Ploughing just gets better and better

The National Ploughing Championships is without doubt one of the best few days of the year. It gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday) in Tullamore Co Offaly and goes on until Thursday of this week. I absolutely love the show and once again I will be in the Farmers Journal Tent. I love writing and working with the Farmers Journal and have been doing so for ten years and this is also my tenth year at the Ploughing as well.
I have three demos each day, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. It is a great event for food and farming and there is certainly something for everyone. The very best of Irish food is showcased and it is brilliant to be back there again and as always I am sure I will meet some fantastic people; I always do at the Ploughing.
I have shared two recipes that I will be making over the course of the three days in this blog – a gorgeous Striploin Steak with Sauce Diane and a fabulous MacNean Cheesecake. Happy cooking everyone.

Neven Maguire at National Ploughing Championships

CHARACTERS… You always meet great characters at the Ploughing – of all ages!

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Vegetarian dishes for everyone

Here are a few dishes that I shared on the Marian Finucane Show this weekend. It’s always great to talk to Marian and she has a real passion for food. These recipes are vegetarian but not just for vegetarians! These are definitely dishes that everyone should try and I promise you will love them. First up is a gorgeous dish using spicy potato. Enjoy!

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TASTY TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

It is that time of year again when the kids are going back to school and as a parent of very lively twins I know that it is important that their lunch boxes are not only filled with tasty food but also with food that will give them lots of energy! Here are a few suggestions for some simple lunch boxes and also a few ideas for lunch boxes that might take a little longer to prepare.

WRAP IT UP… Try a tasty wrap in your child’s lunchbox.

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Satay Prawns anyone?

I love the Marian Finucane Show and had a great time this morning talking to Marian about all things BBQ. We have some of recipes from the show on today’s blog  including the gorgeous Satay Prawn Sticks with Griddled Limes and a beautiful warm steak salad.  And keep an eye on this blog over the next few days when we will be sharing more summer sizzlers.

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Simply Better and Simply Delicious

I am delighted to be ambassador for the Dunnes Stores Simply Better range. Meeting some of the producers for the fantastic produce included in the range has been a real pleasure. I know I always say it but a chef’s job is made easier when there is brilliant ingredients on offer and that is certainly the case here. Dunnes Stores has released a ‘Cook with Neven’ magazine using some of the Simply Better range and you can pick it up in selected stores online or download it here.

Here is one of the recipes from the magazine, Pulled Corn Fed Chicken Tacos. Make sure you check out the rest!

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Gotta love those wings and Ice Cream too!

It’s the 4th of July so two American inspired dishes for you to enjoy on the blog today. Chicken wings and monster cookie ice cream sandwiches! Enjoy everyone!!

Buffalo chicken wings with blue  cheese dip

These American-style crisp chicken pieces are the perfect laid-back party food to share and they’re great for a movie night. It’s the seductively high ratio of skin to meat that makes these wings taste so good, but there are two key steps that ensure extra-crisp wings: letting them sit at room temperature evens the cooking time, and a quick dredge in the seasoned cornflour, plus a few extra minutes in the fryer so that they’re really golden brown, transforms into a crunchy coating when fried.

Chicken Wings from Neven Maguire

FINGER LICKIN… I just love these Buffalo Chicken Wings. Perfect for so many occasions.

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Parent and Child Course – one of my favourites!

Anyone who has read my bog over the past few years will know that it was always a dream of mine to open up my Cookery School and I have loved every minute since that dream came true. I love sharing my passion for cooking with people and one of my most favourite courses is the Parent and Child course. It is such great fun and to see the interest the kids have in food and cooking and also their ability I know that the future of Irish food is in good hands.  We have two Parent and Child courses coming up and a few spaces have just become availabledue to a few cancellations! We would love to see you there. Oh, and here is one of the dishes we will be cooking on the day!

PARENT AND CHILD… One of my favourite courses. Love to see the passion for cooking the kids have. Pic from Saucepan Kids.

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