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Roast Butternut Squash and Pancetta Risotto

06.03 2016 Roast Butternut Squash and Pancetta Risotto

Normally, we are not fans of Squash in Risotto as it tends to make the dish too sweet. However, necessity is the mother of invention and when Francis was recently catering for a large group, dinner for the staff was made last – and out of the remaining ingredients. So, we had the Risotto ingredients to hand, the Pancetta from the Meat-eaters option and some Roast Squash from the Vegetarian option. Together they produced something really...

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St. Valentine’s Stuffed Beef Heart

14.02 2016 St. Valentine’s Stuffed Beef Heart

Are we alone in thinking that Beef Heart is a good centrepiece to a Valentine’s Day meal? Today, we slow roasted a beef heart in honour of the bold Valentine as an alternative to a Hallmark-inspired frenzy of hearts and flowers. Forget the tales of ‘tough meat’, this recipe produces a melt in the mouth effect. The heart does have a strong (almost gamey) flavour though so this is not a great choice if your dinner companion...

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Last Basket Jelly

10.01 2016 Last Basket Jelly

Every year, we allow the last of the tomatoes and chilies as long as possible to ripen in the Greenhouse but eventually, the time comes to strip the plants and use up the fruit – regardless of colour. Habañero and Tomato Jam Recipe The title refers to this being the last harvest from the greenhouse this year. After these were taken, the plants were pulled up and composted. After two years of bumper crops of Habañero and...

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Pickled Chillies

08.12 2014 Pickled Chillies

Ingredients The list of ingredients below will fill 2 jam jars. Adjust according to the amount of chillies/jars you have. 250g medium-sized chillies 2 bay leaves 6 black and 6 pink peppercorns 1tbsp coriander seeds 1 level tbsp salt 4 level tbsp caster sugar 600ml white wine vinegar 2 sterilised jam jars Method Cut off the stalk end of each chilli and slice each in half along its length. Remove the seeds, if you like, but I leave ours in. In a shallow dish, cover the chillies and the...

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For the Birds feed balls

21.12 2013 For the Birds feed balls

You can easily attract many varieties of birds by providing fresh food and water for them. In Ireland, we don’t often have to worry about the water bit, but inexpensive bird feeders and treats can be made easily, often with materials you would otherwise throw away. One thing to remember before you start to feed small birds though; once you start feeding wild birds it is better to continue to do so throughout the year...

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