Donal Skehan

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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My New Food Network Series Airs Today…

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Today is the day! I am so excited that my new Food Network UK series ‘Follow Donal’ is hitting your screens at 6 30pm tonight! It feels like a very long time ago that I packed my bags and headed off with the production crew so I can’t wait for you all to see the sights and sounds of Vietnam that I experienced while I was there!

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On tonight’s episode I’ll be exploring Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, as well as showing you how to cook up some Vietnamese inspired dishes at home! I ate some of the best food of my life on this series so I can’t emphasise how much you have to try these recipes, especially if you’ve never tried Vietnamese food before.

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Make sure to tune in to the Food Network UK at 6 30pm tonight and if you can’t wait that long, check out some of my behind the scenes vlogs from when I was there!

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf…

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What is it about lemon cakes and treats that makes them so popular? What I love most about this particular Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf is just how simple it is to prepare. I like to make a loaf, store it in a cake tin and have it at the ready for any guests who might drop in for a cup of tea!

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You can make this recipe as a plain lemon loaf and leave out the poppy seeds but I love the texture and little flecks of colour that they add. This is the perfect recipe for a first time baker to try as it really doesn’t get any easier!

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Flavour Bomb Salad with Marley Spoon…

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One of the biggest complaints I hear from people when it comes to cooking healthy meals is that they don’t have time so I’ve teamed up the folks at Marley Spoon to help make your meals even easier! This fantastic service means that you can decide which of the meals in their recipe list you fancy and with the click of a button they will deliver exactly the right amount of ingredients to your door.

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Creamy Chicken & Spinach Pasta…


Having a repertoire of quick, simple and most importantly delicious meals is the best way to get through the week. Nobody wants to spend two hours preparing dinner after a long day at work and this creamy chicken and spinach pasta is ready in a flash. If you don’t have sun dried tomatoes, you can always roast of some cherry tomatoes and use them instead and they will be equally delicious.

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This pasta recipe is fantastic if you have a crowd for dinner and is a real winner with kids. I usually have most of the ingredients in my fridge which is why I love this dish so much. And the best bit of all…I guarantee you’ll have it all ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta!

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Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding…

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With an abundance of hot cross buns at Easter time, this is the perfect way to use up any leftovers. You can also make this bread pudding with leftover brioche, stale croissants or whatever bread you have hanging around but it is particularly delicious when you use these spiced buns. I like to add the zest of an orange as it gives the custard a lovely citrus flavour but you can really adapt and change this recipe depending on what you fancy.

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