Lemon Cream Cake (Torta Mimosa)

Serves 10 to 12

On Festa della Donna which is the 8th of March it is common to give a small sprig of Mimosa to female friends as it is a symbol for strength. I love those beautiful small fluffy yellow blossoms. The cake traditionally is fully covered in cake crumbs, but in this recipe I have just sprinkled them on the top, as I like the look.  

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Creamy Orecchiette & Mushroom Bake

Serves 4

Orecchiette ‘Little Ears’ is a pretty and very wholesome pasta shape. The mushrooms and orecchiette blend giving this bake a great rich earthiness with a “pop” on freshness in the form of the lemon. It has a sense of glam to it. 

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Catherine's Chicken Pasta Bake

Serves 4

I ask what would you like for dinner and the reply is chicken pasta bake all the time, so I hope that your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine. It’s so easy to whizz it up, especially during term time, when everything is very hectic.

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Beef & Stout Pies with Potato Pastry Topping

Makes 6 depending on the size

 I’m bragging now but this recipe was the winner in a cook off on live TV the NBC Todays Show.  The potato pastry was what helped clinch the prize! It’s a wonderful Irish heritage recipe that was passed to me.

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Pork & Pak Choi Stir-Fry

Serves 4
Ensure that you have all the vegetables and pork prepped before you start cooking. Once you get going there is no time to be chopping again! The process moves on fast... Don’t bother about cooking rice if it’s too late, one of those ready cooked noodles in the bag is just fine at that hour. It is a one pot and very easy to get it done in a rush. Pak choi is very convenient and bulks a stir fry when catering for a crowd.  

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Grilled Roast Pepper and Brie Toasties with “over-the-top” Tomato Sauce

Serves 2
Sometimes a stringy cheesy sandwich is just what is needed -- Now it is also nice to have a little spice, so I like to serve the toastie with a little tomato sauce which has a bit of a “kick” to it. The sauce will keep, sealed in your fridge for up to 7 to 10 days and it freezes very well, so store in small portions and there you have it, a sauce which you could also serve with spaghetti.

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The Murrough Posh Fish Pie

Serves 4
This was my Mother’s signature fish dish. We traipsed around the whole island of Ireland with this dish as she entered fish cookery competitions around the country! She used to present the pie in scallop shells and we as kids used to think how posh! Now I think how very 1980s!

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