Race for food this week


It’s that time of the year, the Galway Races start on Monday, and half the country will be up at Ballybrit for a punt. I worked up there many years ago as a chef, and one of the most popular meals on sale was the steak baguette.

Steak baguette

I decided to share a recipe I love, local minute steak cooked the way you like it, topped with caramelised onions, melted red cheddar cheese, crisp rocket leaves, sliced tomato and garlic mayo in a warm baguette. That’ll get you racing!


2 x Foot long French baguettes


1 garlic clove

4 x 4oz local minute steaks


2 large onions, sliced


Knob of butter

Tomatoes, sliced

Crispy salad leaves


Ok, this is real easy, first heat a splash of oil in a frying pan, add the sliced onions, the butter and season with salt and pepper, turn the heat down to medium and slowly cook the onions until they have browned and softened. Keep an eye on them so that they don’t burn, stirring the pan.

Finely chop the garlic and mix with the mayonnaise. Season and fry the steaks to your liking, top with the caramelised onions, the cheese and place under a hot grill to melt.

Toast the baguettes; spread the garlic mayo on the bottom of both baguettes, top with the steak, onions and melted cheese, top that with the tomato slices and the lettuce and then the baguette top. Cut each baguette in half and serve, delicious, it’s making my taste buds race as I write this, perfect for the Galway Races.

Barbecue chicken drumsticks

chicken legs

Here are another two simple and tasty foods that you might get at the races, but if you can’t get to Ballybrit this year, these are easy to make at home while you watch the racing on TV.


12 medium skinless chicken drumsticks

2 garlic cloves, skinned and crushed

1 inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated

Finely grated zest of 2 limes

Juice of 2 limes

1 small red chilli, finely chopped

2 tbsp clear honey

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp tomato puree

½ tbsp sesame oil


Simply mix all the ingredients together except for the chicken drumsticks to make a spicy, sticky, marinade. Put the drumsticks into a bowl and cover with the marinade, making sure that they are well coated.

Leave them to marinate in the fridge overnight or for at least five hours. Preheat your oven to 180c, put your marinated chicken onto a baking tray and cook for 20-30 minutes or until they are thoroughly cooked and golden brown. You can play around with this recipe; why not add your own secret ingredient and serve with plain boiled rice.

Tandoori turkey skewers


Here's another great and easy to make dish, that are perfect nibbles to have in between the big races.


2 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp Tandoori paste

6 tbsp low fat natural yogurt

2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

1lb diced lean turkey breast


Turkey breasts are very economical and can be found in most supermarkets, just dice it up and mix with all the other ingredients, and leave to marinade. The longer that it is left in the marinade, the more intense the flavour will be. Thread the marinated turkey onto skewers and bake in a preheated oven for about 20minutes, turning halfway. Serve with a light salad.

There you have it, low fat, low calorie recipes. These are simple to prepare and cook and are really delicious. I hope that you enjoy them. The drumsticks and skewers could also be cooked on a barbecue if you get a good day. If you do get to the races, I hope that you get good weather, good food, and good luck on the gee gees. Contact me at [email protected] if you want any advice on any food related questions, and I’ll do my best to answer it.


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