BAKING St Patrick's Day Irish Recipes

Donegal Table: Irish Bacon and Cheese Soda Bread

‘There’s something about the smell of fresh soda bread in an Irish Donegal home and we need to keep this baking skill alive’, says chef and cookery school owner Brian McDermott in his book ‘Donegal Table‘ published by The O’Brien Press. ‘I’ve made this Irish soda bread recipe a bit more exciting with the wonderful combination of flavours that is bacon and cheese.’

COOKBOOK RECIPES Lemon Drizzle Cake with Irish Summer Berries recipe

Donegal Table: Lemon Drizzle Cake with Irish Summer Berries

Who doesn’t love lemon drizzle cake? This is chef Brian McDermott’s recipe from his book ‘Donegal Table’ published by The O’Brien Press. ‘It’s actually easier than you might think to create this wonderful treat’, he says. Use the best Irish strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants and taste a little Donegal summer!

COOKBOOK RECIPES Fifteen-Minute Orzo Pasta with Bacon and Cabbage recipe from the Donegal Table cookbook by Brian McDermott

Donegal Table: Fifteen-Minute Orzo Pasta with Bacon and Cabbage

A modern take on the traditional Irish dish of bacon and cabbage from chef Brian McDermott’s new book ‘Donegal Table‘ published by The O’Brien Press.  ‘I’ve fallen in love with orzo pasta’, says Brian. ‘It’s easy to cook, looks like rice and allows me to cheat and make a poor man’s risotto. This recipe is designed to enable you to cook a tasty dish in fifteen minutes.’

COOKBOOK RECIPES Braised Pork Belly with Vanilla Foam from 'Dingle Dinners'

Braised Pork Belly with Vanilla Foam

Paul McPhillemy of Ashe’s Restaurant in Dingle shares his recipe for pork belly in Trevis L. Gleason’s lovely book ‘Dingle Dinners‘ published by The Collins Press.  It is a celebration of home cooking from the chefs of Ireland’s Number 1 Foodie Town. Buy your copy from good bookshops in Ireland and at Amazon.


Fried Mackerel Fillets with Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an important ingredient in the Irish store cupboard – we cook it with water or milk and call it porridge and eat it for breakfast. When pubs were the mainstay of social life, old men lined their stomachs with a bowl of porridge before a trip to the pub to have a few pints. In this recipe the raw oatmeal is used to coat the mackerel fillets to give a crunchy topping.


Fish Chowder

This is a gentle fish soup with light flavours and a delicate texture. Serve it with Irish Soda Bread or our Wholemeal Brown Bread.


Irish Boxty Potato Pancakes

A traditional Irish potato dish, boxty was cooked on a cast iron griddle over an open fire. You can cook it in a non-ridged skillet or in a non-stick pan.

SIDE DISHES Stuffing Recipes

Stuffing recipes

What an awful word ‘stuffing’ is – we need to come up with a new one to reflect the fact that stuffing is often cooked separately but not used to stuff the bird anymore. These fruit and nut stuffing, Rice and Nut stuffing and Oaty Fruity stuffing recipes coming up courtesy of home economist, Freda Molamphy.


Irish Wholemeal Brown Bread

A traditional Irish brown wheaten bread is a staple at the Irish table. You can modernise it by adding nuts, wheatgerm and even honey if you wish, but we think it’s just a fabulous bread when eaten warm with a knob of Irish butter and some home-made fruit jam.