Wednesday 17 January 2018

Indulge at the weekend

Forget dining out — enjoy a leisurely home feast with Neven Maguire’s seasonal dishes

Amaretti baked peaches with Mascarpone cream
Amaretti baked peaches with Mascarpone cream

Neven Maguire

The weekends are a great time for eating out, but they are also a great time for eating in. You have that bit of spare time needed to try out a new recipe to enjoy with family and friends.

We are coming into a time of year that is so rich in produce, and you can adapt recipes to suit the seasons.

Amaretti baked peaches are a good example, but this recipe also works well with apricots, plums and nectarines. It is a simple, light dish that always impresses.

The Italian Amaretti biscuits are delicious crumbled on to soft fruit and they also make a wonderful cheesecake base.

Salmon and spinach en croute is a meal that looks as great as it tastes. Make sure you buy good-quality organic salmon. Again, this dish works well with any oily fish -- you could try sea trout or mackerel and vary it during the year.


In a series of nationwide demonstrations, Neven will be creating a range of wonderful recipes focusing on Irish-produced ingredients. Tickets are €25. To book, call: Red Cow Moran Hotel, March 23: 01 459 3650. Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, March 31: 0906 442 000. Galway Bay Hotel, April 6: 091 520 520

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