Donal Skehan
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  • Recording voiceovers this morning with @lockybutler for @foodnetworkuk! Show starts in April! :) #donalvietnam #FollowDonal
  • Good morning from Max! Who's got that Friday feeling?! 🎉
  • Ridonculously delicious spiraliser salad up on my YouTube channel this evening! Packed with great Thai flavours its guaranteed to make take the kitchen gadget out of its box more then once! :)
  • Just got back to Dublin and @rachelkhooks brand new book is on my desk! Cannot wait to check it out- beautiful styling, photography from @davidloftus and wonderfully delicious and innovative collection of recipes! Check it out- it's in shops now! 👍
  • Fantastic meal at Lilla Ego in Stockholm last night- highlight meal of the year so far! Really cool little restaurant, totally relaxed vibe and the food was incredible- ate: Gruyere (Semla) bun with seasonal mushrooms, pickled green tomatoes and pine, for main: duck breast with roast celaric, orange zest and beetroot! Only regret was I didn't have room for dessert! Tack @lillaegokrog!
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  • Good Morning! Last day filming in sunny Stockholm! Unfortunately no sun in the warehouse we're shooting in and didn't finish last night till 8, so had to jump out for a quick stroll to soak up some vitamin D! ☀️#stockholm
  • Good morning from sunny Stockholm! More filming for #mittkök today! Think I may be loosing my mind- thought I lost my laptop this morning at breakfast- had the whole place looking for it, it was in my room... #facepalm #needmoresleep
  • Brilliant Fish & kinda chips with minty mushy peas over on my YouTube channel! The kinda chips are crispy hasselback potatoes- love making these and they go great with the crunch of that crispy beer batter! :)
  • Good morning from Stockholm! :)
  • Brown butter cod with crispy potatoes, leek, carrot and lentils for Sunday lunch @gunneboslott! Really simple flavours but so bloody good!
  • Saluhall Briggen- cool covered food market in #göteborg, the building used to be an old fire station...
  • Fish tacos baby! Oh yeah! :) #tacosandtequilagbg
  • Scallop ceviche with poblano chilli, lime, coriander and sweet popcorn at #tacosandtequilagbg in Göteborg... Really great fresh flavours, textures and just the right amount of spice...
  • Bubbling caramelised banana pancakes plus 3 great ways with the mighty crepe! :)
  • Morning! Currently obsessed with these dinner rolls topped with Irish cheese! So easy and love that they are tear and share- have a video recipe for them coming up soon as a collab with the brill @thedomesticgeek1! :) #paddysdaycollab
  • Happy Chinese New Year guys! I've got a delicious leftover egg fried rice recipe video over on my YouTube channel- perfect for all the celebrations but also great cheap student food and a super simple supper! :)
  • Max is off to stay at his granny and grandads! In the excitement he jumped into the front seat and knew he was in trouble! #guilty #maxthedog
  • Just doing a spot of green rice harvesting in Vietnam as you do! #tbt my new series #FollowDonal starts in April on @foodnetworkuk! 🎉
  • Happy Pancake Tuesday! How many pancakes have you eaten today? I've got 3 brilliant ways to top them over on my youtube channel! :)
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My First 5 Vlogs…

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The biggest request on my youtube channel is behind the scenes footage so at the start of 2015 I decided that I would record what I’m up to each week and share it with all of you. This had led to weekly vlogs which I upload to my channel every Tuesday! I love seeing the reaction they get each week and from what I can see in the comments, you seem to be enjoying them too! Now that I have done my first 5 vlogs, I thought I’d do a little recap of what has been happening. Check them out below and make sure to subscribe to my channel to see all of my weekly uploads.

Vlog – Episode 1

Vlog – Episode 2

Vlog – Episode 3

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Beer Batter Fish with Hassleback Baby Potatoes…

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Fish and chips…What a classic! There is nothing better than tucking into this combo especially after a long walk on the pier in my hometown of Howth, a little fishing village in Dublin. While eating this the classic way has nothing wrong with it, my version uses a delicious beer batter which results in the crispiest fish and I serve it with my baby hassleback potatoes instead of traditional chips!

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The hasselback potatoes are one of my favourite ways of cooking potatoes, they turn golden brown and beautifully crispy. Don’t be afraid of shallow frying the fish, once you have a nice high-sided pan and a controlled heat, everything will work out nicely, but do be careful when cooking with hot oil.

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My Ultimate Fried Rice…

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Happy Chinese New Year folks! It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Asian food and with the Lunar Festival in full swing there is no better recipe to share with you than my Ultimate Fried Rice. This rice dish is quick simple and super adaptable so you can throw in whatever veggies you have lying in the bottom of the fridge.

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The dish works best when using cooked rice from cold, so it’s an ideal time to use up your leftovers instead of cooking rice from fresh. However cold cooked rice does tend to clump together, so place it in a large bowl, drizzle with a little oil and break it up with a fork before using. Check out the recipe below as well as some of my favourite Asian inspired dishes to celebrate the Year of the Sheep!

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{ Chinese Five Spice Pork Belly with Chilli Noodles… }

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7 brilliant pancake recipes…

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With pancake pandaemonium about to hit, it’s time to get the whisks out! If you don’t know what Pancake Tuesday is, you’re in for a treat. Also known as Shrove Tuesday, every year before Lent kicked in, it was a tradition to use up all the ingredients that were off limits during Lent like fat, butter, sugar and eggs and lucky for us, they are just the ingredients you need for pancakes! Nowadays it’s more of an excuse to pile up your plate with pancakes for breakfast lunch and dinner but I am totally on board with that!

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Whether you like your pancakes with a simple squeeze of lemon and sugar or like to go throw every topping imaginable into the mix, this batter will work great either way. In this recipe I have included three of my all time favourite toppings, Strawberries & Cream, Nutella & Fresh Berries and Caramelised Bananas with Dark Chocolate so give them a try and see which is your favourite. As well as this basic recipe, I have done a round up of some of my all time favourite pancake recipes as well as a video recipe playlist, so be sure to check them out below also! Happy Flipping!

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Epic Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart…

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Nothing says I love you like chocolate and this rich dark chocolate ganache tart makes a wonderful after-dinner Valentine’s treat but is perfect all year round too! I finish mine off with a sprinkle of sea-salt but for an extra decadent finish you could add a dusting of cocoa powder or even some chocolate curls.

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The best part about this chocolate tart is the decadent layer of salted caramel which is hidden beneath a rich layer of chocolate ganache. The addition of a tiny sprinkle of sea-salt really intensifies the chocolatey flavour making this the ultimate dessert! The pastry couldn’t be easier to makes and is perfect for a whole host of tarts and pies so it’s a great one to have in your repertoire. Valentine’s Day is all about indulgence so be warned…it’s very hard to have just one slice of this baby!

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Valentine’s Treats for your Sweet…

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There’s not long to go until the most romantic day of the year so I thought I’d share some of my favourite Valentine’s treats and desserts that you can spoil your special someone with (or skoff on your own!) this Feb 14th. Whether you’re a complete chocoholic or prefer something on the less decadent side of the scales, there’s a romantic recipe to suit everyone! If your Valentine is being very good this year and is avoiding all things sweet, I even have a HEALTHY Chocolate Fudge recipe…I bet you’ll impress with that!

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{ Millionaire Chocolate Ganache Tart… }

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My Perfect Porridge…

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We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but if you’re anything like me, the temptation of grabbing a coffee and croissant and the go is sometimes too hard to resist! Not anymore! I want to show you how quick and easy it is to prepare my healthy, balanced but most importantly delicious Apple & Cinnamon Porridge which you can enjoy during the week.

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I eat porridge for breakfast a couple of times a week but served this way, with grated apple, warming cinnamon and sweet honey it has got to be one of my favourite flavour combos. Packed with loads of slow releasing carbs and healthy sugars, it’s the perfect start to the day.

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Ultimate Healthy Comfort Food Soup…

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January is finally over but it seems the cold weather is planning to stick around a little longer. When the days are short and the evenings dark, there is nothing I love more than making a big pot of soup. I’m a big fan of classics like vegetable or tomato or even something like my Cauliflower & Blue Cheese Soup but it’s nice to spice things up every once in a while. This delicious roast squash, coconut and chilli soup recipe is the perfect comfort food, so sweet and creamy! It’s an instant hit!

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This recipe works just as well with pumpkin when they are in season so go ahead and use instead of the squash if you have them! Make sure to adjust the spice to your own taste, and be careful when adding chilli flakes…  a little goes a long way!

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My Top 3 Smoothie Recipes…

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I could go on and on about the health benefits of juices and smoothies. Quick, easy and jam packed with vitamins, smoothies are the ultimate healthy fast food! The best thing about smoothies is you can adapt them depending on what’s in season (or what fruit you have hanging around in your fridge) which means you can enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast all year long!

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I love trying out different flavour combos but I find it’s my Top Three Smoothie Recipes that I make all the time. Whether it’s a traditional frozen fruit smoothie you’re after or maybe something a little bit different like my Kale, Apple & Lime Smoothie there really is something for everyone. 

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Raw Cacao Nib Fudge…

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One of the hardest parts about eating healthily is curbing those pesky sugar cravings! If you have a sweet tooth, trying not to reach for a biscuit or bar of chocolate with your evening cup of tea can feel like torture. The only way to survive is to have lots of healthy & nutritious recipes to hand which will help satisfy your treat needs and this Raw Cacao Nib Fudge is just the ticket.

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I was recently joined in my kitchen by Susan Jane White, author of the brilliant cookbook ‘The Extra Virgin Kitchen’ to film for my youtube channel and she shared her fantastic healthy toffee recipe with me. This is a rocking little healthy treat. It ticks all the boxes- sweet, fudgey, chocolately goodness with NONE of the typical bad guys like white sugar or butter. You can go back for a 2nd or 3rd square with absolutely no guilt and that’s my kind of treat!

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Spicy Kale Chips…

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I am on a huge healthy eating buzz at the moment and am loving coming up with new ways to get my five-a-day! Whether it’s juices, smoothies, buckwheat pancakes or healthy breakfast muffins, there are so many ways to enjoy fruit and vegetables without chomping on an apple in the corner! These kale chips are a great way of curbing that craving for something salty while still sticking to your healthy eating regime!

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Kale is an incredible superfood packed with vitamins and minerals but all that aside it can be transformed into one of the healthiest and addictive little snacks. These spicy kale chips are very easy to prepare and if you prefer them less spicy simply replace the spice mixture with a generous sprinkle of sea salt.

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