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  • Apple, cinnamon and honey porridge! The best way to start October! Good morning! :)
  • It's Nonna central on the blog today! This lovely lady was from Matera and show me how to make crappiatta a peasant soup with lots of grains...
  • Pesto, green bean and potato lasagne on the blog this evening as part of my Mambo Italiano blog post! Check it out! :)
  • Fig, honey & almond cake! Made this with local figs, honey and almonds in Matera this time last year! Would so love to be back there right now! :) #italy #cake
  • New blog post featuring some of the brilliant Nonnas I met in Italy last year plus some great Italian recipes! Check it out on DonalSkehan.com...
  • Oh hello! :) #maxthedog
  • Out blackberry picking yesterday...
  • Blackberry & Custard Doughnuts- recipe coming up this weekend...
  • Thai Fish Cakes- how to make them video over on my youtube channel! Head over and subscribe! :) 👍
  • Misty warm morning in #Howth! Deep breath and have a great week folks! :)
  • Picked loads of sloes today! All set to make some gin next week! :)
  • Having a go at curing my own bacon this weekend! Seems to be fairly easy- will report when done! Pork belly rubbed with sugar, salt and herbs.
  • Nutella stuffed brioche French toast! Anyone for a bit of brunch? :)
  • Such an epic day out there! Just back from a two hour walk around the cliffs of #Howth! Happy weekend folks! #ireland
  • A bit of #mittkök madness this morning on Swedish telly! Was making cannelloni with spinach and mushrooms! :)
  • Vietnamese caramel salmon in my new weekly column in the Irish independent today! Delicious recipe traditionally made with catfish- it's sweet and sticky and very easy to make! :)
  • Salted caramel peanut mud pie up on the blog! Tag a friend for a special Friday treat! What are you baking this weekend? :)
  • Red velvet cheesecake! Recipe up on @jamiesfoodtube this evening with @eric_lanlard! Grab a slice for a pal! :)
  • Post workout juice- apple, carrot, ginger, celery, cucumber & beetroot! Better @tonedfit?
  • Max can't take selfies but wanted a photo taken with his favourite view on our walk this eve! :) #howth #ireland #maxthedog
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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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Latest from my youtube channel…

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I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of September already- it’s been an incredibly busy month but I wanted to stick up some of the video recipes that I’ve been posting over on my youtube channel!  Have you subscribed yet? It’s free and there is a new video posted every Sunday morning!  You can check out some of the recent videos and their recipes below…

{ Pork Lettuce Cups… }

{ Raspberry Goddess Pie… }

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Irish Independent Weekend Food Issue…

COVERDONALI am so excited to tell you that I am the guest editor of the Irish Independent WEEKEND Magazine Food Issue out this Saturday!  It’s such a brilliant opportunity to feature some of my favourite things about food.

In the issue you will find exclusive recipe from my recent travels across Italy, a list of my top 10 places to eat in London, a great feature on a selection of Ireland’s finest food producers, a guide to what’s in season along with some recipes to inspire you.

All that plus the usual WEEKEND magazine features with a food twist.  The magazine is sold as part of this Saturday’s Irish Independent- I hope you enjoy! :)

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Book signing in Stockholm…

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Calling all my Swedish friends- on Thursday I will be giving a book signing of my Swedish book at Leila Lindholm’s General Store in the MOOD shopping centre.  Come down and say hello!  See you there at 6pm!

Hej hej minna Svenska vanner! På torsdag kommer jag till Leila Lindholm‘s General Store i MOOD gallerian för att signera böcker, säga hej och kanske ta lite selfies!  Hoppas vi ses där kl 18.00!  Mumsfillibabba! :)

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FEAST: A Dinner Journal | Summer 2014

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Issue five of FEAST: A Dinner Journal has hit the shelves! This issue of FEAST is quite unique as I had the opportunity to shoot many of the features while filming for Donal’s Irish FEAST, a new television series which airs this autumn on Irish screens. The series saw us travel throughout Ireland stopping in Galway, Wexford, Dublin, Kerry and Kilkenny, in quick succession, staying in some of Ireland’s most historic homes. Needless to say we were cooking and eating some of the finest ingredients our country has to offer along the way.

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We couldn’t feature all fifteen fantastic producers in this issue but I know they all share the same pride and passion for quality Irish food as we do. On our journey of ingredient gathering we created a summer pudding using artisanal brioche; a fresh flavoured pea, mint and ham hock soup; Howth lobster cooked using a traditional Irish recipe; as well as some of the season’s finest Irish strawberries.

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As summer draws to a close, I hope the recipes and producers featured in this issue will inspire you to make the most of the abundance of seasonal and Irish ingredients.   Print copies of Volume 5 of FEAST: A Dinner Journal can be found in Easons and good food stores throughout Ireland. You can also purchase print copies online here. You can also purchase digital issues of FEAST: A Dinner Journal via our app available on iTunes and on Google Play for Android Devices.

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SPAR Kitchen Hero Live Tour…

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Calling all Kitchen Heroes my brand new LIVE cooking tour is back on the road this November.  I’ll be heading out to theatre venues across Ireland, cooking up delicious recipes live on stage in front of your eyes, every night.  The show is jam packed with great fun and laughter, recipes and cooking tips along with my favourite part, the audience cooking competitions!  After each show I’ll be signing copies of my books, answering burning cooking questions and meeting you guys, we might even take a selfie!  It’s a brilliant show for the whole family so if you want to find out more about tickets and venues check out the full list below and let’s get cooking!

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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Top 12 Back to School Recipes…

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{ Frozen Fruit Smoothies… }

It’s in the air, that wonderful change in season from Summer to Autumn and nothing makes you more aware of it then children heading back to school.  After a really great Summer the focus is back on the kitchen and with work kicking back into full gear, I’m all about recipes which can be made ahead to ensure you don’t go hungry!  With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of my top 12 back to school/work recipes that will deliver on flavour front but also give you some great weeknight dinner options, make ahead breakfasts and simple lunches.  Happy cooking, here comes the Autumn!

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{ Apple Breakfast Muffins… }

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{ Blueberry & Banana Breakfast Muffins… }

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{ Bacon & Cabbage Pie… }

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{ Angie’s  Skehan Family Irish Stew… }

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{ Three Cheese Lasagne… }

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Skoff Pies Skoop a Great Taste Award…

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Exciting times at Skoff Pies HQ! I’ve just heard that we have scooped a Great Taste Award for our Chicken & Ham and Beef and Stout pies and I couldn’t be happier!  We’ve had such great support for the pies since they were launched in the Spring and with more flavours being added to the range later this year, this has been such a great reward for all the hard work that goes in to making them.

The Great Taste Awards are one of the world’s largest and most respected blind-tasted food & drink awards and it receives thousands upon thousands of entries every year, all hoping to bag a coveted award. The awards are organised by The Guild of Fine Food and are judged by hundreds of food experts and the best of the best in the business. From food critics and writers to artisan producers and buyers, they all blind test the products, give their expert feedback and award the winners.

The black and gold Great Taste award represents hard work, quality and a superior tasting product and we are so proud to be able to add it to our Skoff Pie boxes! We couldn’t have done it without all of you Skoffers buying the pies, sending on feedback and helping to spread the word about our pies so we wanted to say a big thank you to you all… and keep Skoffing!  Head over to the website to find out more about them.

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Al Fresco Eating with Little Piggy…

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Last year, our FEAST team were very lucky to be able to collaborate with the very talented Cathy of Little Piggy Vintage Hire. She worked alongside us, styling our Summer Feast on the grounds of Howth Castle. Boy oh boy did Cathy blow us away with her beautiful outdoor dining creations so with a few weeks left of summer to enjoy, I thought no better woman then herself to share her hints and tips for stylish al fresco entertaining.

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When it comes to styling my garden for summer or any time of year for that matter, I am an absolute maximalist at heart. The term “less is more” hurts my ears! Spending time in the garden and dining al fresco doesn’t have to mean acrylic tables & chairs, plastic cutlery and paper napkins – get out there and explore the hidden treasures that comes from hunting at car boot sales, flea markets, auctions rooms and charity shops. I insist on collecting pieces from many different eras and mixing them all together for a very different heirloom look and feel. So now that the smell of freshly cut grass is in the air mixed with the delicious scent trails of sizzling bbqs… it’s time to take yourself outdoors!

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1. Bounties of Bunting…

Yes I’m obsessed and have a pattern for every occasion. Nothing shout’s cottage garden and summer fete quite like some cheery bunting. Drape it from trees,fences, bushes and you’ll transform your garden instantly!

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The Irish Kitchen: Rediscovered…

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It’s the very last episode of Rediscovering the Irish Kitchen on RTÉ One this evening.  It has been such a lovely run during the summer and I’ve had wonderful feedback from people who have thoroughly enjoyed the glimpse back at traditional Irish cooking methods and recipes.  Throughout the series we have covered lots of great Irish traditional recipes and some super retro ones to, you can check them all out here.

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In the final episode of the series I meet Patricia Quinn who worked in Ireland grand houses as a cook.  Up to the 1960s, many people were employed in ‘domestic service’, as cooks, housekeepers and gardeners. Patricia started working in ‘the big house’ aged 16 and the training she received there enabled her to become a professional cook in later life. Patricia spoke to me about her memories of the food she cooked and makes for me, her mothers Blind Stew which recently featured in Darina Allen’s Traditional Irish Cooking book.

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Also on the menu, a traditional Irish sweet treat, the Gur Cake which was incredibly popular, an Irish style omlette using potatoes, bacon and black pudding and I also get the opportunity to learn how to make traditional Irish soda bread cooked over an open fire at Muckross Traditional Farms.  Make sure to tune in tonight at 8.30pm on RTÉ One for the very last episode in the series!

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