Boxty Colcannon Pancakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Boxty potato pancakes are a traditionally Irish recipe and they come with a great little rhyme that we were taught when growing up: ‘Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan, if you can’t bake boxty, sure you’ll never get a man.’ The traditional recipe varies from region to region, but they all use grated raw potato. This is the version that my family makes and they are great with a full Irish breakfast, or I also serve them with pan-fried mackerel and a light salad.

Easy Apple Slices

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I am a big fan of simple desserts that don't take too long to prepare but still look homemade and impressive. These apple slices are beautiful served with a hearty dollop of whipped cream.

Open Aromatic Duck Salad

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A great starter or buffet option, from Donal Skehan's Kitchen Hero series

Caramelised Banana Pancakes

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I love making American-style pancakes for breakfast and this version is particularly delicious. It is perfect for special occasions!

Pan-Fried Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

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This could be the recipe to win you over!

Cajun Spatchcock Chicken

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The combination of spices here is so tasty, but if you don't have them all, don't be afraid to try dried herbs instead or even fresh herbs if you have some available.

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Allow to cool then eat warm or at room temperature.

Hummus and Crispy Pitta Bread

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Serve the dip with an extra drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of coriander on top and the crispy baked pittas on the side.

Lemon Slices

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The perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea, these lemon drizzle slices are light and zesty, and a good alternative for those who don’t particularly love heavy cake. If you aren’t too keen on baking, this all-in-one recipe makes things very simple and gives impressive results.

Irish Barmbrack

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruit cake, which I used to get in my school lunchbox around Halloween every year. Traditionally, a ring is baked into the cake, and there would be great excitement every year as to who would get the slice with the ring in it. I always like to think it was Barmbrack that inspired the writers of Father Ted to come up with the episode where Mrs. Doyle bakes a jumper into a cake! This recipe makes a really beautiful, moist loaf, packed with flavour from the mixed spice and dried fruit, which has sat overnight in cold tea and whiskey to soak up all the goodness.




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