Classic French Onion Soup

From: Four Live

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

Dublin Lawyer

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is a traditional method of serving lobster which is extremely delicious. If possible make this dish with a raw lobster, that is one which has been killed just before cooking by plunging a sharp instrument into the cross on the head. However, a lightly cooked lobster can be used and will still be extremely good.

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.

Red Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

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

Meat Marinades

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

These marinades are super with any meat. I sometimes mix the marinades in a resealable plastic bag, then drop in the meat, seal up the bag, give it all a good squish and pop in the fridge or freezer until I'm ready to use it. Most meat will be good in the fridge for three days or in the freezer for up to three months, still sitting in the marinade.

Wild Garlic Soda Bread

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

You'll be making plenty!

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.

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.

Swedish Christmas Ham

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Julmust and Mustard Skinka, as the Swedes call it.

Mussels in Irish Cider

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve with some crusty bread to mop up the liquid!




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