For the pesto
- 50g/1¾oz toasted pine nuts
- 1 bunch basil
- 40g/1½oz Parmesan, grated
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 40g/1½oz extra virgin olive oil
- 20g/¾oz vegetable oil
- pinch salt
For the chicken fricassee
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 chicken breast fillets, roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 200ml/7fl oz white wine
- 200ml/7fl oz chicken stock
- 40g/1½oz butter
- 100g/3½oz sun-blushed tomatoes
- 300g/10½oz new potatoes
- 30g/1oz butter or 2 tbsp olive oil
- few sprigs fresh parsley
- To make the pesto, place the pine nuts, basil, cheese and garlic in a food processor or blender. Add the lemon zest and blend, adding the 2 types of oil gradually. Add a pinch of salt. Taste and add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste.
- For the chicken fricassee, fry the chicken pieces in the oil in a casserole. Add the sliced garlic and shallot and fry until softened. Deglaze with the white wine and then add the stock. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Stir in the butter once the chicken has cooked through.
- Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the new potatoes for 15–25 minutes, or until cooked. Drain and set aside.
- Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan and fry the potatoes, squashing them into the pan with a spatula as you fry them for 6–8 minutes, until crisp and golden.
- Serve the chicken fricassee with the pesto and sun-blushed tomatoes on top and the potatoes on the side. Garnish with the parsley.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil to cook the pasta.
Meanwhile, grate the cheese and place it in a serving bowl.
In a small sauce pan, melt the cream and butter together. Do not bring to a boil—just keep it warm.
Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente.
Drain the pasta (reserving some of the cooking water, just in case).
Add the hot pasta to the serving bowl with the grated cheese. Toss, toss, toss.
Drizzle in the melted butter and cream mixture, and toss again.
Taste, and add salt, pepper, and additional pasta cooking water to taste.
So, so comforting.. homemade rice pudding. Zac wanted to make this last night but we didn’t have any pudding (pearl) rice, so he used Arborio risotto rice, and guess what: it was divine! Of course you can switch up the vanilla for cardamom, rose water, orange zest, saffron, cinnamon etc.. Here’s the recipe 👇🏽 #ricepudding #comfortfood #staysafe #comfortingpudding Baked creamy vanilla rice pudding
75g pearl rice/pudding rice
50g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170’C
Place the rice and sugar in the pie dish, mixing together and spreading evenly over the base.
In a large saucepan, bring the milk and cream to the boil. Add the vanilla extract and carefully pour over the rice and sugar (I usually do this while the dish is sitting on the rack in the oven). Bake in the oven for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours or until the rice is tender, it’ll be golden on top.
Serve in bowls with a sprinkling of brown sugar, strawberry jam or poached rhubarb , plums etc. 💕
Orange zest and cinnamon with orange slices sautéed In butter and the pan deglazed with a little brandy 💃💃💃
Think you’re looking at an indulgent desert? Think again! We love Roz Purcell’s Simple Oat Pancake recipe. Try it out today! PS. That’s Greek Yougurt not whipped cream!
50g Flahavan’s Oats
1 1/2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, plus extra to serve
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder (regular will work also)
1 scoop (30g) protein powder (optional)
Coconut oil, for frying
1 tub Greek yogurt
1 To make the oat pancakes, blend all the ingredients except the oil in a food processor until smooth.
I use my NutriBullet for this.
2 Heat a little coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan, then wipe it out with kitchen paper.
3 Add spoonfuls of the batter to the pan – it’s a thick batter, so make small pancakes.
4 Cook for 2 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown and ready to be turned. Flip over and cook for 1–2 minutes more, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.
5 Serve warm with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and fresh berries.
Fruit Cake So easy to bake 350g of Raisins 350g of Sultanas 125g of Currants, Tub of Cherries, 50g Chopped Almond Nuts, 2 teaspoons of Mixed Spice, 1 teaspoon of Ground Ginger, Grated Rind Zest of 1 large Orange, 2-3 Tablespoons of Whiskey, 1 Tablespoon of Treacle mix all together and leave for a couple of days .
500g of Plain Flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 350g butter, 350g of soft brown sugar, 6 eggs ,
Cream butter and mix together the sugar , slowly beat in the eggs, and mix the sieve flour and baking powder, then mixed the fruit into the cream mixture, bake in 8inch round tin lined in baking paper and cover the outer tin in brown paper and bake for 3& 1/2 hours@ 140c #odlumsflour #odlums #bakingpowder #kerrygoldbutter #whiskey #whiteflour #rtéfood #raisons #sultanas #currants #cherries🍒 #treacle #margaretseggs #bbcgoodfoodrecipes #bbcgoodfood #bbcgoodfoodmagazine #almondnuts🌰 #orangerind #fruitcakes #teacakes #teacake #fruitcake🍰 #fruitcakes #rtefood #bakinglove #odlumsireland #christmascake
I love this time of year. Conor and Lucia have made their pumpkin lanterns and I never let anything go to waste. I make soup with the flesh that they have scraped out – which is also good with pasta. Sage is a herb that tastes particularly well with pumpkin.
This is a recipe that you could use any time of the year with butternut squash or with sweet potatoes instead of the pumpkin.
I mentioned recently how many butchers are making their own sausages and here is another chance to try some out. With colcannon, this makes a very tasty meal.
Colcannon is also delicious with any grilled meat or with Sunday lunch. I often use this onion gravy with roast meats or pork chops. Allowing it to carmelise adds great depth of flavour.
Penne with pumpkin, crispy bacon, sage and Parmesan
Serves four to six
4 tbsp olive oil
175g (175g) smoked streaky bacon lardons
500g (1¼lb) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and finely diced
15g (½oz) packet fresh sage, finely shredded
500g (1¼lb) penne pasta
50g (2oz) freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra to garnish
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Heat the oil a large frying pan and fry the bacon for two to three minutes until crisp. Add the pumpkin with the sage. Season with salt and pepper and cook for four to five minutes, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin is cooked through.
- 2 Cook the penne according to the packet instructions, then drain and add to the pumpkin with the crispy bacon. Stir in the Parmesan and season to taste, then divide among bowls.
- 3 Garnish with extra Parmesan and black pepper.
Sausages with colcannon
Serves eight to 10
1.5kg (3lb) floury potatoes (such as Rooster), peeled and cut into chunks
8 traditional jumbo Irish pork sausages
225g (8oz) kale, finely shredded
2 scallions, very finely chopped
120ml (4fl oz) milk
75g (3oz) butter
Salt and pepper
Stout onion gravy, to serve (optional, see point 3)
- 1 Steam the potatoes until tender. Cook the sausages in a frying pan in a little oil or under the grill. Place a knob of the butter and a tablespoon of water in a pan over a high heat. Add the kale and scallions with a pinch of salt. Cover, shake vigorously and cook for 1½ minutes. Shake again and cook for another 1½ minutes, until the cabbage or kale is tender but still crisp.
- 2 Heat the milk in a small pan or in the microwave. Mash the potatoes and then beat in the butter with enough of the milk to make a smooth, creamy mash. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with the sausages and some gravy, if liked.
- 3 Stout onion gravy: sauté thinly sliced onions in butter and season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with a little sugar to caramelise. Stir in a spoonful of flour and then pour in enough Guinness or beef stock from a cube to make a thick smooth gravy.