This week Neven heads to Meath to meet Pat Clarke of Clarke's Soft Fruits where he chooses some fresh fruits for a delicious pudding to complete this week's menu. In the kitchen he begins with his starter of Lamb Samosas with Raita which is followed by a beautiful main dish of Gratin of Hake with Prawns, Spinach and basil.
Neven then prepares Passion Fruit Panna cotta with Poached Autumn Berries to finish:"What makes this version a little different is the addition of coconut milk which gives a truly exotic flavour", says Neven. "The thin layer of passion fruit jelly on the top looks really stunning."
In this new series, Neven shares his expertise generously and shows both novice and experienced chefs how to cook more than 40 delicious and appealing recipes which can be enjoyed by appreciative friends and family. A keen supporter of local food producers, in this series Neven visits 13 different Irish food producers and then incorporates those quality ingredients into his delicious recipes.
Almost all of the recipes Neven demonstrates are featured on the menu in his award winning restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan.
At a time when the Restaurant Association of Ireland reckons that one in three restaurants will close because of the recession, Neven's restaurant is booked solidly on Friday and Saturday nights six months ahead.
Neven Maguire: Home Chef is sponsored by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. The purpose of this sponsorship is to increase consumer understanding of the Bord Bia Quality Mark on packs of red meat, poultry, fresh produce and eggs in retail outlets in the Republic of Ireland and encourage them to choose products with the Quality Mark when shopping.