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.

Crazy Monkey Brownie Baked Alaska

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

When my dad was growing up, my granddad took him and his brothers and sisters to Dublin Zoo on a cold winter's day. They had brought bags of bananas and monkey nuts to feed the monkeys and were throwing the food over the iced enclosure. One stray banana landed on the ice and suddenly the monkeys realised they could walk across the ice, leading them to charge my granddad and his kids, attacking them for the food. Hence the inspiration for this nutty baked Alaska...

Pad Thai

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Rice noodles are a fantastic store cupboard ingredient and I regularly stock up at Asian markets, where you can also buy jumbo-sized bottles of Asian staples like fish sauce, soy sauce, and so much more. This dish is possibly one of the most famous Thai dishes and appears on menus throughout the world. Rightfully so: it's a speedy dish full of deep layers of sweet and aromatic flavours.

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.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Peanut butter fans will know that there is only one thing better than the sweet nutty spread itself and that can only be peanut butter cookies. These oaty peanut butter cookies are sandwiched with a smooth, sweetened nutty filling.

Butterflied Rosemary Chicken with Romesco Sauce and Simple Steamed Greens

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Romesco is a fantastic Spanish pepper and nut sauce or salsa, which is a wonderful addition to grilled meat or fish. There are many variations, but essentially you are looking for a sweet, spiky, smoky relish. It's a super accompaniment to my butterflied chicken breasts and steamed greens.

Surf & Turf Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Chimichurri is a tangy and fresh Argentinian sauce. It can be made very easily and is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat and seafood. This is a mighty feast, which is also quite healthy.

Griddled Beef and Mint Salad with Toasted Rice and Peanuts

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

On my first visit to Bangkok, it was a hot and sticky night when we arrived and this was the dish we tucked into after wandering the streets. The rather interesting addition, to what would otherwise be an ordinary beef dish, is the toasted ground rice, which adds both texture and a surprisingly smoky, nutty flavour. The original dish doesn’t feature the extra leaves, but I think it makes a wonderful healthy salad.

Mulled Apple Juice (Spice Mixture)

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Try adding a good splash of dark rum or replacing the apple juice with cider for a mulled cider.

Summer Berry and Pistachio Pavlova Stack Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

An epic, fruity summer dessert, which can easily be prepared ahead of time and assembled just before you are ready to serve.




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