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St Tola with Beetroot from John Sheedy at Sheedys Hotel Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare,
1. Combine the water, sugar, vinegar, chilli, star anise, liquorice root and cardamom in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
2. Add the beetroot slices and bring to a simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to chill.
3. Whisk the goat’s cheese and crème fraîche until light. Stir in the chives. Transfer into a piping bag and leave to set in the fridge.
4. Remove the beetroot discs from the liquid and pat dry. Lay half of the discs on a serving plate and pipe on some goat’s cheese mousse, then top with another beetroot slice. Serve with pea shoots and basil leaves.