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Quick & Healthy Salmon Chow Mein

After a fantastic Christmas full of indulgence, here’s a really healthy, tasty & quick meal that will help banish the January blues!

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Healthy Salmon Chow Mein

(Serves 4)

For the sauce:

Thumb-size piece fresh ginger, grated

2 garlic cloves, chopped

3 tsp tomato puree

2 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 lime for squeezing

For the noodles:

1 large red pepper, sliced

2 spring onions, sliced

A large handful of mangetout, washed

A large handful of beansprouts, washed

2 salmon fillets, sliced lengthways

2 nests of medium egg noodles

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

To Garnish: A few fresh Coriander leaves & Sesame Seeds, toasted.

 

Method:

 

  1. Put the garlic & ginger in a bowl and add the tomato puree, oyster sauce, soy sauce, 3 tbsp water and stir

 

  1. Boil a large pan of water on the hob. When the water is boiling, drop in the noodles, turn off the heat and allow to sit for 5 mins. Drain in a colander or a large sieve in the sink

 

  1. With everything prepared, you can now start cooking. Heat the wok – it’s hot enough when it starts to smoke.

 

  1. Add the oil and lay the slices of salmon on the wok carefully, ensuring all the pieces of salmon are in contact with the pan.

 

  1. Use a spatula to gently keep moving the salmon around the wok until it is half cooked. Add the pepper and mange tout and stir-fry for a further min.

 

  1. Pour the sauce into the wok and allow to bubble.

 

  1. Add the noodles, beansprouts and spring onions, then toss into the sauce until it is well coated, stirring constantly until the beansprouts wilt. Add lime juice & check for seasoning. Adjust with soy sauce if necessary.

 

  1. Serve in bowls – an easy way is to use tongs

 

  1. Garnish with the coriander & sesame seeds.
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TV3’s late Lunch Live & Crunchy Chicken Ballotine

This Crunchy Chicken Ballotine with Mushroom Sherry Sauce is a lovely recipe for a special occasion. Perfect for dinner parties as much of it can be prepared ahead, the sauce is also lovely with other, simpler accompaniments such as steak, grilled chicken, pork chops so even if you can’t be bothered with the chicken ballotine, do try the sauce!

PS Larry Gogan is a true gent…what a pleasure to meet him!

Click here to watch the recipe.

Late Lunch

TV3’s Late Lunch Live & Hake Tacos

I had a great time on TV3’s Late Lunch Live last Friday! The crew and presenters were all really lovely & welcoming to me and it was brilliant to experience the thrill of live TV! These hake tacos are a really tasty and healthy way of enjoying beautiful fresh fish. They are perfect for a nice summer’s evening with a cold beer and kids will love them too! Click here to see the recipe and watch the show!

lambburgers

Lamb Burgers with Preserved Lemons and Cucumber Raita

These burgers are absolutely delicious and a slightly healthier version of your average beefburger with all the toppings! A great summery meal that is quick and easy to make and ideal for a BBQ. If you can’t get preserved lemons, use lemon zest instead. You will get a different result but still a very tasty one! I have started to stock preserved lemons here at the Cookery School so give me a shout if you are finding it difficult to find them or you could of course, make your own although you will need to make them about a month before you need them.

Ingredients:

For the burgers:

450 g lamb mince

1 red onion

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoon fresh oregano (use a teaspoon of dried if you don’t have fresh)

1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 preserved lemon, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
100g feta cheese, crumbled
1 egg, whisked lightly (to bind)

For the raita:

3 tablespoons Greek Yogurt

Fresh mint, finely chopped
½ a cucumber, seeds removed with a teaspoon & diced1 clove garlic, minced or chopped finely

lemon juice

To serve:

Pitta breads & Rocket Leaves

Method:

Combine all the ingredients for the burgers in a bowl, keeping half of the egg back.

  1. Mix thoroughly and check the mix is wet enough to hold together and add more egg if necessary
  2. Season the mixture and cook a teaspoonful of it to taste
  3. Shape into patties and refrigerate if time allows as this helps to keep their shape
  4. Cook on a skillet or pan or best, on the BBQ!
  5. Cook for 5-8 mins on each side, checking the middle of one to ensure it is cooked through
  6. Leave to rest for 5 mins
  7. To make the raita, combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and mint
  1. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways and remove the seeds with a teaspoon
  2. Chop the cucumber finely and add to the yogurt
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning

 

To Serve:

 

I love to serve these burgers in lightly toasted pitta bread as it is lighter than burger buns but please feel free to use what you like!

 

Place the burgers in the pitta breads and top with the raita and some rocket leaves. Dig in!

 

 

 

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Bacon & Bellingham Blue Cheese Loaf

Bacon & Bellingham Blue Cheese Loaf

I made this during my cookery demonstration at Taste of Togher recently and it went down a storm! I promised a few people that I would post the recipe on the blog so here goes! This is a hearty &  filling bread that is very easy to make. It’s a great bread to have in your freezer too as it is perfect for toast in the morning-a whole breakfast in a slice! (well almost) We are very lucky to have such a fantastic local blue cheese here in Co. Louth- Bellingham Blue Cheese and I love using smoked streaky bacon in this bread.

“Proving” popular at Taste of Togher! (sorry couldn’t resist)

Ingredients:

650g strong white flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

14g pack fast acting yeast (2 x 7 g packs)

3 tablespoon Derrycamma rapeseed oil

350-400ml lukewarm water

4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, cooked & chopped

150g Bellingham blue cheese, crumbled

1 egg, whisked

Method:

  1. Put the flour and salt into a large bowl, add the sugar and yeast.
  2. Make a well in the centre, add the oil and water.
  3. Gradually work into the flour to make a soft dough.
  4. Sprinkle over a little flour if the mixture feels too sticky, but make sure it is not too dry- the dough should be pliable and smooth.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, knead for 10 minutes  (sprinkling a little flour on when needed) until the dough is smooth and stretchy (soft but elastic).
  6. Cover with cling film and let rise in warm spot until doubled in volume, about 1 to 1½  hours.
  7. Sprinkle the bacon & Bellingham blue cheese  into the dough and ensure they are buried in
  8. Pull pieces of the dough off and shape into balls by rolling between your hands
  9. Place the balls of dough into a round cake tin in a circle, placing one in the middle( I found a spring release 9” or 23 cm tin useful to do this) and leave for another 10-15mins to allow to rise
  10. Preheat the oven to 220˚ C / 200˚c Fan / Gas 6
  11. Brush a little egg on top of each roll
  12. Bake for 15-20 mins or until they are golden brown.

Went down well at a recent catering job too!