Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Delicious Ireland celeb chef recipes


Richard Corrigan is the chef owner of Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill and Corrigan’s Mayfair in London. Bentley’s is to open The Sea Grill in Harrods in May 2012.

Salt Marsh Lamb, Gubeen Chorizo, Broad Beans


500g Lamb, Neck Fillet or Best End
250g Gubeen Chorizo
200g Broad Beans
1 bunch Mint
200g Irish Sheep Milk (hard) cheese
50ml Olive Oil
2 Red Peppers


Roast and peel the peppers. Pop the broad beans and slice the chorizo. Season and roast the lamb
until rare. Heat the beans, chorizo, add the herbs, red peppers and cheese. Carve the lamb and

Wild Rabbit, Black Pudding, Wet and Wild Garlic


1 x Wild rabbit, skinned
250g Black pudding
1 bulb wet garlic
1 bunch wild garlic
1 tbls wholegrain mustard
250g washed caul fat
10 slices parma ham
1 large glass red wine
250ml chicken stock or water


Peel the wet garlic and sweat in a little butter until soft puree and set aside. Remove the legs and
loin from the rabbit. Remove the bones from the meat. Lightly bat out the legs and stuff with black
pudding. Repeat with the loin. Wrap both in parma ham and caul fat.
Roast all carcasses in a hot oven add a little chopped vegetable and caramalise. Deglaze with a glass
of red wine add a little stock or water. Reduce by 2 thirds and finish with a spoonful of mustard.
Lightly roast the rabbit in a hot oven until just cooked and serve with the wet garlic puree and the
wild garlic leaves.


Paul Flynn, chef and owner of The Tannery restaurant and cookery school, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, is
renowned for cooking exceptional modern Irish food. Paul’s dishes are known and loved for their deep earthy
flavours - while the menus give nothing away in their simplicity, the experience of eating them is hugely exciting. He
was the cookery writer for The Irish Times and subsequently wrote two cookery books, An Irish
Adventure with Food (Food and Wine cookbook of the year 2003) and ‘Second Helpings’ which
contains a selection of spectacular recipes using seasonal food.

Warm salad of Cashel Blue, Apple and Almonds


250g Cashel Blue broken into bite size pieces
1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
2 apples, remove the core and cut into 12 pieces
2 handfuls of washed baby spinach
2tbsp whole peeled almonds
2tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp red or white vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
Salt and pepper


Heat the olive oil and butter in a good frying pan until foaming.
Add the onions and apples followed by the almonds a minute later.
Meanwhile arrange the spinach in the centre of your plates and arrange the blue cheese around.
Turn the apples and onions when they start to colour.
Add the almonds, sprinkle over the sugar, shake the pan to coat everything evenly
Cook for a further 2 minutes then add the vinegar and allow to bubble a little
When the apples are soft and golden, spoon the mixture onto the prepared plates and serve

Iced Meringue Cake (Serves 8)

An ice-cream cake is a really impressive dessert. Deceptively simple to make and simply served with

whatever fruit is in season. A real hit at kiddies parties, decorated in the most gaudy, sugary ways possible.


8 meringue shells
400mls fresh cream
2 drops vanilla extract
1 tbsp icing sugar
Lemon Curd (see recipe below)
Selection of summer berries


Whisk the cream until medium to firm peaks with the vanilla extract
Break the meringue shells into the cream and fold gently until well mixed
Transfer to a bowl lined with cling film and freeze overnight

Lemon Curd (or buy a nice one!)

110g caster sugar
110g unsalted butter
1 fine zest and juice of 1 and half lemons
1 whole egg
3 egg yolks


Place everything except the butter in a bowl and whisk well
Cover with Cling film and microwave on half power for 1 minute, but stop and whisk every 20
Add the diced butter and again microwave for 1 minute stopping every 20 seconds to whisk
Continue this until the curd has thickened, allow to cool.
To serve
Take the cake from the freezer up turn onto a dish and remove the cling film.
Scatter the berries around and serve with the lemon curd.

Butterbeans with Chorizo, Black Pudding and Cider


1 tin of butterbeans
5 sprigs of sage
1 medium onion diced
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp of butter
½ chicken stock cube crumbled
1 tsp smoked paprika
100g chorizo, sliced
100g Black pudding, diced
1 bottle of dry cider
1tbsp of tomato puree
Salt and pepper


Cook the onions slowly in the butter with the sage and garlic, add the tomato puree and the smoked
paprika, cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the chorizo and allow the oil to come out, add the
pudding, cider and stock cube.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 more minutes
Season and serve


Derry Clarke has been Chef/Patron of l’Ecrivain in Dublin for 23 years now. Derry and
l’Ecrivain have been awarded many accolades over the past twenty years, including a Michelin Star
which was awarded in 2002. Derry’s food ethos is simple: He sources the finest fresh local produce and he believes that a good dish is only achieved using the highest quality ingredients.

Slow Cooked Skirt Steak with Turf Smoked Carlingford Oysters, Organic Spring Greens & Morel Mushrooms

Pt1: Beef
800g beef skirt (trimmed of excess fat and cut into 4 pieces)

2 carrots, peeled and sliced lengthways
2 sticks celery
1 onion peeled and sliced in 4
1 bulb garlic cut in half
250 ml chicken stock
1 big spring of thyme
2 bay leaves
Freshly ground pepper & Sea salt


Season the beef with the black pepper and salt. Heat a frying pan over a moderate heat, add a little

vegetable oil and sear the beef on all sides till nice and brown. Place the vegetables, herbs and
chicken stock into a roasting tin and place the beef on top.
Preheat your oven @ 70 degrees Celsius or gas mark 2/3 and cook the beef in oven slowly for 2
hours ( this will tenderize the beef). Remove and leave to rest for 10 min.

Pt 2: Oysters


12 Carlingford Oysters ( opened, flesh removed, Reserve Jus)
100g turf or any woodchips
2 bay leaves

Place turf or wood chips into a small roasting tray with the bay leaf. Place a wire rack over the turf
and cover the roasting tin with tin foil. Place tin on low heat for 2/3 min and pull back tin foil and
place the oysters onto wire rack, cover over the tin foil and over a low heat gently smoke the oysters
for 3/5 min. remove from tray and leave to cool. ( you can also use this method to smoke chicken,
pork, salmon, mackerel, vegetables etc.)

Pt 3: Spring Greens

60g peas ( frozen are fine)
60g broad beans
60 g French beans
12 small asparagus spears

All of the above to be blanched.

2 shallots finely diced.
200ml chicken stock
200ml white wine
200 ml cream
50g butter
Freshly ground Sea salt & freshly ground white pepper

Heat a sauce pan over a medium heat, add the butter and the shallots, sauté for 2/3 min add
the chicken stock and reduce by half, add the cream and gently reduce until you have a sauce
consistency. Season with salt & pepper, add the veg and heat for 2 min, add the oysters & the reserved Jus, Keep sauce warm.

Pt 5: Morels (or any mushrooms)

100g morels (or any other mushrooms)
Toss the morels in a pan with a little butter.

Presentation Method

Spoon the sauce & spring greens onto your plate, slice the beef across the grain and place on top, spoon on the morels.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Eat me, I’m Irish!

A lot of us Irish have left the island in recent years, for Oz, the US of A, the UAE, of course the trusty ol’ UK, and other far off lands greener and sunnier than our own bankrupt, drizzled-upon country. Migration is an Irish specialty. We love to travel, and we always seem to fit happily in wherever we land, benefiting from a certain affection – a benign condescension, if you will – which allows us to get away with the most audacious invasions when others would be resented by the natives. Even when our residence in their country is not always on an (ahem) official footing.

 I have witnessed the phenomenon myself, as an Irish girl now living in London (I like to think of myself as being on an anthropological excursion as opposed to being an economic migrant). But who could blame them? Aren’t we endearing with our rowdy cheer and our Guinness, and our longing for ‘real butter’ and Tayto crisps? We’re friendly and familiar – amusing when exchanged with British politeness and reserve – and we have our own peculiar wisdom which in the wrong hands could cross the line into asininity. In short, ‘Irishness’ involves a combination of things that makes people fond. Ireland itself is an evocative place that fills others with romantic thoughts and a desire to go there. ‘Irishness’ evokes some of the good things in life, and so everybody wants to be a little bit Irish – or at least able to finish a pint of Guinness.

Besides our most famous exports – namely ourselves and the black stuff – other Irish produce is making its way to foreign food stores and restaurant kitchens. Only recently I had Irish Sika deer in a top London restaurant, and saw Irish cheeses on sale in the deli counters of exclusive retailers. In Ireland we ourselves are only now learning that our food is a thing we do very well, and this will be our greatest ambassador yet.

So, proud I was to walk into Selfridges last month – a top fancy retailer in London, for those who don’t know – and see the food hall bedecked in green, adorned everywhere with the produce of Irish artisans in celebration of ‘Delicious Ireland.’ DI was the title of a promotion that ran for the month of April, promoting a great array of Irish food and beverages from dairy products to whiskey. Personally, I think we should change the name of our country to Delicious Ireland.

Below I’ve given an abridged list of the Irish foods on display at Selfridges last month – but to really show them all off properly the good people of Bord Bia enlisted the help of some celebrity chefs to fashion them into dishes in sprint-like cookery demonstrations – and you’ll find some of the recipes HERE

The artisan line-up included:

 Ballymore Farm’s beautiful handmade organic unpasteurised butter – which can be found at good food shops throughout Dublin
and Wicklow

Irish farmed organic Irish-smoked salmon from the inimitable Burren Smokehouse. Their exceptional products are exported as far a field as North America, but you’ll find them stocked all over Ireland – and a visit to the smokehouse if you’re in the Burren is the best way to buy them  

Chia Bia’s innovative range of breads, bars and seed mixes – brimming with all the health-giving properties of chia seeds  

DP Connolly and Son’s natural juices, lemonades and cordials, made from Irish orchard fruit with no preservatives

A fantastic range of bespoke spice blends from Green Saffron, the award-winning Cork based business that specialises in whole fresh spices. You’ll find their unique spice products at Mahon Point and Midleton farmers markets in Cork, the Limerick Milk Market, and various specialist retailers around Ireland

The innovative ‘Orchard Syrup’ from Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny – Ireland’s answer to maple syrup!

Ireland’s ‘it’ pudding, Jack McCarthy’s black pudding – so good the French gave the butcher a knighthood for it and we served it to the Queen on her visit! Find it, well, everywhere these days    

Mella’s delicious buttery fudge, handmade in West Cork using local butter  

Sheridan’s range of crackers, chutney for cheese and onion marmalade – designed to perfection to accompany their massive stock of Irish and imported cheeses and charcuterie. A visit to Galway, Dublin, Waterford or Carnaross, County Meath is not complete without a visit to Sheridan’s

Can you imagine ‘Holycross Chocolate Biscuit Cake?’ The Tipperary Kitchen in Holycross Village, Co Tipp can show you this Belgian chocolate and local creamery butter wonder

Delectable chocolate truffles from the Truffle Fairy – such as Tequila Salt and Lemon truffles – find them in Waterford and Kilkenny Farmers Markets, and the People’s Park Dun Laoghaire market in Dublin, as well as some shops around Kilkenny

One of Ireland’s favourite cheeses, Ardrahan, lovingly made in Kanturk, Co Cork since 1983. You’ll find this on any cheese board worth its salt, and most cheese counters throughout Ireland
To satisfy the cheese fanatic, click here to see the other stunningly good Irish cheeses at Selfridges

Lastly but by no means leastly, from Northern Ireland:  
Clandeboye Estate artisan yoghurts (made in Bangor using milk from the estate’s own award winning Holstein and Jersey herds);  
Five Mile Town Creamery soft and hard cheeses (including smoked and plain cheddar, brie and flavoured goats cheeses);
and the very innovative Good 4U’s range of sprouted and roasted seeds, functional drinks and healthy snacks (produced by a family-owned health food company in County Tyrone).

All of these products and many more are available at Selfridges’ food hall. If you don’t make it to Ireland to experience its deliciousness for yourself, do look out for whatever morsels you can find elsewhere …and we are everywhere these days, so it’s the least we can do to share our goodies.

Irish artisan cheeses now available at Selfridges

Glebe Brethan (comté-style cheese from Co Louth made by David Tiernan from raw Montbeliarde cow’s milk)  

Bellingham Blue (a raw cow’s milk blue from Glyde Farm, Co Louth)

Cashel Blue (Ireland’s first blue, a semi-soft cow’s milk blue made by the Grubb family in Tipperary, who also make Crozier Blue, a raw sheep’s milk cheese)  

Cooleeney (a brie-style cheese made from Friesian milk by the Maher family in Tipperary, who also make the soft goats cheese, Gortnamona)  

Durrus (a traditional raw cow’s milk cheese – one of the first farmhouse cheeses made in Ireland – made by Jeffa Gill since 1979 in West Cork)  

Gubbeen (a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese, also made in West Cork since 1979, by Giana Ferguson. Her son Fingal now produces a range of cured meats and charcuterie under the Gubbeen Smokehouse brand)  

Hegarty’s Cheddar (another famous Irish cheese made in Cork, from Friesian milk)  

Killeen Farmhouse (goat and cow’s milk cheeses, produced by Dutch-born Marion Roeleveld in Balinasloe, Co Galway)  

Knockanore Smoked (a smoked full-cream semi-soft cheese made since 1987 by Eamonn Lonergan, from Lonergan Pedigree Friesian cow’s milk, in Co Waterford)

 Knockdrinna Farmhouse Kilree (complex rinded goats cheese produced by Helen Finnegan, along with an outstanding range which also includes Knockdrinna Gold, Knockdrinna Meadow sheep’s cheese, and Lavistown)  

St Tola Organic Goats Cheese (an internationally acclaimed gourmet cheese made in County Clare by Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith since 1999, when she acquired the business from her neighbours)  

Wicklow Blue (a semi-soft rinded blue with a very creamy flavour, made by John Hempenstall in Co Wicklow from pasteurised Friesian milk)