Molly Malone was a beautiful girl who sold cockles and mussels and died tragically of a fever while still young, or so the song goes. Molly may not have been a real girl, but since at least the 17th century, there have been fishmongers on the streets of Dublin who sell ‘Cockles and Mussels, alive, alive, oh!’
Cockles, with their distinctive flavour and lovely curved shell, are traditionally eaten in Ireland with Oatcakes. If you can only find mussels, this chowder will be just as good.
Serve either as a substantial starter or with chunks of crusty bread as a meal in its own right.
Heat the sunflower oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and sauté for about 1 minute, until crisp and golden. Add the butter to the pan and melt. Then add the leek, carrot and potato. Reduce the heat to low and sauté gently for 4–5 minutes, until soft but not browned.
Meanwhile, prepare the cockles and mussels. Scrub the shells clean and discard any that remain open when you tap them against a hard surface. Remove the beard – the little fibrous tuft – from each mussel. Bring the wine to a boil in a large saucepan and add the cockles and mussels. Cover with a tight-fi tting lid and cook for 3–4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the shells have opened.
Remove from the heat, drain the shellfi sh in a colander, reserving the cooking juices, and discard any shells that remain closed. Return the shellfi sh to the empty pan to keep warm. Place a fine sieve over a measuring jug and strain the cooking liquid. You should have at least 600ml (1 pint); if not, add water to make up that quantity.
Add the pan juices and the milk to the bacon and vegetable mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6–8 minutes, until the potato is tender. Add the cream and simmer for another 2–3 minutes, until the soup is reduced and thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, remove half of the cockles and mussels from their shells and add them with the remaining cockles and mussels still in their shells to the chowder. Stir in the parsley and serve at once.
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Cooking time: 15 mins
Preparation time: 10 mins
- 500g turnip, peeled and diced
- 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
- 3 tbsp. cream
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
Put the diced turnip and potato in a pot of boiling water with enough water to cover them.
Simmer until tender for about 15 minutes. Drain off the water.
Mash the potatoes and turnip.
Stir in the cream. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and sprinkle with the parsley.
Nutritional Analysis per Serving
Another great nutritious egg recipe from Daniel Davey, Sports Nutritionist
Serves 8 bars
- 175g porridge oats
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 2 tablesp. honey
- 2 large eggs, beaten
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F).
2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients, except your chosen toppings.
3. Transfer the mixture to a small baking tin, approximately 25cm x 20cm, lined with greaseproof paper. It mixture should be about 2½-3cm deep.
4. Add your choice of toppings and bake in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
5. Allow to cool, slice and serve.
Topping ideas: desiccated coconut, flaked almonds, walnuts, goji berries, fresh berries, raw cocoa nibs.
This soup doesn’t take much more than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. The lemon juice helps to bring out the mushrooms’ natural, savoury flavour. If you are trying to be healthy at the moment, omit the cream and dilute with a little extra stock if necessary – you’ll find it’s still pretty good.
- 1½ lb field or open cup button mushrooms, chopped
- juice of ½ lemon
- 4 tbsp (2oz) Kerrygold Salted Butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 3 cups (1½ pints) vegetable stock (from a stock cube is fine)
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ cup (4fl oz) cream
- 2 tsp chopped fresh chives
- For the garlic croutons:
- 4 tbsp (2oz) Kerrygold butter
- 2 thick slices sourdough bread, crusts removed and diced
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- salt and freshly ground black pepper