Donal Skehan
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  • Pretty excited about our dessert this evening- chocolate brownie cherry trifle! If you can't find me I'll be in the corner licking the bowl clean... #DonalsChristmasFEAST
  • Brilliant day filming on Henrietta Street for my Irish TV series Christmas special! Such a beautiful location to cook Christmas dinner in! Will be on RTÉ One on the 18th of December! Huge thanks to all the brilliant team involved: @nomosdigital @m_dillon99 @leohynes20 @grahamnewcombe @sharonhearnesmith @joeystreats @graceandsaviour @wildflourkate @hells_kettle @shopthegarden & more!
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Vodka Penne

Vodka Penne_2This recipe is inspired by the fantastic Lorraine Fanneran who runs the equally fantastic and award-winning La Cucina in Limerick with her Italian husband Bruno. She is an expert at delicious little pasta dishes and this one definitely proves that. Parents, don’t worry: the alcohol burns off in the cooking, and anyway, the kids will be mightily impressed that you’re giving them vodka. Lorraine suggests 4 tablespoons of vodka (plus a few in a glass for yourself depending on how bad your day has been!).

Serves 4
350g dried penne
25g  butter
125g pancetta or bacon bits or 2 slices cooked ham, chopped
4 tablespoon vodka
200ml  double cream
3 tablespoon tomato purée
A small handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan according to the instructions on the packet. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the bacon and fry for 3–5 minutes until golden. Add the vodka and allow to simmer for a minute before adding the cream, tomato purée and parsley. Simmer gently for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

When the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to the sauce and mix through. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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Cookbook Review and Competition: Two Greedy Italians

In terms of a television format, couples cooking on TV together works beautifully. First came The Two Fat Ladies, then The Hairy Bikers and now we have The Two Greedy Italians.  Although the format is the same, two different cooks, on the road, cooking similar food with different takes on it, for me there is so much more going on in Two Greedy Italians.  It’s packed full of Italian history, touching personal stories, beautiful scenery and most importantly fantastic food.  I had read about the pairing of these two, old, Italian chefs a couple of months ago and couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be.  Antonio Carluccio, the godfather of Italian cookery for many years and Gennaro Contaldo, the man made famous as the mentor to Jamie Oliver, combine forces to create one of the warmest and most fascinating on screen duo’s TV cookery has seen.  Sure there might be set up shots, but at the heart of their TV show, there is a genuine friendship and a real warmth.

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