Donal Skehan
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  • Strangest location I've filmed in! Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast! Great but very cold location for #DonalsIrishFEAST! :)
  • Spiced yoghurt chicken with coriander and almond cous cous... Using free range chicken from Olive and Donald Elliot at Marlfield farm- Olive also taught me how to pluck a chicken...
  • Mini banana bread loaves with chocolate and @keennutrition almond butter! :)
  • My favourite recipe from today's shoot! Subtly spiced @baronscourt1 venison with a red currant glaze, forest mushrooms and sweet potato mash- got a bit excited about this one! #DonalsIrishFEAST
  • Beautiful snowy morning here @BelleIsleCastle! Filming for new series of #DonalsIrishFEAST this morning using great local producers...
  • Off to learn about Sika Deer at @baronscourt1 with gamekeeper Sammy for #DonalsIrishFEAST!
  • Recording voiceovers this morning with @lockybutler for @foodnetworkuk! Show starts in April! :) #donalvietnam #FollowDonal
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  • 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...
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Ginger and Cinnamon Spiced Pumkin Pie

The original recipe uses 1/2 the can of both the pumpkin pure and condensed milk, so I’ve doubled it here to make two pies. After all two pies are always better than one! I’ve also added grated fresh ginger for an extra zing, but you could add ground ginger, mixed spice and ground black pepper.

Makes 2 x 9inch pies
Each pie serves 6
For the filling:
110g of sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 large thumb sized piece of ginger, finely grated
1 x 822g tin of Libby’s Pumpkin Puree
1 x 397g tin of condensed milk
4 large free range eggs

For the pie bases:
2 sheets of ready to roll shortcrust pastry
A little butter to grease
Tin foil
Ceramic baking beans or dried pulses

Preheat the oven to 220˚C and grease two 9 inch pie tins with a little butter.

Roll out the sheets of short crust pastry and press them into the two pie tins. Prick the bases with a fork and tidy up the edges by crimping them with your fingers, this doesn’t have to look perfect.

Place one sheet of tin foil or grease proof paper in the base of each pastry lined pie tin and tumble in some ceramic baking beans or any dried pulse will do.

Place the pie tins in the oven to cook for 10 minutes. Remove the tin foil and baking beans and place back in the oven for a further 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

While the pastry is cooking, mix together all the ingredients for the filling in a large bowl.

Divide the pumpkin mix between the two tins, reduce the oven temperature to 180˚C and place back in the oven to bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the pies come out clean.

Allow to cool before serving.


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Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

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The key to any chicken soup is the broth, and this vietnamese inspired chicken noodle soup is no difference. Charring the ginger and onion does sound rather an unnecessary  undertaking but it’s this addition, along with toasted spices, which makes a beautifully rich and aromatic broth.

Serves 6
1 large onion, sliced in half
2 large thumb-sized pieces of ginger
1 small free range organic chicken
4 cloves
2 star anise
3 tbsp coriander seeds
3 tbsp fish sauce
200g rice noodles
1/2 red onion, finely sliced wafer thin
1 red chilli
a small handful of mint
a small handful of basil
a small handful of coriander
a bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
2 limes, cut into quarters
Sea salt to season

Place the onion and ginger on a grill tray and place under a hot grill to char on all sides. The onion should be soft and slightly caramalised. Remove from the grill and add to a pot with the chicken and toasted cloves, star anise and coriander seeds. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool before removing the skin and shredding the meat.

Add the fish sauce, bring the remaining liquid back to the boil and then lower the heat and simmer for a further 40 minutes until the flavour has intensified. Season with sea salt to taste. Strain the broth through a fine sieve and skim any fat from the top once it settles.

Place the broth back in the pot and bring to the boil. Add the rice noodles and cook until soft. Serve the noodles and broth in deep bowls and top with the shredded chicken, mint leaves, basil leaves, coriander leaves, red onions, spring onion and a wedge of lime. Slurping is a completely necessary part of devouring this soup.

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Sticky Maple, Apple & Ginger Cake

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Asian Chicken Salad with Chilli, Ginger and Lime Dressing

Packed with tasty ingredients, this recipe is perfect for entertaining. You can prepare all the ingredients separately, stick them in the fridge and assemble the salad when your guests arrive. Don’t be afraid to add other vegetables here, peppers, cucumber, spring onions and bean sprouts are all tasty additions.

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