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  • Swim time! #maxthedog
  • Max feeling braver than me this morning! In for a swim to rescue his ball! #maxthedog
  • Did you spot #JuniorMasterChef on BBC Two this morning? It was all about chocolate- if you're still craving some check out my chocolate ginger truffle recipe on the blog- they make for great edible gifts! :)
  • Oh hello old friend! #ireland #howth
  • Good morning sunshine! #howth #ireland #maxthedog
  • Also am now obsessed with Raw Cacoa Nib Toffee- creamy, sweet, crunchy and bloomin delish! @susanjanekitchen has me completely converted! Very persuasive lady! :)
  • Beautiful little buckwheat pancakes from @thehappypearfood dudes early! So delicious! :)
  • Just made the healthiest pancakes in the world with these two nutters @thehappypearfood- Coming to youtube very soon! :)
  • Learning all things healthy & nutritious from the very glamorous and inspirational @SusanJaneKitchen! Coming to my youtube channel very soon! :)
  • I know what I'll be baking with this Christmas! Very cool! Thanks @NielsenMasseyUK! :)
  • Not a fan of Xmas cake? Try my Sticky Toffee Figgy Pudding as a great festive alternative! #Recipeoftheday
  • Hurtling down Sweden's west coast by train on the way to Copenhagen and then home to Dublin for Christmas this evening! Hej då Sverige! Vi ses snart x
  • Love love loving this brilliant new book from @linda_lomelino! One of the most beautiful cookbooks this year with wonderful advice for food photography...
  • Coffee and a cardamom bun in Göteborg this morning! #sweden #göteborg
  • Artilleriet- the coolest interiors shop in #Gothenburg... #sweden
  • Had a brilliant lunch at Lagerhuset in Gothenburg today- simple Swedish food - meat and fish, great greens, and simple salads served up in cool retro TV dinner lunch trays! #sweden
  • Aussie presents from the brill @mycupcakeaddiction! Elise has given specific instructions on how to loose my Tim Tam virginity and sent on a copy of the cookbook that I chose every birthday cake I had growing up from! So cool! Thanks Elise! :)
  • Christmas shopping in Gothenburg! #sweden
  • #winterwalks #sweden #tjolöholm
  • Big hello from not so snowy Sweden! Went to the beautiful Tjolöholm Castle for a windy Winter walk today- now back home making a saffron fish soup for 18 Swedes- let's hope they like it! :)
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Filming at Sheridans Irish Food Festival

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It's been a couple of very busy weeks, getting FEAST all finished and launched, plus we've been fitting in the filming of the new series of Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked, (on RTÉ One from June 11th) each weekend at different festivals throughout Ireland.  On Saturday we were at Trim castle and then on Sunday we finished our current run of filming at the fabulous Sheridans Irish Food Festival.

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Introducing FEAST: A Dinner Journal

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An idea that started a long time ago, has finally come to life today and I am very thrilled to introduce you to FEAST: A Dinner Journal!  It's a unique quarterly food magazine which celebrates seasonal eating. All the features within the magazine lead to one final meal and a celebration of passionate food producers and craft.   It's been quite a journey to get to today and we have travelled all over Ireland to shoot the photography for each separate feature. 

In this first issue the focus is on, just some of Ireland's most exciting names in food, who have kindly shared their recipes for a course in our FEAST.  A small but very dedicated team have worked with me on this so a massive thank you to Ross Golden Bannon, Sharon Hearne Smith, Jane Matthews and Sofie Larsson for all the time and long hours put in.

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HomeCooked Newsletter | May 2013

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HomeCooked TV Shoot_7Hi guys!

Welcome to May, sunnier skies, longer evenings and best of all lots of wonderful new season produce!

This month it's all go with the new series of Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked, we are continuing to film before the show starts June 11th on RTÉ One.  We had a great week here in my own home kitchen cooking lots of baking recipes but it's also been so much fun to be out and about visiting festivals across Ireland.

The big news I've been waiting to tell you all, is that this month I'm launching my very own quarterly magazine online.  It's called Feast: A Dinner Journal and is a celebration of seasonal food which I've been creating alongside some very talented people over the last few weeks.  The first issue will be available online free for all on the 16th of May and you can sign up to be the first to recieve it here.

Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less starts on Good Food Channel in the UK on Monday 13th of May with two back to back episodes at 7pm.  I'll be taking part in a twitter takeover right after the show on Monday night, answering questions via the Good Food Channel twitter page.

This month make sure to check out Delicious Magazine for my lemon and blueberry slices and Good Food Magazine for my Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches and recipes from the Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less TV show.  This weekend the Irish Independent are also featuring the recipes from the food shoot myself and Kate Packwood from the Wild Flour Bakery put together, so make sure to pick up a copy.

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Ballymaloe LitFest and a postcard from my mortifying/proud childhood…

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Yes, I'm afraid to admit, that bespeckled boy with the tea towel on on his head, demonstrating how to make homemade pizza, is me… You may be wondering why the strange get up, but to me it was quite clear at the time, that with my jam jar glasses, I was a dead ringer for the Queen of Irish food, Darina Allen.  It made complete sense to set up my dad's video camera with the help of my best friend, dressed as Delia Smith, to present the forgotten episode of Darina's TV show "Simply Delicious: The Cook Off", complete with my best impression of Darina's dulcet tones.  Clearly it would have been a ratings winner!

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