How do you know summer has arrived .....This was our house at 8.30 this morning, cloths on the line,dogs fed and walked and most amazing of all.. The cushions are out on the "swingie thingie" We would love to see pictures of how summer has arrived for you :-) ...

Festive cooking with chef john Dowd.

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Here is the recipe for the Spatchcock Chicken we demo'd at the Flavours of Fingal County Showl..perfect summer food.

1.5kg manor farm chicken, spatchcocked
wing tips cut off
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon, halved lengthways and sliced
½ garlic bulb, cloves separated and squashed, not peeled (about 7 cloves)
1 small bunch of fresh thyme
20g butter

For the gravy:
200ml good fresh chicken stock
50ml dry white wine
Knob of butter
Pinch of sugar to taste

Preheat the oven to fan 220°C/gas 9. Put the chicken in a roasting tin, drizzle the olive oil over, season, then put the lemon, garlic and thyme in the tin. Dot the chicken with butter and, if possible, leave for 30 minutes or more to marinate.

Put the chicken in the oven, then turn the oven down to fan180°C/gas 6. Cook for 45-50 minutes, basting regularly, until golden and cooked through.

Remove the chicken from the oven, transfer to a carving board and cover loosely with foil. Take the lemons, garlic and thyme out of the roasting tin and set aside. Put the tin on the hob to make the gravy. Pour in the stock and white wine and bring to a simmer, scraping any bits from the bottom of the tin. Bubble until the liquid thickens and the alcohol flavour mellows. Stir in the butter and season with the sugar and salt and pepper. Stir in any resting juices from the chicken and strain if you like.

Serve the chicken on the board, scattered with the reserved charred lemon, garlic and thyme from the roasting tin. Serve the gravy on the side, with new potatoes and seasonal salad.

Festive cooking with chef john Dowd.

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We had the best weekend. The Flavour's of Fingal Show is getting better every year, great family dayout for one and all :-) ...

Great day At flavours of fingal. Thanks to Robyn's Nest for the amazing cup cake decorating workshop. Kids loved every minute of it. #FlavourofFingal #JCSavages #Robynsnest #keoghscrisps

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