Donal Skehan

My Top 6 Thanksgiving Recipes…

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While we don’t necessarily celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland, a day that is filled with delicious food and gratitude for all that you have in life is definitely something I can get on board with! I have pulled together some of my favourite Thanksgiving friendly recipes below which are perfect for sharing with friends and family whether you’ll be celebrating on the 26th or not.

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{ Roast Boned & Rolled Turkey with Cranberry & Sage Stuffing… }


{ Honey Glazed Carrots… }

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{ Roasted Parmesan Crusted Parsnips & Potatoes… }


{ Chilli Jam… }


{ Ginger & Cinnamon Spiced Pumpkin Pie… }


{ Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins… }

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Recipe Video: Steak & Chips…

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One of the questions I get asked most often is how to cook the perfect steak. This is a tricky one to answer because everyone has their own preferences when it comes to steak perfection. Some people like it well done and some like it so rare it barely touches the pan!

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This is how I like to cook my steak and served up with a decadent bearnasie sauce and homemade chips it’s hard to beat! If you haven’t made bearnaise sauce before, don’t be put off. It much easier to do than you think and is such a great accompaniment to steak and chips!

Continue to the recipe for my Steak & Chips with Bearnaise Sauce…

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FRESH Available Worldwide…

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GOOD NEWS!! FRESH is now available for worldwide delivery right here on my website! So many of you got in touch from all over the world (which is crazy!) asking when it would be available so I’m delighted that you can order a copy to wherever in the world you are. If you’re hoping to have it before Christmas, final postal dates for parcels below.

Ireland – 21st December

Northern Ireland – 19th December

Great Britain – 18th December

Europe – 12th December

USA – 7th December

Rest of world – 7th December

If you would like to see a sneak peek of some of the recipes from the book, check out the recipe videos below! And if you would like to order a copy of FRESH, click here.

{ Tequila Chicken Salad… }

{ Gluten-Free Blueberry & Banana Pancakes… }

{ Mega Beetroot Burgers… }

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Recipe Video: Tequila Chicken Salad…

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When the colder months roll around, I find myself moving away from fresh, vibrant salads and starting to crave comfort food. There’s something about the winter months that leaves me wanting soup, stews and all kinds of cosy dishes. This doesn’t always have to be the way though. When it’s freezing cold outside, why not warm up with some proper sunshine food instead?

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My Tequila Chicken & Mango Quinoa Salad has enough spice from the booze to warm you up on a cold day but it’s perfect in the sunny, summer months too. If you’re serving to kids, don’t worry- the alcohol burns off when cooked. The quinoa will keep hunger at bay so it’s a great one to pack up and bring to the office for lunch. You’ll make all your co-workers jealous too! {Recipe from my cookbook FRESH.}

Continue to the recipe for my Tequila Chicken Salad…

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Recipe Video: Gluten-free Pancakes…

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Is there anything better than a stack of pancakes for breakfast? One of my favourite things to do is whisk up a big batch of pancakes and have friends or family over for weekend brunch. I like to put out different fruits and toppings and let everyone choose their own combination but I am particularly fond of blueberries, bananas with a drizzle of honey!

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I’ve been making variations of these pancakes for years and the basic batter can be adapted with addition of all sorts of ingredients such as nuts, seeds, chocolate and berries. Store-bought oat flour can be used here, but I normally blitz up oats in a food processor until they are fine consistency. These fluffy pancakes are gluten-free too but make sure to use gluten free baking powder.

Continue to the recipe for my Gluten-Free Blueberry and Banana Pancakes…

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Recipe Video: Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli…

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Making pasta from scratch might seem like a whole lot of fuss but I can’t encourage you enough to give it a go! It’s not as hard as you might think and you only need a handful of ingredients. Ravioli is a great place to start if you’ve never made pasta before as it can be filled with a host of fillings and ingredients.

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I’ve filled mine with roasted pumpkin and ricotta which is a match made in heaven! If you can’t get your hands on pumpkins, by all means use squash. It will do the trick nicely.

Continue to the recipe for my Roasted Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli…

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Christmas Pinspiration…

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I know we’re a a couple of weeks away from full blown Christmas madness but I am a firm believer that you can make your life a whole lot easier, especially during the festive season if you plan as much as possible well in advance. When it comes to Christmas cooking, one of my first ports of call is to create a Pinterest board, pinning any recipes, table decor ideas and even a few sneaky gifts I might have my eye on!

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Christmas is without doubt the one time of year that you can indulge. While I was on a recent festive ‘pin fest,’ I noticed a trend of dessert hybrids which inspired me to create my very own treat mashup! I’ve combined my three favourite desserts, traditional trifle, black forest gateaux and gooey chocolate brownies….Three desserts in one, what’s not to love? It is (almost) Christmas after all! You can serve these in one large trifle dish but I like the idea of serving each of your guests with their own individual glass.

Continue to the recipe for my Black Forest Brownies Trifle…

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Recipe Video: Thai Breakfast Omelette

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One of my favourite things about travelling is getting up each morning and exploring all the different recipes the locals enjoy at the start of their day. Us Irish are prone to neglecting the most important meal of the day and often opt to grab a cup of tea and a slice of toast in the morning rather than embracing the day with something really special.

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When I was in Thailand, I watched the locals cook up these brilliant little breakfast omelettes and I couldn’t get enough of them! A thin egg parcel is filled with fresh veggies, crunchy peanuts and a zingy dressing which really gets you going in the morning. A tasty breakfast dish, packed with flavour! Much more satisfying than a stale danish from a newsagents on your way to work!

Continue to the recipe for my Thai Inspired Breakfast Omelette…

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Recipe Video: Energy Balls…

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Energy balls are all the rage at the moment but they are a great snack when you need a bit of a boost! Super simple and quick to make, these little power balls are packed full of healthy, nutritious ingredients like dates, oats, chia seeds and coconut.

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These healthy snacks are sweet and full natural sugars – which is great if you find yourself craving something sweet throughout the day. Roll the mixture into small bite size balls or it also works well cut into bars. Cover them in dark chocolate, cocoa nibs or chopped nuts and pop them in the fridge, ready for snacking!

Continue to the recipe for my Energy Balls…

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Food Photography: Travel & Lifestyle…

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I am delighted to see how many of you have been trying my Top Food Photography Tips for shooting images at home. Your images have been coming in thick and fast and it has been so great to see you all using my tips and tricks and sharing the results. Lots of you were asking for tips when it comes to shooting outdoor images or even travel photography so I have teamed up with Canon again to share my do’s and don’ts for travel and lifestyle photography which you can check out here.

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While shooting food images at home can be great fun, I love to get outside and explore. You can get some really incredible images, even if you’re just on a weekend stroll around your local village! In the video below, I share my top tips for travel and lifestyle images when you’re out and about.

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If you missed the first video in the series you can check it out here and be sure to check out my competition over here if you fancy winning a brilliant Canon Powershot G7X.

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So get out there and get snapping and make sure to send me the results on facebook, twitter and instagram!

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Win A Canon Powershot G7X…

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Most of you know that I started out as a food blogger, writing recipe posts and taking pictures of the dishes I cooked when I first moved out of my parents house. My love of photography has continued to grow since then and I now count myself as a fully fledged photographer, having shot all of the images for my books and website ever since. I’m completely self taught and count my success on a couple of things….Practice (a lot of it) and some easy tips and tricks which I have picked up along the way!

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With this in mind, I teamed up with the folks at Canon to create a video series with my Top Food Photography Tips! As part of the campaign, the Canon team have offered a budding photographer the chance to win a Powershot G7X. This is a brilliant camera, perfect for taking on your travels, shooting food images or even vlogging! To be in with a chance of winning this little baby, check out my Top Food Photography Tips video over here and then send your best food photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CanonDonal. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday October 14th so get snapping!

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