Beef in Black Bean Sauce

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is a classic Chinese dish, but I like to add lots of fresh ingredients to make this even more of a meal.

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Mud Pie with Strawberries

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

A deep dark chocolate cake is the perfect dessert to finish any special dinner with. This one is unique in that it doesn't require flour to bind it and instead relies on ground almonds, which makes it gluten free but also results in a rich and moist finish. With a glossy chocolate glaze and a topping of toasted hazelnuts this cake will be a true showstopper no matter what the occasion!

Chicken Tagine with Pomegranate

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is also good served with bulgur wheat.

Ham & Pea Soup

From: Four Live

A cost-effective and delicious soup.

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.

Asian Pork Lettuce Cups

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

My ultimate little Asian starter has to be these Pork Lettuce Cups, which are full of fantastic aromatic flavours.

Roast Garlic Bangers and Mash

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Ah! My ultimate comfort food! I love adding roast garlic to the mash to add even more flavour. Serve these with a red onion gravy and I promise you will have empty plates all round!

Irish Barmbrack

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruit cake, which I used to get in my school lunchbox around Halloween every year. Traditionally, a ring is baked into the cake, and there would be great excitement every year as to who would get the slice with the ring in it. I always like to think it was Barmbrack that inspired the writers of Father Ted to come up with the episode where Mrs. Doyle bakes a jumper into a cake! This recipe makes a really beautiful, moist loaf, packed with flavour from the mixed spice and dried fruit, which has sat overnight in cold tea and whiskey to soak up all the goodness.

Carrageen Jelly

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This tasty dish is filled to the brim with nutrients and antioxidants that is best served with a dollop of fresh cream.

Thai Rice Noodle Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Anyone who has ever travelled to Thailand will remember the wonderful balance of flavours from sweet to salty and spicy to smoky. I like to think this salad captures all of these. There are so many wonderful textures and flavours from the roasted nuts, fresh crunchiness from the vegetables and then super sweet heat from the chilli and ginger dressing. This makes a really exciting midweek dinner.




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