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Mini Mince Pies

  Ingredients: 170g flour 1 tsp cinnamon 100g cold butter, cut into small chunks 1 tbsp of caster sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tbsp of water 420g jar of mince meat 1 egg   Method Place the flour and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub in using your finger tips until you have a rough breadcrumb... 

French Onion Soup

Ingredients 2 tbsp butter 4 large onions, sliced 2 tbsp plain flour 1 tbsy thyme leaves 1.4 litres beef stock 1 tbsp brandy salt and pepper 1 clove garlic 12 slices stale french bread 100g grated gruyere cheese Method Heat the butter in a large casserole over a medium heat  and add the onions. Season... 

Traditional Irish Barm Brack

Ingredients 225g plain flour 2 tsps baking powder 375g pack of fruit 250ml cold tea 50 ml whiskey 125g light brown sugar 1 large egg 1/2 tsp mixed spice A ring to place inside Method Place the fruit mix in a bowl and pour over the whiskey and cold tea. Allow to soak in liquid overnight. Preheat ove... 

Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients 250g / 8 oz of softened butter or margerine 250g / 8 oz dark muscovado sugar Half of a 225 tin black treacle 375 g /12 oz plain flour 5 tsp ground ginger 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 eggs, beaten 3 pieces of stem ginger (crystalised/ from a jar) – optional 300 ml /half pint of milk 2 tsp... 

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients 1 pumpkin 700g or larger 2 eggs 225g light brown soft sugar 1 tablespoon plain flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 350ml evaporated milk 23cm unbaked pastry case Method Cut pumpkin in half... 

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients: 1 butternut squash, peeled and deseeded 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 2 onions, diced 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 850 ml vegetable stock 4 tbsp creme fraiche, plus more to serve   Method Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the squash... 

Interview With An Autism Ireland Volunteer

While much of the recent media coverage surrounding charities in Ireland focuses on controversies, it is important to remember that beyond any such controversies are the tireless efforts of volunteers on the ground. People who happily give their valuable time over to improve the lives of others. As... 

Capturing the Liberties Series – Meath Street

Capturing the Liberties Series – Meath Street In a new series for the FRG website, professional photographer, Stephen Davis, will be photographing Dublin’s most ancient quarter.   We start with the busy and mercantile Meath Street.                                Read More »

Sticky Char Siu Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients: 1 kg chicken drumsticks 6 spring onions finely sliced 3 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted For the marinade: 1 tbsp dark brown sugar 3 tbsp hoisin sauce 2 tbsp ketchup 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp rice wine 1 tsp five spice powder 1/2 tsp white pepper 1 tsp sesame oil 3 garlic cloves, grated Method In a... 

Butter is Back!

Butter is back in favour with a bang! The decision is that you cant beat the flavor. Butter is making news for another reason too, as prices keep rising. A steady increase in consumption is leading to a shortage on the European market, as reported in this Washington Post article (www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2017/08/11/europe-has-got-a-butter-problem/?utm_term=.6ea6975cdcdc).... 

Peach & Raspberry Oat Crumble

Ingredients: 1kg ripe peaches, stoned and cut in quarters 150g raspberries 150g caster sugar 1 tbsp vanilla extract Juice of ½ lemon 1 tbsp cornflour For the crumble topping: 150g plain flour 150g jumbo oat flakes 175g light brown Sugar 200g cold butter, cut into pieces Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve Method Preheat... 

Classic Pizza Sauce

Ingredients 6 ounces of tomato paste 6 ounces of warm water 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese 1 tsp minced garlic 2 tabsp honey 1 tsp anchovy paste (optional) 3/4 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/8/ tsp cayenne pepper 1/8 tsp of chili flakes salt to... 

Miso Salmon

2 Salmon skinless fillets 125g brown sticky rice Miso marinade 1 tbsp red miso paste 1 tbsy rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp light soya 1 tsp caster sugar 1-2 spring onion, very thinly sliced 2 tsp sesame oil For the smacked cucumber salad 1/2 cucumber 25ml rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp caster sugar 1/4 head of... 

Classic Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients: 185 g unsalted butter 185 g good quality dark chocolate 85g plain flour 40 cocoa powder 50g white chocolate 50g milk chocolate 3 large eggs 275g golden caster sugar Method Cut 185g unsalted butter into small cubes and tip into a medium bowl. Break 185g dark chocolate into small pieces... 

The Ultimate Cheeseburger Recipe

Ingredients: 500g mince beef 1 tsp dijon mustard 1 tsp worcestershire sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp ketchup 1 tsp thyme leaves, finely chopped Sea salt and cracked black pepper 2 tbsp olive oil Pickled red onion 1 red onion finely sliced Juice of 2 lemons For the spicy mayonaise: 75g mayonaise 1-2... 

Gluten-Free Moroccan Orange Cake

Ingredients: 200g dark brown sugar 4 eggs separated Zest of 2 oranges Juice of 1 orange 200g ground almonds For the syrup glaze: 130g caster sugar Juice of 2 oranges 1 cinnamon stick 1 teaspoon orange essence or cointreau Method: Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 22cm/23cm round cake tin with parchment... 

Fakeaway-Sweet Chilli Prawns and Noodles!

Ingredients: 200g prawns 200g egg noodles 200g shredded vegetables 4 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp rice vinegar 1 teaspoon grated ginger 2 cloves garlic crushed 3 spring onions chopped small sprinkle sesame seeds spray oil Method Add the soy sauce, chilli sauce,... 

Homemade Nachos

Ingredients: 2 x 250g tortilla chips 1 x 400g tin black beans 1 red onion, finely sliced 500g strong cheddar cheese 200g jar jalapenos chillies 150 ml pot of sour cream A handful of coriander leaves Lime wedge to serve For the guacamole: 2 ripe avocados Juice 1/2 lime 1 small green chilli Handful of... 

Chilli Con Carne With A Twist!

Ingredients: 2 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 3 small carrots, peeled and finely chopped 2 celery sticks, trimmed and finely chopped 2 red peppers, deseeded and finely chopped 2 tsp chilli powder 1 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp ground... 

The Old Chestnut

Under the spreading chestnut tree I pondered for a while And touch the trunk in wonderment of its roots within the soil For to bear a weight such as this the grip is deep below And the water that it feeds on that makes it thrive and grow And in its foliage small birds nest when springtime comes its... 
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