Tidings of Joy! It’s the 2017 Flavour.ie FREE Christmas eBOOK!

We have been putting together for you a Christmas eBook for the last 3 years' but this years is a little different!

A few days before I made this recipe, I had a little rant via Facebook Livestream on the vagaries of food labelling and packaging.  It was a very successful broadcast which garnered a lot of interaction and reach - which was great because it's a topic I feel very strongly about and raising awareness is crucial. 

Tidings of Joy! It’s the 2017 Flavour.ie FREE Christmas eBOOK!

We have been putting together for you a Christmas eBook for the last 3 years’ but this years is a little different!

Click here to access 2016 and 2015 editions…

Instead of me bombarding you with recipes for new ways with Brussel Sprouts, I have decided to focus on things we can Slurp & Sip all winter long!

So feel free and welcome to download the 2017 Edition of the Flavour.ie Christmas eBook and access 12 original Flavour.ie recipes for Seasonal Soups and Warming Cocktails! Get everything you need to stay warm and rosey cheeked this winter, and download the eBook NOW!

What are you waiting for? It’s FREE, DELICIOUS and will take no time at all to download!

Try them out and let us know what you think!

CHEERS – Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Potato, Leek and Smoked Salmon Baked Galette

A few days before I made this recipe, I had a little rant via Facebook Livestream on the vagaries of food labelling and packaging.  It was a very successful broadcast which garnered a lot of interaction and reach – which was great because it’s a topic I feel very strongly about and raising awareness is crucial. 

I had chosen to “pick on” smoked salmon, greek yoghurt and butter.  I had purchased quite a bit of these in order to be able to demonstrate my points.  Ergo, I had a lot left over and because I am anti-food waste, I needed to find a way to make use of it.

A quick sconce through the fridge and cupboards to see what I had to hand, and voila, off I was making this super tasty dish. There’s not too much prep in this – mainly the potatoes and making the white sauce, but really these things are not taxing and can be completed in the time it takes for your oven to come up to heat so it’s efficient with your time too!

The trick is to not get to over zealous with the amount of smoked salmon here.  Stick to the amount suggested below and you will achieve the perfect balance of flavour.

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Sage Butter Roasted Pheasant, Duchess Potatoes and Cranberry and Blood Orange Sauce

This recipe is part of my “Tea with Granny” blog post on my Flavour Favourites blog. I’d love it if you could give that post a read as well please – thank you!

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Warm Salad of Pear, Walnuts and Molasses Cured Baltimore Pig Bacon, Mustard Leaves and a Savoury Dark Chocolate, Rosemary and Sea Salt Sauce

I have been asked to submit a couple of sweet/savoury tapas for an upcoming event where Clonakilty Chocolate will be launching their new bean-to-bar chocolate range (5th March…get your tickets here!). Following on from the success of my Savoury Cooking with Chocolate Supper Club in February I was feeling very much up to the challenge! Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be adding a few more sweet/savoury chocolate recipes to the blog just to finish off the Chocolate Season on Flavour.ie in style!

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Cha Cha Cha Chilli

Who doesn’t love a bit of chilli? Beef chilli, bean chilli, veg chilli – I just can’t resist the warm hug of chilli. Something so simple that packs a whack of flavour is always a sure fire hit with me, and, like a curry, gets better the second day too which makes for awesome left overs and gives you extra bang for your cooking buck!

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Christmas Feasting Inspiration from Flavour HQ!

I can almost hear the sleigh bells ringing at this stage! The kids have broken up from school; many many mistakes have been made I am sure following on from the invasion of the annual office party into every city, town and village and people are starting to lose their temper at the supermarket as everyone rushes out to get the things that they only buy once a year. Christmas mania is here; but not at Flavour HQ where we are the kind of calm and collected you only find where all overseas presents and cards have finally been posted; the meat for feasting has been ordererd weeks ago, and your veggies will be collected directly from the farm pre-ordered and pulled a mere two days before Christmas! The rest is just sweets, booze and  cooking – simple!

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Christmas dinner is the one thing I cannot help but plan literally months in advance!  It’s my all time favourite meal of the year and everytime its my turn to host I like to try and do something a little different to keep it special and surprising for those that we dine with!  Three days of feasting that I literally cannot wait for!  Everyone has their own take on the perfect Christmas dinner, and for fear of me trying to teach anyone to suck eggs I thought I would share with you our Christmas feasting plans here at Flavour HQ more in case for anyone who maybe stuck for some ideas for one or more of their courses or meals over Christmas!  There are no recipes written here yet, but if anyone would like me to send one or more of the recipes directly then just contact me at flavour@allsorts.net or via Facebook or Twitter and I will happily oblige!

Christmas Eve

Medium bodied red wine mulled with clementime, lemon, cinnamon and cloves finished with Cointreau and Brandy for an extra indulgent touch!

Festive Ham cooked in sweet fruit juices and spices for about 3 hours and then finished off in the oven studded with cloves and with a glaze made from homemade cranberry sauce, mustard powder and honey so it goes extra sticky and lovely!  I’ll be serving this up with some fresh homemade soda bread (our recipe is here), baby potato and scallion salad, homemade carrot and fennel slaw, pickles and a leaf salad.

Desert is inspired by my recent trip to Belfast and a french patissiere in the Christmas market there: puff pastry tartlets, topped with thinly sliced caramelised applies and served up with a salted caramel sauce and ice cream.

 

Christmas Day

Starting off the Christmas Day feast with an all traditional snowball (in memory of my Grandad who made a mean one) served in crystal glasses with a dressed rim of lime juice and icing suagr.

Starter: Choice of rustic wild West Cork rabbit terrine or a smooth chicken liver pate served with homemade red onion chutney, crostini, pickles and dressed winter salad leaves.

Mains: Slow roasted haunch of wild West Cork venison (marinaded overnight in port, red wine, garlic, rosemary, juniper berries, all spice berries and whole black and pink peppercorns) served up with braised red cabbage, duck fat roast potatoes, maple glazed carrots and parsnips, brussels sprouts with pancetta, garlic and chestnuts and served with a red wine and meadowsweet jus, homemade cranberry sauce and homemade horseradish sauce.

Desert: Winter Berry Trifle (blueberries, redcurrants and cranberry sauce), atop cointreau saoked ladies fingers and set in an orange and brandy jelly, topped with thick vanilla custard, whipped cream and white and dark chocolate shards.

 

St Stephens’ Day / Boxing Day (Ireland and UK covered there!)

MJ O’Neill’s special recipe spiced beef served with colcannon and plain mash, peas, carrots, portabello mushrooms, mustard and gravy.

 

I hope this helps to provide some inspiration for your Christmas feasts this year, or maybe for 2015 which, as we all know, won’t be long in coming around again – I already can’t wait!

 

Wishing all my supporters, friends, family and well wishers all the very best for a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmastime and with all good wishes for a great 2015!

Lots of of Love and a very Merry Christmas – Flavour.ie xxxx

Shepherd’s Pie with Celeriac Mash

It’s just turned the 1st of December, and nature has acknowledged this fact by making it cold and damp. Great. The heating is now on and the deflating of the chimney balloon so we can light the first fire of the season cannot be too far away now. And thus, thoughts turn towards seasonal comfort food the likes of which we haven’t seen since the last winter finally buggered off to make way for the spring to push through. And for me, this time of year always fills me with nostalgia for dinner around the table in the family home in Bristol when I was a child.

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Poached Pear Frangipane Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Salted Caramel Ice Cream

I don’t make deserts too often, frankly because it’s not where my comfort zone lies in cooking terms. But, saying that, I have a very powerful sweet tooth, and that makes me somewhat an expert when in comes to knowing what will taste amazing when it comes to deserts.

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Green and Gold “Be Well” Soup

What I eat and when has always been well influenced by seasonal produce. Obviously, personal choice is a large factor in this, but I have always been a firm believer in listening to your body and it will tell you what it needs. Our lives these days are so busy, hectic and cluttered with stuff and things to do that sometimes we don’t always give ourselves the time to listen to our bodies and to recognise that it will tell you if its running low on something, whether it be hydration, sugars, protein, essential vitamins and nutrients. Most of us recognise cravings but don’t pay too much attention to them unless they involve instant sugary hits or comforting mouthfulls of chocolate, sweets, maybe a glass of wine. But, often times, we need much more than just these instant hits of sugar and comfort.

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