Donal Skehan
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  • 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
  • The colourful and detailed clothing the women of the Red Dao tribe wear can take up to a year to embroider by hand... #DonalVietnam
  • Incredible day spent learning from and cooking with the Red Dao tribe in North West Vietnam- their are 5 different tribes in this area and each has their own language and distinctive traditional clothing... #DonalVietnam
  • View from my breakfast table! Stayed in Sa Pa last night high in the mountains, 1500 meters above sea level... Off to spend the day with a local Red Dao family to learn more about their traditions... #DonalVietnam
  • Have just eaten from this fairly intimating platter of mystery meat! You choose what you want from pig tongue, liver, heart and blood sausage and it gets boiled up and served with a fiery hot dipping sauce with chilli, meat broth, fish sauce and spring onions. Also interesting they eat it with potato noodles rather than rice noodles, in broth and mint... Swallow the fear, get in there and eat like the locals do! #DonalVietnam
  • Chicken for sale at Bac Ha market- incredible experience, like nothing else, have whiplash from everything I have to look at! #DonalVietnam
  • Flower Hmong tribe at Bac Ha market this morning selling fresh vegetables and sugar cane... #DonalVietnam
  • Great meal this evening! Finally in Sapa after the longest bus ride ever today 8am-11.30pm! Up early tomorrow morning to film at Bac Ha Market... #DonalVietnam
  • BBQ pork and pumpkin greens at the most rocking little restaurant in Sapa! #DonalVietnam
  • Wok fried lunch today! Lots of greens including Morning Glory or water spinach stir fried with pork fat and fish sauce... #DonalVietnam
  • Rice fields on the way up to Sapa... #DonalVietnam
  • We had a bit of an audience for filming earlier- Vietnamese kids in the hills of Sapa! #DonalVietnam
  • Breakfast in Vietnam! Beef Pho- deep broth with noodles, herbs and thin slices of beef! Bloomin delish! #DonalVietnam
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Kitchen Hero in GERMAN!

HOW COOL IS THIS!!! Late last year I got word that my Kitchen Hero book had been sold to Germany and now finally a few months later I have it in my hands! It just arrived in the post this morning and it’s so cool looking- They’ve redesigned the cover art but apart from that and it obviously being in German it’s pretty much the same!  It’s quite amusing to read all the titles which have now been translated, my particular favourite has to be WODKA PENNE!

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The Today Show Appearance…

It’s crazy I’ve been straight back in to filming this week so the NYC trip completely feels like a blur at this stage!  Someone tweeted me a link to this clip a few days ago and watching it back was totally surreal.  If you didn’t manage to see it, you can take a look below.  Just a quick warning though there is a lot of mildly inappropriate touching, drinking and dodgy Irish accents and that was just Kathie Lee and Hoda!  Those ladies know how to have a good time! :)

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Stockholm Calling!

After a very sleepy flight from NYC to Stockholm via Oslo, I landed to realize that I had forgotten my glasses and only had a few pairs of contacts which needed to be saved.  Without glasses or contacts I’m as blind as a bat, so my journey from Arlanda airport to Stockholm’s central station involved a lot of squinting and feeling my way round!  I arrived in Stockholm at about 11am and thankfully I was staying in the Radisson hotel just around the corner from the central station so it wasn’t to hard to find!  I was greeted by Michael from Tourism Ireland who had been planning the St. Patricks day event for months, and despite giving him heart failure when I told him there was a possibility we might not make it because of the Today Show, he was glad to see me!

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Delicious Magazine- Home Cook School!

Make sure to pick up a copy of this months Delicious Magazine because I am so thrilled to announce that I am now a regular contributor! There are certain things as a food blogger, you can only hope and dream about, one of those things for me has always been to be featured in Delicious!  I’ve been collecting issues for years so I was so excited when the wonderful editor Karen Barnes and food editor Lizzie Kamenetzky asked me to become a regular contributor earlier this year.

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New York and NBC’s Today Show Appearance!

Wow oh wow! What a crazy few hours!  It’s all such a blur but so much fun.  Arrived in New York on Tuesday afternoon and we headed straight to the NBC studios to meet our fantastic contact there, Kate, for a quick walk through of the recipe and ingredients.  The team Bianca and Lish were so nice and so helpful, everything was laid out and unlike live cookery spots in Ireland there was very little cooking involved and it was really more about talking through the stages.  So, confident I had everything in check, we headed off for a wander down Broadway to take in some of the sights and sounds of NYC.  It’s really a city which just whisks you up in it’s own excitement, like getting on a roller-coaster it just completely bombards you with neon lights, beeping horns and some of the most calorific food in the world!  There is nothing to but get swept up in the excitement and although I was completely wrecked, we managed to fit in a delicious vegetarian meal in the massive Italian emporium Eataly close to Union Square.  After food and a glass of wine, I was literally falling asleep on my feet so we headed back to the hotel, where I slept like a log!

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Appearance On NBC’s Today Show!

OH MY GOD! I am pinching myself, tomorrow morning I’m flying from Dublin to NEW YORK CITY to appear on NBC’s Today Show!  Last week I got an email out of the blue asking if I would like to appear on the show, and of course my answer was a total resounding YES!  It’s going to be a bit of a whirlwind week because after I’ve been on the Today Show I’m flying straight from JFK to Stockholm to speak at an awards ceremony in association with Tourism Ireland’s global greening project before the Hötorget buildings in the city turn green.

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Kitchen Makeover!

I cannot believe we are already four days into filming for the second series of Kitchen Hero.  It’s all been a bit of a blur since I blogged last week…  The kitchen for the set has had a total overhaul turning from a very simple white to a very shiny and sparkly red colour.  I really love it and it makes such a big difference on camera!

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