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  • Finally editing pics from filming in Italy! Bringing back so many memories! Meet Nonna Adolarata who taught me how to make cannelloni from scratch and crappiatta a traditional soup from the town of Matera in the south of Italy! #GrandmasBoy
  • It's porchetta o'clock! :)
  • Porchetta stuffed with garlic, herbs and lemon ready for a date with the oven! Sunday lunch sorted! :)
  • #Recipeoftheday Lamb Sausages with Spiced Lentils, Caramelised Onions & Creme Fraiche! :)
  • Paella on #mittkök this morning on @nyhetsmorgon in Swedish! I'll be in Stockholm next week for a book signing at @leilasgeneralstore in #moodstkhlm! :)
  • I'm heading out on a nationwide LIVE cooking tour to 16 theatre venues across Ireland this November! Details on tickets and venues over on my website! It's a great family show jam packed with great fun, recipes and audience cooking competitions! Hope to see you there! Let's get cooking! :)
  • The new issue of @feastjournal is out- full details on my website! Copies in select Irish food stores, order online or through our free app on iTunes and google play! :)
  • Did you spot those amazing Swedish princess cakes on The Great British Bake Off last night! I make mine with pink marzipan- you can check out the recipe on my website! Tag a friend who might like a slice! :) #gbbo
  • Christmas jumpers and MaxaClaus! It all went down today! #tralalala #poormax
  • Squash, coconut and chilli soup on set today! Lunch is served! Coming to youtube very soon! :)
  • Beauty of a morning out there! Happy Wednesday! #howth #ireland
  • Max is on a roll! #maxthedog
  • SWEDEN! I'm coming to Stockholm next week for a book signing @leilalindholm's @leilasgeneralstore in #MoodSTKHLM on Thursday 18th! Come down and say Hej Hej- I'd love to meet you! :) #mumsfillibaba
  • This evenings walk! #howth #ireland
  • Spent the afternoon eating cupcakes with @marknixon1 @bairbrepower and @joeystreats for a very exciting project! :)
  • Massive congrats to my pals @Bibliocook & @EdibleIreland who launch their first book on Irish Craft Beer & Cider tonight! :)
  • Howth lighthouse... #howth #ireland
  • Howth village looking mighty fine this morning! #howth #ireland
  • Beauty of a morning out there! Roll on the weekend! #howth #ireland
  • Mega fridge leftover cheese toasty lunch! Homemade brown bread, sundried tomatoes and cucumber pickle from @orlabrod! :)
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January 2013 Newsletter!

Hi folks,

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year celebration. Ours was really special as we had both events in our little house for the first time. On New Years Day we braved the Irish Sea and took a dip to mark the start of a brand new year.  Out with the old and in with the new!

The start of any year is always exciting, plans are made and lots of possibilities lie ahead.  For me, I was thrilled to finally put the last touches to my next book which I had been working on, full time, all the way up to Christmas.  As with all my books to date, I again got the opportunity to shoot the recipe images myself, which can be quite a nerve wracking experience but I had lots of help from Sofie my partner, the wonderful Sharon Hearne Smith and a few extra special helping hands who gave up their time to help during our shoot days.

I’m thrilled with the outcome and the book has now been sent off for editing and design.  Now comes the really exciting part of seeing everything come together.  Kitchen Hero: Home Cooked will be released later this year and I’ll make sure to keep you posted all about before then.

I don’t think you can ignore the fact that January is a month where all over the blogosphere, beautiful images of cakes and sweet treats make way for juices, healthy salads and soups while people make plans to get fit and healthy for the year ahead.  Considering the proper feast we had over Christmas, I think it’s a bit of a case of, if you can’t beat ‘em, join em’!  So with that in mind I’ve put together some of my favourite healthy recipes to keep you on the straight and narrow.

In this month’s update, two rather special food blogs, a beautiful cookbook from Anna and Fanny Bergenstrom, a great book for new food writers, lots of healthy recipes and some kitchen garden planning

Have fun!

Donal x

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September Update!

Hi folks,

I can’t quite get my head around the fact that we are smack bang in the middle of Autumn.  Where did this year go?  While long sunny summer evenings are more like a distant dream that never really happened, worry not as there are so many food related things to get excited about this harvest season.

For those who like to forage for their food, now is the one of the best times to get out and in to the forest and hedgerows to pick wild mushrooms and fruit.

I spent a few days in Sweden recently where we picked the most incredible giant golden chantarelle mushrooms, super green apples (perfect for an oat buttery apple crumble) and the juiciest plums, eaten right off the branches.

Since my new book came out in May, we have had a wonderful reaction with it spending quite a few weeks on the Irish Non-Fiction Bestsellers list peaking at number 2! A big thank you to everyone who has sent me photos on twitter and Facebook of the dishes they have been cooking from the new book “Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less”.  It might sound ridiculously obvious but seeing people cooking the recipes you write is always the most rewarding thing about writing a book.

Lots of people have been asking me on twitter, when the next part of the TV series Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less is coming out and I can tell you that it will be back in November for a 7 week run on RTÉ One.  There are lots more wonderful cheap and delicious recipes coming up to inspire you to get cooking in the kitchen, with visits to my grannies kitchen, my old school, BLOOM in the park and lots more.

One of the main reasons I’ve been a little quiet online this summer, has been due to a very exciting project which we filmed in London throughout August which will air this Autumn.  I’m literally bursting to tell everyone about it but I’ve been told I have to wait just a little longer.  Don’t worry you’ll be the first to know! :)

There’s also lots of exciting news overseas, where Kitchen Hero has now been released in both Swedish and German and the TV series has started airing in Brazil and France.  In July, I spent a day in Hamburg shooting with German magazine, “Fit For Fun”, for their October issue, they really did a lovely job and were great to work with.  I’m also going to be heading back to Stockholm in October to appear again on one the popular breakfast shows, “Nyhetsmorgon” speaking Swedish (hold me!) and to give cookery demonstrations at the “Hem Och Villa” exhibition.

Check out some of the things I’m very excited about this month below and keep checking the blog for updates!

Until then have a great September!

Donal x

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