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Chicken, Smoked Bacon & Mushroom Lasagna

Most of us know traditional lasagna made with minced beef or a vegetarian version. Chicken lasagna is a new one to me as I am sure it is to many of you. I had to cook for a friend who doesn’t eat red meat so I got creative and came up with this new recipe. […]

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

A student of mine made this in a cookery lesson recently. It is a difficult thing to get just right but with my recipe, a little patience and some good ingredients you will end up with a restaurant quality risotto in minutes and for only a few euro. Feel free to change it by adding […]

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Beef & Ricotta Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

I never was a fan of meatballs, I found them to be mostly bland and dry when I tried them. I spent a lot of my earlier career working in Italian restaurants and found they were the same even then. So I came up with this recipe while working as head chef in a little restaurant […]

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Beef Lasagna

A good, homemade lasagne is such a warm, hearty dinner. Egg lasagne sheets are a little bit more expensive but taste better and I think they’re worth it. This dish is brilliant for freezing, so you could also double the portions and freeze some for another day.

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Tagliatelle Carbonara

CARBONARA is easily the most popular pasta dish in the world. I have seen it served from Ireland, to Germany, Australia and even in Hong Kong. Unfortunately most restaurants and chefs haven’t got a clue how to make a proper one. Being a big bacon and cheese lover I really love a good carbonara when made […]

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Tagliatelle, Smoked Bacon, Kale and Mushroom

If you are looking for a fast healthy dinner or lunch them this is the recipe for you. It uses no cream or butter at all instead I used Rapeseed Oil. Aldi and Lidl do smoked pancetta pieces or SuperValu do bacon Lardons, they are all the same price. I prefered SuperValu’s.

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Beef Cannelloni

THIS is a pretty simple dish to make and one I am sure you and your family will love. You can finely chop a carrot or two and hide them in the meat sauce or do as I did and use a pepper. The tubes are pretty easy to fill if you allow the meat sauce […]

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Lobster Ravioli Saffron Cream

In my opinion you can’t beat handmade pasta and ravioli is one of my favourites esp when filled with something as nice as lobster. This dish may seem daunting but believe me, it really isn’t difficult at all. You can order fresh lobster from your fishmongers but there really is no need to put yourself […]

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Tagliatelle, Shaved Asparagus and Poached Egg

This simple dish is very easy and quick to make and makes a great lunch. It isn’t at all heavy, in fact it makes a refreshing, tasty meal. I used fresh egg pasta, you can use dried but try to get a good quality one if you do. Due to there being no sauce in […]

Prawn Linguine

Linguine with Prawns, Chilli & Garlic

Linguine is like spaghetti only slightly flatter so not as rounded. It goes great with seafood especially crab and prawns. This is a really easy dish to make and doesn’t take much time at all so makes a great lunch or even a dinner for those days when you are too busy to make something […]

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