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Meal or No Meal with Derry Clarke - Broccoli and Peas Vintage Cheddar pasta basket

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

For those evenings where you haven't made it to the supermarket, leftover ingredients in the cupboard can be difficult to match. 'Meal or No Meal' is back as we challenge Derry Clarke to randomly select ingredients from a number of sealed boxes and fuse them together into a mouth watering masterpiece.

Meal or no Meal - Derry picks 5 numbered red boxes from a choice of 15. Each box contains one ingredient, and when all five are chosen, the challenge is set for our wonderful chefs to come up with either a meal or no meal, by the end of the show

This year we will be theming each week so this week we will be giving it a Thai theme meaning all the ingredients in the box will be Thai inspired

Derry Clarke, has been Chef/Patron of l'Ecrivain for over 20 years. He started his career in The Man Friday in Kinsale under Peter Barry in 1972 and moved to Dublin in 1977. He then spent four years in le Coq Hardi and a further eight years in the Bon Appetit before opening his own restaurant in July 1989 with his wife Sallyanne.

Derry and l'Ecrivain have been awarded many accolades over the past twenty years, including a Michelin Star which was awarded in 2003.

Derry completed his time as Commissioner General at EuroToques, but remains actively involved with Eurotoque, and is also a member of the Restaurants Association of Ireland since 1989.

Derry promotes the use of Organic Food & Non Genetically Modified Foods.

Derry's food ethos is simple. He uses the finest of fresh local produce; he believes that a good dish can only be produced when each & every ingredient used for the dish is of the highest of quality. This is why he spends so much time sourcing his ingredients. He likes using smaller organic and artisan producers, and is very keen on the promotion of indigenous products. Derry believes in keeping food simple. He will not use more than four flavours on the one dish.

Derry and Sallyanne are constantly up-grading and changing everything at l'Ecrivain Restaurant to ensure they are offering the very best of Food, Wines and Service at all times.

Has Derry created a gourmet meal with 5 random ingredients, let's go to the kitchen to see if it's a meal or no meal!"

Broccoli and Peas Vintage Cheddar pasta basket

Serves 4


. 6 oz cheddar
. I head broccoli
. 1 clove garlic
. 4 oz peas
. 50 ml cream
. 2 eggs
. 1 oz butter

1. Grate cheese and place into a dry non stick frying pan, melt until crispy around the edges, remove and form over the glass
2. Cook pasta
3. Cook broccoli
4. Cook peas

5. Place into glass bowl, toss altogether, add the eggs, cream, salt and pepper, butter and remainder of cheese
6. Place the cheese basket in the centre of the plate and pour in pasta and sauce