Scotch Eggs

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

The perfect picnic food, Scotch eggs are deliciously soft and crunchy.

Beer Batter Fish with Pea Mash and Rosti Potato Cakes

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This has to be one of my absolute favourite dinners. It's basically fish and chips, but with a great twist, using crispy rosti potato cakes instead of the more laborious chip. I shallow fry my goujons rather than using a deep fat fryer, with oil I keep in a bottle specifically for this purpose. When you're done and the oil is cold, just fill the bottle up to use again next time.

Blue Cheese Beef Sliders

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

If you haven't heard of sliders before, they are an American invention and are basically mini burgers. They are perfect for party nibbles and this particular recipe has sweet caramelised onion and salty blue cheese served alongside.

Turkey Lettuce Cups

From: Four Live

The meat mix is full of really light and aromatic flavours and is served in little baby gem lettuce leaves, making the lettuce cups perfect finger food!

Rosemary Rib-Eye Steak with Horseradish Sauce & Fennel Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

These days I hear there is less fillet and striploin being sold and rib-eye has become more popular. It is good value. I always bring steaks to room temperature by removing them from the fridge 30 minutes before I want to cook them.

Blackberry Amber

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This is a very good way to serve blackberries as the top of the dessert is both soft and crisp. Apple can also be used.

Brioche French Toast with Berries and Nutella

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This is definitely not an everyday breakfast, but for special occasions it makes a wonderful celebration breakfast, perfect for Christmas morning.

Roasted Beetroot, Feta and Lentil Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

There are a few vegetables I can grow without fail and thankfully one of them is the mighty beetroot, which roasts beautifully and is a great addition to this lentil salad. This dish makes a nice lunchtime dish and is excellent in lunchboxes.

Leila's Knäck (Swedish Toffee)

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The sweetest of treats for guests - or just yourself!


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