Mango, Cucumber and Kidney Bean Salad


  • 1 mango, peeled, diced
  • ½ cucumber, cut in half lengthways, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 400g tin of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Small handful of coriander leaves
  • Juice and zest of ½ lime
  • 1 tablesp. olive oil

To Cook

Place all the ingredients in a serving bowl, stir to combine, taste and season.

Serving Suggestions

This salad tastes great with our Spicy Chicken Kebabs or try with some Grilled Lamb Steaks.

Pan Fried Whiting with Tomato and Red Onion Salad

This Tomato and Red Onion Salad could be served with any of the other recipes. It would be particularly nice with the Spiced Haddock.

Serves 4

Cooking time:


  • 4 whiting fillets, around 175g each, skinned and boned
  • ½ tablesp. olive oil
  • A little salt and black pepper
  • A knob of butter


Tomato and Red Onion Salad

  • 200g tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablesp. olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Bunch of chives, thinly sliced


Pea and Potato Mash

  • 1kg potatoes, peeled and freshly cooked
  • 150g frozen peas, cooked
  • 6 tablesp. milk
  • 25g butter

To Cook

Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan.  Season the fish and add to the pan, skin side up. Fry for 3-4 minutes then turn it over.  Add a knob of butter to the pan and continue to cook the fish for another 3-4 minutes until it flakes easily with a fork.  As the butter melts spoon it over the fish.

Meanwhile combine the salad ingredients. Taste for seasoning.

Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan then combine with the cooked potatoes and peas.  Mash well. Season to taste.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the fish with the Tomato and Red Onion Salad and Pea and Potato Mash.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 41g 

Carbohydrates: 48g 

Fat: 19g 

Iron: 2mg 

Energy: 522kcal


Neven Maguire’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 

Neven Maguire’s Apple Tart with Custard recipe@bordbia


From The Nation’s Favourite Food by Neven Maguire



  • 225g plain flour, extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 100g butter, diced and chilled
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2-3 tbps ice-cold water


  • 900g Bramley cooking apples
  • 100g caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Good pinch ground cloves/4 whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp milk


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ vanilla pod, split in half and seeds scraped out
  • 300ml milk
  • 100ml cream

To Cook

To make the pastry: Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Using a round-bladed knife or the tips of your fingers, work in the butter and then mix in the egg yolks. Add the ice-cold water until the dough just comes together. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/gas mark 5). Lightly dust the work surface with flour.

Divide the pastry into 2 portions, one slightly larger than the other, then roll out the larger piece until it is about 30cm in diameter. Use to line a 20cm pie dish or a 23cm flat plate, gently pressing into the corners. Trim the edges with a knife and reserve the excess for decorating. Place back in the fridge to chill while you prepare the apples.

Peel, core and slice the apples. Place in a large bowl with all but 1 tablespoon of the caster sugar. Add the cinnamon and cloves and mix together. Brush the edge of the pastry with a little milk and then pile the apples into the lined pie dish. Roll out the second piece of pastry into a circle slightly larger than the pie dish and use to cover the apples. Press the edges together to seal, then use a sharp knife to cut away any excess.

Crimp the edges of the tart with a round-bladed knife, using your fingers as a guide. If you wish roll out the pastry scraps and cut into leaf shapes. Brush the shapes with milk and stick on top of the pie. Brush the entire top of the pastry with milk and sprinkle over the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then reduce the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Meanwhile, to make the custard, place the egg yolks in a large bowl with the sugar and vanilla seeds. Whisk with an electric mixer for a few minutes, until pale and thickened.

Place the milk and cream in a medium pan and bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat. Gradually whisk the heated milk and cream into the egg yolk mixture until smooth, then pour back into the pan and place over a gently heat. Cook gently for 6-8 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Keep warm.

Serving Suggestions

To serve, cut the warm apple tart into slices and arrange on warmed serving places with some of the custard. Pour the remaining custard into a jug and hand around separately.

Rory O’Connell’s Grilled Fish with Herb Relish

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This way of cooking fish is perceived as being rather old fashioned, but if you have a really fresh fish, it can be fabulous and quite contemporary in its simplicity. Hake, cod, ling and mackerel are all delicious cooked in this way. The relish served here is classic, and when properly prepared, it will remind you why herbs, butter and lemon will always have a place at the table when fresh fish is being served.

Serves 4

  • 4 x 120- 150g pieces of your fish of choice
  • 2 tablespoons of flour, seasoned with salt and pepper optional
  • 25 g butter at room temperature
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 wedges of lemon
    • Herb Relish
    • 50g butter
    • 2 tablespoons of very finely chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, fennel and a few thyme leaves
    • black pepper

To cook the fish, place the grill pan on a medium heat and allow to become quite hot. You don’t want it smoking madly, but should see a light haze, almost like vapour, arising from the pan. Dry the fish fillets with paper towel and dip in the seasoned flour and shake off the excess. You can skip this flouring stage if you wish. With a knife, lightly butter the flesh side of the fish fillets. Place the fish, buttered sides down on the hot grill. The fish should sizzle immediately it hits the pan, if it doesn’t, the pan wasn’t hot enough and you need to crank up the heat immediately. If you have difficulty determining if the pan is hot enough, take one of the pieces of fish and holding it above the pan, just place a corner of the buttered side onto the grill. If it sizzles, it is fine to proceed, if it doesn’t then allow the pan to get hotter. Let the fish cook, still on a high heat until the fish is well coloured. There should be a bit of smoke coming from the pan, but not great clouds of it, so adjust the heat accordingly. Lift the fish at one corner to check if it is golden and getting crisp. When you are confident this stage has been reached, turn the heat down a little and with the help of a fish or egg slice, turn the fish over on to the skin side. Let it continue to cook until the skin is crispy and the fish is cooked through. You will know the fish is cooked when the flesh appears to be white and creamy in colour and no longer looks translucent.

While the fish is cooking, melt the butter for the relish. Allow the butter to cool a little before stirring in the chopped herbs.

Remove the cooked fish to hot serving plates, placing them with the golden flesh side up. Place a wedge of lemon on each plate and drizzle the herb relish over.

If you wish garnish with a spring of parsley and serve immediately.

Crispy Potato Cakes A fresh and crispy potato change with your main meal!


Serves 4

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

To Cook

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.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 2.5  

Carbohydrates: 24.1  

Fat: 14.7 

Fibre: 1.95 

Energy: 233.7


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