Tarte Tatin With Orange Crème fraîche



  • 200g puff pastry, rolled to a circle the size of the pan
  • 8 granny smith eating apples
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 50g butter, cubed

Orange Crème fraîche

Tarte Tatin With Orange Crème fraîche


  1. Peel and core the apples, cut them in half.  Toss them lightly in lemon juice (to prevent them discolouring).
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C
  3. Add the sugar to the pan and over a medium heat let it slowly caramelize, moving the pan from time to time to stop the sugar from burning (which can happen very quickly, so exercise caution when working with hot sugar).  Once the sugar goes a golden brown colour, remove it from the heat and add butter in small dice.
  4. Carefully place the halved apples around in a circle until compact to the centre, then place the puff pastry over the top neatly tucking it in around the edges.  Put the tart in the oven immediately for 25 mins at 190°C.
  5. Take out and leave to rest for 5 mins, then place a large plate over the top of the pan and being careful that no hot liquid spills onto your hands, invert the pan, turning the pan upside down so that the pastry is now the base of the tart sitting on the plate.  Slowly lift the pan away from the plate.
  6. To make the Orange Creme Fraiche, whisk together all the ingredients for the orange creme fraiche and serve with Tarte Tatin

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories 560kcal
  • Fat 43g
  • Saturates 9.7g
  • Carbs 45g
  • Sugar45g
  • Protein 0.8g
  • Salt 0.17g
  • Fibre 0.8g


Odlums Blueberry Cake

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225g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour

175g/6oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar

175g/6oz Butter (room temperature)

3 Large Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

206ml Carton Soured Cream

3 x 125g punnets Blueberries


225g Tub Philadelphia Cream Cheese

125g/4oz Icing Sugar (sieved)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas 4. Grease and base line a 22cms/9” round cake tin.
  2. Put the flour, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla essence into a bowl and beat until light in colour and well mixed. Stir in 4 tablespoons of the soured cream, finally, stir in half the blueberries with a large spoon.
  3. Transfer to prepared tin and bake in central position of oven for about 50 minutes until risen, feels firm to the touch and springs back when lightly pressed.
  4. Cool in tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire tray, remove the base paper and allow to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, make the icing; beat the cheese, remaining soured cream and icing sugar in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
  6. When cake is cold, spread icing on top and scatter on the remaining blueberries.

Note: Cake will keep in fridge for a few days but bring back to room temperature for about an hour before serving. Cake can also be frozen un-iced!


Neven’s Pan-fried Hake with Lemon and Herb Butter Sauce


 Of course this recipe is great with just parsley but experiment with a combination of soft fragrant herbs sauce as parsley, chives, tarragon or chervil depending on what’s available.

Serves 4


  • 4 x 175g hake fillets, skin on and boned
  • 1 tablesp. olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 50g butter
  • ½ lemon, pips removed
  • 1 tablesp. chopped mixed herbs (parsley, chives and tarragon)

To Cook

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the seasoned hake fillets, skin side down. Cook for a couple of minutes until the skin is just beginning to crisp, then add little knobs of butter to the pan around each hake fillet and cook for another couple of minutes until the skin is crisp.

Turn the hake fillets over and cook for another 3-4 minutes until cooked through. This will depend on the thickness of the fillets. Transfer to warmed plates while you make the sauce.

Add the rest of the butter to the frying pan and allow it to gently melt over a moderate heat. When it has melted, add a squeeze of lemon juice and the herbs, swirling to combine. Season to taste. Spoon this sauce over the hake fillets and serve with steamed broccoli and some sautéed new potatoes.

Serving Suggestions

Steamed broccoli and sauté new potatoes


Above all be careful not to overcook the fish.  To check, gently prod the thickest part of the fish with a small knife.  If it is cooked, the flesh will look opaque and the flakes will separate easily.  If it isn’t done yet, it will still have the translucent look for raw fish.

Other fish you could use: Whiting, haddock or trout fillets

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 39g 

Carbohydrates: 52g 

Fat: 26g 

Iron: 2.4mg 

Energy: 644kcal 


Lemongrass Shrimp in Kerrygold Garlic and Herb Butter



15 minutes


about 15 minutes


4 servings, 1 skewer per serving.

As if melted Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter wasn’t enough to make the perfect shrimp, our Garlic & Herb Butter adds aromatic flavor that truly brings this dish to life. Coupled with the zing of citrus and fresh ginger, this light seafood skewer really sizzles.

BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to a smokey BBQ flavour and this chicken recipe is a real winner.


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes.
  • 1 chicken breast.
  • 80g BBQ sauce.

Optional: Cheese, chopped parsley or sliced green onions.


Preheat oven to 210 degrees.

Wash and cut sweet potatoes in half.

Lay sweet potatoes cut side up on a large baking sheet.

Prepare the chicken by pounding the fillets with a meat mallet, so they’re the same thickness and texture.

Place the chicken into an oven dish and cover with tin foil.

Bake the covered chicken and the sweet potatoes for 40-45 minutes. (After 20 minutes remove the tin foil from the chicken).

Remove the chicken and sweet potatoes from the oven making sure that both are cooked.

Place the chicken into a bowl and pull it apart into small strips using a knife and fork.

In a saucepan stir the chicken and BBQ sauce together on a medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes.

Top each potato with a scoop of chicken, spooning over additional BBQ sauce.

Sprinkle with some cheese, chopped parsley or sliced green onions, if desired.


Broccoli, Cheese & Egg Muffins

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Who said muffins have to be sweet? Here’s a yummy savoury recipe great at anytime of the day.


  • 4 eggs
  • 90g of broccoli (can use defrosted frozen broccoli)
  • 50g of strong grated cheddar cheese

Sea salt and pepper to season.
Bacon or Ham for toppings.


Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F.

Grease a 6-hole muffin tin with oil.

Chop the broccoli into medium sized florets and place them into a steamer or colander sitting over a pan of boiling water.

Cover with a lid and let stem for 5 minutes.

Place the steamed broccoli into a bowl with the eggs and salt & pepper (if you’re using them to season) and then whisk together.

Pour the mixture into the muffin tin and divide the cheese evenly among them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the eggs are set.

Why not add some bacon for extra flavour, just them cut up and serve alongside or on top.

Perfect for anytime of the day!


Terrine of Vanilla Icecream with Meringue & Blackberry Sauce

This dessert is really timeless – meringue and ice cream have been part of country house cuisine for hundreds of years and it would not have been out of place at the finest tables in Ireland at any time since ice houses were introduced in the 17th century

Serves Makes two small terrines, each serving four.


  • 6 egg whites
  • 150g (6 oz) caster sugar
  • 150g (6 oz) icing sugar, sifted

Ice Cream

  • 500ml (scant pint) milk
  • 60g (2½ oz) granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 60g (2½ oz) caster sugar
  • Gelatine – 2g leaf (1 level teasp.) granulated -soaked in a little cold water

Marinated Blackberries

  • 450g (1 lb) blackberries
  • 250g (9 oz) sugar
  • 125ml (5 fl oz) water

To Cook

First make the meringues:

Preheat a very cool oven, Gas Mark ½, 125°C (250°F). Butter and flour a large baking sheet. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, add the caster sugar slowly, whisking until completely dissolved, then lightly fold in the icing sugar. Pipe the mixture into small circular shapes and bake in the low oven for about 1½ hours to dry out without colouring. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Next make ice cream:

Heat the milk with the granulated sugar and split vanilla pod (scrape seeds into the milk). When just boiling, remove from the heat, cover and leave 10 minutes to infuse. Meanwhile beat the egg yolks with the caster sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is creamy. Bring the milk infusion back to the boil, add to the yolk mixture, keep whisking and return to the rinsed saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking all the time, to thicken a little – be very careful not to overcook – then strain through a very fine sieve. Whisk softened gelatine into the mixture and allow to cool, whisking occasionally. When cold, churn the mixture in an ice cream maker until thick.

To marinate the blackberries:

Sort through the blackberries, removing any stems; wash and drain. Put sugar and water into a pan and heat to dissolve, then bring up to the boil. Allow to cool, then add the blackberries.

To assemble the terrine:

Line two small loaf tins, 18cm x 6.5cm (7″ x 2½”) with overlapping clingfilm. Break up the meringues and fill the bottom of each tin, add ice cream, then some of the marinated blackberries. Cover with another layer of ice cream, close with overlapping clingfilm and freeze.

Serving Suggestions

Liquidise the marinated blackberries and strain to make a sauce. Pour a little onto large dinner plates, slice the ice cream terrine and lay on top of the blackberry sauce.