Rustic Oven Roast Potato Chips

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

For those among you who don't possess a deep-fry, but long for chips, these potatoes are perfect. The scrubbed potatoes are left unpeeled and cut into large wedge-shaped chips, with each wedge having some of the skin attached. The skin on each piece of potato is important as it prevents them from sticking to the roasting tray and, of course, also has a delicious crispy flavour. When buying potatoes, if possible, buy them unwashed as the soil will keep in the flavour and nutrients. Serve the potatoes with roast and grilled meat, poultry or fish. They are a great accompaniment to a warm salad, and you can ring the changes with the use of different herbs.

Pickled Cucumbers

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

These cucumbers are immensely popular. Serve with cold meats, pates and terrines, smoked fish, sandwiches, spiced beef and with a sharp and mature cheddar cheese. The pickle keeps well in the fridge, though it does lose its bright green colour. I like to slice the cucumbers and onions really thinly for a more melting and tender result. There will be some of the pickling liquid left after the cucumbers are eaten. I like to save this and use it for sprinkling on thinly sliced onions for an instant pickle.

Grated Ruby or Golden Beetroot Salad with Goat's Cheese, Pomegranate and Honey

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

Many people believe that preparing and cooking beetroot is a long and wearisome process. Not the case here, where the beets are simply peeled in their raw state, grated and dressed and then ready to eat. I use an Irish goat's cheese such as St Tola or Ardsallagh in this salad. A few rocket leaves and/or mint leaves could also be added to this salad for a fresh green twist.

Swede Turnip Purée with Olive Oil and Parmesan

From: How to Cook Well, with Rory O'Connell

This flavoursome purée of the inexpensive root couldn't be simpler and is delicious as an accompanying vegetable with lamb, pork or duck. Don't forget to save some of the cooking water for adding to the purée. The purée can be prepared ahead of time and reheated later, in which case a little more of the cooking water can be added if necessary, but do not add the olive oil and Parmesan until the very last minute.

Brown Scones

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Brown scones are full of roughage and great for breakfast. And here is a good tip: you can make this mixture, shape the scones and freeze them. You can then cook the scones straight from the freezer to the oven - just give them an extra 5 minutes and make sure the scones are golden brown and well-risen.

Hummus

From: Four Live

This is a cheat’s version of hummus because in this incidence we are using sesame seeds instead of the traditional tahini paste. The seeds give just as nice a flavour and a kick to the hummus.

Christmas Feast: Goose Fat Roast Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

For really crunchy roast potatoes with fluffy middles choose a floury variety of potato, such as Irish Roosters and try to make sure that they are all similar in size. To ensure really crispy roast potatoes drain off any excess fat about 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time. This will help them to go really crispy and golden brown around the edges.




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