An Irish week in the heart of the Mediterranean !

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Following a dinner at the residence of HE the Ambassador of Ireland and Mrs Monica Hennessy to promote Irish foods with The Hon Karmenu Vella, Minister of Tourism and Mrs Vella as guests of honor, I am dedicating the next week to cooking dishes using ingredients from Ireland. My pages on today’s newspaper features Mrs Monica Hennessy at her home with her family. She shares with me her vast knowledge of Irish cooking. And of course there will be more irish ingredients for my recipe in Saturday’s Independent.

I will be using recipes from one of my favorite TV chefs Rachel Allen. I just love her practical creative recipes and her informal style. I was also introduced by Mrs Hennessy to Donal Skehan’s new book Kitchen Hero and I am looking forward to try out some of his recipes too.

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The Hon Karmenu Vella , Minister of Tourism, me, Mrs Monica Hennessy, HE the Ambassador to Ireland and Mrs Vella

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Perfect Roast Leg of Irish Lamb for Sunday Lunch

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I cook with Ronan Hennessy and we make Brown Irish Soda Bread with A Mediterranean Twist adapted from Darina Allen’s original recipe.

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Mrs Hennessy bakes Irish Foccacia from one of Rachel Allen’s recipes !

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Amon Baldacchino at Le Meridien… creates a special Mushroon Soup with Guinness

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Irish Stromboli for the Hennessys all the way from New York

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And Amon also prepares Braised Irish Lamb Steaks …

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And my recipe for Mint and Caper Scones …. very local ingredients in a very Irish scone !

And finally Shamrock Cup Cakes by Martha’s Cake and Bake

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From a glorious island in the heart of the Mediterranean …..

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An Irish week in Paradise !