Sunday 21 January 2018

Easy festive treats

Amanda Brunker shares some of her favourite dishes for home entertaining

Entertaining can prove stressful over the Christmas period, but, with a little preparation, it doesn't have to be.

Over the years, I've had the pleasure of meeting some of the biggest celebrity chefs, such as Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White.

I've enjoyed long lunches with Gary Rhodes and the wonderful Loyd Grossman (who's not a chef, actually, but loves his grub -- just like me) and been mesmerised by local heroes such as Conrad Gallagher, Clodagh McKenna and Ross Lewis.

For me, these guys are the real rock stars. What they can do in the kitchen with raw ingredients is magical, and, with what seems like effortless knowledge, they make flavours sing and the world seems a better place.

Having appeared on RTE's 'The Restaurant' and achieved the much-coveted score of five stars from the critics Paolo Tullio and Tom Doorley, I knew that I wanted to work more with food.

I hope I can make your festive entertaining as simple, enjoyable and tasty as possible. Have a great Christmas.

'Christmas With Amanda Brunker', €16.95. Look out for Amanda on' The Restaurant -- 5 Star Cook Off' with Fintan O'Toole on Wednesday, December 29, at 6:30pm on RTE One

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