This recipe is a real crowd pleaser with kids and adults alike from Rozanne Stevens.
Rozanne says: "This is my mom's recipe and it is the easiest, most decadent chocolate pudding. It is like a giant chocolate fondant baked in a lasagne type dish. There are two parts to the recipe, a sponge batter and a sauce. These get made separately and then poured into the dish. They curdle and look strange, but during baking they separate and you get chocolate sponge on the top and a rich dark chocolate sauce underneath. Serve warm with cream or ice cream and fresh or frozen berries. Some of the solid ingredients are measured by volume in millilitres, so use your measuring spoons for small amounts and your measuring jug for larger quantities."
Rozanne Stevens shares this BBQ recipe that uses Clonakilty Blackpudding - go on, give it a try!
My brother André is the natural gourmand in our family, effortlessly putting ingredients together to create superb meals. After visiting Greece in his early twenties, André came back with a passion for Greek cuisine: rosemary infused lamb, crunchy salads and lots and lots of lemon! As a long distance runner, Greek cuisine is a healthy lifestyle choice. Just not too much baklava and shortbread!
Rozanne says: "Capers are the fruit of flinders rose. I love the tiny nom pareille capers that are salty and delicate and go extremely well with fish, in salads and even on pizza! The larger caper berries on the stem look very attractive in a dish and aren't as salty. Capers come pickled in brine, so make a long lasting Pantry Pal, on hand to jazz up your recipes."
Rozanne says: "This is my mom’s favourite dessert – a gorgeous confection of marshmallowy meringue, plenty of summer berries and whipped cream. I love adding a good splash of Baileys Irish cream liqueur for a little sophistication."
Rozanne says: "Anchovies can be bought in tins or glass bottles, preserved in salt and oil. They are an indispensable Pantry Pal in Italian cooking. They melt into dishes, imparting a rich, salty, savoury flavour. Don’t be put off, as they aren’t fishy and really work like a condiment. Be brave – try them! My dad is a pro at barbecuing, especially lamb. This may look like a large, daunting piece of meat, but it’s actually very simple to cook and a hassle-free way to feed a crowd. The marinade and salsa are based on classic Italian flavour combinations and always work."
My dad, Norman, cooks the best steak ever. Normally on the 'braai' or BBQ, but with his top tips you'll get a great result in a heavy based pan. Fillet may be seen as the most sought after cut of steak, but I prefer rib eye steak any day. It has a great flavour and texture. Also very forgiving of a cook practicing to perfect pan frying steak skills. The creamy mustard sauce is just delish and can be used with chicken or pork instead.
English mustard powder is a seasoning and cooking condiment made from ground mustard seeds, turmeric and flour. It has a strong, sharp taste that is pungent rather than hot. You can also buy it ready prepared as a paste in a jar. I use English mustard to flavour salad dressings, marinades, basting sauces and any time a little oomph is required. It’s a multi-purpose Pantry Pal.
Ireland is very fortunate to have such an abundance of fresh seafood - so important as part of a varied and healthy diet. I love to experiment with new recipes, but I still come back to old favourites like fish chowder. I fell in love with seafood chowder on a wet October weekend in Doolin when I moved to Ireland many years ago. I use this basic mixture in several different ways - delish over a baked potato too!