Classic French Onion Soup

From: Four Live

Donal whips up this classic which is great for dinner parties or Sunday starters

Steamed banana pudding with salted caramel sauce

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

A dessert to really wow that doesn't have to break the bank, especially if entertaining a big group like the hungry food bloggers in this episode!

Smokey Fish Pie

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The flavours in this pie are really comforting and there is something altogether homely about the dish. I love using smoked fish, but if you’re not a big fan just substitute with the regular stuff.

Betty's Ambrosia Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

One of my favourite things to do is to talk on the topic of food with my granny. Learning to cook armed only with cookbooks and a passion for art, with eight hungry mouths to feed and very little money, my granny developed some of the most resourceful cooking skills I know. I love that with barely anything in the house she can produce something incredibly elegant, such as soufflés, without thinking twice. This is a light and rather sophisticated cake that relies heavily on store-cupboard ingredients and is a perfect example of her skill in being able to produce something incredibly impressive out of everyday items.

Crazy Monkey Brownie Baked Alaska

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

When my dad was growing up, my granddad took him and his brothers and sisters to Dublin Zoo on a cold winter's day. They had brought bags of bananas and monkey nuts to feed the monkeys and were throwing the food over the iced enclosure. One stray banana landed on the ice and suddenly the monkeys realised they could walk across the ice, leading them to charge my granddad and his kids, attacking them for the food. Hence the inspiration for this nutty baked Alaska...

Banoffee Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Banoffee pie has to be one of my desert island desserts and while I still love the pie version, this cake certainly gives it a run for its money with its moist banana sponge layered with a sweet caramel frosting.

Christmas Feast: Swedish Crisp Bread

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

In Sweden these are eaten with most meals of the day. Making them at home is incredibly easy and, best of all, crisp bread can be stored for months in an airtight container. The Swedes use a kruskavel (a rolling pin with large studs) to roll out their crisp bread, resulting in small dimples all across the surface. A similar effect can be achieved by dotting the surface with a fork.

Red Pepper Soup

From: Four Live

A tasty easy-to-prepare starter.

Soy and Ginger Sea Bass and Asian Green Parcels

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

These little parcels certainly know how to make an entrance. When you serve them, make sure you get your guests to open the parcels themselves, to reveal the steaming mackerel inside. You can use this method with any fish; it’s nice served with a little rice.




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