Donal Skehan

Dairy-Free Semolina Pancakes…

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Brunch is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland but no weekend is complete now without a leisurely feast enjoyed anytime from morning until 4pm! Eggs Benedict, French toast, waffles and pancakes are all invited to the brunch party and there are a whole host of new brunch spots popping up all over Dublin serving really amazing dishes.

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One of my favourite spots is Brother Hubbard and their menu is heavily influenced with Middle Eastern flavours. These semolina pancakes take influence from that and the best bit…They are dairy free! I’ve topped mine with yoghurt, a drizzle of honey, crushed pistachios and some of my slow-roasted rhubarb. If you need these to be entirely dairy-free, just omit the yoghurt topping.

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Healthy Jar Salad: Lunch on the go…

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One of the most common requests I get is for healthy lunches that you can take with you when you’re on the go. Jar salads are a huge craze on Pinterest and healthy eating blogs but they really are so handy. You just chop up your favourite ingredients, pop them in a jar and you have a balanced, filling and healthy meal to enjoy whenever you need it!

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My Jar Salad recipe combines some of my favourite ingredients including quinoa, kale, roasted chickpeas and creamy avocado. I like to add some griddled halloumi cheese but if you want to keep this vegan friendly, just leave it out. If you’d prefer to dress everything in one big bowl before placing in the jar you can but I like to dress the leaves instead.

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How to Make Millionaire Squares…

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These decadent caramel slices really are the ultimate treat! If the thoughts of making your own caramel scares you, don’t worry! This is a cheats version and couldn’t be easier! I used dark chocolate to top these millionaire squares but by all means use milk chocolate if your prefer.

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My favourite Raspberry Scones…

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There is something about scones that conjures up real feelings of nostalgia, especially here in Ireland. There really is nothing better than a warm, freshly baked scone served with a cup of tea! Most Irish mammies and grandmothers have their own scone recipe and would know how to whip up a batch in a matter of minutes!

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Scones are one of the first recipes most people learn to make in Ireland, especially if you did Home Ec. in school! What I love most about this classic bake is that you usually have all the ingredients in the house already…My kind of recipe! I like to add fresh raspberries but you can keep the dough plain or add any berries you like. A thick layer of butter and jam is essential though!

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New Series: Donal’s Irish Feast…

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The new series of Donal’s Irish Feast kicked off last night on RTE One. This series celebrates the finest food producers Ireland has to offer and in episode one, I travelled to Donegal to cook up a feast in the stunning Rathmullan House. Along the way, I visited with Donegal Rapeseed Oil, Kinnegar Brewery and Steve Cullen Oysters and their fantastic products inspired the dishes I created for my big feast.

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***This competition is now closed*** To celebrate the new series, the show’s sponsor Spar have kindly offered to give away a €50 Spar voucher to a viewer in the Republic of Ireland. To be in with a chance of winning the voucher (you can use it to buy treats for next week’s episode!), leave a comment below telling me your favourite dish from last night’s show, and make sure you subscribe to my newsletter here. Entries close on Monday 1st of June 2015. The winner will be chosen at random that day and in the meantime you can catch up on last night show here and get the recipes featured below!

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{ Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters with Raw Oysters & Shallot Mignonette… }

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My take on a Classic Victoria Sponge…

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Nothing says summer like strawberries and cream and a cake that combines both is a winner in my books! Light, vanilla scented sponges, layered with softly whipped cream and lashings of strawberry jam- this sponge cake is a total crowd pleaser!

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Now when you make a Victoria sandwich, there are a few key questions. Do you use strawberry or raspberry jam? Do you put cream inside or serve on the side? Do you sprinkle caster or icing sugar on the top? I like to use strawberry jam and cream to sandwich them together and finish with a light dusting of icing sugar. I let you decide how you want to serve yours!

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Irish Coffee Swirl Cake…

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This recipe makes a moist coffee swirl cake cooked in a bundt tin. If you don’t have one, you can easily make it in a springform tin, buttered and the base lined with baking parchment. The addition of a cream liqueur is optional but really adds an extra special touch to both the cake and icing.

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This coffee cake is really simple to make but is quite the showstopper when topped off with it’s gooey icing and edible gold stars. It keeps fantastically in an air tight tin, ready to be sliced and enjoyed with a cup of coffee!

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Hole in the bread Eggs with a twist…

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Hole in the bread eggs, eggs in baskets, one eyed toast, toad in the whole…Whatever you call them, everyone seems to know and love this little egg toast recipe! They’re a proper old family  favourite in my house. Despite extremely ambitious kitchen creations, my dad’s cooking isn’t exactly widely celebrated, but I’ll give him this — when I was a kid he always knew how to pull out the stops to impress me in the kitchen.  I remember making these with him early one Sunday morning for my mom and thinking to myself that he was the coolest dad in  the world!

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Now I know this can barely even be called a recipe because it’s so simple but I like to jazz up the old classic with some exciting toppings. The addition of sweet chilli sauce might not get the approval from my old fella, but I think it goes quite nicely. I also love a squirt of sriracha or even sweet chilli if you like a bit of spice in the morning. Another great addition is a dollop of pesto or by all means keep is simple with just a scattering of chives. Whatever way you have them, this simple little dish is a total knockout when it comes to a quick breakfast or light lunch!

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The Very Best Jerk Chicken…

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Chicken is one of those ingredients that most people pop in their shopping trolley but we tend to cook it the same way week in week out. While I am a big fan of a traditional roast chicken, this jerk chicken is bursting with flavour and will change the way you eat chicken forever!

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The wonderful things about marinating meat is that you can prepare them so far in adavance. Pop the meat in the marinate in a releasalble bag in the fridge overnight and the flavours will intensify. This jerk chicken marinade is quite quirky and has lots of interesting flavours like lime juice, cinnamon, honey and ginger. Cook it off in the oven or serve it straight from the BBQ with this mango salsa and it’s total sunshine food.

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Quick & Easy Fish Burgers…

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With the summer months fast approaching, it’s great to have a few go to recipes to whip up if the Irish sun decides to make an appearance. For me, when BBQ season rolls around, I try to include fish as much as possible. These fish burgers with tomato salsa and chunky guacamole are a brilliant edition to any summer feast.

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These little burgers are a twist on fish cakes and are ready in a snap. Served with the fresh tomato salsa and chunky guacamole, it’s a match made in heaven. You can grill them over a bbq or just fry them off in a pan indoors! Either way you’ll have a very tasty meal…Roll on summer! {Recipe courtesy of Bord Bia.}

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My Tasty Thai Chicken Curry…

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If you are a fan of Asian flavours then my fragrant Thai chicken curry is the recipe for you! This curry (or stew) is similar to a green curry and is a fantastic marriage of South-East Asian ingredients flavours. This isn’t a traditional Thai recipe but it certainly embraces Thai flavours as I use coconut milk, chillies, limes and fish sauce to flavour the delicious, savoury sauce!

This little curry dish is brilliant if you are feeding a crowd as you simple cook up a big pot and serve it with some fluffy rice. I like to use chicken thighs in this recipe as I find you get much more flavour but by all means use chicken breast if that’s what you have in the fridge.

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