The best home cooking and recipe videos this week


These brilliant tutorials by Irish chefs and foodies are giving us lots of recipe inspiration for home cooking

How tasty do chef Clodagh McKenna’s cookies look? Recipe below!

Feeling uninspired when it comes to homemade meals? We’re all feeling the absence of our usual meals out, from office lunches to weekend brunches. But thankfully, social media was awash this week with really inspiring cook along videos. Here are some of our favourites, from tasty cookies by Clodagh McKenna, to the GastroGay’s delicous focaccia bread.

Heritage potato & Rosemary Focaccia, by GastroGays

We love the look of this one. One half of our favourite food blogging duo GastroGays, Patrick cooked this recipe using Ballymakenny Farm potatoes on Thursday evening. The whole process is saved to a highlight on their Instagram page, where you can cook along with Patrick and at the end have beautiful loaf of focaccia to show for it.

Clodagh McKenna’s really simple Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe uses just six ingredients and takes less than half an hour! With all the tea and coffee we’re drinking at home these days, there would be nothing better than having a tasty homemade snack to enjoy with a hot cuppa. Clodagh cooked these in a really easy-to-follow Instagram video this week:

Neven Maguire’s Homemade Beef Lasagne

Top chef Neven Maguire shared a delicious recipe for a classic family favourite – tasty beef lasagne – using products from the Simply Better range at Dunnes Stores. A really straightforward recipe, the video has been edited down to a short tutorial under two minutes, you can find it on the Dunnes Stores Facebook page here.

Dr Hazel Wallace’s Halloumi Traybake

Aka The Food Medic, Dr Hazel Wallace has a highlight on Instagram packed full of tasty lunchbox ideas for all-year round. This halloumi recipe she shared recently caught our eye – how tasty does it look? And it’s really simple, too. Find the recipe below and follow Hazel here.

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#LunchboxClub 🎒Halloumi Traybake. During this uncertain time, it feels a little odd continuing with normal routine but for many people routine is very important to help feel a sense of security and level of control. So #LBC will continue. This recipe is not just for lunchboxes and can be enjoyed as a family meal or simply batch cooked and portioned out in the week. One recipe serves 3. INGREDIENTS 300g sweet potato (diced) 1 red pepper (diced) 1 yellow pepper (diced) 1 courgette (sliced and halved) 1 red onion (cut into chunks) 1 teaspoon of ground cumin 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 1 block of halloumi Sprinkle of cumin seeds 3 handfuls of fresh spinach METHOD 1️⃣Preheat oven to 180c and scatter the sweet potato chunks onto it. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and place in the oven for 15 minutes. 2️⃣Once the time is up add the peppers, courgette and red onion to the same tray. Sprinkle over the ground cumin and the other tablespoon of olive oil and give everything a stir to ensure the veg is evenly coated. Place back into the oven for 10 minutes. 3️⃣Now add the slices of halloumi onto the tray, sprinkle them with cumin seeds and place the tray back in the oven for the final time for 10 minutes. 4️⃣Line your lunchboxes with spinach and then load up with the halloumi and veg. #traybake #mealprep #veggielunch #sundaylunch #lunchideas #mealprepideas #halloumi #healthylunchideas

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Tasty and sustainable Pea Guacamole by Lilly Higgins

We’ve been following food writer Lilly Higgins’s recipes for years, so trust us when we say she knows how to make delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. We spotted this recent Pea Guacamole on her channel, see below, and love that it is a more sustainable alternative to the traditional avocado version. Follow Lilly for more recipes here.