Donal Skehan
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  • My favourite recipe from today's shoot! Subtly spiced @baronscourt1 venison with a red currant glaze, forest mushrooms and sweet potato mash- got a bit excited about this one! #DonalsIrishFEAST
  • Beautiful snowy morning here @BelleIsleCastle! Filming for new series of #DonalsIrishFEAST this morning using great local producers...
  • Off to learn about Sika Deer at @baronscourt1 with gamekeeper Sammy for #DonalsIrishFEAST!
  • Recording voiceovers this morning with @lockybutler for @foodnetworkuk! Show starts in April! :) #donalvietnam #FollowDonal
  • Good morning from Max! Who's got that Friday feeling?! 🎉
  • Ridonculously delicious spiraliser salad up on my YouTube channel this evening! Packed with great Thai flavours its guaranteed to make take the kitchen gadget out of its box more then once! :)
  • Just got back to Dublin and @rachelkhooks brand new book is on my desk! Cannot wait to check it out- beautiful styling, photography from @davidloftus and wonderfully delicious and innovative collection of recipes! Check it out- it's in shops now! 👍
  • Fantastic meal at Lilla Ego in Stockholm last night- highlight meal of the year so far! Really cool little restaurant, totally relaxed vibe and the food was incredible- ate: Gruyere (Semla) bun with seasonal mushrooms, pickled green tomatoes and pine, for main: duck breast with roast celaric, orange zest and beetroot! Only regret was I didn't have room for dessert! Tack @lillaegokrog!
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  • Good Morning! Last day filming in sunny Stockholm! Unfortunately no sun in the warehouse we're shooting in and didn't finish last night till 8, so had to jump out for a quick stroll to soak up some vitamin D! ☀️#stockholm
  • Good morning from sunny Stockholm! More filming for #mittkök today! Think I may be loosing my mind- thought I lost my laptop this morning at breakfast- had the whole place looking for it, it was in my room... #facepalm #needmoresleep
  • Brilliant Fish & kinda chips with minty mushy peas over on my YouTube channel! The kinda chips are crispy hasselback potatoes- love making these and they go great with the crunch of that crispy beer batter! :)
  • Good morning from Stockholm! :)
  • Brown butter cod with crispy potatoes, leek, carrot and lentils for Sunday lunch @gunneboslott! Really simple flavours but so bloody good!
  • Saluhall Briggen- cool covered food market in #göteborg, the building used to be an old fire station...
  • Fish tacos baby! Oh yeah! :) #tacosandtequilagbg
  • Scallop ceviche with poblano chilli, lime, coriander and sweet popcorn at #tacosandtequilagbg in Göteborg... Really great fresh flavours, textures and just the right amount of spice...
  • Bubbling caramelised banana pancakes plus 3 great ways with the mighty crepe! :)
  • Morning! Currently obsessed with these dinner rolls topped with Irish cheese! So easy and love that they are tear and share- have a video recipe for them coming up soon as a collab with the brill @thedomesticgeek1! :) #paddysdaycollab
  • Happy Chinese New Year guys! I've got a delicious leftover egg fried rice recipe video over on my YouTube channel- perfect for all the celebrations but also great cheap student food and a super simple supper! :)
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The Very Best Pasta & Meatballs…

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If I was to name one recipe that is ideal food therapy, it would be this rich tomato & Italian meatballs pasta. There is something extremely relaxing about rolling the meat into little balls and plopping them into a boiling, rich, tomato sauce. I rely solely on the heat of the sauce to cook and infuse the balls with flavour and I love to serve the dish on a big platter with serving spoons, so that people can dig in at the table.

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I like to use a combo or pork and beef mince as this give fantastic flavour. My top tip when prepping the meatballs is to make them nice and small. This way they cook in the rich tomato sauce nice and quick and they are a manageable size when it comes to eating them! You can of course use any pasta you like but you can’t beat spaghetti or linguine for a bit of Lady and the Tramp action!

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My Healthy Asian Spiralizer Salad…

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Have you caught the spiralizer bug yet? I am a true addict! If you haven’t heard of this trendy kitchen gadget, you’re in for a treat. Rather than the good auld Irish ‘chunk chop,’ you can create fantastic textures and shapes with most veg in a matter of minutes. I used my spiralizer to create this Crunchy Cucumber Asian Salad and it was a huge hit with my family and friends!

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This is really fresh little dish with loads of cucumber, carrot and mint all tossed with toasted peanuts and a sweet and spicy dressing. If you don’t have a spiralizer you can just as easily make this salad by slicing the vegetables thinly.

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My First 5 Vlogs…

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The biggest request on my youtube channel is behind the scenes footage so at the start of 2015 I decided that I would record what I’m up to each week and share it with all of you. This had led to weekly vlogs which I upload to my channel every Tuesday! I love seeing the reaction they get each week and from what I can see in the comments, you seem to be enjoying them too! Now that I have done my first 5 vlogs, I thought I’d do a little recap of what has been happening. Check them out below and make sure to subscribe to my channel to see all of my weekly uploads.

Vlog – Episode 1

Vlog – Episode 2

Vlog – Episode 3

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Beer Batter Fish with Hassleback Baby Potatoes…

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Fish and chips…What a classic! There is nothing better than tucking into this combo especially after a long walk on the pier in my hometown of Howth, a little fishing village in Dublin. While eating this the classic way has nothing wrong with it, my version uses a delicious beer batter which results in the crispiest fish and I serve it with my baby hassleback potatoes instead of traditional chips!

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The hasselback potatoes are one of my favourite ways of cooking potatoes, they turn golden brown and beautifully crispy. Don’t be afraid of shallow frying the fish, once you have a nice high-sided pan and a controlled heat, everything will work out nicely, but do be careful when cooking with hot oil.

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My Ultimate Fried Rice…

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Happy Chinese New Year folks! It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Asian food and with the Lunar Festival in full swing there is no better recipe to share with you than my Ultimate Fried Rice. This rice dish is quick simple and super adaptable so you can throw in whatever veggies you have lying in the bottom of the fridge.

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The dish works best when using cooked rice from cold, so it’s an ideal time to use up your leftovers instead of cooking rice from fresh. However cold cooked rice does tend to clump together, so place it in a large bowl, drizzle with a little oil and break it up with a fork before using. Check out the recipe below as well as some of my favourite Asian inspired dishes to celebrate the Year of the Sheep!

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{ Chinese Five Spice Pork Belly with Chilli Noodles… }

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7 brilliant pancake recipes…

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With pancake pandaemonium about to hit, it’s time to get the whisks out! If you don’t know what Pancake Tuesday is, you’re in for a treat. Also known as Shrove Tuesday, every year before Lent kicked in, it was a tradition to use up all the ingredients that were off limits during Lent like fat, butter, sugar and eggs and lucky for us, they are just the ingredients you need for pancakes! Nowadays it’s more of an excuse to pile up your plate with pancakes for breakfast lunch and dinner but I am totally on board with that!

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Whether you like your pancakes with a simple squeeze of lemon and sugar or like to go throw every topping imaginable into the mix, this batter will work great either way. In this recipe I have included three of my all time favourite toppings, Strawberries & Cream, Nutella & Fresh Berries and Caramelised Bananas with Dark Chocolate so give them a try and see which is your favourite. As well as this basic recipe, I have done a round up of some of my all time favourite pancake recipes as well as a video recipe playlist, so be sure to check them out below also! Happy Flipping!

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Epic Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart…

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Nothing says I love you like chocolate and this rich dark chocolate ganache tart makes a wonderful after-dinner Valentine’s treat but is perfect all year round too! I finish mine off with a sprinkle of sea-salt but for an extra decadent finish you could add a dusting of cocoa powder or even some chocolate curls.

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The best part about this chocolate tart is the decadent layer of salted caramel which is hidden beneath a rich layer of chocolate ganache. The addition of a tiny sprinkle of sea-salt really intensifies the chocolatey flavour making this the ultimate dessert! The pastry couldn’t be easier to makes and is perfect for a whole host of tarts and pies so it’s a great one to have in your repertoire. Valentine’s Day is all about indulgence so be warned…it’s very hard to have just one slice of this baby!

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Valentine’s Treats for your Sweet…

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There’s not long to go until the most romantic day of the year so I thought I’d share some of my favourite Valentine’s treats and desserts that you can spoil your special someone with (or skoff on your own!) this Feb 14th. Whether you’re a complete chocoholic or prefer something on the less decadent side of the scales, there’s a romantic recipe to suit everyone! If your Valentine is being very good this year and is avoiding all things sweet, I even have a HEALTHY Chocolate Fudge recipe…I bet you’ll impress with that!

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{ Millionaire Chocolate Ganache Tart… }

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