Christmas is just around the corner and I for one cannot wait! In the lead up to December, this month is all about slow cooking, cosy baking days and winter ingredients.
At the moment, my kitchen is packed with pomegranates, clementines, root veggies and I have just stocked up on my festive spices, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom!
There's lots to be excited about this month as Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less is back on screens over on RTÉ One, make sure to tune in Wednesdays at 7.30pm.
I will be joining fellow Junior MasterChef judge, John Torode on BBC Breakfast on BBC One this Wednesday morning the 21st of November, to speak about the competition. Junior MasterChef has been airing all this month and the final takes place this week on Friday the 23rd of November. Make sure to tune in weekdays at 4.30pm on BBC One and the CBBC channel.
I can also reveal that I am busy working away on my fourth cookbook and third cookbook in the Kitchen Hero series, which will be due out next year. I hope that can explain my silence on the blog a little, as I have been writing away like a busy bee, before my deadline in December!
This month also marks the 6th annual Great Irish Bake in aid of Temple Street Childrens Hospital. This month we're encouraging the nation to get baking, to raise funding for this great hospital. I've provided some delicious baking recipes and videos, to inspire you, to get baking and to organise cakes sales at home, in work or at school. See details below.
In this month's update, there's a selection of Swedish baking, Winter salads, and comfort food recipes, two Asian inspired cookbooks, baking videos, a visit to the Wild Honey Inn, in the Burren on Ireland's west coast and three incredible food blogs, I've been drooling over.
Have a wonderful November!