Donal Skehan
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  • Very excited to be filming at this brilliant little street food market tomorrow for lunch in Hanoi! #DonalVietnam
  • I have yet to meet a film crew who trust me behind the wheel so here I am with my buddy TT biking around Hanoi! Better him than me the traffic is nuts here! :) #DonalVietnam
  • Was up at 3.30am this morning to catch these Vietnamese ladies harvest young green rice- a delicacy in Hanoi at this time of year! Here they are using a machine to separate the rice from the stems... #DonalVietnam
  • Egg coffee for breakfast in Hanoi! Sounds very strange but a combination of egg yolks, condensed milk, sugar, butter and laughing cow cheese is whisked until fluffy and thick and served with hot coffee! Incredible rich taste- like a liquid tiramisu! #DonalVietnam
  • Filmed at one of Hanoi's oldest and most famous restaurants today, Cha Ca La Vong, where they have been serving the same one dish for over 100 years- turmeric fish which is marinated for 12 hours with galangal and fish sauce then threaded onto bamboo skewers and chargrilled over hot coals- the fish pieces are then fried in shallot oil and served to the table on a hot plate where diners mix in dill and spring onions and serve over rice vermicelli noodles with peanuts, coriander, chilli and shrimp paste. Hugely popular here and I can see why! #DonalVietnam
  • Street food at the bustling market in Sapa- this lady was selling spicy pigs ear salad... #DonalVietnam
  • Morning market shopping in Sapa! On the way to Hanoi... #DonalVietnam
  • BBQ Pork with ginger, turmeric, mint and toasted sesame seeds... #DonalVietnam
  • Just can't get over the stunning scenery here! Not bad for a Tuesday! #DonalVietnam
  • On the streets of Sapa making apple wine with apples grown by the Hmong tribe... #DonalVietnam
  • Sad to say goodbye to our fantastic Red Dao hosts for the past three days... Heading to Hanoi tomorrow to focus on street food! #DonalVietnam
  • The incredible dry store at the top of a Red Dao tribe house- here they store corn, rice and pumpkins through the winter. The kitchen is just underneath so the heat and smoke helps to dry the produce out... #DonalVietnam
  • Brilliant few days filming with the Red Dao tribe just outside Sapa! #DonalVietnam with @jonnyrocksville @lenocks...
  • Best experience of the day- a traditional herbal bath with herbs picked from the mountain and steeped in boiling water! It is used to soak the muscles after a hard day in the rice paddies! Nothing like taking a bath with a big group of strangers watching! :) #DonalVietnam
  • This little girl is eating sticky rice cooked in a bamboo shoot! The rice is stuffed into the hollow shoot and sealed with a banana leaf, then boiled until tender... Then the whole rice filled bamboo shoot is grilled over an open fire- it results in a chewy sweet rice cylinder with the most incredible texture! Really special! #DonalVietnam
  • The colourful and detailed clothing the women of the Red Dao tribe wear can take up to a year to embroider by hand... #DonalVietnam
  • Incredible day spent learning from and cooking with the Red Dao tribe in North West Vietnam- their are 5 different tribes in this area and each has their own language and distinctive traditional clothing... #DonalVietnam
  • View from my breakfast table! Stayed in Sa Pa last night high in the mountains, 1500 meters above sea level... Off to spend the day with a local Red Dao family to learn more about their traditions... #DonalVietnam
  • Have just eaten from this fairly intimating platter of mystery meat! You choose what you want from pig tongue, liver, heart and blood sausage and it gets boiled up and served with a fiery hot dipping sauce with chilli, meat broth, fish sauce and spring onions. Also interesting they eat it with potato noodles rather than rice noodles, in broth and mint... Swallow the fear, get in there and eat like the locals do! #DonalVietnam
  • Chicken for sale at Bac Ha market- incredible experience, like nothing else, have whiplash from everything I have to look at! #DonalVietnam
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Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Muffins

These rich dark chocolate muffins are beautifully balanced with ruby red raspberries.  This mix is incredibly easy to prepare, make sure to prepare all your ingredients in advance and all it takes is a little mixing and you have a fudgy dark chocolate muffin mix.

Makes 12 Muffins
100g of butter, melted
200ml of buttermilk
2 large free range eggs
150g of caster sugar
250g of self raising flour
250g of fresh raspberries
200g of dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 175oC. Line a muffin tray with paper cases.

In a bowl, whisk together the butter, buttermilk and set aside.

In a standalone mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until light and fluffy.

Add in the butter mixture and whisk until combined. Gently fold in the flour until just combined.

Stir through the fruit and dark chocolate until combined. Be sure not to over mix the batter.

Spoon the mixture into the papercases and place in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place on a wire wrack to cool.

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Raspberry Goddess Pie

This recipe is adapted from an old Swedish cookbook which I found in the basement of Sofie’s grandmothers house. This pie is wonderfully moist and has a tasty crust. You can adapt it with any berries you wish.

Serves 6-8
225g of plain flour
125g of caster sugar
125g of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking powder
250g of raspberries
200ml of creme fraiche
Vanilla ice cream to serve

Whizz together the flour, sugar, butter, vanilla extract and baking powder in a food processor until it forms a dough. Press the dough into a lined baking tin with a removable base. Pop in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 225˚C. Mix together the raspberries and creme fraiche in a bowl and then spread over the base of the pie dough.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Then lower the heat to 150˚C and bake for a further 15 minutes. Allow to cool and serve slices with vanilla ice cream.

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