Rachel’s Broccoli Soup with Dubliner Toasts

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I adore this delicious and nutritious soup. It’s great either for family suppers or for a dinner party. The soup can be frozen and the Dubliner toasts prepared in advance, then grilled at the last moment. Ideal if you need a meal in an instant. Rachel Allen

Ingredients:
  • THE SOUP:
  • 2 tbsp Kerrygold Salted Butter
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head of broccoli, with stalk
  • 3 1/2–4 1/4 cup hot vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • THE DUBLINER TOASTS:
  • 8 slices good-quality white bread
  • 3 oz Dubliner Cheese, finely grated
Directions:

 

Melt the butter in a medium to large saucepan, and add the potatoes and onion, salt and pepper. Cover with a piece of wax paper and sweat over a gentle heat for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli florets from the stalk. Using a small knife, remove the outer layer of skin from the stalk and discard, then chop the stalk into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to the onion and potato, cover and sweat for a further 5 minutes.  Add the hot stock to the potatoes, onion and broccoli stalk, bring up to a boil, then add the chopped broccoli florets. Boil without the lid over a high heat for 4–5 minutes until soft, then add the cream. Remove from the heat, puree in a blender and season to taste.To make the Dubliner toasts, toast the bread on both sides, sprinkle with grated Dubliner Cheese and pop under a hot grill or into a hot oven for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Cut the toast into fingers and serve on the side with the soup.

 

Crispy Baked Hake with Yogurt Tartar Sauce @BordBia

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Panko breadcrumbs, if available, make the coating extra crispy but they are not essential.

Serves 4

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 hake fillets, approx. 175g each, skinned and boned
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 75g of stale breadcrumbs or Panko breadcrumbs
  • 15g finely grated cheese
  • 1 tablesp. chopped parsley leaves
  • 40g plain flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Yogurt Tartar Sauce

  • 150g Greek style yogurt
  • 1 teasp. Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablesp. capers, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 small gherkin, finely chopped
  • 1 tablesp. chopped parsley leaves

To Cook

Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F). Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Brush a little of the melted butter over the parchment paper.

Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish with the grated cheese and parsley. Place the flour and egg in separate shallow dishes.

Season the hake with a little salt and black pepper. Dip the hake, one piece at a time, into the flour, shake off the excess, then dip into the egg and finally into the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the baking tray. Brush the remaining melted butter over the top and sides of the fish. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.

Meanwhile make the Yogurt Tartar Sauce:
Place yogurt, mustard, capers, gherkin, parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well to combine.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the sauce with the crispy hake, tender stem broccoli and sautéed potatoes.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 43g 

Carbohydrates: 44g 

Fat: 17g 

Iron: 2.3mg 

Energy: 504kcal 

http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/recipes/fish/pages/crispybakedhakewithyogurttartarsauce.aspx

Rachel’s Broccoli Soup with Dubliner Toasts

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I adore this delicious and nutritious soup. It’s great either for family suppers or for a dinner party. The soup can be frozen and the Dubliner toasts prepared in advance, then grilled at the last moment. Ideal if you need a meal in an instant. Rachel Allen

Ingredients:
  • THE SOUP:
  • 2 tbsp Kerrygold Salted Butter
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head of broccoli, with stalk
  • 3 1/2–4 1/4 cup hot vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • THE DUBLINER TOASTS:
  • 8 slices good-quality white bread
  • 3 oz Dubliner Cheese, finely grated
Directions:

 

Melt the butter in a medium to large saucepan, and add the potatoes and onion, salt and pepper. Cover with a piece of wax paper and sweat over a gentle heat for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli florets from the stalk. Using a small knife, remove the outer layer of skin from the stalk and discard, then chop the stalk into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to the onion and potato, cover and sweat for a further 5 minutes.  Add the hot stock to the potatoes, onion and broccoli stalk, bring up to a boil, then add the chopped broccoli florets. Boil without the lid over a high heat for 4–5 minutes until soft, then add the cream. Remove from the heat, puree in a blender and season to taste.To make the Dubliner toasts, toast the bread on both sides, sprinkle with grated Dubliner Cheese and pop under a hot grill or into a hot oven for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Cut the toast into fingers and serve on the side with the soup.

 

Odlums Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Topping

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What you need:

  • 200g/7oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
  • 125g/4oz Butter (room temperature)
  • 150g/5oz Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2½ tablespoons Cocoa Powder, sieved
  • ½ teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Extract
  • 25ml/1 bottle Goodall’s Red Colouring
  • 150ml/¼pt Buttermilk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Odlums Bread Soda, sieved
  • 1½ teaspoons White Vinegar

Topping

  • 125g/4oz Butter (room temperature)
  • 100g Cream Cheese
  • 325g/11oz Icing Sugar (sieved)
  • 1 teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Extract

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line a twelve cupcake tin with paper cases.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat well.
  3. Next put the cocoa, vanilla and colouring into the mixture and mix well to combine.
  4. Reduce speed on beater and add half the buttermilk and flour, mix well. Repeat with remaining buttermilk and flour.
  5. Finally, add in the salt, bread soda and vinegar. Beat on high speed until completely smooth.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the paper cases. Bake for approx 20 minutes until risen and firm to springy to the touch.
  7. Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire tray to cool fully.
  8. When cold beat the topping ingredients together until smooth, then pipe or spread onto each cupcake and top with a red heart if liked

Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Topping