Swedish Cinnamon Buns

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Swedish cinnamon buns, or 'Kanelbulle', were the first thing I learned to bake when I stayed in Sweden. Pearl sugar is sprinkled on top to give it that distinctive finishing touch, but if you can't get your hands on any simply sprinkle a little Demerara sugar to finish.

Swedish Christmas Rice Pudding (Julgrot)

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Serve big hearty spoonfuls of the chilled rice with an extra sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon and big dollops of whipped cream.

Mega Chocolate and Pistachio Meringues

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Enjoy with large dollops of freshly whipped cream.

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Allow to cool then eat warm or at room temperature.

Angie’s Skehan Family Irish Stew

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Angie looked after my dad when he was growing up, and when I first started going to school she used to walk me home and give me lunch, which was regularly Irish stew. Her Irish stew is legendary in the Skehan family, with my dad’s five siblings and my eleven cousins all having been brought up on it. Angie always knew how to feed an army of hungry mouths, so I hope this version of the recipe does hers justice!

Beef in Black Bean Sauce

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This is a classic Chinese dish, but I like to add lots of fresh ingredients to make this even more of a meal.

Chilli, Garlic and Lemon Mackerel

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Cook the mackerel under the hot grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or place in a fish basket and cook on the barbecue for the same amount of time.

Chicken Salad with Chilli, Ginger and Lime Dressing

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This salad is a really bright and vibrant one for the summer months.

Green Salad

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Great with Arun Kapil's Moroccan Spiced Chicken and Algier Aïoli.

Irish Barmbrack

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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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