Friday, 13 March 2015

St Patrick's Day Delight With Ocado

I am very honoured to be part of the St Patricks day menu again with Ocado, I had such fun last year pushing my culinary skills I was more than up for it this year. The  object was to create a three course meal that is easily achievable for any one , so i had to rack my brains as I really wanted to surpass last years and what you  are dealing with such a wide range of fine Irish ingredients then you have got your work cut out. I finally narrow my choices down after much deliberation and I decide upon 


Fine Irish breakfast on soda bread toast


Mushrooms of your choosing , though Porcini will require 15 minutes of soaking beforehand. cut into quarters
Scrambled eggs
Irish Black pudding
Guinness stout


You can make the scrambled egg before hand and keep it warm whilst you cook the mushroom and sausage.

Heat some oil in a pan over a medium flame.

Put in your mushrooms and cook for 10 -15 minutes .

About half way through adding the slices of Irish Black pudding.

Splash in a small amount of Guinness Stout.

Serve over light fried Irish Soda bread

Irish Soda bread is the back bone of many a great Irish recipe and it is truly both a thoroughbred and the work horse of Irish foods.

Main Course

Rack of lamb with a whiskey and marmalade jus.


Rack of lamb enough for 4 people

Old time Irish Coarse Cut Marmalade
2 tablespoons of whiskey
springs of thyme
Organic Herb Co. Irish Garden Herb Oil. to drizzle
4 average Potatoes wash and dried.


Preheat the oven to 200 C adjust if a fan oven 

Prepare your potatoes ( this was my first time for hassle back potatoes. Cut into the potatoes as is you going to slice them up but don't let the knife go all the way through.

Place the potatoes in an oven proof dish.

Tease the potatoes out a little to insure that the oil and butter gets into the crevices.

Brush the potatoes with the oil and some melted butter.

After 30 minutes of baking brush the potatoes again with the fat.

Then cook for another 30 minutes  adjusting according to the size of your potatoes.

The lamb takes around 25 minutes or less is you want it medium.

Drizzle with the same oil and dress with sprigs of them and place in the oven after your potatoes have been cooking for the last 25 minutes or less.


Irish Apple cake with double cream

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 5 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 375g self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 400 ml Buttermilk 

  • Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a suitable bundt tin. Combine
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon ,baking powder and  sugar. , beaten eggs, 
  3. Then add the buttermilk add about 400 ml ( add more if needs be)but pour slowly and stir make sure the mixture doesn't get to wet.
  4.  at this stage you can add any additional flavouring ( be careful not to over power)
  5.  Line the bundt tin with apple Pour 1/2 of the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Then pour the other half in the other side of the tin 
  6. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 70 to 90 minutes.
After it has cooled you could pour some Ameretto over the cake and let it soak in.

Disclosure I was provided with a voucher to obtain the ingredients the recipes are my own.


  1. I think I'd have gone for black pudding too - it's become a favourite of mine in recent years.

  2. The cake looks amazing, a lovely selection of recipes.

  3. Oh the desert and started looks amazing. I know my lot would love the main, but I just can not bring myself to eat Lamb!

  4. love these recipes, so different! Will give them a try

  5. What an amazing spread. Your lucky family for having to "endure" you testing these on them. ;-)

    I love the look of everything, but I will give the lamb a try soon. Thanks for the ideas.

  6. Ooh I love the look of the dessert! xx

  7. What yummy sounding food. I love the look of the lamb.

  8. I love hasselback potatoes, really tasty. Scrambled egg on toast is also a real breakfast treat - not sure I would ever try black pudding though!!

  9. OOh I do adore black pudding and have never thought to have it on toast with scrambled eggs, yum x

  10. I've suddenly come over all hungry! Looks like a great menu.

  11. Oh my goodness, Irish Apple cake - that sounds amazing! Yum!!

  12. Hubby says he is coming to yours for dinner lol

  13. Mmmm that Irish Apple cake sounds ace! Wouldn't mind trying soda a bread either! X

  14. wow Claire this looks amazing! I would totally eat all of that ... ok maybe not the black pudding bit ;-) x

  15. Loving your main course. I have to have those potatoes now, I've never tried them like this

  16. love the sounds of the apple cake! x


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