traditionally associated with Christmas, in Cork it’s available all year round in the English Market. It may be served hot or cold and is a marvellous standby, because if it is properly spiced and cooked it will keep for 3–4 weeks in the fridge. Butchers often have their own secret recipe. This delicious recipe for spiced beef has been handed down in Myrtle Allen’s family and is the best I know. It includes saltpetre, nowadays regarded as a health hazard, so perhaps you should not live exclusively on it! Certainly people have lived on occasional meals of meats preserved in this way for generations. This recipe makes enough spice to cure five flanks of beef, each 1.8kg (4lb) approx. in size, and can also be used to spice beef tongues."

Christmas Biscuits

From: A Simply Delicious Christmas

Darina says: "This dough can be used for all kinds of shapes: round, square, rectangles, stars, hearts, teddy bears, animals, birds."

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Avocado and Roasted Hazelnuts

From: A Simply Delicious Christmas

Darina says: "Jerusalem artichokes are a sadly neglected winter vegetable. They look like knobbly potatoes and are a nuisance to peel, but if they are very fresh you can sometimes get away with just giving them a good scrub. Not only are they a smashing vegetable, but they are also delicious in soups and gratins. They are a real gem from the gardener’s point of view because the foliage grows into a hedge and provides shelter and cover for both compost heaps and pheasants!"

Crunchy Orange Butter Scones

From: Today

Teatime anytime!

Grape, Melon and Pomegranate

From: The Afternoon Show

Mouthwatering and refreshing

Duck Legs with onions and thyme leaves

From: The Afternoon Show

Ireland’s cooking legend, Darina Allen dishes up some mouth watering recipes.

Medjool Dates with Crozier Blue Cheese

From: Today

How easy can a delicious bite be? The blue cheese needs to be mild and meltingly ripe. We were served this delicious little morsel with a Swedish Blue cheese at Wardshuset Ulla Winbladh beside Skansen in Stockholm. It's become a favourite little nibble with a drink.

Cottage Pie with Garlic Butter

From: The Afternoon Show

The cheese in this crust and the lump of garlic butter that melts onto the centre makes this into something very special.




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