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  • Had such a brill time cooking with Mr. Gennaro Contaldo in London a few weeks ago- you can check out our collab videos on my youtube channel this morning! :)
  • How to make Irish soda bread over on my youtube channel this morning! Check it out feat. @gennarocontaldo! :)
  • Max does Onsala- beautiful swim in the saltwater this evening! :) #maxsummerholiday
  • Sunset stroll in Sweden... #sweden
  • Evening lake swim with Max... #sweden #maxsummerholiday
  • Walks in the forest with Max... #maxsummerholiday #sweden
  • Happy Friday folks! Check out this Lemon Marshmallow Cake up on the blog! Tag a friend who deserves a big slice! :)
  • Brilliant lunch as usual at @gunneboslott! Cod with organic garden veggies, fennel & crisp rosti potato cake! So worth a visit! :)
  • WE ARE FAMILY! I GOT ALL MY SISTERS WITH ME! Sing it with me now! Sorry I’m a little excited this morning as I’ve just signed up to Mr. @jamieoliver's fantastic @jamiesfoodtube family! My youtube cooking channel will now be a part of the network which is home to Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall’s River Cottage Food Tube, @myvirginkitchen spandex clad DJ BBQ & baking sensation Cupcake Jemma to name just a few! Big thank you to Jamie and his team and everyone who has subscribed to my channel- just about to hit the 60k mark! :)
  • Swedish lake... #sweden
  • Learning to black pudding on tonight's episode of Rediscovering The #IrishKitchen at 8.30pm on RTÉ One! Not for the faint hearted! This is Mary from Muckross Traditional Farms in Killarney- a brilliant teacher of traditional Irish cooking methods! :)
  • Incredible meal in Göteborg harbour this evening in #Sjömagasinet- simply stunning seafood courses- brill with chanterelles, cod with pata negra, and delicious milk chocolate panna cotta with strawberry sorbet and roast white chocolate dessert... #sweden
  • Särö Trädgård- beautiful garden centre just outside Göteborg... #sweden
  • Afternoon spent in the forest in Sweden picking mushrooms!
We got 1kg of chanterelles and just cooked them up in a simple risotto- so delicious and incredible fruity and earthy flavour from the mushrooms! Best part of Swedish summer! :) #sweden #svamp
  • I think Max has turned Swedish!
  • Sweden's beautiful west coast- Great day swimming off the island of Marstrand! :)
  • Cycling in the forest! :) #sweden #koster
  • Lunch outdoors under a birch tree at Kosters Tradgård Cafe- quinoa salad with roasted vegetables and a tahini dressing.
  • Spent the day cycling on the beautiful Koster island in Sweden! So beautiful and a real summer spot! :)
  • Putting our #skoffpies bags to good use here in Sweden! Perfect swimming bags! :) @skoffhq
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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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