Beef and Guinness Tagine

Nothing is more Irish than a beef and Guinness casserole, but in the spirit of ish I had to change it up a bit. Guinness is quite bitter, so to balance that I took a cue from Moroccan cuisine and added dried prunes to the recipe. They break down and add to the rich, darkly delicious sauce. Every tagine needs a bit of spice, so I chose the allspice berry for another layer of warm flavour. You can add more root vegetables like parsnips and turnips for extra veggie power.

Pork and Papaya Salad

One for those summer evenings.

Ginger hoisin beef

This is the very first stir fry recipe I cooked in the wok that my dad bought me when I was 17. The wok is still going strong and so is this recipe. The ish factor is the sauce and the marinade. Hoisin sauce has a lovely sweet plummy taste and oyster sauce is deep and rich, perfect for beef. The pale dry sherry is the substitute for Chinese rice wine,and really enhances the aromatic heat of the ginger. Use extra veggies if preferred and serve with rice or noodles to mop up the sauce.

'Boerewors' Sausage and Pumpkin Bake

Boerewors is a traditional South African sausage made from beef or lamb and flavoured with special blends of herbs and spices. I like my boerewors quite spicy with loads of coriander and white pepper. You can make it for the rest of the year using butternut squash instead of Halloween pumpkin

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.

Cardamom Fudge

All the ingredients, including the liquids are measured in grams. So just place a jug or bowl on your measuring scales and measure as normal. You will also need a sugar thermometer to tell when the fudge is ready. These are available online and in most good kitchen departments.

Monica's Apple Caramel Sponge

My mom has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember. First, you bake the appley, cinnamony sponge, then you pour the steaming, rich caramel sauce over and allow it to sink in. Heaven with cream or custard. There are 140 varieties of apples that are native to Ireland with wonderful names like 'Cavan Rose' and 'Irish Molly'. Any eating or cooking apple will work, so have fun experimenting with different types, not the same old same old!

André's Halloumi, Peach and Chilli Salad

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!

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.

Black Pudding Burgers

This is my favourite burger recipe. Just the smell of them grilling drives my senses wild. The black pudding gives the perfect amount of fat to the burger and fantastic flavour, so there’s no need for extra salt and pepper. There are five optional toppings, which you can serve all at once if you like!




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