Christmas Feast: Goose Fat Roast Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

For really crunchy roast potatoes with fluffy middles choose a floury variety of potato, such as Irish Roosters and try to make sure that they are all similar in size. To ensure really crispy roast potatoes drain off any excess fat about 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time. This will help them to go really crispy and golden brown around the edges.

Nettle Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This soup is a great favourite in the spring when the nettles are young. Nettles are full of minerals and vitamins which purify the blood. In the country, nettle tea was also drunk, made by pouring boiling water over chopped nettles, boiling for about 15 minutes, then straining and adding milk and sugar. This was often given to children who had measles. It is said to have been a favourite of St Columcille. Nettle soup is still served in some hotels in Ireland; this recipe is from Declan Ryan, who was chef-proprietor of the much-starred Arbutus Lodge, Cork - sadly no longer in existence. Use gloves and a scissors when cutting the nettles. Do not gather them from sprayed verges or after the end of May as they will be too tough.

Zingy Thai Fishcakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

These might sound complicated but if you have all the ingredients, all it takes is to blitz everything until smooth, stir through a little spring onion and green beans, fry them and serve for the most delicious little Asian taster!

Healthy Singapore Noodles

From: Four Live

Singapore noodles are a standard Chinese restaurant dish, but making them at home is so easy. It also means you can monitor what's going into them, adding whatever healthy vegetables you feel like.

Rice Pudding

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

Rice Pudding is wonderful all year around. It's one of my ultimate comfort foods and served with poached rhubarb and orange it's an instant hit of summer.

Butterflied Lamb with Yoghurt and Mint

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Serve with charred, honey mustard-glazed potatoes.

Middle Eastern Spiced Beef and Pickled Cucumber Mint Salad with Beetroot Hummus

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Use the best dry aged steaks you can afford and make sure you give them plenty of time to rest before serving them to allow all the juices to settle.

Honey and Cardamom Roast Carrot and Parsnips

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Even the veggie averse may think again...




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