Donal Skehan

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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