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Sunday AM 7th January 2018

Healthy & Wholesome: Spelt Spaghetti “Puttanesca” and Fish Parcels on TV3

Healthy & Wholesome Recipes

Spelt PastaFish Parcels


I suppose this is a cross between a pasta puttanesca (‘lady of the night’) and a pasta aglio, olio e peperoncino (garlic, oil and chilli pepper). Mini mozzarella balls are very useful for this recipe as well.  I’ve only added a handful of olives here, but if you love olives feel free to go mad!

Serves 2


100g spelt spaghetti

Olive oil

1 clove of garlic (thinly sliced)

2 anchovies (optional)

A large handful of Kalamata olives, stoned

1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes

A few cherry tomatoes, halved

1 buffalo mozzarella, sliced in half cm discs

2 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley or basil


Cook the spaghetti according to the pack instructions until al dente.

Gently heat a good glug of oil in a large frying pan and add the garlic, anchovies (if using), olives, chilli flakes and cherry tomatoes. Cook until the garlic has softened a little and the anchovy has started to dissolve (2–3 minutes). Toss the spaghetti through it

Toss the slices of mozzarella through the cooked spaghetti and serve with the fresh herbs sprinkled over the top.

Fish Parcels and Oven-roasted Potato Wedges

These parcels are a very quick and easy way to cook fish and there is no washing up!! Use any type of fish you like with any combination of flavours, or you can also use thinned out chicken fillet instead of the fish. I like to use cod or haddock for this recipe but you can use any white fish you prefer.

Serves 2


For the fish:

2 x 150g fillets of cod/haddock (skinned)

4 mushrooms, sliced

1 small onion, diced

1 pinch of herbes de provence for each piece of fish

A splash of white wine

For the wedges:

4 medium-sized Rooster potatoes

Salt and pepper, to season

3 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat the oven to 180˚C/fan 160˚C/gas mark 4.

Cut the potatoes into wedge-shaped pieces. Place on a baking tray, season and drizzle with the olive oil. Cook for 20–30 minutes until soft.

Cut out a rectangular piece of parchment or baking paper large enough to hold the fish and wrap it up. Place the fish in the centre and place the other ingredients you are using on top.

Wrap up tightly and ensure the steam cannot escape.

Place on a baking tray and put in oven for 15–20 minutes (this depends on the thickness of the fish you are using). Check the fish is cooked through before serving.

Serve the fish with all the juices, a portion of wedges and some vegetables of your choice.



Other suggestions to use with the fish:

Half a red onion, 8 cherry tomatoes, a pinch of dried oregano and 30g crumbled feta.

A handful of spinach, a clove of garlic and a small drop of cream, for each piece of fish.

A pinch of cumin, a slice of lime and a clove of garlic, thinly sliced, for each piece of fish.

1 teaspoon of harissa paste brushed over each piece of fish and a nice with a dollop of Greek yoghurt when serving.

A slice of orange, a pinch of smoked paprika, a slice of roast red pepper and a couple of Kalamata olives, for each piece of fish.



SalmonTeriyaki (1)

Salmon Teriyaki with Oriental Rice Salad & Japanese Pickled Cucumber on LMFM

SalmonTeriyaki (1)

Salmon Teriyaki


You can use shop-bought teriyaki sauce when making this recipe (use 3–4 tablespoons), but I prefer to make my own and that is what I have done in this recipe. It’s tastier than the shop-bought equivalent and healthier too, as there are no preservatives or unnatural additives.

Serves 2


2 salmon fillets


For the teriyaki sauce:

4 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 tablespoons of water mixed with 1½ tsps of cornflour

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Thumb sized piece of ginger, grated finely

1 clove of garlic, minced



Mix together all the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce in a pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened (about 3–4 minutes). Ensure the sugar has dissolved.

Heat a frying pan until very hot and fry the salmon on one side for about 2 minutes, turn and cook for the same length of time on the other side. The salmon should be slightly charred and crispy on the outside.

Add the teriyaki sauce to the frying pan with the salmon and reduce the heat. Simmer for about 3–4 minutes until the liquid has thickened and reduced by half.

Serve the salmon with a little of the reduced teriyaki sauce poured over it, accompanied by the oriental rice salad (see p. xx) and the Japanese pickled cucumber


Oriental Rice Salad

This is a great way of using up leftover rice and gives it a fresh flavour. Use brown rice for a low GI option.

Serves 2


100g cooked and cooled rice

2 spring onions, finely sliced

¼ red pepper, finely diced

A small bunch of coriander, roughly torn

For the dressing:

1 teaspoon Nam Pla (Thai fish sauce)

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Juice of ½ lime

1 teaspoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

1 tablespoon brown sugar


In a large bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust the flavourings to your liking, if necessary.

Add the rice, spring onions, red pepper and coriander and mix thoroughly.



Serves 2


½ cucumber

3 tablespoons mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

3 tablespoons sesame seeds


Cut the cucumber in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon.

Cut into quarters lengthways. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the cucumber into ribbons. Place in a bowl and douse in the mirin.

Leave for at least one hour, stirring regularly to ensure the cucumber is fully coated in the mirin.

Before serving, gently toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan.

Toss the seeds over the cucumber and serve.

Sunday AM 21st January 2018

Roast Chicken & Thai Chicken Noodle Broth on TV3


Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

A roast chicken dinner is a real family favourite but the leftovers can be the best part sometimes. This Thai Chicken Noodle Soup is tasty, fresh and light whilst also being a satisfying supper. I also love it if I’ve got a cold as it gives you a great kick with the ginger!

Watch here and Thai Chicken Noodle Broth here

Lemon Roast Chicken

The great thing about this roast chicken is the lack of chopping or prep you need to do while it still delivers on great flavour. This is a great gravy too!

Serves 4


1.5kg chicken

1 lemon cut in half

Olive oil

3 or 4 sprigs of herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, parsley (your choice)

Salt and pepper to season

15g butter

15g flour


Preheat the oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/gas mark 6.

Place the chicken in a roasting dish, place half the lemon and some herbs inside the cavity and rub a little olive oil all over the skin. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook in the oven for 1½ to 2 hours until cooked through – the best way to check this is to put a large fork into the cavity and hold the chicken up carefully. If the juices run clear then it is cooked. Place the chicken in a warm place to rest before serving, reserving the juices in the roasting dish.

Squeeze the juice of the other half of the lemon into the roasting juices.

Make the roux by melting the butter in a pot over a medium heat. Add the flour, combine and cook for 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of the roux to the juices in the roasting dish over a high heat whisking vigorously. Allow to come to the boil. The juices should have thickened to give a good consistency, but add a little more of the roux if it is still too liquid for your liking. If it has become too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of hot water.

Serve with roast potatoes and roast cauliflower à la Kristiina.

Classic Roast Potatoes

This is my method for crispy on the outside, fluffy in the centre potatoes. Make sure you time these to be served straight from the oven, in other words, giving your meat time to rest. All you need is potatoes and rapeseed oil. I am not giving quantities for the potatoes as it depends on how many people you are cooking for and how many potatoes you like. If you are doing a lot, you may need to increase the amount of oil. I am glutton for roast potatoes. They are also great to make leftover potato hash with.


Rooster potatoes

2–3 tablespoons rapeseed oil


Preheat the oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/gas mark 6.

Peel the potatoes and cut into even size chunks. Place in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and allow to cook for about 3 minutes.

In the meantime, pour the rapeseed oil into an ovenproof dish big enough for the amount of potatoes you are doing and place in the oven.

Empty the boiled potatoes into a colander and place a clean tea towel over them. Holding the tea towel over the colander in the sink, give them a good shake to bash up the edges. This will help to make them lovely and crispy.

Carefully put the potatoes into the preheated oil. The oil should be good and hot and you should hear a little sizzle when you put the potatoes in. Brush the potatoes with some of the oil, making sure all of the potatoes are well coated.

Roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, shaking every now and then to ensure they brown evenly.





Roast Tabasco Cauliflower à la Kristiina

This recipe was a revelation for me when the lovely Kristiina made it for our family Sunday roast. It is so easy and has become a staple in our house.

Serves 4


1 head of cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets

Tabasco sauce

Olive oil



Preheat the oven to 180˚C /fan160˚C/gas mark 4.

Put the cauliflower in a roasting dish and sprinkle as much Tabasco over as you want, depending on how spicy you like it.

Drizzle with a little olive oil, season with salt and roast for 15–20 minutes or until soft or al dente, depending on how you like it.


Thai Chicken Noodle Broth

One of my favourite winter warmers, I crave this when I am sick with a cold or flu, or simply a bit tired and stressed. I am not mad about the term ‘clean eating’ but it does describe this pretty well. This is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken if you have it, but if you don’t you can use chicken fillets as per the recipe below. If you have roast chicken left over, simply shred it and add it in for the last minute of cooking to heat it through.

Serves 2


750ml chicken or vegetable stock

1 chicken fillet, sliced into bite-sized pieces

1 tablespoon nam pla (Thai fish sauce)

Juice of 1 lime or lemon

1 clove of garlic, finely sliced

1 large piece of ginger, peeled and sliced

1 nest of medium egg noodles

3 handfuls of mixed vegetables (e.g. baby sweetcorn, mangetout, pak choi, spinach, peppers, sugar snaps, beansprouts)

1 fresh red chilli, sliced (optional)

A small bunch of coriander or flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 spring onions, sliced


Put the stock into a large pot and bring to the boil. Place the chicken, nam pla, lime/lemon juice, garlic and ginger into it and poach over a medium heat for 3–4 minutes or until the chicken has turned white. Make sure the water is not boiling too hard or the chicken will break up.

Add the noodles and the harder vegetables, such as the corn (if using) and peppers. Poach for another 3–4 minutes.

Remove a large piece of chicken and slice in half to check that it is cooked through. If it is cooked, switch off the heat.

Add the leafy greens and any other vegetables you are using and stir through. Taste for balance between the citrus juice and nam pla. Adjust to your liking by adding more nam pla if necessary.

Ladle into bowls, ensuring a good mix of all the ingredients with poaching liquid. When serving, sprinkle with the chilli (if using), herbs and spring onions.




Saturday AM 9th Dec 2017

Christmas Canapes on TV3

Whether you’re looking for something light and elegant or comforting and robust, we have you covered!

Watch here and here

Bramley Apple, Blue Cheese & Bacon Crostini


 1 tsp vegetable oil

6 rashers back bacon

1 Bramley Apple, quartered, cored and sliced

25g soft blue cheese, crumbled




  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the bacon and cook over a medium heat for 6-7 mins, turning once until golden and crisp. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  2. Add the Bramley apple slices to the pan and sauté over a medium heat for 3mins or until tender and golden. Remove from the heat.
  3. Top two slices with the bacon and apples. Crumble over the cheese and serve.


Crab Mayonnaise

(Makes 10-12)


200g of crab meat

½ a  shallot, finely chopped

Some zest and juice of a lemon

½ tsp Dijon mustard

Some tarragon, chopped with a few leaves saved for garnish

A pinch of cayenne pepper

3 tblsp of mayonnaise

Salt, to taste

Some small salad leaves such as Endive or Little Gem, washed


Mix all of the ingredients apart from the lettuce in a bowl and taste for seasoning

When you are ready to serve, spoon a little of the mixture onto the lettuce

Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Beef & Rocket

These are a great way to use up leftover beef and gravy but are equally worth cooking a small fillet steak for!

You will need 2 mini muffin trays.

About 150g Cooked Beef (I like fillet for this)

A large handful of rocket leaves

A squeeze of Lemon Juice

For the batter:

250ml m ilk

115g pla in flour

1 pinch sa lt

2 eggs

A good glug of Rapeseed or Sunflower Oil


Mix all the ingredients for the batter thoroughly but try not to over mix. Leave to rest for at least half an hour.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 200˚C Fan, 220˚C, or Gas Mark 6

Place a teaspoon of oil in each well of the mini muffin tray and heat in the until very hot. Carefully pour the batter into each well and cook for about 15 mins or until golden brown and risen up.

Slice the beef thinly and lay on top of each Yorkshire pudding. Top with the rocket and a squeeze of lemon juice.


Lemon Polenta Cake Farmers Journal

Gluten-Free October Weather FoodCast on LMFM


Paillard of Lemon & Rosemary Chicken with Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans & Purple Potato Salad


(Serves 2)


2 Chicken Fillets

1 clove garlic

Spritz Lemon Juice

A couple of sprigs of rosemary

1 shallot, finely diced

6/7 mushrooms, sliced fairly chunky

A splash of white wine

Green Beans & Purple Potatoes (or baby potatoes), cooked & kept warm

Rapeseed Oil

A knob of butter

Salt & Pepper

A few basil leaves

French Dressing (see below)

Method:Place the chicken on a board and cover with cling film. Use a rolling pin to bash it until it is only about ½ a cm in thickness. In the meantime, in a pestle and mortar, grind the garlic, rosemary & sea salt together with a little oil to make a paste. Rub half the paste over the chicken. A silicone brush is handy for this. Leave to marinate for at least 30mins.

For the mushrooms, melt a little butter and oil and add the shallots and mushrooms with a pinch of salt and pepper.

When the mushrooms have caramelized and turned golden-brown, add a splash of white wine to deglaze the pan. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated and you are left with an intense jus with the mushrooms.

Heat a frying pan until very hot and add a little rapeseed oil. Fry the chicken marinade side down for about 2 mins.

Turn the chicken over and spread the other half of the paste over the cooked sides and leave to cook through.

For the potato & green bean salad, toss with the French dressing (see below) while still warm

To serve, slice the chicken into 3 slices and place on top of the green bean and potato salad and top with the mushrooms, jus and basil.

French Dressing

2 parts Olive Oil to 1 part White Wine Vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 clove of garlic, peeled and bashed with the back of a knife

Salt & Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine

Porridge Bread

(Makes 1 loaf)


2 tsp of bread soda

Pinch of salt

1 egg

1 large tub of natural yogurt (500 ml)
2 tubs of porridge oats
Optional: handful of sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds.

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Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.

Grease standard loaf tin

Place the yogurt and sieved bread soda in a mixing bowl.  Add one egg.

Using the same yogurt tub measure 2 tubs of porridge oats and add to the bowl. Add your favourite seeds at this point. Stir thoroughly.

Pour the batter into your loaf tin.

Place in the oven and cook for approx. 45 mins – 60 minutes

Ten minutes before the end of cooking time, remove the bread from the tin, turn upside down and cook for remaining 10 mins.

Leave to cool on wire tray wrapped in clean tea towel.

Gluten Free Mini Lemon & Mint Polenta Cakes

Lemon Polenta Cake Farmers Journal

(Makes approx. 10 depending on the size of your cake papers)

 This recipe can be made as a full cake in a 9” tin. Bake for an hour if  doing a whole cake.


 230g butter

230g caster sugar

4 large eggs

140g polenta

200g ground almonds

2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it is gluten free)

Zest and juice a lemon (saving 3 tablespoons for the icing)

A couple of sprigs of mint, chopped


For the Icing:

3 tablespoons lemon juice

100g icing sugar




  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
  2. Line up mini cake papers or mini loaf boxes on a baking tray
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly.
  5. Once the mixture is combined, add all the dry ingredients and the mint, zest and juice after you have measured off 3 tablespoons for the glaze.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the cake papers or mini loaf boxes, spread evenly, then cook for about 30mins (depending on the size of your cake papers) or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  7. To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice until the lumps have disappeared.
  8. Drizzle the lemon glaze over the top of the cake and garnish with some mint flowers or leaves.



SalmonTeriyaki (1)

Salmon Teriyaki & Oriental Rice Salad and Asian Beef Salad



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Salmon Teriyaki

(Serves 2)


2 salmon fillets,

3-4 tablespoons of Teriyaki Sauce-you can use shop bought or make your own with the following:

4 tablespoons Soya Sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or mirin

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon Sesame Oil

2 tablespoons of water mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cornflour

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Thumb sized piece of ginger, grated finely

1 clove of garlic, minced


  1. Mix together the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce in a pot and bring to the boil. Reduce and simmer until thickened (about 3-4 mins)
  2. Ensure the sugar has dissolved
  3. Heat a frying pan until very hot and fry the salmon one side for about 2 minutes, turn and cook for the same length of time. The salmon should be slightly charred and crispy on the outside.
  4. Add the Teriyaki sauce to the frying pan and reduce the heat.
  5. Simmer for about 3-4 mins until the liquid has thickened and reduced by half
  6. Serve the salmon with a little of the reduced teriyaki sauce poured over it.



Oriental Rice Salad

(Serves 2)


100 g cooked & cooled rice

¼ red pepper, finely diced

2 spring onions, finely sliced

Bunch of coriander

For the dressing:

1 teaspoon Nam Pla (Thai fish sauce)

1 teaspoon Soy sauce

1/2 Lime, juiced

1 teaspoon mirin

1 tablespoon brown sugar




  1. In a large bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients & taste, adjust if necessary
  2. Add rice, spring onions, red pepper and coriander and mix thoroughly
  3. Serve!


This is a great way of using up left over rice and gives it a fresh flavour. Use brown rice for a low GI option.


Japanese Pickled Cucumber & Toasted Sesame Seeds

Serves 2




½ a cucumber

3 tablespoons mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

3 tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon
  2. Cut into quarters lengthways
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the cucumber into ribbons
  4. Place in a bowl and douse in the mirin
  5. Leave for at least on hour, stirring regularly to ensure the cucumber is fully coated in the mirin
  6. Before serving, toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan gently
  7. Toss seeds over cucumber & serve.

Asian Beef Salad

400g lean beef steak (sirloin or fillet)



2 cloves of garlic, minced

10 ml rice wine vinegar

10 ml Tamari soy sauce

10 ml groundnut oil


  • Combine the marinade ingredients and add to beef
  • Marinate in fridge for 2-4 hours or overnight


  • Bring to room temperature before cooking
  • Heat a griddle pan until very hot
  • Place steak on griddle (no need for oil)
  • Check for doneness with your finger, I recommend medium rare for this dish
  • Leave to rest in a warm place for a minimum of 5 mins but preferably 10-15 mins

Oriental Green Salad

1 garlic clove

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

2 tablespoons Soy Sauce

2 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar

3 tablespoons of oil-2 of olive, 1 of sesame

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl


To serve:

Place green salad leaves on a plate

Top with slices of the marinated beef steak and drizzle dressing on top


September Weather Food Cast on LMFM

We made some lovely Spicy Tomato and Basil Soup, homemade beans,  a fish bake with tomato sauce and a cheese herb crusted salmon dish.  Lots of quick and simple dishes to warm the soul after a long day at school.

Spicy Tomato & Basil Soup


1 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tsp tomato puree

½ tsp dried chilli flakes

1 tin of tomatoes

250ml chicken stock

1 tsp sugar

Salt & Pepper

Fresh basil leaves, torn

A glug of oil

Optional: a dash of cream


Sweat off the onion with a little salt until softened and then add the garlic.

Add the tomato puree and chilli flakes and cook out for a few moments.

Pour the tin of tomatoes in with the sugar. Bring to the boil and add the stock.

Boil for 5-10 mins or until the flavour has developed. Blend until smooth and check for seasoning. Add a dash of cream if desired and the basil.

Tomato Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil½ an onion, finely chopped1 garlic clove, crushed

400g can chopped tomatoes

1 tsp sugar

Salt & Pepper

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan, gently cook the onion and then add the garlic until soft (not coloured, about 5 mins).
  2. Stir in the tomatoes and sugar.
  3. Bring to a simmer, cook gently for 15-20 minutes

Cheese & Herb Crusted Baked Salmon

 Serves 4 Ingredients:4 fillets of Salmon

50g Breadcrumbs

3 tblsp grated Parmesan or Strong Cheddar

50g Butter, melted

Salt & Pepper



Place all the ingredients apart from the fish into a bowl and combine.

Place the fish onto an ovenproof dish & top with the  breadcrumb mixture

Place in the oven for 15-20 mins depending on the thickness of your fish








Tomato, Parmesan & Spinach Crunchy Fish BakeThis recipe could be in the “Cooking for kids” chapter as all the kids who come to our cookery camps love it!Serves 4


600g mixed fish

2 tblsp tomato puree

1 tin of tomatoes

100 mls water

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp Soy sauce

1 courgette, sliced

A handful of Flat leaf parsley, chopped

75g Breadcrumbs

50g Parmesan, grated

A good knob of butter

Salt & Pepper


Preheat the oven to 160˚C

To make the sauce, place the tomato puree in a pan over a medium heat

Cook for a moment and add the tin of tomatoes, whisking

Add the sugar, soy & water and allow to bubble for a couple of minutes

Place the fish in an oven proof dish with the courgette & parsley

Pour the sauce over the fish

Scatter the breadcrumbs & parmesan over and dab the butter on in 5 or 6 places

Bake for 25 mins or until the fish is cooked through. Serve with dressed mixed leaves.

Homemade Baked Beans

Hardly a recipe but delicious nonetheless!

Pop a tin of cannellini beans into a small ovenproof dish and top with a generous portion the tomato sauce. Bake at 180˚C for 10-15mins. You can pop some grated parmesan on top before baking to make it a bit more robust!


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‘A Taste of Togher’ 2017

‘Always look forward to the annual ‘Taste of Togher’ event and this year was no exception.  Here are the recipes that I cooked for a very lovely crowd on the day, enjoy.

Spelt Bread


700g Organic Spelt Flour

1 tspn Salt

1 tspn Brown Sugar

2 tspn Bread Soda

1 Egg

400ml Buttermilk

200ml Water


Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6 , 200 C, 392 F.  You will need two well-greased 500g loaf tins.

Combine all the dry ingredients together.  Beat egg into buttermilk and water and mix into the dry ingredients to a dropping consistency.

Divide mixture into the loaf tins and put in the oven.  After 15 minutes turn down the heat of the oven to gas mark 4, 150C, 302 F and bake for a further 30 minutes.

Turn out on a wire rack to cool.

Thai Butternut Squash Soup


(Serves 4-6)



Groundnut oil for cooking

1 onion, chopped

1 butternut squash (cubed, not too big)

1 small sweet potato, cubed (same size as squash)

1 clove of garlic

2 tablespoons curry paste (if not available, add grated ginger, chilli, lemongrass or lemon zest)

400 ml vegetable/chicken stock

200 ml coconut milk (the rest of the tin can be frozen)

Bunch of fresh coriander, chopped




  1. Heat a large saucepan.
  2. When good and hot, add oil & sweat onion with a pinch of salt for 5 mins
  3. Add garlic for 1 minute
  4. Add butternut squash and sweet potato and sauté for 5 mins
  5. Stir through curry paste to coat all veg


  1. Pour over the stock and cover
  2. Simmer for at least 10 mins
  3. Check veg is soft by inserting a knife


  1. Blend with either a stick blender or in a food processor
  2. Return to pot, adding the coconut milk and fresh coriander
  3. Check for seasoning & serve


Thai Fish Cakes




200g white fish fillets, no skin (such as cod or haddock)

2 teaspoons Nam Pla (Thai fish sauce)

1 teaspoon red curry paste (homemade is preferable, but a good quality shop-bought paste is fine too)

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 clove of garlic

1 small egg, beaten

Small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped


Serves 4 as a starter




  1. Slice the fish into chunks
  2. Put the fish into a food processor with the fish sauce, curry paste, coriander, lime juice, garlic, salt pepper and half of the beaten egg
  3. Blitz for about 10 secs
  4. Check the mixture has bound together and add more of the egg if necessary, blitz again if needed


  1. Divide the mixture into 12 patties, chill for an hour if you have time, this will help them firm up


  1. Heat a frying pan and add a couple of tablespoons of oil
  2. Fry fishcakes over a medium heat in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side
  3. When they are golden brown, drain on kitchen paper
  4. Serve with a few green salad leaves and the chilli crème fraiche


Chilli Crème Fraiche Sauce


2 tablespoons crème fraiche

4 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce


Combine ingredients



Brill with Coriander, Chilli & Lemon Dressing


(Serves 2)




2 fillets of Brill

Bunch of Coriander

1 red chilli

1 clove of garlic

1 lemon

Olive oil

Butter (not too cold)

Flour (just enough to coat the fish)




  1. Chop coriander, garlic & chilli
  2. Juice lemon and put in a bowl with the coriander, chilli and garlic
  3. Add olive oil, salt and pepper
  4. Taste for seasoning and leave to infuse while fish is cooking
  5. Place flour on a plate and season
  6. Pat fish dry with kitchen roll or a clean tea towel and dip into the flour to coat
  7. Spread butter on the fish as if you were buttering a piece of bread
  8. Heat a frying pan on the hob until very hot
  9. Place the fish, flesh side down on the pan-it should sizzle
  10. When the fish “domes”, turn it and cook for a couple of minutes on the skin side
  11. Remove to a warm plate and drizzle with the coriander and chilli dressing


Serve with oven roasted potato wedges and salad or green vegetables such as asparagus or tender stem broccoli


Strawberries with Basil, Balsamic, Mascarpone & Hazelnut Sables


This is a take on a recipe I learned at the Cordon Bleu but once you have made the shortbread most of the work is done.  This recipe may seem like an odd combination at first but is really fresh and light- perfect for alfresco entertaining. There are a few steps in it but they are all easy and the whole thing should take no longer than about 30 mins. Go ahead- try it, you’ll love it!

Sunday AM 30th August 2

Prawns Arrabbiata with Spelt Spaghetti



Watch Prawns Arrabbiata with Spelt Spaghetti here

Prawns Arrabbiata with Spelt Spaghetti


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove of garlic, crushed


A pinch of chilli flakes

1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon sugar

100g spelt spaghetti


16 prawns (approx.), shelled

(I prefer to use Dublin Bay prawns)

30ml cream (optional)


Heat the oil in a wide, shallow saucepan and gently sauté the garlic with a pinch of salt until soft, and then add the chilli flakes.  Stir in the tomatoes and sugar.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.  You should time this to be ready at the same time as the sauce.  Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste and add the prawns.  If you are using the cream, add this at the same time.

Simmer until the prawns are just cooked through and, if using the cream, until the sauce thickens.  You will know the prawns are cooked when they turn opaque – this should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Toss the pasta into the sauce in the pan and combine well to serve.

Watch Tear ‘n’ Share Bread here


Tear ‘n’ Share Bread


650g strong white flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

14g pack fast acting yeast (2 x 7 g packs)

3 tablespoon Derrycamma rapeseed oil

350-400ml lukewarm water

1 egg, whisked


Put the flour and salt into a large bowl, add the sugar and yeast.  Make a well in the centre, add the oil and water.

Gradually work into the flour to make a soft dough.

Sprinkle over a little flour if the mixture feels too sticky, but make sure it is not too dry- the dough should be pliable and smooth.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, knead for 10 minutes (sprinkling a little flour on when needed) until the dough is smooth and stretchy (soft but elastic).

Cover with cling film and let rise in warm spot until doubled in volume, about 1 to 1½ hours.

Pull pieces of the dough off and shape into balls by rolling between your hands

Place the balls of dough into a round cake tin in a circle, placing one in the middle (I found a spring release 9” or 23 cm tin useful to do this) and leave for another 10-15mins to allow to rise

Preheat the oven to 220˚ C / 200˚c Fan / Gas 6

Brush a little egg on top of each roll

Bake for 15-20 mins or until they are golden brown.

Flavour Options:

4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, cooked & chopped

150g Bellingham blue cheese, crumbled


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