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  • It's the Kerry episode of #DonalsIrishFEAST on RTÉ One tonight at 7pm! Make sure to check it out for this epic mini baked Alaska using @kfionnm's Murphy's Irish Sea Salt Ice Cream...
  • It's been a tough day for #maxthedog- this Christmas ham has been bullying him...
  • Sure would you look who it is in my favourite place in the world- @bebbrell from @sortedfood! Did the cliff walk and went for a little brunch in The House! Say hello Ben! :) #Howth
  • Huge congrats to the winner of #JuniorMasterChef 2014- the brilliant Phoebe! Myself and @johntorodecooks are super proud! Really brilliant series this year- so inspiring to see such enthusiastic young cooks- hope the show inspires lots more young cooks to get cooking! :)
  • Joe Caulfield my next door neighbour is on #DonalsIrishFEAST tonight! He catches some of the best lobster in #Howth! :)
  • It's all about Dublin tonight on #DonalsIrishFEAST! Peter & Vlad from one of Dublin's best little sour dough bakeries, @arunbakery will be on RTÉ One at 7pm! 🍞
  • 'Twas the panto before Christmas 2009! I was Peter Pan, @bprdowling was a very fabulous Captain Hook and @mastylee was Tinker Bell! #tbt
  • Very foggy but sun came out! Really beautiful day! :)
  • Despite the cold Max went for a swim!
  • Beautiful cliff walk in #Howth this morning before heading to Limerick today! #ireland
  • French onion soup kind of day? MAIS OUI! Try the recipe this evening- C'est délicieux! Find it on DonalSkehan.com... #Recipeoftheday
  • A little bit of Max action from earlier today! Hello Max! :)
  • Mini sticky toffee baked Alaska on my youtube channel tonight! Little sneak peek recipe from my brand new series #donalsirishfeast starting this Thursday on Irish screens! :)
  • Junior MasterChef is back today! Hitting CBBC at 4.30pm with myself, @johntorode1 and 4 budding young brilliant cooks! Make sure to tune in and set to record! :) #JuniorMasterChef
  • Potato, cheese and thyme tart in my Irish independent column today- will stick the recipe up on the blog soon! :)
  • Happy Swedish Kladkakka Day! This my triple layer version with a cream cheese frosting- recipe on my blog! :) #kladdkakansdag
  • Having such a brilliant time on the #KitchenHeroLive Tour around Ireland! Cooking up delicious dishes in theatre venues! In Castlebar tonight with a great crowd- yeehaw! :)
  • Just spent the evening with these crazy Swedish mofo's in the #mittkök studio! Filming new recipes for Sweden! :)
  • Pear frangipane tarts in my Irish Independent Weekend Magazine column today- will stick the recipe on my blog next week! :)
  • Happy Halloween!!! What are cooking today? Lots of Halloween recipes up on my blog including these creepy chocolate eyeballs! 🎃👻
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Halloween is here: All treats, no tricks!

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Halloween in Ireland is extra special as originated here hundreds of years ago. Samhain, as it was known back then, means the ‘end of summer’ and the Celts believed that it was on this night that the spirits of the dead would visit the mortal world to haunt the living. The tradition of dressing up in costumes and lighting bonfires meant that the spirits wouldn’t be able to recognise the living in their disguises! As the big night is fast approaching, I shared my Maple Spiced Pumpkin Muffins over on my youtube channel and I thought I would share some of my other wickedly good treats with you too! Check out the video and recipes below:

{ Maple Glazed Spiced Pumpkin Muffins… }

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What to Eat Now: Gluten Free Brownies…

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A few weeks ago I began a brand new weekly column, What To Eat Now, in the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine. It’s a brilliant opportunity to research and test brand new recipes and photograph them on weekly basis as well as sharing new products, restaurants and cookbooks each week.  This week it was all about Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies, a recipe which I have been making over and over again!

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My Little Black Book

Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food:
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, the highly popular Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food is celebrating its eighth year in the Marble City this year! It’s a fantastic event packed with cooking demonstrations, food tastings and fine dining events which attracts a whole host of dedicated food folk every year. If you are a lover of all things food, this festival is a must. Stick it in your diary- October 24th-27th 2014.

The Happy Pear Book:
Set up ten years ago by brothers Stephen and David Flynn, The Happy Pear  has become a shining star in Greystones offering a wonderful selection of the seasons best fruit and vegetables, in their organic shop and an inspiring wholefood menu of soups, salads & cakes in their restaurant. If you can’t get to Co. Wicklow, don’t despair, the brothers are spreading their health food revolution in their just released The Happy Pear Book which celebrates their tasty, healthy, whole-food recipes. The book is filled with delicious, doable dishes and a great addition to the cookbook shelf, especially for this with an interest in healthy eating.

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A Big Thank You! 100K Subscribers…

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Exciting news guys….I have just passed 100,000 subscribers on my youtube channel!! WOOOT! I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has liked, shared and subscribed in the past few months. Without you guys, there would be no channel so thanks so much for making it happen! It is such a blast making the videos and reading your comments every day so keep it up and make sure you hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already! With all of the excitement, I thought it was time for another roundup of everything that has been happening over on my channel! This time around, I have been having great fun collaborating with some very talented chefs and fellow youtubers and even my MOM! From wonky spoons in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen to my nationwide Spar Kitchen Hero Live tour, it’ s all happening so make sure you check out all the madness below:

{ 100k! Hello from London… }

{ Mom’s Coq Au Vin Blanc… }

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Kitchen Hero Tickets Up For Grabs…

Donal-Tour-Profile-Image_qw1There’s not long to go until I hit the road at the start of November with my Spar Kitchen Hero Live Tour! Woohoo! I will be hitting theatres across Ireland to cook up some of my favourite recipes live on stage and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way! The show is jam packed with recipes and cooking tips, fun and laughter and of course the all important audience participation!  If you’re interested in coming along, check out each of the locations I will be stopping off below and keep reading for details on how to enter!

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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Recipe Video: My Mom’s Coq Au Vin

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If you have subscribed to my youtube channel, you’ll know that I am often joined in my kitchen by some very talented cooks and food folk who share their favourite recipes with me.  This week was no different as I was joined by a VERY special guest….MY MAMMY! My mom Liz dropped by to cook up one of my favourite childhood dishes, her take on Coq au Vin. This was a regular winter dish in my house when we were growing up.  Check out the video below if you want to see me getting bossed around in the kitchen by the lady who taught me everything I know and make sure you subscribe or Mammy Liz will be heartbroken!

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Blackberry & Custard Doughnuts…

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Every year in Autumn it is a ritual for us to head out to the woods behind our house and pick ripe and juicy blackberries from the hedgerows.  This year was no exception and armed with a basket and our chief blackberry sniffer dog, Max, myself and Sofie set out to find enough berries to make jam & jelly.  The end goal was to make enough to fill some custard doughnuts which was to be the treat for all the “tough” picking work.

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Blackberries are one of Ireland’s true wild superfoods with high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants.  We have been eating them since Neolithic times and they are incredibly popular baked into cakes, pies and tarts.  There is a myth in Irish folklore that blackberries should not be eaten after Michaelmas Day (October 11th) as the berries will have been cursed by the devil or púca (a ghost in Irish folklore).  However on my last inspection there are plenty of beautiful looking berries ripe for the picking, devil or púca or not!

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A wander in the woods and hedgerows made it quite clear that there is an abundance of wild foods ripe for picking and beyond blackberries we came across rosehips, elderberries and damsons, all of which can be preserved and made into syrups or used to flavour alcohol.  If, though, that all sounds too complicated, blackberries are the easiest of Ireland’s wild foods to tackle and to eat straight away.  They can be plucked straight off the bush and munched on there and then.

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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! :)

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