Relax dads… we have some scrumptious dishes for you!

How do you like your eggs in the morning dads! I like mine Benedict style. It is Father’s Day this Sunday and another occasion where we can celebrate great food surrounded by the ones we love. So, to spoil the dads of Ireland here are two recipes, Eggs Benedict and Lemon Meringue Pie, that are sure to make them smile.

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WAKE UP DAD… The perfect way to start Father’s Day

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A great competition – and a great burger too!

I am really looking forward to Taste of Dublin this year. It runs from this Thursday to Sunday and it promises to be a fantastic show. I am doing demos throughout the day and one new feature this year is my Flogas Taste Experience Chef’s Table where you can see the cooking up close and also enjoy the taste of it afterwards! I am giving away four pairs of tickets to the chefs table from Thursday to Sunday. The details of how to enter are on the MacNean Twitter page and also at the bottom of the post.

One of the recipes I will be cooking at the demos is this delicious Peppered Burger with Sweet Potato Wedges.

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THE HEALTHY OPTION… No need to throw out the burger and chips this January

 

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Another year, another Bloom – I can’t wait

I have been at Bloom every single year and it is just a fantastic show and a real privilege to be there with Bord Bia. It is hard to believe it is back around again so quickly and it runs from Thursday June 1st to Sunday June 4th.  Kids go free and it is such a wonderful family event and there truly is something for everyone. Obviously the spectacular gardens and flowers just get better and better each year while another ever growing element of Bloom is the fabulous food and produce on show.

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NUMBER 11… This year will be the 11th year of Bloom – and my 11th year too!

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It’s never too early for Christmas… food

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… At least it was in Blacklion recently where we were putting together the dishes for my new cookbook. The book is called ‘Neven’s Perfect Christmas’ and I am so excited about it. It will be out in October and I can’t wait to see what you all think of it.

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NEVER TOO EARLY… I just love Christmas cooking, even in May.

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A FIRST IN MY CAREER – A MEAL AT MACNEAN HOUSE AND RESTAURANT

Would you believe that until last week I had never sat down and enjoyed a meal in my own restaurant and experienced what our customers experience. I wish I had done it earlier. It is always nice to have a meal cooked for you but sitting in the restaurant I had this immense feeling of pride at what we have all accomplished here in Blacklion.

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Awards and cheesecakes!

We had a fantastic night at the Irish Restaurant Awards and we were so delighted to win Best Customer Service in Ulster and also Best Restaurant in Ulster. The awards are brought to us every year by the Restaurant Association of Ireland and it is hard to believe that next year will be their 10th year.

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Hake, a light salad and some spaghetti with a twist

I was on the radio this morning with Marian Finucane and as always I had a ball. Here are a few recipes form my chat with her – and I will be sharing the rest later on in the week. Today we have Some gorgeous Roasted Hake with Cherry Tomatoes, a beautiful Roasted Beeroot, Feta and Watercress Salad and also a fresh Seafood Spaghetti. Enjoy!

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