Chilli and Lemongrass Chicken

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This is a wonderfully fragrant dish that is very easy to prepare. I use chicken thighs here as they have more flavour, but you can easily use chicken breasts instead. The paste made for the sauce can also be used with beef or pork.

Hot Chocolate

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Donal Skehan's simple recipe for a festive and warming hot chocolate

Florentines

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Florentines are rich and decadent and very simple to make at home. They make a perfect edible gift for Christmas.

Caramelised Banana Pancakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I love making American-style pancakes for breakfast and this version is particularly delicious. It is perfect for special occasions!

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.

Spicy White Bean and Chorizo Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

It's meaty and filling and is perfect on colder days.

Bun Cha: Barbecued Pork Skewers with Herbs and Rice Vermicelli

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Vietnam is all about incredible street food and when I visited the country, this was one of my favourite dishes to eat on a plastic stool at a roadside pop-up vendor. It's a feast of smoky pork skewers, wrapped in lettuce leaves with fresh herbs and dipped in a salty sweet sauce. Barbecue the pork to get the essential smoky element of South East Asian cooking, but a griddle pan will also work. The classic version uses pork belly to form little pork patties, but this is a quicker variation.

Red Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The coleslaw should last 2-3 days if kept in the fridge.

Nasi Goreng

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve each plateful topped with a fried egg, a sprinkle of sliced spring onions and chilli, and some prawn crackers if you want.

Mikado Coconut Cream Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

When I was growing up, if Mikado biscuits were in the house, they didn't last long. This cake is a small homage to them with a light sponge layered with jam, covered with a sweet marshmallow frosting and decorated with desiccated coconut.




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