Rory O’Connell – sponge filled with preserved raspberries, wrapped in pillowy marshmallow with a scattering of roses @kerrygoldirl

I will be making this beauty on @rteone this evening at 8 30. It’s a sponge filled with preserved raspberries and all wrapped in a pillowy marshmallow before having roses scattered all over it. It’s a special cake for the special people in your life. @kerrygoldirl #cake #marshmallows #preserves #eat #delicious #ilovetocook

Rachel Allen’s watermelon salad with feta, lime and mint

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Spring lamb chops with salsa verde @rachelallencooks

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Here’s a really quick and easy recipe for Spring lamb chops with mint salsa verde, just delicious at this time of the year.
Serves 4-6

For the mint salsa verde:
Makes 150ml

1 handful of parsley leaves
1 handful of mint leaves
grated zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tbsp capers, rinsed
50ml extra virgin olive oil
black pepper

lamb chops (2-3 per person)
1 – 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

First make the salsa verde, put the mint, parsley, lemon zest, garlic and capers into a food processor and whiz until it’s all finely chopped. Add the lemon juice and olive oil (add more oil if you want it a bit more runny). Check the seasoning – it might not need salt, as the capers can be quite salty.

Next cook the lamb chops, remove excess fat from the chops, but leave about ½ cm still on. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper. Place a frying pan or grill pan on a high heat. When it’s good and hot add the lamb chops and sprinkle with a little salt and more pepper. Cook for approximately 3 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate, cover and leave to rest in a warm oven for 5 minutes.
Serve with a good drizzling of the salsa verde.
#mint #salsaverde #springlamb

Rachel Allen’s Strawberry Muesli

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This recipe comes from the original Swiss Bircher muesli, where porridge oats are soaked in a little water, then sweetened with delicious seasonal or dried fruit, and sometimes nuts and seeds too. Strawberries and raspberries work particularly well in this muesli recipe, as does grated apple, to which you could also add a smidgen of ground cinnamon.

The recipe was created in the early 1900s by the Swiss physician Dr Maximillian Bircher-Benner, who knew that a diet rich in nutrients was essential for the recuperation of the patients in his hospital.

Place the porridge oats in a bowl with the water. Allow the oats to sit for 10 minutes, then add in the strawberries. Mash with a fork before adding enough light agave syrup or honey, whichever you’re using, to sweeten the mixture.

Serve the muesli on its own, or with cream and brown sugar; or topped with natural yoghurt and toasted, chopped hazelnuts or almonds.