Donal Skehan
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  • Happy Halloween!!! What are cooking today? Lots of Halloween recipes up on my blog including these creepy chocolate eyeballs! 🎃👻
  • 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
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The Launch Of Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less!

Well book 3 has finally arrived! After months and months of work, last night we launched Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less in Dubray Books on Grafton St.  It was the same venue Good Mood Food was launched in back in 2009, which at this point feels like an eternity ago, but it was a really nice feeling to be back where it all began.

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Join me at the launch of Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less!

This Wednesday 16th of May, I’m launching my brand new book “Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less” in Dubray Books on Grafton Street in Dublin at 6.30pm. Books will be on sale on the night and I’ll be there signing copies of the book and giving a very quick chat about the background of the book and how it all came together, plus there’ll be a glass of wine and a sweet treat to nibble on.

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The High Priestess of the Bayou!

One of the highlights of my trip to Louisiana last week was a visit to the New Orleans Cooking Experience, a cooking class presented by Janice B. Macomber or “Boo” as she is affectionately referred to. Boo is an advocate of real Southern home cooking and proper hearty food so it was wonderful to see her speak so passionately about the dishes she grew up eating. The demonstration was peppered with some unbelievable tall tales and stories about living on the bayou – we could have listened to her all day!

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Boo’s Bar-B-Que Shrimp

Boo started cooking in 1970 when she rented her first apartment in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Surround by the sights and sounds of the city, one of the first recipes she picked up was this barbecue shrimp from her sister. It’s a great way to prepare shellfish (use fresh prawns) and a New Orleans favourite. Strangely enough, it doesn’t involve a barbecue at all!

Serves 6
24 large tiger prawns
200ml of olive oil
8 tablespoons of butter
8 cloves of garlic
4 sprigs of rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 lemon
3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce
150ml of white wine
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Place a large pot over a medium heat and add in the oil, butter, rosemary and bay leaves.

When the butter is melted and hot, add in the garlic cloves until tender. Add in the cayenne pepper, worcestershire sauce and lemon juice and bring to a simmer.

Raise the heat and add in the prawns, tossing to coat. Cover and allow to cook for a few minutes until they are cooked through, tossing every now and then.

Just before the shrimp are ready, pour in the wine and bring to a steady boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes and then finally stir through the Tabasco and season to taste.

Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes for the juices to be soaked up.

Serve with hot French bread, angel hair pasta, and a simply dressed salad for an unbelievably delicious little dinner.

In the word’s of Boo, “Mama Mia!”.

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