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  • 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
  • These lovely ladies cooked us dinner this evening- just left Hanoi and on our way up towards Sapa! #DonalVietnam
  • First meal after 36 hours traveling: Lau ga! A big dig in soup with noodles, tofu, veggies, herbs and eh... chicken feet! :) 🍗 #DonalVietnam
  • A little vlog from London feat. @mycupcakeaddiction plus HUGE NEWS: My youtube channel just hit 100K SUBSCRIBERS! Huge thanks for all the support- link in my profile! X
  • Truffled goats cheese with honey and almonds @copitatapas for lunch today- life just got better! 🍴
  • Peanut butter snicker squares from filming yesterday with @mycupcakeaddiction! Coming up on my youtube channel very soon! :)
  • My mom's creamy white wine chicken on the blog today! Great mid week meal! :)
  • Maxie Theresa... #maxthedog
  • This morning over on my youtube channel I'm cooking with... MY MOM! Creamy white wine chicken on the menu! Head over and subscribe! Link in my profile! 😃🍗
  • Ricotta hotcakes with apple syrup glazed bacon! Happy Saturday folks! :)
  • Roast pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with chanterelles, prosciutto and sage butter in my weekly column in tomorrow's Irish Independent Weekend Magazine! :)
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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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