Catherine Celebrates airs RTE One on Monday 21st December at 7.30pm

Catherine Celebrates Christmas on RTE ONE this December as Catherine Fulvio serves up her favourite Christmas recipes, treats and hints & tips with Oysters, Potatoes and Bitters.

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Irish Manhattan Cocktail

Makes 1

75ml whiskey
25ml sweet vermouth
7 dashes Marmalade Citrus Bitters
1 tsp cherry syrup (from jar of cherries)
Orange twist

Place all the ingredients into a drinking glass with ice, give it a stir and then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Place the orange twist on the side and enjoy

Manhattan Mocktail

Makes 1

100ml cranberry juice
100ml orange juice
1 – 2 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
7 dashes Marmalade Citrus Bitters
Orange twist, to decorate
Cranberry ice cubes, to decorate

Place all the ingredients into a drinking glass with ice, give it a stir and then strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Add the cranberries into the glass and place the orange twist on the side.

Beef Carpaccio with Mustard Balsamic Dressing

300g fillet of beef, trimmed and cut into wafer-thin slices (ask your butcher to do this)
For the mustard balsamic dressing
1 tsp wholegrain Irish mustard
½ medium lemon, juice only
3 tbsp rapeseed oil (or extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp Irish honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g watercress and rocket leaves, washed
Pitted olives, to garnish
Parmesan shavings, to garnish
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

To prepare the dressing, place the mustard, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar. rapeseed oil and honey in a jar.  Add a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Place a lid on tightly and shake very well.  Check the dressing for seasoning, adjusting to taste.

To assemble, place watercress and rocket

leaves on serving plates. Arrange the carpaccio of beef on top. Drizzle some dressing over. Arrange the pitted olives and parmesan shavings on top. Serve immediately with extra dressing on the side. 


Roast Duck with Apple Walnut and Chestnut Stuffing and Port & Redcurrant Sauce

1 large whole duck
2 tsp salt
2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp chopped thyme

For the glaze
3 tbsp honey
½ large orange, juice only

 For the cavity
1 orange, sliced in half
A sprig of bay leaves

For the stuffing balls (makes 15- 18)

70g melted butter 
50g pancetta slices, minced
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ celery stalk, finely chopped
2 tsp chopped sage
1 tsp chopped rosemary

2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 large red apple, cored and diced small
3 tbsp chopped walnuts
3 tbsp chopped roasted chestnuts
200g fresh breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 


2 tsp Irish wholegrain mustard
3 tsp chopped crystalised ginger
2 tsp chopped thyme
4 tsp cornflour (or arrowroot) loosened in 5 tbsp cold water
Orange slices, to garnish
Bay leaves, to garnish

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4.Place the duck (breast side) up on a rack / trivet in a roasting pan and place the orange halves and bay leaves in the cavity of the duck.

With a sharp knife, make shallow incisions along the skin of the breast, scatter over the orange zest, salt and thyme and then rub the seasoning over the skin of the duck.Tie the legs together if you wish with some thin but strong string.Pour enough water below the trivet so that it thinly covers the base of the pan.

Roast uncovered, until a thermometer reads between 83°C to 85°C in the thickest part of the thigh – this will be about 21 ¼ hours doe a 1.6kg duck, rotate the pan halfway through the cooking time. Place a piece of foil over the duck to prevent it from over browning.


For the glaze, combine the honey and orange juice and brush over the duck, 15 – 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Brush the glaze on twice and return to the oven uncovered.  Keep an eye on it as they honey can burn.  As soon as the duck is ready, remove it from the oven and let it stand to rest for 15 minutes.


To prepare the stuffing balls, melt the butter in a large pan and add the onions, pancetta, garlic and diced celery and sauté for 6 minutes without browning them. Add all the rest of the stuffing ingredients. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Tip:  shape one small ball (this will be your tasting tester for seasoning). Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook the stuffing tester. Cool and taste.  You may like to adjust the seasoning to your taste and this can be done at this stage.Then shape the mix into neat golf ball size stuffing balls.Place them on a lined baking tray and drizzle with a little oil and bake them for 25 minutes, turning once.   

 To make the sauce, to prepare the orange and lemon, use a peeler to peel the citrus (½ of a lemon and ½ of an orange) without the pith. Slice them very finely into strips and add them to a saucepan of boiling water and simmer for 4-5 minutes.Drain the water and set aside.Juice the lemon and the oranges together.

In another saucepan, heat the redcurrant jelly and port and simmer for 5 minutes, whisking well to loosen the jelly. Mix in the mustard, crystalised ginger and thyme, the juice of the orange and lemon as well as the lemon and orange strips and bring to the boil. Whisk in the cornflour (or arrowroot) / water mix and still on a low heat, whisk gently till the sauce thickens slightly.  Remove from the heat. Transfer to a serving bowl or jug.

To serve, untie the duck legs if you have them secured. Arrange some fresh bay leaves in the cavity. Place the duck on a serving platter. Arrange the stuffing balls around the side.  Serve with the port and redcurrant sauce and glazed baby carrots and brussels sprouts with hazelnuts.

Glazed Baby Carrots & Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts

400g baby carrots
1 tbsp olive oil     
 4 small sprigs of thyme
300g brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved  
60g butter
2 tbsp Irish honey
100g chopped, toasted hazelnuts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Place the baby carrots in a large bowl, pour over the oil and add the thyme. Toss well and then transfer to a roasting tray to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the carrots are golden and cooked. Place the Brussels sprout halves into a steamer and cook for about 15 minutes or until just cooked.  To retain their

green colour, plunge them directly into iced water. Drain and pat dry. Melt the butter, honey and nuts in a large frying pan. Add the brussels sprouts and toss well to heat through before adding the carrots and finally season to taste. Spoon into a serving bowl or around the duck to serve. 

White Chocolate and Gingerbread Yule Log

For the sponge

4 large eggs
100g caster sugar
3 tbsp treacle
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g flour
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
¾ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
pinch salt
¼ tsp ground cloves


For the filling
120ml double cream, whipped
4 tbsp icing sugar
½ lemon, zest and juice
2 cubes crystalised ginger, minced
30g white chocolate chips, finely chopped (or grated if using a bar of white chocolate)  

For the white chocolate buttercream
80g softened butter
80g white chocolate
350g sifted icing sugar
Ground cinnamon, for dusting
2 tbsp icing sugar, to dust
Holly, to decorate

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/ Gas 5.Line a 35cm x24cm swiss roll tin with baking parchment.To make the sponge, whisk the eggs, treacle and sugar until ribbon stage. Sieve the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and ground cloves together in a bowl. Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture with a large spatula Pour the cake mixture into 

the swiss roll tin and bake for about 8 to 9 minutes until the sides start shrinking from the edge slightly. Place a piece of parchment paper larger than the swiss roll on a clean surface. Invert the cake onto the paper and carefully remove the parchment lining. Trim the edges with a sharp knife and score a line along the length of the sponge about 2cm in but not cutting through the sponge.  This will help with rolling the sponge.

Using the parchment paper, roll up the sponge with the paper inside. Set aside to cool.While the sponge is cooling, make the filling, whisk all the ingredients together until firm and leave in the fridge until required.

To make the buttercream, melt the white chocolate in a bain marie (bowl over a saucepan of simmering water), the chocolate should not be too hot.

Using a whisk, cream the butter for 2 minutes, then add the chocolate and the icing sugar and cream until fluffy. 

To assemble, uncurl the swiss roll, remove the parchment paper.

Spread the cream filling and re-roll firmly.  Cover with parchment paper and refrigerate for about and hour. Cut a ¼ of the cake off at one end on the diagonal. Transfer the larger piece of yule log cake to a serving platter and angle the ¼ cut end to the side of the large cake to form a branch. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a 1 cm nozzle and pipe along the cake or you can spread with a palette knife and use a fork to form the bark. Dust the top with a cinnamon and icing sugar and decorate with holly.


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