Entries by Frances McCormack

Irish Colcannon

Colcannon is an Irish staple that can be cooked with either kale or cabbage, and it can be served as a a side or a main dish. This version is easy, cheap, quick, and nutritious. It serves 4 as a side. Ingredients: 5 medium potatoes 100g kale, finely chopped 1 bunch scallions (green onions), green […]

Sweet Tomato Soup

If you want a really simple lunch, this Sweet Tomato Soup will remind you of those comforting canned tomato soups that you were served as a child–but with fewer heavily refined ingredients. This makes 2 large bowls. Ingredients: 1 red onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 400 ml vegetable broth 2 cans (400g each) tomatoes […]

Bulgur Wheat Pilau with Spicy Mushrooms

Inspired by East African flavours, this Bulgur Wheat Pilau with Spicy Mushrooms is full of warming spices, and the pilau, if cooled and stored properly, will make for a great packed lunch. Serves 4-6. For the Mushrooms: Ingredients: 250g Portabello mushrooms, sliced 200ml apple juice 50 ml soy sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp […]

Sweetcorn and Chickpea Fritters

The best thing about these easy fritters is that you you can change the flavour profile easily by adding different combinations of spices. The recipe calls for a food processor, but you can easily make these with a masher instead. This recipe makes 8 fritters. Ingredients: 285g (drained weight) sweetcorn 240g (drained weight) cooked chickpeas […]

Gur Cake

Gur Cake is a traditional Dublin cake, popular in working class communities. The cake was made from bakery leftovers, so it was always the cheapest item in the shop. It’s a thick slab of spiced, fruity bread pudding sandwiched between two thin layers of shortcrust pastry. Ingredients For the pastry: 250g plain flour 1/2 tsp […]

Lemony Cauliflower Soup

Creamy and chunky, creating wonderful textural contrasts, and with subtle undertones of lemon balanced out by the herbs and pepper, this soup is a real winner and would be perfect for entertaining. This recipe serves 4-6 depending on whether it’s being eaten as a starter or a main. Ingredients: 2 white onions, finely chopped 650g […]

Two-Tone Pepper Soup

This fun talking-point for guests is simple to make, and great fun to eat. It serves 4, and you can choose whatever colour peppers you like. We’ve chosen green and yellow for the recipe. Ingredients: 1 large onion, roughly chopped 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, sliced 4 green bell peppers, roughly chopped […]