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Broccoli & Blue Cheese Soup

I am a massive fan of blue cheese especially Cashel Blue which is made here in Ireland using cow’s milk or their sheep’s milk version called Crozier blue. My favourite English version is Shropshire blue which is yellow in colour with blue veins running through it. This soup is fairly straight forward to make and […]

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Prawn Toast

Prawn toast is one of those things I love but wouldn’t eat from most Chinese restaurants. Once you try my homemade ones, you will see exactly why and feel the very same yourself. There really is no comparison between homemade and the ones from a Chinese which are either bought in frozen then deep fried […]

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Mussel, Smoked Bacon and Potato Chowder

Mussels are one of my favourite things to cook. As far as seafood goes, they’re so reasonably priced and they’re ready in literally minutes. Irish mussels are juicy and plump and are so fresh and delicious you can simply steam them and let the favour speak for itself. Or if you’re looking to create a truly impressive, restaurant […]

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Chinese BBQ Pork Belly Ribs

These are the most popular dish I have ever served on any menu. They take some time to make, but this is what slow cookers are for. When done right they will be crispy and melt in the mouth delicious on the inside. I served mine with fried rice. To make this simple cook the […]

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Chinese Yuk Sung

If you are on a health kick or a diet then this is the dish for you, it is extremely quick to make and very healthy. I choose to make it with Turkey mince as it was on offer but you can choose minced chicken, prawns or pork if you prefer. I wouldn’t use Lidl’s […]

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Crispy Peking Duck with Pancakes and Hoi Sin

I, like so many others, love this dish, the only problem is its so expensive from chinese restaurants and take aways and the supermarket versions I have tried are terrible. Most Chinese take aways buy theirs from the Asian stores which is ok but nothing as nice as making your own. If you don’t want […]

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Roasted Vegetables & Giant Couscous Salad

Giant couscous comes from Israel and became popular in the 1950s when there was a shortage of rice. You’ll find it in some supermarkets and health food stores, if you can’t find it use regular couscous instead which can be found in any supermarket. Follow the instructions on the packet then follow the recipe from […]

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Prawn Cocktail

Prawn cocktail is another classic salad that is really easy to throw together. It’s one you don’t see so often anymore which is such a shame as when made properly it is a great salad or starter. You can use the really small prawns which are called Boston prawns or a bigger prawn like a […]

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Yummy Veggie Soup (Gluten Free)

You can make this soup in a few minutes, it also freezes great so make it in bulk and freeze in portions for when needed in a school lunch. It contains no gluten, salt, butter or oil so is basically puree veggies with a little cream added to help bind it all together. I list […]

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Smoked Bacon & Mushroom Soup (gf)

You can make this in minutes and cook it in a pot or your slow cooker. I include methods for each below. I also included 2 ways to cook the smoked rashers, one gives more flavour but is more time consuming and costs more to make due to the use of your oven. It is […]

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