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  • It's Nonna central on the blog today! This lovely lady was from Matera and show me how to make crappiatta a peasant soup with lots of grains...
  • Pesto, green bean and potato lasagne on the blog this evening as part of my Mambo Italiano blog post! Check it out! :)
  • Fig, honey & almond cake! Made this with local figs, honey and almonds in Matera this time last year! Would so love to be back there right now! :) #italy #cake
  • New blog post featuring some of the brilliant Nonnas I met in Italy last year plus some great Italian recipes! Check it out on
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  • Out blackberry picking yesterday...
  • Blackberry & Custard Doughnuts- recipe coming up this weekend...
  • Thai Fish Cakes- how to make them video over on my youtube channel! Head over and subscribe! :) 👍
  • Misty warm morning in #Howth! Deep breath and have a great week folks! :)
  • Picked loads of sloes today! All set to make some gin next week! :)
  • Having a go at curing my own bacon this weekend! Seems to be fairly easy- will report when done! Pork belly rubbed with sugar, salt and herbs.
  • Nutella stuffed brioche French toast! Anyone for a bit of brunch? :)
  • Such an epic day out there! Just back from a two hour walk around the cliffs of #Howth! Happy weekend folks! #ireland
  • A bit of #mittkök madness this morning on Swedish telly! Was making cannelloni with spinach and mushrooms! :)
  • Vietnamese caramel salmon in my new weekly column in the Irish independent today! Delicious recipe traditionally made with catfish- it's sweet and sticky and very easy to make! :)
  • Salted caramel peanut mud pie up on the blog! Tag a friend for a special Friday treat! What are you baking this weekend? :)
  • Red velvet cheesecake! Recipe up on @jamiesfoodtube this evening with @eric_lanlard! Grab a slice for a pal! :)
  • Post workout juice- apple, carrot, ginger, celery, cucumber & beetroot! Better @tonedfit?
  • Max can't take selfies but wanted a photo taken with his favourite view on our walk this eve! :) #howth #ireland #maxthedog
  • Shooting with the brilliantly talented @wildflourkate today for @image_interiors! Move over Christmas cake- there's a new sista in town! :)
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Mambo Italiano…

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Travel is good for the soul- that’s what they say and after spending eight weeks traveling through Italy last year I can whole-heartedly agree. I was there filming a series called Grandma’s Boy for FOX International. The premise of the show was that I would learn classic Italian recipes from the queens of the Italian kitchen, the grandmothers, the nonnas! Every three days we would travel to a new town, meeting a new nonna and learning classic dishes specific to the region.

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The catch was that I had to cook a recipe using local ingredients under the watchful eye of nonna and more often than not she had something to say about it! From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the rugged and altogether different landscape of the South, I learnt a great deal about a country that prides itself on the quality of its produce and its passion for traditional and regional cooking.

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While we had great fun on camera, it was often off camera where I was lead by the hand to taste something extra special, learn a secret technique or just to see old family pictures, the truly special moments! One of the memorable treats on our travels was Porchetta, a rolled boneless roast of pork stuffed with herbs, it can be found throughout Italy sold at roadside stalls and in some butcher shops. It makes for a brilliant Sunday roast and is easy to achieve great flavour and crispy crackling at home.

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Recipe Video: Thai Fish Cakes…

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I absolutely love South East Asian recipes and I have been making these Thai Fish Cakes for years.  They are incredibly easy to prepare and make a great starter or perfect finger food.  Over on my youtube channel I have just stuck up a video on how to make them.  I hope you’ll give them a go, so head over, take a look and make sure to subscribe! :)

Continue to the recipe for Thai Fish Cakes…

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Meanwhile over in Sweden…

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I’ve been working away over in Sweden on Mitt Kok and I can’t believe it’s nearly been a whole year presenting my slot on Swedish screens every Saturday morning. I’ve had such a lovely reaction despite my so so Swedish, in fact they seem to like it! I’m just back from Stockholm after recording 13 more episodes but you can check out the latest few that have gone out:

{ Chilli & Lemongrass Chicken }

{ Flavour Bomb Salad }

{ Spinach and Mushroom Cannelloni }

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Latest from my youtube channel…


I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of September already- it’s been an incredibly busy month but I wanted to stick up some of the video recipes that I’ve been posting over on my youtube channel!  Have you subscribed yet? It’s free and there is a new video posted every Sunday morning!  You can check out some of the recent videos and their recipes below…

{ Pork Lettuce Cups… }

{ Raspberry Goddess Pie… }

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Irish Independent Weekend Food Issue…

COVERDONALI am so excited to tell you that I am the guest editor of the Irish Independent WEEKEND Magazine Food Issue out this Saturday!  It’s such a brilliant opportunity to feature some of my favourite things about food.

In the issue you will find exclusive recipe from my recent travels across Italy, a list of my top 10 places to eat in London, a great feature on a selection of Ireland’s finest food producers, a guide to what’s in season along with some recipes to inspire you.

All that plus the usual WEEKEND magazine features with a food twist.  The magazine is sold as part of this Saturday’s Irish Independent- I hope you enjoy! :)

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Book signing in Stockholm…


Calling all my Swedish friends- on Thursday I will be giving a book signing of my Swedish book at Leila Lindholm’s General Store in the MOOD shopping centre.  Come down and say hello!  See you there at 6pm!

Hej hej minna Svenska vanner! På torsdag kommer jag till Leila Lindholm‘s General Store i MOOD gallerian för att signera böcker, säga hej och kanske ta lite selfies!  Hoppas vi ses där kl 18.00!  Mumsfillibabba! :)

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FEAST: A Dinner Journal | Summer 2014

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Issue five of FEAST: A Dinner Journal has hit the shelves! This issue of FEAST is quite unique as I had the opportunity to shoot many of the features while filming for Donal’s Irish FEAST, a new television series which airs this autumn on Irish screens. The series saw us travel throughout Ireland stopping in Galway, Wexford, Dublin, Kerry and Kilkenny, in quick succession, staying in some of Ireland’s most historic homes. Needless to say we were cooking and eating some of the finest ingredients our country has to offer along the way.

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We couldn’t feature all fifteen fantastic producers in this issue but I know they all share the same pride and passion for quality Irish food as we do. On our journey of ingredient gathering we created a summer pudding using artisanal brioche; a fresh flavoured pea, mint and ham hock soup; Howth lobster cooked using a traditional Irish recipe; as well as some of the season’s finest Irish strawberries.

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As summer draws to a close, I hope the recipes and producers featured in this issue will inspire you to make the most of the abundance of seasonal and Irish ingredients.   Print copies of Volume 5 of FEAST: A Dinner Journal can be found in Easons and good food stores throughout Ireland. You can also purchase print copies online here. You can also purchase digital issues of FEAST: A Dinner Journal via our app available on iTunes and on Google Play for Android Devices.

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SPAR Kitchen Hero Live Tour…

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Calling all Kitchen Heroes my brand new LIVE cooking tour is back on the road this November.  I’ll be heading out to theatre venues across Ireland, cooking up delicious recipes live on stage in front of your eyes, every night.  The show is jam packed with great fun and laughter, recipes and cooking tips along with my favourite part, the audience cooking competitions!  After each show I’ll be signing copies of my books, answering burning cooking questions and meeting you guys, we might even take a selfie!  It’s a brilliant show for the whole family so if you want to find out more about tickets and venues check out the full list below and let’s get cooking!

Dates and venues:
Sat 1st Nov: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Sun 2nd Nov: Spiegeltent, Wexford

Thurs 6th Nov: Theatre Royal, Castlebar
Fri 7th Nov: Venue Theatre, Ratoath
Sat 8th Nov: Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaois
Sun 9th Nov: Langtons Ballroom, Kilkenny
Mon 10th Nov: Opera House, Cork

Wed 12th Nov: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Thurs 13th Nov: An Glor, Ennis
Fri 14th Nov: Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar
Sat 15th Nov: Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge
Sun 16th Nov: An Grianan, Letterkenny

Thurs 20th: Source Arts Centre, Thurles
Fri 21st: Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Sat 22nd: GBS Theatre, Carlow
Sun 23rd: The Helix Theatre, Dublin

Fri 28th: Briery Gap, Macroom
Sun 30th: Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

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