Donal Skehan
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  • 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! :)
  • Christmas rocky road recipe video up on my youtube channel today! Make sure you head over and check it out! Link in my profile! :) ⛄️
  • Happy Friday! It's Gingerbread Muffin time! :)
  • My essential guide to Christmas dinner is on the blog including this bloomin' delish Xmas pud! :)
  • Just got this very cool silver youtube button to mark my channel hitting 100,000 subscribers! Thanks a million to everyone for watching and subscribing and to @youtube @jamiesfoodtube @nomosdigital @m_dillon99 @leohynes20! Whoot! :)
  • My Chocolate & Caramel Tiramisu is a brilliant alternative to traditional Christmas desserts! Who wants a scoop? Recipe on
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  • Cranberry, white chocolate and oat cookies on my youtube channel today- check it out- link in profile! :)
  • You know, around this time of year I think it's important to be subtle with how you celebrate the festive season...
  • Pretty excited about our dessert this evening- chocolate brownie cherry trifle! If you can't find me I'll be in the corner licking the bowl clean... #DonalsChristmasFEAST
  • Brilliant day filming on Henrietta Street for my Irish TV series Christmas special! Such a beautiful location to cook Christmas dinner in! Will be on RTÉ One on the 18th of December! Huge thanks to all the brilliant team involved: @nomosdigital @m_dillon99 @leohynes20 @grahamnewcombe @sharonhearnesmith @joeystreats @graceandsaviour @wildflourkate @hells_kettle @shopthegarden & more!
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My Essential Christmas Dinner Guide…

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Even if you are an experienced cook, the sheer scale of Christmas dinner can be pretty daunting and fairly overwhelming! From giant birds to rugby tackle first thing in the morning and explosives (crackers!) on the table, and what other meal ends with setting the dessert on fire- it’s a wonder we get through the day at all!  The key to Christmas success however is timing and preparation, get it right and you’ll be left with an epic dinner and smiles all round!

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In my family we have always had a tradition of delegation, my mother would cook the turkey and my aunts would make the Christmas cake and bake off the ham.  It’s a great way of taking the pressure off the host and allows everyone to enjoy the day.  Jobs like peeling potatoes, preparing brussels sprouts and making stuffing can be done the day before and made far less of a chore if there are many hands helping out.  Taking small steps and deciding who will do what early on, will allow you a stress free Christmas filled with festive cheer! Even if you do end up cooking solo on the big day, this guide will give you all the essentials you will need for the big Christmas dinner, from the turkey to the pudding, the sides to the starters and all the great little bits in between- we’ve got it wrapped up!  Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

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Christmas Cookbooks…


Just in time for Christmas we have my complete collection of cookbooks for sale worldwide. Filled with lots of inspirational home cooking recipes it makes the perfect present for the Kitchen Hero in your life!  To make it the perfect gift this Christmas I will personally each copy ordered, gift wrap it and seal with a big kiss!  Remember to get your order in early so Santa has time to deliver it! NB Last postage dates before Christmas: Rest of the world- 6th of December, Europe- 13th of December, UK- 19th of December, Ireland- 20th of December.


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Halloween is here: All treats, no tricks!


Halloween in Ireland is extra special as originated here hundreds of years ago. Samhain, as it was known back then, means the ‘end of summer’ and the Celts believed that it was on this night that the spirits of the dead would visit the mortal world to haunt the living. The tradition of dressing up in costumes and lighting bonfires meant that the spirits wouldn’t be able to recognise the living in their disguises! As the big night is fast approaching, I shared my Maple Spiced Pumpkin Muffins over on my youtube channel and I thought I would share some of my other wickedly good treats with you too! Check out the video and recipes below:

{ Maple Glazed Spiced Pumpkin Muffins… }

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What to Eat Now: Gluten Free Brownies…

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A few weeks ago I began a brand new weekly column, What To Eat Now, in the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine. It’s a brilliant opportunity to research and test brand new recipes and photograph them on weekly basis as well as sharing new products, restaurants and cookbooks each week.  This week it was all about Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies, a recipe which I have been making over and over again!

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My Little Black Book

Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food:
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, the highly popular Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food is celebrating its eighth year in the Marble City this year! It’s a fantastic event packed with cooking demonstrations, food tastings and fine dining events which attracts a whole host of dedicated food folk every year. If you are a lover of all things food, this festival is a must. Stick it in your diary- October 24th-27th 2014.

The Happy Pear Book:
Set up ten years ago by brothers Stephen and David Flynn, The Happy Pear  has become a shining star in Greystones offering a wonderful selection of the seasons best fruit and vegetables, in their organic shop and an inspiring wholefood menu of soups, salads & cakes in their restaurant. If you can’t get to Co. Wicklow, don’t despair, the brothers are spreading their health food revolution in their just released The Happy Pear Book which celebrates their tasty, healthy, whole-food recipes. The book is filled with delicious, doable dishes and a great addition to the cookbook shelf, especially for this with an interest in healthy eating.

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A Big Thank You! 100K Subscribers…


Exciting news guys….I have just passed 100,000 subscribers on my youtube channel!! WOOOT! I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has liked, shared and subscribed in the past few months. Without you guys, there would be no channel so thanks so much for making it happen! It is such a blast making the videos and reading your comments every day so keep it up and make sure you hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already! With all of the excitement, I thought it was time for another roundup of everything that has been happening over on my channel! This time around, I have been having great fun collaborating with some very talented chefs and fellow youtubers and even my MOM! From wonky spoons in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen to my nationwide Spar Kitchen Hero Live tour, it’ s all happening so make sure you check out all the madness below:

{ 100k! Hello from London… }

{ Mom’s Coq Au Vin Blanc… }

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Kitchen Hero Tickets Up For Grabs…

Donal-Tour-Profile-Image_qw1There’s not long to go until I hit the road at the start of November with my Spar Kitchen Hero Live Tour! Woohoo! I will be hitting theatres across Ireland to cook up some of my favourite recipes live on stage and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way! The show is jam packed with recipes and cooking tips, fun and laughter and of course the all important audience participation!  If you’re interested in coming along, check out each of the locations I will be stopping off below and keep reading for details on how to enter!

Dates and venues:

Sat 1st Nov: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Sun 2nd Nov: Spiegeltent, Wexford

Thurs 6th Nov: Theatre Royal, Castlebar
Fri 7th Nov: Venue Theatre, Ratoath
Sat 8th Nov: Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaois
Sun 9th Nov: Langtons Ballroom, Kilkenny
Mon 10th Nov: Opera House, Cork

Wed 12th Nov: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Thurs 13th Nov: An Glor, Ennis
Fri 14th Nov: Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar
Sat 15th Nov: Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge
Sun 16th Nov: An Grianan, Letterkenny

Thurs 20th: Source Arts Centre, Thurles
Fri 21st: Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Sat 22nd: GBS Theatre, Carlow
Sun 23rd: The Helix Theatre, Dublin

Fri 28th: Briery Gap, Macroom
Sun 30th: Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

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Recipe Video: My Mom’s Coq Au Vin


If you have subscribed to my youtube channel, you’ll know that I am often joined in my kitchen by some very talented cooks and food folk who share their favourite recipes with me.  This week was no different as I was joined by a VERY special guest….MY MAMMY! My mom Liz dropped by to cook up one of my favourite childhood dishes, her take on Coq au Vin. This was a regular winter dish in my house when we were growing up.  Check out the video below if you want to see me getting bossed around in the kitchen by the lady who taught me everything I know and make sure you subscribe or Mammy Liz will be heartbroken!

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Blackberry & Custard Doughnuts…

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Every year in Autumn it is a ritual for us to head out to the woods behind our house and pick ripe and juicy blackberries from the hedgerows.  This year was no exception and armed with a basket and our chief blackberry sniffer dog, Max, myself and Sofie set out to find enough berries to make jam & jelly.  The end goal was to make enough to fill some custard doughnuts which was to be the treat for all the “tough” picking work.

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Blackberries are one of Ireland’s true wild superfoods with high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants.  We have been eating them since Neolithic times and they are incredibly popular baked into cakes, pies and tarts.  There is a myth in Irish folklore that blackberries should not be eaten after Michaelmas Day (October 11th) as the berries will have been cursed by the devil or púca (a ghost in Irish folklore).  However on my last inspection there are plenty of beautiful looking berries ripe for the picking, devil or púca or not!

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A wander in the woods and hedgerows made it quite clear that there is an abundance of wild foods ripe for picking and beyond blackberries we came across rosehips, elderberries and damsons, all of which can be preserved and made into syrups or used to flavour alcohol.  If, though, that all sounds too complicated, blackberries are the easiest of Ireland’s wild foods to tackle and to eat straight away.  They can be plucked straight off the bush and munched on there and then.

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Mambo Italiano…

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Travel is good for the soul- that’s what they say and after spending eight weeks traveling through Italy last year I can whole-heartedly agree. I was there filming a series called Grandma’s Boy for FOX International. The premise of the show was that I would learn classic Italian recipes from the queens of the Italian kitchen, the grandmothers, the nonnas! Every three days we would travel to a new town, meeting a new nonna and learning classic dishes specific to the region.

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The catch was that I had to cook a recipe using local ingredients under the watchful eye of nonna and more often than not she had something to say about it! From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the rugged and altogether different landscape of the South, I learnt a great deal about a country that prides itself on the quality of its produce and its passion for traditional and regional cooking.

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While we had great fun on camera, it was often off camera where I was lead by the hand to taste something extra special, learn a secret technique or just to see old family pictures, the truly special moments! One of the memorable treats on our travels was Porchetta, a rolled boneless roast of pork stuffed with herbs, it can be found throughout Italy sold at roadside stalls and in some butcher shops. It makes for a brilliant Sunday roast and is easy to achieve great flavour and crispy crackling at home.

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Recipe Video: Thai Fish Cakes…

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I absolutely love South East Asian recipes and I have been making these Thai Fish Cakes for years.  They are incredibly easy to prepare and make a great starter or perfect finger food.  Over on my youtube channel I have just stuck up a video on how to make them.  I hope you’ll give them a go, so head over, take a look and make sure to subscribe! :)

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Meanwhile over in Sweden…

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I’ve been working away over in Sweden on Mitt Kok and I can’t believe it’s nearly been a whole year presenting my slot on Swedish screens every Saturday morning. I’ve had such a lovely reaction despite my so so Swedish, in fact they seem to like it! I’m just back from Stockholm after recording 13 more episodes but you can check out the latest few that have gone out:

{ Chilli & Lemongrass Chicken }

{ Flavour Bomb Salad }

{ Spinach and Mushroom Cannelloni }

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