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.

Blackberry Amber

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This is a very good way to serve blackberries as the top of the dessert is both soft and crisp. Apple can also be used.

Stuffed Pork Chops

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This tasty dish full of flavour is perfect for the whole family.

Mutton Pies

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

These pies, also called 'Dingle Pies' and somewhat like the Cornish Pasty, are traditional in Co Kerry. They could be bought every August at the Puck Fair in Killorglin.

Chicken Lahori

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This is a very colourful dish from India, which is not at all hot but extremely full of flavour. It should marinate in its topping for about an hour before cooking and should not be cooked ahead of time. This can also be made with chicken joints and the marinade equally divided. It is best to buy either breast or thigh joints for this method, but keep cooking time to 90 minutes.

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.

Scotch Eggs

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

The perfect picnic food, Scotch eggs are deliciously soft and crunchy.

Mini Chocolate Pots

From: Catherine's Family Kitchen

A sensational way to end a dinner party, and Catherine will show you exactly how it's done...




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