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One of our favourite pastimes has to be ordering a takeaway for dinner.

I mean, when you are on a first-name basis with the Deliveroo guy, it says a lot.

But your wallet and your waistline might suffer from this habit, which is why we have gathered these tasty and easy recipes so you can get all the flavours of a great Asian takeaway, only much cheaper and healthier!

1. Salmon poke bowl

2. Five-spice noodles with mixed vegetables

3. Vegetarian pad thai

4. Classic sweet and sour chicken

5. Chilli beef and pepper stir fry

6. Teriyaki salmon

7. Asian chicken salad



Fancy whipping up a batch of the tastiest cookies ever? Why not channel your inner Mary Berry and bake these tasty Butlers Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies.

Drooling already? Us too.

These decadent, delicious cookies are stuffed with pieces of caramel, which, when baked, create the luxurious experience of double chocolate cookies with a chewy caramel centre. Definitely cookies for grown-ups! The recipe below makes 18 cookies.


115g unsalted butter

350g soft light brown sugar

2 large eggs

55g cocoa powder, sifted

¼ tsp sea salt flakes

¾ tsp baking powder

260g plain flour

100g Butlers 40% Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar, roughly chopped

100g bag of Butlers Dark Chocolate Salt Caramels, roughly chopped

Sea salt flakes, for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C Fan/350°F/Gas Mark 4) and line 3 large baking trays with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and eggs. Add the cocoa powder, salt and baking powder, then stir well to combine.

Add the flour and stir until no white floury patches are left. Mix in the chopped pieces of chocolate.

Use a small 2 tbsp ice-cream scoop to portion the dough. Then make a small hollow in the centre of each scoop of dough and fill with pieces of the salt caramels. Cover the caramel with dough to seal inside.

Place the cookie dough balls on a baking tray, making sure to leave space between them so the cookies can spread while baking, and sprinkle each one with sea salt flakes as desired.

Bake for 10–12 minutes, then allow to cool on the tray on a wire rack.



Taste of Dublin is back with a bang, and starting from tomorrow you'll be introduced to some of the best and highest quality food in town.

Taking place in Iveagh Gardens from Thursday, June 13 until Sunday, June 16 (AKA Father's Day, bring him back some goodies); It's a three day immersion in Dublin's nourishing  and delicious tastes.

Organisers are describing this year's event as celebrating "the chefs that are taking culinary risks, fusing Irish and international cuisine and creating revolutionary Irish menus". Yes please.

What are we most excited for, you ask? Without a doubt it's got to be foodie Anna Barnett's collaboration with Ketel One Botanical vodka. 


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Anna is the London-based author of Eat the Week and The Reluctant Vegetarian, and also does stylist work because she's just that cool.

Obsessed with all things tasty, Anna is delighted to be working with Ketel One Botanical this year at Taste of Dublin.

Ketel One is a family-made vodka brand which makes the spirit with no artificial flavours and distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences.

Anna currently writes for The Evening Standard in her spare time, when she's not running her own website. How does she find the time?

Thankfully, she's curated a stunning menu of canapés to complement Ketel One's three different Botanical Spritz flavours; Grapefruit & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Peach & Orange Blossom.

We've chosen three of our favourite recipes for you to gorge over, but why not join the other 32,000 people expected to attend the Taste of Dublin over the four days? 

1. Peach and marmalade galettes with whipped lemon cream

Works best withKetel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom Spritz

Cooking time: 12 – 15 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Feeds: 6-8

Ingredients: Pre-rolled shortcrust pastry cut into 5cm rounds, one whisked egg, 3 sprigs of oregano with leaves picked and roughly chopped, sprinkle of sea salt flakes, 3 tbsp of marmalade jam, one tin of peaches in syrup cut into thin segments.

Lemon cream: 200ml of double cream, whipped until thick, zest of one lemon, one heaped tbsp of icing sugar.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. For the pastry, lightly flour a work surface or roll out pastry onto parchment paper. Scatter over chopped or whole oregano leaves and gently roll into the pastry. Turn the pastry over so oregano leaves are on outside and roll into rounds.

Spoon one-quarter of a teaspoon of marmalade onto middle of each round, add finely sliced peaches on top, and turn up the edges. Transfer onto baking tray, gently brush with eggwash and place in oven for 12-15 mins.

Allow to cool on rack. Pipe or spoon the lemon cream onto the tarts after whipping the cream and folding in the icing sugar and zest.

2. Bruschetta with grapefruit, charred red peppers, garlic and mint

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Spritz

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Resting time: 15 minutes

Feeds: 6 – 8

Ingredients: One French style loaf thinly sliced diagonally, two cloves of garlic to rub bread with, three red peppers, two grapefruits with skins removed and cut into segments, two cloves of garlic finely diced, generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes, one tsp of freshly ground black pepper, four sprigs of mint, generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Instructions: Begin by prepping the peppers. Place them directly over a gas flame, charred until the skin turns black and blistered. Turn the peppers until they're entirely black, then transfer to a bowl and cover for 20 minutes before peeling off the charred skins. Next, finely slice the peppers by removing any pith. Be sure to retain their juices as this is packed with flavour and can be used by drizzle.

For the bruschetta, heat a griddle pan until almost smoking then in batches char your slices of bread on both sides until you can get those great, dark stripes. You can also grill or toast the bread if you don't have a griddle pan. Cut the garlic cloves in half and rub into the charred breads.

Prep all remaining ingredients. Combine with the red peppers then arrange the bruschettas on your platters, just before serving spoons the mixture generously onto the breads and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or the juice retained from red peppers.

3. Irish salmon toasts with lovage mayonnaise and mint and pea shoot topping

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint 

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 – 10 minutes

Feeds: 6- 8

Ingredients: Irish soda bread, 200-300g good quality smoked salmon, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, zest of half a lemon, ground black pepper, 3-4 tbsp cress/pea shoots/radish tops to garnish

Lovage mayonnaise: 150g mayonnaise, 5-6 sprigs of lovage, several turns of black pepper, one-quarter tsp lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil

Instructions: Heat a griddle pan until almost smoking, then char your slices of bread on both sides until you get great, dark stripes.

For the lovage mayonnaise, combine the leaves, mayonnaise, seasoning and zest and blitz until combined. Cut salmon into even stripes.

To serve simply add a generous dollop of lovage mayonnaise to the charred bread, add on the smoked salmon and finish with drizzle of oil, a pinch of cress and lemon zest.

Anyone who attends the masterclasses in Ketel One Kitchen at Taste of Dublin will sample Anna's gorgeous canapés on Thursday and Friday, and meet the woman herself.


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Anna will co-host the cocktail masterclasses with world class bartenders while offering tips to her guests. 

Anna commented:

"I hope that everyone is as excited about tasting the canapé pairings as I was about making them and that they’re inspired to create them over the summer, when they’re entertaining at home."

Tickets for the Taste of Dublin are priced from €15, on sale online now.

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Winter is here and there is one type of food that makes us particularly happy at the moment, the humble bowl of soup.

Filling, healthy, cheap to make, they are the perfect meal when it's freezing outside.

Full of vegetables, high in protein, this hearty soup can also make for a delicious lunch the next day. Give it a go!


  • 100g butter 
  • 1 small carrot, finely diced 
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced 
  • 1 small onion, finely diced 
  • 4 potatoes, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 70g flour 
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 400g cooked chicken, shredded 
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt half the butter. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

2. While the soup is simmering, melt the remaining butter in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and continue to stir until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

3. Pour the sauce into the pot with the vegetables. Add the corn and the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve with fresh thyme.


There is nothing traditional (or healthy) in a spice bag, but we can't help but love them. Along with pizza and burgers, this tasty dish is among our favourite takeaway options.

With his book Fakeaway, Chef Adrian shares his own version of some takeaway classic so we can enjoy them without the guilt. 

Chef Adrian's version of the spice bag uncovers the whole truth about what goes in this dish – but it's much healthier than the original…


"The latest trendy thing to eat across Ireland is the spice bag. It’s sold in Chinese takeaways, but was invented in Ireland. With this dish, it’s all about the spice mixture. Here’s my version."

Serves 2

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into small strips
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Sliced red and green chilli (optional)
  • For the chips
  • 4 medium-sized Maris Piper potatoes, washed
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

For the spice

  • 2 good pinches of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  •   ½ teaspoon chilli powder

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6.

2. To make the chips, slice the potatoes to whatever thickness you like. Sprinkle with the chopped rosemary and sliced onion, coat with the coconut oil and bake for 35–40 minutes. Make sure you mix all the ingredients with your hands before cooking. If your tray isn’t non-stick, use some greaseproof or parchment paper.

3. To prepare the chicken, place the strips into the beaten egg. In a separate bowl mix the cumin and ground almonds, then place the chicken strips into the mixture, ensuring they are fully coated. If you find they aren’t fully coated, go back and dip into the egg and then back into the ground almond mix once more. 

4. Place the chicken onto a baking tray, put it in the oven and bake for 20–30 minutes.

5. Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Once cooked, combine the chicken and chips and then from a height sprinkle the spice mix over them, making sure to coat both the chicken and chips.

6. I recommend serving this in a bag or wrapped up in some newspaper, with a sprinkling of red and green sliced chilli.



Pumpkin spice lattes have been in stores for a few days now, and we just can't get enough of this delish autumn spice blend. 

Whether you decide to buy it or to make it yourself, it can be used in many tasty goods, and with more than one million mentions of #pumpkinspice, Instagram is the place to go to find some inspiration!

1. Pumpkin spice latte swirl


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2. Pumpkin spice cookies

3. Pumpkin spice porridge


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4. Pumpkin apple pecan bake

5. Pumpkin spice scones


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6. Chocolate chip pumpkin blondies

7. Pumpkin spice donuts


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8. Pumpkin spice ice-cream

9. Pumpkin spice smoothie bowl


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10. Pumpkin spice cupcakes


We all love a good takeaway, but we are also very aware that this isn't always the best option for our wallets or our waistlines (except on Treat Yo'self Thursdays, obvs).

With his book Fakeaway, Chef Adrian helps us enjoy our favourite takeaway dishes without the guilt.  

Among our favourite options are some tasty chicken wings… If you never thought you could make chicken wings at home yourself, think again.

Try this delicious recipe and you'll see that the tasty treat can be made affordably and oh so healthily. 


"A classic wing from the United States. It is normally deep fried and coated in a vinegary, buttery, spicy sauce, but for a healthier version I bake these in the oven. This version has the addition of bourbon to the sauce, which adds an incredible musty flavour. Don’t worry, the alcohol burns off in the cooking."

Serves 4

For the wings

  • 24 chicken wings
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bottle (354 ml) of hot sauce (I prefer Frank’s)
  • 100ml white wine vinegar
  • 100ml bourbon 
  • 100g butter
  • a handful of sesame seeds
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 4 spring onions, sliced

For the garlic and chive dip

  • 4–5 chives
  • 2 cloves of smoked garlic
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1. First make the garlic and chive dip. Slice the chives thinly and finely chop or crush the garlic. Mix the chives and garlic into the mayonnaise in a small bowl and set aside until needed. 

2. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6. 

3. Season the chicken wings with the salt and thyme leaves. Now sprinkle the wings with the oil. Give them a good mix with clean hands and place on a baking tray. Roast for 25 minutes.

4. While the wings are cooking, make the sauce. Place the whole bottle of hot sauce in a wide saucepan. Add the white wine vinegar, bourbon and butter and then allow to simmer until the sauce becomes sticky and reduces to a nice syrup consistency. 

5. After 25 minutes remove the wings from the oven and dunk them into the sauce. Return them to the oven for another 5 minutes and then dunk them again to get them extra sticky. Place them into the oven for a further 5 minutes and then they are ready. Spoon them into a dish, place the dip on one side, sprinkle with the sesame seeds, chilli and spring onions and tuck in.




It is us or does payday feel like ages away?

When you have spent all your money on rent/G&T/clothes/holidays, it can become a bit tricky to keep feeding yourself with healthy and tasty food. But don't worry, we have a few tricks that can be of great help.

Firstly, think of all the food you already have in your cupboard, fridge or freezer and make the most of it. You can try and be creative but also go for some classic that never disappoint. To this day, pasta with tomato sauce remains a true favourite and only cost a fraction of a tenner.

Another way to avoid spending too much on food is to reduce the amount of meat and fresh fish you cook. Pulses and eggs are great sources of proteins and nutrients and cost very little. Don't forget about the trusted spuds, pasta and rice, which are so versatile and nutritious.

To help you find inspiration and cook on a budget, we have gathered some cheap and yummy recipes.

 1. Tuna and sweetcorn cakes

2. Crispy bacon and tomato spaghetti

3. Spicy falafels

4. Lemon and pea risotto

5. Potato salad with Dijon mustard and dill

6. Turkey pasta salad

7. Spanish tortilla

8. Poutine

9. Spicy black bean fajitas



When you don't have time to cook, making a salad for dinner is one of the quickest ways to whip up something healthy in minutes. 

If you think the kids might not be happy with it, our foolproof method to building a yummy salad will prove otherwise – it is tried, tested and approved!


Our secret is to begin your salad by layer and to make sure you have at least one element for each of the layers:

1. A base: we recommend to start with a green base, such as spinach, lettuce, rocket, mixed leaves… For a more hearty recipe, you can also go for cooked quinoa, lentils or pasta.

2. Vegetables: cucumber, radish, peppers, carrot ribbons, red onions, roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash… The more, the merrier: this layer is to ensure you get your five-a-day and also to give some crunch and texture to your salad.

3. Protein: leftover rotisserie chicken, boiled eggs, ham, cooked salmon, tofu, grilled haloumi, chickpeas… 

4. Something soft: if you ask us, a salad needs avocado, but if you don't like it or don't have any at hand, it can also be feta, goat's cheese, cooked butternut squash, sweet potatoes or sundried tomatoes.  

5. Something sweet: raisins, grapes, strawberries, goji berries, cranberries, pineapple or a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce is essential to bring your salad to the next level.

6. Something crunchy: mostly nuts and/or seeds, this layer is the cherry on the cake. We recommend flaked almonds, toasted pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, chopped halzelnuts… 

7. Fresh herbs: basil, coriander, mint, spring onions… whatever you have on your balcony or in the fridge will do but don't skip this step! 

8. Optional: If you didn't already, you can also add cheese to your salad, such as feta, cheddar, gruyere, blue, goat's cheese.

Last but not least, make a nice dressing: 1 tsp mustard, 1 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper is our favourite one but don't be afraid to play around. There are a million easy recipes on the Internet. 

To give you some inspiration, here are some of our favourite combinations for the perfect salad:


1. Mixed leaves
2. Cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onions
3. Leftover chicken
4. Avocado, sundried tomatoes
5. Raisins
6. Pine nuts
7. Basil


1. Spinach
2. Sweet peppers, cucumber
3. Smoked or cooked salmon
4. Avocado
5. Sweet chilli sauce
6. Chopped peanuts
7. Mint, spring onions 


1. Mixed leaves
2. Radish
3. Eggs and crispy bacon
4. Goat's cheese
5. Cranberries 
6. Walnuts
7. Mint

Gwan, give it a go!


Is there a food that drives people as crazy as bacon? Maybe chocolate, but we can't really think of anything else. 

While they are a staple for our beloved weekend brunch, rashers can also be used to cook some really tasty lunches and dinners.

And that makes us very happy. 

1. Easy bacon and broccoli quiche

2. Bacon and shrimp ramen stir fry

3. Bacon fried rice

4. Crispy baked potato skins

5. Fried cauliflower with bacon and mushrooms

6. Spaghetti carbonara

7. White pizza with spinach and bacon



If you think that cooking fish is complicated, please, think again. 

An excellent source of vitamin B6, B12, D, selenium, niacin, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and phosphorus, salmon is the definition of a superfood and we should include it in our diet regularly.

While the easiest way to cook a salmon fillet is to brush it with olive oil, season it with salt and pepper before baking in the oven for about 12 minutes, we have lots of delicious recipes that are easy to make and will make you feel like a health guru!

1. Chunky fish cakes

2. Salmon with soy, ginger and honey

3. Salmon with watercress and ginger pillows

4. Salmon stir-fry

5. Simple fish tacos

6. Salmon pasta with courgetti

7. Salmon and lentil salad

8. Salmon, broccoli and potato gratin



Super tasty, comforting: Indian food is definitely one of our go-to for weeknight dinners.

But let's face it, it's much easier to order it than cooking it at home… unless you try some of the delicious following recipes!

With this tasty selection, you can spice up your game and save loads of money. 

1. Indian mulligatawny soup

2. Indian chicken and turmeric rice

3. Indian dhal

4. Paneer tikka kebabs

5. Mushroom masala

6. Indian shrimp curry

7. Indian curry turkey burgers

8. Crockpot sweet potato curry

9. Easy tandoori chicken

10. Indian butter chicken



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