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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Quick and tasty Fajitas and Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Everyone knows how important I think it is to get kids involved in cooking. Well, one of the recipes I am sharing today I know will have them running to the kitchen to help. The Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are a massive hit with the little people in the house; and I can bet that some bigger people will enjoy them too. I am also sharing a beautiful dish of Sizzling Steak Fajitas with Tomato Salsa and Guacamole. I hope you enjoy these recipes. I think they are perfect for family gatherings, especially as the weather gets better; fingers crossed for that! I would love to hear how they went down with the family.

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AN EASTER FEAST

On our restaurant’s Facebook page this week we asked people to choose between a Lemon Meringue Pie and a Raspberry and White Chocolate Pavlova with Lemon and Mint. We were inundated with comments! I was going to pick the winning dessert and share the recipe today in this blog for my Easter feast but there were that many entrants and that many persuasive arguments for both desserts that I am going to share both. I’m also sharing a beautiful recipe for Irish Spring Lamb too. So I hope everyone enjoys Easter and has some fantastic family time and of course enjoys some wonderful food too!

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NEVEN’S ITALIAN FOOD TRAILS AND A DELICIOUS LASAGNE

I am having the most wonderful time over in Italy filming for my latest TV series. ‘Neven’s Italian Food Trails’ will air in September and I can’t wait to see it. The food as well as the country itself has been breathtaking.

ITALIAN JOB… I am having a brilliant time over in Italy filming for my new TV series

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