Glazed Spiced Venison with Forest Mushrooms and Sweet Potato Mash

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

The delicate flavour of the venison is complemented by the gutsy sweet potato mash and sauté of wild mushrooms. Most supermarkets now stock a decent range including chanterelle, oyster, chestnut and if you’re very lucky ceps (porcini) if they’re in season.

Prawns Funghi

“I really love this prawn dish as its creamy, rich and packed with flavour. Our guests often mention they have trouble perfecting their pasta sauces but this one is so easy to make and also works well when accompanied with chicken for example.”

Lamb Kebabs

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

These kebabs are an excellent dish to serve to the whole family or a gang of hungry teenagers. As everything gets cooked under the grill, there's the added bonus of very little washing up to do afterwards.

Vietnamese Pho with Chicken Dumplings and Pak Choy

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a wonderful soup/stew to serve to someone who is feeling a bit under the weather. It might sound exotic, but pak choy is now grown very successfully by Irish farmers. Look for it in the supermarket and make sure you check the label to see where it was grown.

Hake with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Hake has a lovely soft texture and slight sweetness when it is very fresh. It is highly regarded by chefs as it offers great value for money. Ask your fishmonger for the hake fillets from the centre cut so that they are nice and chunky. This will also help them cook more evenly.

Roast Sirloin of Beef with Red Wine, Tomato and Gherkin

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

The sirloin of beef on the bone is a lovely cut and somewhat easier to carve than the more traditional wing rib. It's another of those cuts of meat that will be best if ordered from your butcher a little in advance, so as to give your butcher time to put aside a piece of properly hung beef. Like most cuts, especially the larger ones, this meat will sit quite happily for at least half an hour after cooking before serving. You can make a simple gravy, which would be lovely, or you can pull out all the stops and make the very grown-up sauce that I am suggesting. This is serious cooking: not difficult, but serious. And when you pull off this sauce, you should clap yourself thunderously on the back. I am recommending a 'roast chicken stock' for the sauce, that is to say, the bones either raw or from a cooked chicken are roasted before being made into a stock. The sauce is also excellent with a roast filet of beef or a grilled steak.

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb

From: Today

Wow your guests.

Baked Brill or Black Sole with Bretonne Sauce

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

If making a Hollandaise sauce strikes fear into you, then maybe this sauce, which is easier, will give you more confidence. The sauce, apart from being delicious with flat fish, is also great with prawns and shrimps and is surprisingly good with oily fish like mackerel and salmon. It is an immensely useful sauce that I predict you will use over and over again. It is rich, so should not be too thick when being served. I usually stir in a few tablespoons of the fish cooking water into the sauce before serving. This thins the sauce to the consistency you require and also adds a little of the flavour of the skin and bones of the fish to the sauce.

Moroccan Harira Soup

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

Moroccan food is one of the great cuisines of the world and in the hands of the skilled and knowledgeable cook strikes a beautiful balance of sweetness, saltiness, sourness and heady aromatic flavours. In Morocco this soup is traditionally served to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. There are thousands of different recipes for the soup, with each household adding their own twist. I prefer to use lamb rather than beef and find a more balanced flavour is achieved. This is a purely personal preference - and I don't think there is a right or a wrong combination of ingredients. You may find the addition of the rice at the end of cooking to be an unusual choice, but it gives a velvety finish to the soup. Sometimes the rice is replaced with tiny bits of pasta, like orzo. This soup is substantial - I like to serve it with lots of fresh chopped coriander and a lemon wedge on the side. The warmer the weather, the more inclined I am to squeeze a little juice into the soup.

Flash Baked or Roast Haddock with Roast Pepper, Basil and Olive Salsa

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

This is a great technique for cooking fillets of fish which are not particularly thick and which don't stand up so well to pan frying or grilling – so haddock is perfect here. I serve the fish and salsa with a green vegetable, and romanesco when in season is a particular favourite.




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