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  • Huge congrats to my buddy's Matt and Elaine who got married on Monday at the very cool Tunnel's beaches in Ilfracombe! Such a brilliant day, so much love, amazing weather and had a ball capturing it all on camera! :)
  • 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! :)
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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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