Winners 2014


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View recipe >> Fatma Raham
Clonee
Co. Dublin
Chicken Curry with Indian Pulaw

What this recipe means to me:
"This curry is budget-friendly and the whole family can enjoy it together. It’s very easy to cook, but what makes it special is the variety of spices used to give a good taste and an excellent aroma. This chicken curry and pulaw is loved by me, my husband and all my friends who have tasted it."

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View recipe >> Eoin Ryan
Windgap
Co. Kilkenny
Eoin's Lamb Burgers

What this recipe means to me:
"I have always enjoyed cooking and love experimenting in the kitchen with different flavours and styles of cuisines. I especially like to take something plain and simple like a burger, and tweak it to see what I can come up with using fresh herbs, spices and novel and unusual ingredients to jazz it up and transform it into something more exciting and less everyday."

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View recipe >> Eoin Corr
Dundalk
Co. Louth
Autumn Berry Streusel Cake

What this recipe means to me:
"I just love this streusel cake. It’s a real taste of Christmas with the sweet crumbly cinnamon scented cake and the filling layer of autumn berries. It’s a real favourite with the family at Christmas and a must for dessert at this time of year. It’s so easy to adapt the filling as well: try sweet mince or apple in the wintertime, then in summer use fresh strawberries or raspberries. It’s great; one slice is never enough!"

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View recipe >> Aisling Brennan
Dromcollogher
Co. Limerick
Spinach and Bacon Cupcakes

What this recipe means to me:
"I like this recipe because I use the best of Irish ingredients to make a tasty snack for all occasions. I enjoy making it and it is really quick and easy recipe to put together, one that the whole family loves to eat."

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View recipe >> Zoe Quinn
Mount Merrion
Co. Dublin
‘Posh’ Birds Eye Fish Finger Sandwich

What this recipe means to me:
"Everybody loves fish and mushy peas. This is a posh alternative that can be made easily at home and is packed with flavour. It can be eaten as a satisfying lunch or made into a hearty dinner by simply adding a baked potato, or sweet potato fries. A crowd pleaser that caters for everyone, from young kids to the ‘bigger kids!"

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View recipe >> Orla Dunleavy
Ballinrobe
Co. Mayo
Kung Pao Chicken

What this recipe means to me:
"This is the dish I cooked for my home economics practical exam. I have many memories of cooking it, and it became a favourite while we practised in class. At first my teacher thought I was being too adventurous cooking this recipe, but then she tasted it and loved it! She let me take on the challenge and the exam went really well. My friends would be ready after class with forks in hand to devour it, and it was renamed ‘Orla’s Kung Pao!"

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View recipe >> Mary Cahill
Cork
Co. Cork
Spicy Vegetable Bread

What this recipe means to me:
"Spicy vegetable bread and tomato sauce has been my staple, fail-safe vegetarian recipe for over 30 years. Originally devised by the late Phyl O’Kelly, cookery columnist with the then Cork Examiner newspaper, I have tweaked it over the years, but if a basic recipe is good it’ll stand the test of time. It’s easy to make, using everyday ingredients but maybe in a surprising combination. Mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and brown flour? Go on! Give it a try and surprise yourself with this nutritious, flavourful loaf."

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View recipe >> Liam Curley
Donadea
Co. Kildare
The Ultimate Club Sandwich

What this recipe means to me:
"I have been eating sandwiches for my school lunch since I was four years old and now I am 11, so I estimate I have eaten over 1,500 sandwiches! I am always on the lookout for new ideas to make sandwiches more interesting. A few years ago I was in America and I ordered this in a golf club. It was so delicious, I decided to try it out at home. I’ve tried many variations using different ingredients and different beans in the spread. I knew I was on to a winner when I caught my vegetarian sister sneaking one of my sandwiches out of my lunchbox!"

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View recipe >> Laurette Richards
Wicklow Town
Co. Wicklow
Chicken and Chorizo Penne

What this recipe means to me:
"This dish is a favorite with all the family, and is a great dish to whip up for last-minute guests as it appeals to all tastes. It can be varied with any other poultry or fish, and is a wholesome dish for summer or winter."

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View recipe >> Niamh McNally
Westport
Co. Mayo
Fresh and Creamy Pasta Zucchini

What this recipe means to me:
"I’ve always been a food lover and have cooked with passion since my Home Ec days! In the last year I’ve had a bit of a personal revolution and have become a much healthier, happier person. As a result, I’ve learned how to be ever more creative with food, looking not only at the magic of flavour and texture combinations, but the satisfaction of creating food that is tasty and healthy and doesn’t weigh you down. This recipe is perfectly satisfying for coeliac, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo and not-at-all fussy eaters alike. And kids love it!"

Winners 2013


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View recipe >> Maria Hennessy
Tramore
Co. Waterford
Beef and Barley Stew

What this recipe means to me:
"My nan made a version of this but it's changed over the years and has since become my own. She didn't add flour and prefers it thin, but I love it thick. Once it's got lots of barley in it, I'm happy! It's a firm family favourite and I always think of my nan, who is now 94, when I make it!"

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View recipe >> Ruth Healy Lucey
Clonmel
Co.Tipperary
The Indian Lambo Burger

What this recipe means to me:
"This recipe is loved by my family, including my three-year-old and 17-month-old children. My husband is my most honest critic and tells me this is the best burger in the world! You can use whatever spices you have in your larder and the lamb makes the burger gorgeously juicy and flavoursome. We had friends over for dinner that were visiting from Wales and Niall, who hates lamb, devoured it!"

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View recipe >> Vaarsha Baugeveat
Kildalkey
Co. Meath
Lemongrass Cake

What this recipe means to me:
"This is one of my favourite recipes. My family and friends always ask me to bake this over and over again. It's one of those lovely bung-it-all-in-a-food-processor recipes and is just fabulous! The smell of the lemongrass as it blends into the sugar is incredible, and I have to say that the unbaked mix nearly didn't make it into the tin as it was so delicious. It's plain and elegant and the syrup brings it to a whole new level."

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View recipe >> Fiona Uyema
Naas
Co. Kildare
Pandan Roulade

What this recipe means to me:
"I was only introduced to pandan this year;it's a long green leaf that's called the vanilla of southeast Asia. Now I can't stop baking with it! I fell in love with the wonderful aroma and taste of this pandan leaf, which is perfect for baking. I love creating new recipes that mix Asian and western flavours, and this recipe is one of my favourites."

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View recipe >> Adam Meehan
Gorey
Co. Wexford
Mini Cheesy Breakfast Muffins

What this recipe means to me:
"This is a great way to serve up a breakfast without standing over a grill or pan until the last moment. It's delicious with homemade brown bread, eaten on its own or with a salad as a healthy midday snack. It's economical, 'easy cheesy' and so moreish!"

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View recipe >> Joanne Donohoe
Leighlinbridge
Co. Carlow
Thyme for Chicken

What this recipe means to me:
"This dish was originally my sister's but I fancied it up by making a ballontine with the chicken. She now prefers my version! I won a local recipe competition with it last year and now I get requests for it all the time. It is definitely a crowd pleaser and I love making it."

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View recipe >> Elizabeth McCloskey
Dundrum
Dublin 14
Hearty Tomato Soup

What this recipe means to me:
"This thick and hearty soup served with garlic bread is a firm favourite with all the grandchildren. It can be made in advance or when unexpected visitors arrive. It's so handy as well - it has been given to student flat dwellers in a thermos for the next day's lunch or brought on long car journeys."

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View recipe >> Sinead O'Callaghan
Dundalk
Co. Louth
Pesto and Tomato Pasta with Crispy Crumbs

What this recipe means to me:
"This is a great go-to recipe. It's quick, easy to prepare and very tasty! The capers and olives add a bit of sophistication and the Parmesan crunch crumb with pine nuts sets it apart from a regular tomato sauce."

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View recipe >> Mike Mc Loughlin
Annacotty
Co. Limerick
Stuffed Breakfast Tomatoes

What this recipe means to me:
"This is a delicious morning treat; the beauty is they can be prepared the night before and popped in oven the next morning to cook. I came up with this as a Mother's Day morning surprise for my partner; she loved how the seasoning and Parmesan infused with tomato juices and egg as it cooked."

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View recipe >> Andrew Ryan (age 11)
Navan
Co. Meath
Andy's Banana and Caramel Invention

What this recipe means to me:
"This is my invention; it is easy and quick to make. I made it for my mam for after dinner on Mother's Day and my dad made the dinner. His was very bad but she said my Banana & Caramel Invention was the best thing ever!"


Winners 2012



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View recipe >> Veruska Anconitano
Dublin 2
Squisito!
Italian Stuffed Courgettes or "Zucchine Ripiene"

What this recipe means to me:
If I think of a summery dish, my mind goes to my Mum's baked stuffed courgettes, which we used to call 'zucchine ripiene al forno'. It's a typical summer dish from Rome and it can only be prepared during the summer there because it's the only time we have freshly produced courgettes. It's a family dish, and something you wouldn't expect to be so good because it's very easy to make, but its flavour is contagious!

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View recipe >> Vanessa Mifsud
Phibsboro, Dublin 7
Deli-delicious
Stacey's Spicy Beef Surprise

What this recipe means to me:
The smell of these rolls while baking is so warm and comforting. The sundried tomatoes and black olives remind me of warm Mediterranean summers. If I close my eyes, I can see myself at home in Malta enjoying these Mediterranean bites with a glass of chilled white wine, with a soft sea breeze!

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View recipe >> Stacey Carr-Kennedy
Glenties, Co. Donegal
Larder Luck
Stacey's Spicy Beef Surprise

What this recipe means to me:
Mince and beans are two of my favourite foods, so one day I decided to experiment and I looked in the larder and put these ingredients together. Now I really enjoy this dish!

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View recipe >> Shauna Gilbride
Ballymahon, Co. Longford
Tiny Tastes
Peanut Butter Choc Pops

What this recipe means to me:
I like using cups to measure things so I don't get them mixed up. My sister always makes cake pops to bring to her friend in her class, so now I make these to bring to my friends. They are messy to make, but it's so much fun.

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View recipe >> Radka Zacharova
Dublin 12
Fabulous Fowl
Plum Chicken Licken

What this recipe means to me:
I love cooking and would like to do it at a professional level in the future. One day I was sitting in my garden feeling a bit down when suddenly I had an idea for this recipe,, so I jumped up and got cooking. See for yourself, I hope you'll like my creation!

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View recipe >> Osna Campbell
Castleknock, Dublin 15
Start your day the honey way
Honey and Cinnamon Butter Pancakes

What this recipe means to me:
As a full-time working mum, weekends with my little girl are important, and we like to start the day off by having fun making pancakes! We have made these so often that my four-year-old daughter can now recite the recipe off by heart and has even tried to teach her dad how to make them!

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View recipe >> Olive O'Donnell
Mallow, Co. Cork
Take 5
Creamy Salmon Gratin

What this recipe means to me:
I love this dish as it is quick and extremely easy to make. Preparation time should only take ten minutes. Sometimes I serve it as a starter and other times as a main course with a green salad.

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View recipe >> Nur Farah Afiqah Ahmad Zaini
Dublin 8
Catch of the day
Assam Pedas Pomfret

What this recipe means to me:
Asam Pedas is one of the most popular dishes in Malaysia. It is so popular that it is said a trip to Malaysia isn't complete without trying it! This is my family's favourite dish, especially on special occasions. It is easy to cook and the ingredients are available in many Asian food shops.

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View recipe >> Karyn Ryan
Navan, Co. Meath
Cáca Milis
"Fifty Shades" Strawberry Chocolate Mocha Cake

What this recipe means to me:
I had some serious making up to do after committing the cardinal sin: forgetting to record the football final for my husband. I was too engrossed in reading Fifty Shades of Grey! This decadent strawberry chocolate mocha cake was my apology to him. It worked! I'm pretty sure it would impress 'Mr Grey' too!

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View recipe >> Ethna Reynolds
Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
Best Burger
Vegan Chickpea, Black Bean, Brazil Nut, Coriander & Oat Burger

What this recipe means to me:
A burger that is healthy for you and the environment? Yes! This baby impresses even the most die hard carnivores, and I swear it can change people's opinions of veggie food. So reduce your carbon footprint and your waistline, try this delicious burger, you'd be nuts not to!


Winners 2011



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View recipe >> Patrick Dougherty
Dublin 4
Tasty Pastry
Cinnamon and Raisin Buns with a Vanilla and Orange topping

What this recipe means to me:
This recipe is glorious! It has all the good stuff packed into one amazing roll held by the delicious puff pastry.

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View recipe >> Judith Cameron
Dublin 15
One Pot Wonder
Chicken, Chorizo and Prawn Jambalaya

What this recipe means to me:
My one pot recipe means easy preparation and cooking. I invite my extended family over and it's a hearty meal where we all sit around the table and have a proper catch-up.

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View recipe >> Paul Richards
Co. Wicklow
Catch of The Day
Oriental Fish Pie

What this recipe means to me:
My mother who died recently was a great fan of fish based cookery and always loved when I came up with something like this. Unfortunately she never got to try this one and as she taught me most of what I know about cookery. I dedicate it to her.

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View recipe >> Christian Higgins
Co. Galway
Larder Luck
Beans, Sausage and Vegetable Pie

What this recipe means to me:
This recipe has saved my life on many occasions. It's cheap, very tasty, reasonably healthy, and it won't break the bank! Most of the items you'll already have in the store cupboard and it can be altered any way you like as it's a versatile dish.

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View recipe >> Eibhlin Thornton
Dublin 22
Special Diets
Vegan Chocolate Mini Muffins

What this recipe means to me:
It means that my son, who is allergic to eggs, nuts and dairy, can have a treat now and again! The recipe can also be used to make a large cake, which is great for birthdays when sandwiched together with vegan butter-cream icing.

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View recipe >> Shani Alam
Co. Tipperary
Fabulous Fowl
Chicken Curry with Mint Yogurt and Homemade Roti

What this recipe means to me:
This recipe was the only thing that I could cook when I came to Ireland from Pakistan 20 years ago and it has been a favourite with everyone I cook it for since then. It reminds me of family in Pakistan and Ireland and it works everytime.

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View recipe >> Kitty Zhao
Dublin 1
Take 5
Chicken with Goat's Cheese and Parma Ham

What this recipe means to me:
This is my boyfriend's favourite hangover cure! It is also simple and quick for me to prepare and leaves a minimal washing up afterwards. The goat's cheese complements the chicken and adds a nice saltiness, and the tin foil keeps the chicken tender and moist. Perfect for Sunday lunch!

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View recipe >> Holly Meehan
Co. Wexford
Tiny Tastes
Good Stripey Fun

What this recipe means to me:
It looks cool. It tastes lovely too and is soooo easy and fun to make. Even though there is chocolate in it, mum says it's still good for me. It's better than any breakfast I know! You could eat it at any time as a healthy snack.

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View recipe >> Colette Coughlan
Co. Galway
Squisito
Sizzling Rosemary Chickpeas

What this recipe means to me:
This is my family's favourite mid-week recipe. Its quick to prepare and quickly consumed - and the best part is that it is adaptable for children. I add the chorizo and chilli to the adult portions only. The chorus of 'mmm' between chomping noises makes it all worthwhile.

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View recipe >> Alex Meehan
Co. Wexford
Lunchbox
Mini Pinwheel Sandwiches

What this recipe means to me:
These are tiny little sandwiches. They are way nicer to get in my lunchbox than big sandwiches with crusts. I hate crusts! They are easy to make too. As I am only 6 years old, my mum helps me with cutting the crusts off.