Pan-Fried Gnocchi with Peas and Mozzarella

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

If you find the thought of making homemade pasta daunting, gnocchi is a good stepping-stone. You could use store bought gnocchi, though, if you don’t feel up to it. Either way, the combination of golden gnocchi nuggets with creamy mozzarella, sweet garden peas and a drizzling of flavoured butter is a breath of summer air. This makes a superb starter or a light supper.

Crispy Golden Eggs with Black Pudding, Pan-Fried Boxty and Crisp Apple Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

A starter or light supper dish that puts a modern twist on the traditional combination of boxty, black pudding and eggs. The eggs can be prepared well in advance and just deep-fried at the last minute.

Beer Batter Fish Tacos with Cherry Tomato Salsa

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is a great recipe of tortillas filled with shallow fried fish goujons, tomato salsa, a little soured cream and some salad. Perfect served with ice cold beer for the grown ups…

Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters with Raw Oysters and a Shallot Mignonette

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is a fantastic recipe to showcase fresh oysters, the shooters add a bit of fun to the dish and will ensure that your evening starts well!

Chargrilled Oyster Mushrooms and Asparagus

Perfect as a light snack or a decadent side dish.

Som Tam

Try this amazing Saba recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This recipe also works well with Galia or Honeydew melon if watermelon is not in season. You can pare it down to the essential contrasts and serve no more than a plate of chunky watermelon sprinkled with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds that gets drizzled with lime juice at the last minute. Once made, I promise you that it will become a regular favourite on your summer table.

Crunchy Orange Butter Scones

From: Today

Teatime anytime!

Curly Kale

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

Kale is another of those vegetables that is not regarded as being glamorous, but when cooked properly is as delicious and stylish as anything. Its more stylish cousins, such as the ragged-leaved and purple-tinged Red Russian or the long, dark and plume-like-leaved Nero di Toscano, otherwise known as Black Tuscany or Cavolo Nero, can also be cooked in the manner suggested here. Any of the kales are great in soups and broths, in purées, folded through mashed potatoes, in gratins, as a topping for grilled bread, as a simple accompanying vegetable to poultry, meat and fish and so on. Tiny pinched pieces of the raw kales can also be added to the winter green salad bowl.

Seafood Chowder

From: Today

The old favourite.


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