Lamb Pitta Pockets

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a very speedy supper that literally takes no time to prepare. Use any type of curry paste that is available or a heaped teaspoon of mild curry powder would also work well.

Peppered Monkfish and Chinese Greens

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This ginger and soy sauce is also fantastic with roast duck, pork or chicken, but I just love it with the peppered monkfish. If you want to make it into a more substantial dish, simply serve with plain boiled rice.

The Ultimate Beef Burger with Crispy Potato Wedges

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

A really good burger has to be made from really good beef. If you can, ask a butcher to mince some rump, blade or chuck steak for you, but make sure it has 20 per cent fat content, as in effect this will make them self-basting and will prevent them from drying out during cooking. Otherwise, buy ordinary minced beef from the supermarket, but don't buy extra-lean mince or the burgers will become tough during cooking.

Duck Confit with Crispy Fried Vegetables

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

One of my favourite recipes, duck is always so popular in the restaurant that whenever we have it on the menu it almost always sells out. If you don’t have time to cook your own you can buy a very good product from Silverhill in Monaghan, which is readily available.

Smoked salmon tagliatelle with Jameson

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

An unlikely pairing, but a delicious one that you simply need to try for yourself!

Roasted confit of duck with marmalade sauce

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Served with pok choi and beech mushrooms. If you want to serve this marmalade sauce with the duck confit it is a good idea to make a double quantity. It keeps for up to a week in a rigid plastic container in the fridge and it is also s good with roast pork or even chicken.

Spicy Chicken Salad with Avocado Salsa

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

For a more formal presentation, spoon the avocado salsa into 10cm (4in) cooking rings set on serving plates and ladle the balsamic cream around each one. Arrange the spicy chicken on top and garnish with a small mound of lightly dressed salad leaves.

Chocolate Truffle Caramel Cake

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Cadburys have been making chocolate in Ireland since 1932 and many of their products are made exclusively in Ireland for the Irish consumer. It is the only large scale chocolate maker to use fresh milk, hence the name of its most popular bar, Dairy Milk. All of the milk comes from Kerry and Cork where it goes to make chocolate 'crumb', the base ingredient for the bars.

Coconut Crème Brûlée with Spun Sugar with Poached Rhubarb

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

I use a blowtorch to melt and glaze the brûlée sugar topping until it caramelises, but blowtorches are not for the faint-hearted!

Mulled Fruit Trifle

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

My Mum always made this trifle for special occasions when I was growing up. I just loved helping - especially with the cleaning of the bowls - and it definitely inspired me to be a chef. At Christmas I like to decorate the top with pomegranate seeds to make it sparkle like jewels!




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