Friday Fried Rice

This is a great 'catch all' recipe for the end of the week where you can use up bits of veggies and leftover chicken to make a really tasty, filling meal. And as it is takeawayish, it feels like a treat on a Friday evening. Our ish factors fresh ginger, soya sauce and toasted sesame oil add ish pizazz to a recipe that can be quite bland. Aim for more veggie and meaty bits and less rice for an interesting, delish meal.

Cheesy Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Scatter over torn basil leaves and serve with crusty bread.

Sweet and sour chicken

This is a favourite takeawayish recipe, perfect for kids and people trying to convert to healthier dinners. Jam packed with extra crunchy, colourful veggies that you can sneak into your family's diet. The ish factor is the sauce, a really tasty authentic sauce but with a fraction of the sugar of shop-bought 'cook in' sauces.

Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms

Friends coming over?

Chow Down Chicken Noodles

This is a great takeawayish recipe, all the tastes and textures of a traditional Chinese, but with extra crunch and veggies. Use skinless boneless chicken thighs for really juicy tender chicken, much better than chicken fillets. You can make this a vegetarian main meal by swapping out the chicken for extra veggies like courgettes and extra peppers. The real ish ingredient is pale dry sherry, also called fino sherry. This is the closest Western equivelant to Chinese sxhaosing wine which is a traditional rice wine.

Spiced Citrus Cake

This is a wonderfully light, fluffy cake due to the airy whisked egg whites folded in. Subtly scented with spices and lightly fragranced with citrus, this cake is perfect with a cup of tea. Or serve as a dessert with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit if you want a lighter finish to a meal. I've used vanilla bean paste here which is one of my Pantry Pals (I love the aroma and natural sweetness of real vanilla seeds). The solid ingredients in this cake are measured in millilitres, so use your measuring jug instead of weighing scales.

Superfood Slaw

When I first moved to Ireland I was baffled and slightly horrified by the coleslaw/ham and coleslaw/cheese combo. In South Africa I'd only ever had coleslaw as a salad with a 'braai' (BBQ). Now I secretly enjoy this mayonnaisey concoction on a crusty roll! A real superfood, cabbage is such an integral part of Irish cuisine that I decided to give coleslaw the ish makeover. Use red cabbage, add another Irish superfood-seaweed- and lots super seeds and sprouted seeds and you have a super slaw. The dressing in this recipe is a lighter, zingier alternative to plain mayonnaise.

Chicken Wholegrain Rolls

This is a great lunch box sandwich or picnic pleaser from Rozanne Stevens

Monica's Magic Molten Chocolate Pudding

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 quantitites.

Norman’s Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Lively Salsa

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.




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