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  • 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
  • This little girl is eating sticky rice cooked in a bamboo shoot! The rice is stuffed into the hollow shoot and sealed with a banana leaf, then boiled until tender... Then the whole rice filled bamboo shoot is grilled over an open fire- it results in a chewy sweet rice cylinder with the most incredible texture! Really special! #DonalVietnam
  • The colourful and detailed clothing the women of the Red Dao tribe wear can take up to a year to embroider by hand... #DonalVietnam
  • Incredible day spent learning from and cooking with the Red Dao tribe in North West Vietnam- their are 5 different tribes in this area and each has their own language and distinctive traditional clothing... #DonalVietnam
  • 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
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New Beginnings and the perfect pizza base at home…

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Welcome, welcome, welcome! I'm very excited to welcome you along to my brand new website with a new look and feel.  We've gone back to the old blog format with this new version of the website as I was feeling our old version was being swallowed up a little.  Now you can freely browse the blog archive in the left hand bar and we've also improved the recipe categories and recipe page to allow you find things a lot easier and to browse over 250 delicious recipes.  A big thank you to Robbie and Cristi from LaVerita studios for doing a fantastic job on the design and Simon Walker for designing my new logo.

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Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Pizza

Huevos Rancheros is one of my favorite breakfasts and although traditionally served with corn chips, baked on a pizza base adds a similar crunch from the crust and makes an interesting twist.  I whack my oven up to highest temperature it will go and bake my pizza bases on a pizza stone which you can get from most kitchen shops.  Otherwise uses a metal baking sheet.

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Junior MasterChef

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Junior MasterChef returned with a new judge for 2012 as CBBC hosted the competition to find the best young cook in the country.  Irish television cook, food writer and photographer, Donal Skehan, joined veteran MasterChef presenter John Torode to present the second run of the BAFTA-nominated series.  Based on the hugely successful MasterChef series, the competition aims to find and encourage talented young cooks who have a flair for making exceptional food from scratch.  The format features 15 half-hour episodes, consisting of eight heats, two quarterfinals, four semi-finals and a final cook-off.  The final of the show was watched by over 1 million viewers throughout Ireland and the UK.

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Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less

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Donal's second RTÉ Series first aired in May 2012 with with an emphasis on the tips and tricks to thrifty cooking and cheap eating.

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Kitchen Hero: Bringing Cooking Back Home

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Donal's first TV series, Kitchen Hero: Bringing Cooking Back Home began airing on RTÉ One in May 2011.  The 14 part series emphasises the fun and social aspect of food, and the satisfaction that can be had from cooking for, and eating with friends. Donal’s aim is to transform even the most reluctant or nervous cook into a Kitchen Hero!

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