Donal Skehan
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  • Myself and @JohnTorode1 are back with a brand new series of #JuniorMasterChef kicking off on the 10th of November on CBBC! Lots of a brilliant young cooks showcasing their cooking skills! :)
  • Sweet and savoury sticky rice dumplings: sweet green bean paste coated in sesame seeds and aromatic pork mince- deep fried until crisp and bloomin delish! #donalvietnam
  • Last lunch in Vietnam- delicious Bun Cha- a feast of chargrilled pork, rice vermicelli noodles, lots off fresh herbs with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce! Will so miss the street food here! #donalvietnam
  • Have met a load of lovely people who have been watching my youtube channel here in Vietnam! So cool! Xin Chao! #DonalVietnam
  • Met some crazy #GrandmasBoy fans today in Hanoi! So excited to hear it's been showing here in Vietnam! #DonalVietnam
  • Very excited to be filming at this brilliant little street food market tomorrow for lunch in Hanoi! #DonalVietnam
  • I have yet to meet a film crew who trust me behind the wheel so here I am with my buddy TT biking around Hanoi! Better him than me the traffic is nuts here! :) #DonalVietnam
  • Was up at 3.30am this morning to catch these Vietnamese ladies harvest young green rice- a delicacy in Hanoi at this time of year! Here they are using a machine to separate the rice from the stems... #DonalVietnam
  • Egg coffee for breakfast in Hanoi! Sounds very strange but a combination of egg yolks, condensed milk, sugar, butter and laughing cow cheese is whisked until fluffy and thick and served with hot coffee! Incredible rich taste- like a liquid tiramisu! #DonalVietnam
  • Filmed at one of Hanoi's oldest and most famous restaurants today, Cha Ca La Vong, where they have been serving the same one dish for over 100 years- turmeric fish which is marinated for 12 hours with galangal and fish sauce then threaded onto bamboo skewers and chargrilled over hot coals- the fish pieces are then fried in shallot oil and served to the table on a hot plate where diners mix in dill and spring onions and serve over rice vermicelli noodles with peanuts, coriander, chilli and shrimp paste. Hugely popular here and I can see why! #DonalVietnam
  • Street food at the bustling market in Sapa- this lady was selling spicy pigs ear salad... #DonalVietnam
  • Morning market shopping in Sapa! On the way to Hanoi... #DonalVietnam
  • BBQ Pork with ginger, turmeric, mint and toasted sesame seeds... #DonalVietnam
  • Just can't get over the stunning scenery here! Not bad for a Tuesday! #DonalVietnam
  • On the streets of Sapa making apple wine with apples grown by the Hmong tribe... #DonalVietnam
  • Sad to say goodbye to our fantastic Red Dao hosts for the past three days... Heading to Hanoi tomorrow to focus on street food! #DonalVietnam
  • The incredible dry store at the top of a Red Dao tribe house- here they store corn, rice and pumpkins through the winter. The kitchen is just underneath so the heat and smoke helps to dry the produce out... #DonalVietnam
  • Brilliant few days filming with the Red Dao tribe just outside Sapa! #DonalVietnam with @jonnyrocksville @lenocks...
  • Best experience of the day- a traditional herbal bath with herbs picked from the mountain and steeped in boiling water! It is used to soak the muscles after a hard day in the rice paddies! Nothing like taking a bath with a big group of strangers watching! :) #DonalVietnam
  • This little girl is eating sticky rice cooked in a bamboo shoot! The rice is stuffed into the hollow shoot and sealed with a banana leaf, then boiled until tender... Then the whole rice filled bamboo shoot is grilled over an open fire- it results in a chewy sweet rice cylinder with the most incredible texture! Really special! #DonalVietnam
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Aromatic Duck Noodle Salad

I love the richness of duck and it works wonderfully well in this Asian inspired noodle salad.  The sharpness of lime creates a tangy dressing full of aromatic ingredients like sesame oil and ginger.

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Aromatic Duck Noodle Salad…

IMG_1176This is such a tasty, fragrant and fresh dish.  I've had the idea for it for a while now and eventually got round to cooking it last night. The whole process took about 30 mins and was pretty hassle free. The duck is from Silverhill foods, it's a really great product, it's so handy to have in the freezer and is nice and crispy when cooked.  I really dishes like this with strong flavours and wonderful textures.

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Gooey Chocolate Pudding…

chocpud4Ok I know this started as a healthy eating blog, but this recipe is not my fault, I made it to cheer someone up! I could play on that whole chocolate is good for you crap but realistically, these are little babies are for when you need REAL comfort!

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Spicy Sticky Roast Squash Salad…

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GOOD MORNING! Well this was dinner last night mainly because I decided that if i didn't use the squash in the fridge it was going to end up in the bin! I love, love, love roast veggies, when they're done properly that is, I mean when they're crispy, chewy and caramelised on the outside and soft and mushy on the inside, now that's perfection. I have just moved into a new apartment which means a new oven.  It's electric and taking a little getting used to when it comes to regulating the heat.  I'm used to a gas oven and hob so the change isn't exactly great news as it seems much harder to regulate the temperature. But I'm getting there!

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Spicy Sticky Roast Squash Salad

I love roast vegetables and would happily eat them without anything else.  This sticky and spicy, honey and chilli coating creates wonderfully sweet vegetables with a kick.  Serve as a side or as light meal with some couscous or bulgar wheat.

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Chili Chicken Broccoli Asparagus Noodles…

IMG_0713 This isn't exactly the most amazingly intricate Chinese dish I have made but I chose to write about it because, if you have all the ingredients it is a very simple, tasty, balanced and healthy meal.

The first time I was introduced to real Chinese cuisine was during a visit to my Aunt's house where a Chinese friend was giving a cooking demonstration to a group of her friends. I was encouraged to try beef, ginger and scallion, a simple dish which seemed to capture the simplicity of this extensive cuisine.

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Chili Chicken Broccoli Asparagus Noodles

This simple little stir fry is an easy little dinner.  The key when stir frying is to do all the preparation before you start to cook.  Make sure to have your wok almost smoking hot when you start to fry.

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Oregano Lamb Chops & Simple Carrot and Cabbage Salad

IMG_0703This is an incredibly simple little supper to prepare and quite healthy too. Oregano and lamb are a superb match and left to marinate with garlic and olive oil it becomes a thing of true beauty

Serves 2-4
4 good quality lamb chops
3 cloves of garlic chopped finely
3 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of good quality balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
A good pinch of sea salt and ground pepper

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Oregano Lamb Chops and Carrot and Cabbage Salad

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Now generally I am a Chicken and fish fan so this dish mostly came about because my girlfriend gently suggested that I should cook something other than chicken tonight! Not one to dissappoint I head to the butchers with this in mind and picked out some lamb chops.

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Rainy Day Mediterranean Homemade Pizza…

This is the first recipe I ever posted on The Good Mood Food Blog in July 2007.  It is one of the first things I learned to make and I still make it now.  The spicy tomato sauce is a great twist and adds a bit of heat to this delicious pizza.

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Rainy Day Mediterranean Homemade Pizza

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Getting homemade pizza right is a real art, I used to make it a lot when I was a kid and slowly perfected it over the years! One of my favourite things to do was to try different topping combinations from Asparagus and Spinach, to Feta and Rocket. One of the great things about pizza is that it's just so customisable. I also recommend experimenting with the tomato sauce as it can really enhance the overall flavour.

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