Banana and Berry Oat Bread… What weekends are made for!
Makes 12 slices
Preparation 10 mins cooking time 45 mins
125g Greek yogurt
2 bananas mashed – ripe work better
100g Keelings berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries would all work with this bread)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g brown sugar
200g self raising flour
100g Flahavan’s Progress Oats
75g Flahavan’s Oat Bran
Preheat the oven to 180”C.
Combine the yogurt, bananas, berries and eggs together and mixed well.
Stir in the vanilla and brown sugar until combined.
Fold in the flour and Oat Bran then follow with the oats.
Transfer the mixture to a bread pan and then bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan and transferring to a cooling rack.
Some things, like love, and occasionally leftovers, are better the second time around. Granted, day-old mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts can be pretty sad on the rebound. But turn them into bubble and squeak, and they become a sum, much more delectable than its parts. A homespun British classic with a long history, bubble and squeak is a versatile dish. More formula than recipe, it traditionally combines potatoes and some member of the brassica family (cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc.) panfried in a bit of fat to form a crisp cake with a creamy middle. (The quirky name, sounding a bit like Cockney slang, comes from the sound the vegetables make sizzling in the pan). While cabbage or sprouts are the go-to greens, anything from string beans to peas are fair game, and parsnips and carrots also find their way into the mash. Bacon, too, may make an appearance – adding a nice bit of smokiness, and delicious fat for frying. Our version sticks close to the classic, with a luscious cap of Kerrygold Aged Cheddar for another layer of flavor and richness. What comes next is up to you. Form it into patties, or fry it into one large cake. Serve it at dinner next to roast chicken or a pansizzled pork chop, slide it next to a salad at midday, or top it with a poached egg and call it brunch. Delicious in any form, bubble and squeak makes yesterday’s veggies easy to love.
Combine the potatoes and brussel sprouts in a bowl. Set aside.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium-sized, heavy, non-stick skillet.
Saute the onion in butter until translucent.
Add 2 tablespoons of butter to pan, add potatoes and sprouts, mix thoroughly with onions, season with salt and pepper.
Press mixture down well to make a large pancake.
Let brown, undisturbed, for 6-10 minutes.
Once the bottom is browned, turn “cake” to brown other side.* When turning the cake, add another two tablespoons butter to the pan.
Once second side is browned, top with grated cheese, run under the broiler just until cheese is melted.
Serve in wedges straight from the pan.
[*Note: An easy way to turn the cake is to thoroughly loosen it around the edges and bottom with a spatula, set a plate over the skillet, hold the plate on the skillet and flip, turning the cake onto the plate. Return the pan to the heat, add the butter and slide the cake into the pan, browned side up.]
This recipe can also be made in individual patties. Simply form the patties with wet hands and brown as you would the cake.
This scone recipe can also be made into one large loaf cooked on a baking sheet. Cut a deep cross in the center and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 400ºF (200ºC), Gas mark 6 and continue to cook for another 20 minutes until the base sounds hollow when tapped.
Kerrygold butter curls and strawberry jam, to serve
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C), Gas mark 7. Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt and bicarbonate of soda. Stir in the sugar and then, using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk and beaten egg. Using a tablespoon, gently and quickly stir the liquid into the flour. It should be soft but not sticky. Lightly flour the work surface. Turn the dough out onto it and pat into a circle about 1in (2.5cm) thick. Cut into triangles with a sharp knife or stamp out 2in (5cm) rounds with a cutter.
Arrange the scones on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes on a wire rack, then serve with the butter curls and jam.
Mix ¼ cup (1oz) (25g) of Kerrygold grated Aged Cheddar in with the buttermilk. Brush the finished scones with melted Kerrygold butter and sprinkle with another ¾ cup (3oz) (75g) grated Kerrygold Aged Cheddar before baking. Mix 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard into 2 tbsp (1oz) (25g) of butter and use to spread on the split baked scones before topping with sliced cooked ham or tomatoes to serve.
Add ½ cup (2oz) (50g) of sultanas or raisins or dried pitted cherries when stirring the sugar into the dry ingredients, then finish as described above.
This makes a perfect lunch with some crusty bread.
Preparation time: 30 mins
8 unpeeled garlic cloves
3 tablesp.olive oil
2 red peppers, halved and deseeded
2 tablesp. balsamic vinegar
4 scallions, finely sliced
8-10 black olives
Salt and black pepper
Salad leaves, generous handful per person
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F). Slice the aubergines lengthwise and mix with 6 of the garlic cloves and 1-2 tablespoons of the oil. Spread out on a baking sheet. Season well. Roast until tender – this will take approximately 20 minutes.
Grill the peppers until well blackened. Cover with a tea towel and leave to cool. Then remove the skins and cut into strips.
Whisk the vinegar with the remaining oil in a large bowl, peel and chop the remaining garlic and add to the bowl. Mix in the aubergines and peppers, scallions and olives. Taste for seasoning. Tear up the salad leaves, arrange on a large platter, top with aubergine mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
A fresh and crispy potato change with your main meal!
Cooking time: 10 Minutes
Preparation time: 10 Minutes
4 large new potatoes (225g/8 oz each)
A bunch of chives, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. of olive or sunflower oil
Peel and grate the potatoes into a bowl. (If you have a food processor use the grater attachment to prepare the potatoes. It’s quicker and saves on grating your knuckles!). Add the chives and mix well.
Heat the butter and olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Quickly shape round patties from the potato mixture (about 2 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick) and put onto the hot pan. Using a spatula, press down the cakes to keep them flat and even.
Fry for 4–5 minutes until crisp and golden. Then turn over and cook on the other side until golden. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.
900g/2lb fresh vine ripened tomatoes cut in quarters
½ organic chicken stock cube, dissolved in 100ml hot water
85ml Avonmore cooking cream
½ tsp freshly chopped basil
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and stir for 4 minutes over a medium heat without adding colour.
Stir in the tomato puree & the tomato quarters. Add the sugar & stock, cover with a lid, increase the heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
Remove from the heat and puree the soup with a stick blender or alternatively in a food processor until it is completely smooth. Pass the soup through a sieve.
Return the pureed soup to the saucepan, stir in the Avonmore cooking cream and reheat. Season the soup to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Ladle into warm serving bowls and sprinkle with the freshly chopped basil.