Christmas Feast: Honey Mustard Beetroot Gravadlax with Swedish Crisp Bread, Dill Crème Fraîche and Cucumber Pickle

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

If you are looking for a slightly different starter this Christmas, this salmon gravadlax recipe is an ideal solution and can all be made well in advance, leaving very little to do last minute.

Blackberry and Apple Crumble

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Crumble has to be one of the easiest desserts to prepare and it is extremely easy to adapt, using whatever fruit is in season.

Brioche Fruit Pudding

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This little dessert is a wonderful way to use up leftover bread, and in the winter, frozen berries work perfectly as a substitute for the fresh summer fruits.

Simple Pasta Carbonara

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve straight away, as the pasta can become a bit stodgy if left in the pan for too long.

Gur Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This can be made with stale cake rather than bread if preferred, in which case omit the dried fruit.

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.

Crunchie Sticky Banoffee Pie

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The Kitchen Hero of all the desserts I make! What can make a naughty pie even naughtier? The answer... Crunchie bars!

Gingerbread Men

From: Four Live

This recipe makes perfectly crisp gingerbread biscuits which snap and crumble in the mouth.

Chorizo, Rocket and Red Onion Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Chorizo is one of my favourite ingredients to use, it provides really delicious smoky flavours and, when fried, renders the most amazing red oil. One of the first few times I visited London, I got myself down to world-famous Borough market where you can pick up some of the best Spanish chorizo outside Spain. This salad is nicest if you can get your hands on some really good-quality chorizo – you will generally find the best stuff in Spanish specialty food shops.

Roast Beef with Batter Pudding

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

Batter pudding is the Irish version of Yorkshire pudding. Many Irish like their meat quite well cooked, which rather spoils a good joint of beef in my opinion. A largish piece of beef cooked in this way will have the best flavour, as small joints are disappointing.




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