Donal Skehan
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  • Recording voiceovers this morning with @lockybutler for @foodnetworkuk! Show starts in April! :) #donalvietnam #FollowDonal
  • Good morning from Max! Who's got that Friday feeling?! 🎉
  • Ridonculously delicious spiraliser salad up on my YouTube channel this evening! Packed with great Thai flavours its guaranteed to make take the kitchen gadget out of its box more then once! :)
  • Just got back to Dublin and @rachelkhooks brand new book is on my desk! Cannot wait to check it out- beautiful styling, photography from @davidloftus and wonderfully delicious and innovative collection of recipes! Check it out- it's in shops now! 👍
  • Fantastic meal at Lilla Ego in Stockholm last night- highlight meal of the year so far! Really cool little restaurant, totally relaxed vibe and the food was incredible- ate: Gruyere (Semla) bun with seasonal mushrooms, pickled green tomatoes and pine, for main: duck breast with roast celaric, orange zest and beetroot! Only regret was I didn't have room for dessert! Tack @lillaegokrog!
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  • Good Morning! Last day filming in sunny Stockholm! Unfortunately no sun in the warehouse we're shooting in and didn't finish last night till 8, so had to jump out for a quick stroll to soak up some vitamin D! ☀️#stockholm
  • Good morning from sunny Stockholm! More filming for #mittkök today! Think I may be loosing my mind- thought I lost my laptop this morning at breakfast- had the whole place looking for it, it was in my room... #facepalm #needmoresleep
  • Brilliant Fish & kinda chips with minty mushy peas over on my YouTube channel! The kinda chips are crispy hasselback potatoes- love making these and they go great with the crunch of that crispy beer batter! :)
  • Good morning from Stockholm! :)
  • Brown butter cod with crispy potatoes, leek, carrot and lentils for Sunday lunch @gunneboslott! Really simple flavours but so bloody good!
  • Saluhall Briggen- cool covered food market in #göteborg, the building used to be an old fire station...
  • Fish tacos baby! Oh yeah! :) #tacosandtequilagbg
  • Scallop ceviche with poblano chilli, lime, coriander and sweet popcorn at #tacosandtequilagbg in Göteborg... Really great fresh flavours, textures and just the right amount of spice...
  • Bubbling caramelised banana pancakes plus 3 great ways with the mighty crepe! :)
  • Morning! Currently obsessed with these dinner rolls topped with Irish cheese! So easy and love that they are tear and share- have a video recipe for them coming up soon as a collab with the brill @thedomesticgeek1! :) #paddysdaycollab
  • Happy Chinese New Year guys! I've got a delicious leftover egg fried rice recipe video over on my YouTube channel- perfect for all the celebrations but also great cheap student food and a super simple supper! :)
  • Max is off to stay at his granny and grandads! In the excitement he jumped into the front seat and knew he was in trouble! #guilty #maxthedog
  • Just doing a spot of green rice harvesting in Vietnam as you do! #tbt my new series #FollowDonal starts in April on @foodnetworkuk! 🎉
  • Happy Pancake Tuesday! How many pancakes have you eaten today? I've got 3 brilliant ways to top them over on my youtube channel! :)
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Apple & Ginger Chutney

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Apple and Ginger are a match made in heaven and go wonderfully together in this chutney. Transfer the chutney into jars, label them and they make wonderful homemade gifts.  The chutney is great with leftover Christmas ham.

Makes approx 4 jars of chutney
1kg of cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
40g of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
350g dark brown sugar
250ml of cider vinegar
250g raisins

Place all the ingredients into a large stainless steel pot, cook at a steady simmer over a medium high heat for about 45 minutes, stirring every now and then so it doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pot. Transfer the chutney into sterilised jars and seal while still hot. Stored like this in a cold dark place, they should last for at least one year.

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Irish Atlantic Sea Salt Caramels

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Homemade caramels are the ideal edible gift at Christmas time. These ones have a sprinkle of Irish Atlantic Sea Salt which balances and intensifies the caramel flavour. They set to a soft chewy consistency making them fairly irresistible.

Makes 30 caramels
175ml double cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
60g butter
2 teaspoons of Irish Atlantic Sea Salt
250g granulated sugar
160g golden syrup

Grease a baking tin (22cm x 15cm) with a little butter and line with parchment paper. Place the cream, vanilla extract and half the butter in a small sauce pan over a medium high heat. Bring to a steady boil and then remove from the heat and set aside. In a medium-sized sauce pan, heat the sugar and golden syrup over a medium high heat. Mix together with a wooden spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 155°C on a sugar thermometer. Remove the pan from the heat and stir through the cream mixture. Place the pan back on the heat and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 127°C. Stir through the remaining butter until completely incorporated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking tin and sprinkle evenly all over the top with sea salt. Allow to cool completely before slicing into individual caramels with a knife dipped in boiling water (this allows it to slice without sticking). Wrap each one with parchment paper and they will keep in an airtight container for up to one month.

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Edible Christmas Gift Basket!

Baking and Christmas always went hand in hand when I was growing up and I used to love spending the weekends before the big day baking cookies and sweet treats!  They always made great little presents for anyone who called to the house.  There are a few recipes which I make every year without fail and they make great edible gifts.  Cookies, Jam, Paté, Muffins, Truffles and Biscotti all keep well and are perfect to package up as pressies.  You channel your inner Blue Peter and make up tags, ribbons, and personalised stickers to make your gifts look really unique.

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