Donal Skehan

Recipe Video: Energy Balls…

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Energy balls are all the rage at the moment but they are a great snack when you need a bit of a boost! Super simple and quick to make, these little power balls are packed full of healthy, nutritious ingredients like dates, oats, chia seeds and coconut.

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These healthy snacks are sweet and full natural sugars – which is great if you find yourself craving something sweet throughout the day. Roll the mixture into small bite size balls or it also works well cut into bars. Cover them in dark chocolate, cocoa nibs or chopped nuts and pop them in the fridge, ready for snacking!

Continue to the recipe for my Energy Balls…

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Food Photography: Travel & Lifestyle…

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I am delighted to see how many of you have been trying my Top Food Photography Tips for shooting images at home. Your images have been coming in thick and fast and it has been so great to see you all using my tips and tricks and sharing the results. Lots of you were asking for tips when it comes to shooting outdoor images or even travel photography so I have teamed up with Canon again to share my do’s and don’ts for travel and lifestyle photography which you can check out here.

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While shooting food images at home can be great fun, I love to get outside and explore. You can get some really incredible images, even if you’re just on a weekend stroll around your local village! In the video below, I share my top tips for travel and lifestyle images when you’re out and about.

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If you missed the first video in the series you can check it out here and be sure to check out my competition over here if you fancy winning a brilliant Canon Powershot G7X.

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So get out there and get snapping and make sure to send me the results on facebook, twitter and instagram!

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Win A Canon Powershot G7X…

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Most of you know that I started out as a food blogger, writing recipe posts and taking pictures of the dishes I cooked when I first moved out of my parents house. My love of photography has continued to grow since then and I now count myself as a fully fledged photographer, having shot all of the images for my books and website ever since. I’m completely self taught and count my success on a couple of things….Practice (a lot of it) and some easy tips and tricks which I have picked up along the way!

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With this in mind, I teamed up with the folks at Canon to create a video series with my Top Food Photography Tips! As part of the campaign, the Canon team have offered a budding photographer the chance to win a Powershot G7X. This is a brilliant camera, perfect for taking on your travels, shooting food images or even vlogging! To be in with a chance of winning this little baby, check out my Top Food Photography Tips video over here and then send your best food photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CanonDonal. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday October 14th so get snapping!

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Recipe Video: White Chocolate & Macadamia Cake

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The best part about using youtube as a platform has without doubt been the amazing community I have met through creating & sharing recipe videos. Since launching my own channel, I have been following the very talented Aussie lads from Bondi Harvest so was delighted when they wanted to do a collaboration. Their channel is packed with fresh, healthy recipes along with some decadent treats like this one-pot White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cake that we whipped up when we linked up in London.

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This cake was moist and gooey with just the right amount of sweetness from the white chocolate, cut with the tart berries and an added crunch from the macadamia nuts. It looks like a total showstopper but you can see in the video just how quick Guy pulled it all together. Make sure to check out their channel (get ready to want to go to Australia RIGHT NOW!) to see the Lamington Squares we baked together and if you haven’t subscribed to mine yet do it now… We’ve nearly hit 250,000 subscribers!! Subscribe here.

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Tomato, Mozzaralla & Basil Pizza

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If you have never made your own pizza there is literally no comparison to the ones you get from a takeaway or even from a box! By making your own dough and tomato sauce you are guaranteed a far superior pizza only to be topped if you get a real Italian to make it for you!

Serves 2
For the pizza dough:
250g strong white flour or bread flour (oo tipo)
175ml of lukewarm water
7g of fast action yeast
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of caster sugar
1 tsp of salt
3 tbsp of semolina

For the tomato sauce:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1⁄2 glass red wine (about 150ml)

For the toppings:
Handful of cherry tomatoes
Basil leaves

In a large mixing bowl combine the salt and flour and make a well in the centre.  Mix the water with the sugar, yeast and oil and whisk until combined.  Pour this mixture into the centre of mixing bowl and using a wooden spoon or your hands mix together to form a rough dough. Turn the dough out on a floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Place back in the bowl and cover with cling film.  Leave in a warm place to rise for 50 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 250˚C. Punch down the risen dough and divide into 4 small balls or 2 large ones depending how big you want your bases to be.  Sprinkle the work surface with a little semolina and roll out each ball as thin as possible. Spoon on a couple of tablespoons of the tomato sauce. Add on your toppings, as little or as much as you like. Bake each base for 4-5 minutes on the pizza stone sprinkled with a little more semolina and enjoy straight away.

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Lemon & Blueberry Slices with Mascarpone Icing

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While I like to push the boat at with deserts for certain occasions, there’s a lot to be said for a simple traybake. This Lemon & Blueberry traybake is light and zingy and the creamy mascarpone frosting, literally is the icing on the cake! Super easy to make and there is never a crumb left which is always a good sign!

Makes 30 slices.
For the cake:
225g caster sugar
250g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 large free-range eggs
225g butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons of milk
Zest of 1-2 lemons, depending on size
250g blueberries (150g for batter + 100g for sprinkling on top)

For the mascarpone icing:
250 ml double cream
225g mascarpone cheese
100g icing sugar
zest of 1 lemon

Pre-heat the oven to 160°C. Line a rectangular baking tin (30cm x 23cm) with parchment paper. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and make a well with the back of a spoon. Add the eggs, butter, milk and zest and beat with a hand mixer until well combined for about two minutes. Gently fold in 150g of the blueberries and lemon zest. Pour the mixture into the lined tin, place in the oven on the middle rack and cook for 35 minutes until golden brown on top and risen. Turn out on to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

Whisk the double cream until stiff peaks. In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated. Spread onto cooled cake. Sprinkle remaining blueberries and lemon zest on top and slice into individual squares.

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Recipe Video: One Bowl Chocolate Cake…

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On my recent trip to NYC I got to link up with the very talented Sarah Carey from Everyday Food and we cooked up two cracking cakes recipes for our youtube channels. I whipped up my zingy Lemon Drizzle Squares which you can see here and Sarah shared her One Bowl Chocolate Cake. Definitely one for all you chocolate lovers out there!

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This chocolate cake is great for birthdays, anniversaries, going-away parties or any day of the week if you ask me! It serves a lot of people and everybody goes crazy for it! The best part is it’s all combined together in one bowl and is ready in a matter of minutes! That’s my kind of cake! Recipe from Sarah Carey from EveryDay Food for our YouTube collaboration, check out more great recipes on

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Recipe Video: Fish Tacos…

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Fish tacos are one of my absolute favourite recipes and if I see them on a menu, I order them every time without fail! They are a Californian classic and take inspiration from all things Mexican including spice and heat! I like to layer my spiced, flakey cod with lashings of cooling guacamole, tomato salsa and crisp, shredded cabbage. Taco perfection! They make a truly different feast to serve for friends. The fish is absolutely fantastic when cooked on a bbq but if you don’t want to fire it up, it can easily be cooked on the griddle pan.

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