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  • These brilliant Nonnas were so much fun and taught me to make donzelle, little savoury fried bread on the streets in Montalcino! Delicious with prosciutto and a glass off Brunello! The lovely lady on the right was up late singing Non Ho L'Età at the end of the night! :) #GrandmasBoy
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  • Pesto, green bean and potato lasagne for lunch today! Recipe in this weekends Irish Independent Weekend Mag! :)
  • 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
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  • 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! :)
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  • 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
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FEAST: A Dinner Journal | Summer 2014

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Issue five of FEAST: A Dinner Journal has hit the shelves! This issue of FEAST is quite unique as I had the opportunity to shoot many of the features while filming for Donal’s Irish FEAST, a new television series which airs this autumn on Irish screens. The series saw us travel throughout Ireland stopping in Galway, Wexford, Dublin, Kerry and Kilkenny, in quick succession, staying in some of Ireland’s most historic homes. Needless to say we were cooking and eating some of the finest ingredients our country has to offer along the way.

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We couldn’t feature all fifteen fantastic producers in this issue but I know they all share the same pride and passion for quality Irish food as we do. On our journey of ingredient gathering we created a summer pudding using artisanal brioche; a fresh flavoured pea, mint and ham hock soup; Howth lobster cooked using a traditional Irish recipe; as well as some of the season’s finest Irish strawberries.

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As summer draws to a close, I hope the recipes and producers featured in this issue will inspire you to make the most of the abundance of seasonal and Irish ingredients.   Print copies of Volume 5 of FEAST: A Dinner Journal can be found in Easons and good food stores throughout Ireland. You can also purchase print copies online here. You can also purchase digital issues of FEAST: A Dinner Journal via our app available on iTunes and on Google Play for Android Devices.

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SPAR Kitchen Hero Live Tour…

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Calling all Kitchen Heroes my brand new LIVE cooking tour is back on the road this November.  I’ll be heading out to theatre venues across Ireland, cooking up delicious recipes live on stage in front of your eyes, every night.  The show is jam packed with great fun and laughter, recipes and cooking tips along with my favourite part, the audience cooking competitions!  After each show I’ll be signing copies of my books, answering burning cooking questions and meeting you guys, we might even take a selfie!  It’s a brilliant show for the whole family so if you want to find out more about tickets and venues check out the full list below and let’s get cooking!

Dates and venues:
Sat 1st Nov: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Sun 2nd Nov: Spiegeltent, Wexford

Thurs 6th Nov: Theatre Royal, Castlebar
Fri 7th Nov: Venue Theatre, Ratoath
Sat 8th Nov: Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaois
Sun 9th Nov: Langtons Ballroom, Kilkenny
Mon 10th Nov: Opera House, Cork

Wed 12th Nov: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Thurs 13th Nov: An Glor, Ennis
Fri 14th Nov: Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar
Sat 15th Nov: Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge
Sun 16th Nov: An Grianan, Letterkenny

Thurs 20th: Source Arts Centre, Thurles
Fri 21st: Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Sat 22nd: GBS Theatre, Carlow
Sun 23rd: The Helix Theatre, Dublin

Fri 28th: Briery Gap, Macroom
Sun 30th: Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

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Top 12 Back to School Recipes…

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It’s in the air, that wonderful change in season from Summer to Autumn and nothing makes you more aware of it then children heading back to school.  After a really great Summer the focus is back on the kitchen and with work kicking back into full gear, I’m all about recipes which can be made ahead to ensure you don’t go hungry!  With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of my top 12 back to school/work recipes that will deliver on flavour front but also give you some great weeknight dinner options, make ahead breakfasts and simple lunches.  Happy cooking, here comes the Autumn!

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{ Apple Breakfast Muffins… }

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{ Blueberry & Banana Breakfast Muffins… }

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{ Bacon & Cabbage Pie… }

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{ Angie’s  Skehan Family Irish Stew… }

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{ Three Cheese Lasagne… }

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Skoff Pies Skoop a Great Taste Award…

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Exciting times at Skoff Pies HQ! I’ve just heard that we have scooped a Great Taste Award for our Chicken & Ham and Beef and Stout pies and I couldn’t be happier!  We’ve had such great support for the pies since they were launched in the Spring and with more flavours being added to the range later this year, this has been such a great reward for all the hard work that goes in to making them.

The Great Taste Awards are one of the world’s largest and most respected blind-tasted food & drink awards and it receives thousands upon thousands of entries every year, all hoping to bag a coveted award. The awards are organised by The Guild of Fine Food and are judged by hundreds of food experts and the best of the best in the business. From food critics and writers to artisan producers and buyers, they all blind test the products, give their expert feedback and award the winners.

The black and gold Great Taste award represents hard work, quality and a superior tasting product and we are so proud to be able to add it to our Skoff Pie boxes! We couldn’t have done it without all of you Skoffers buying the pies, sending on feedback and helping to spread the word about our pies so we wanted to say a big thank you to you all… and keep Skoffing!  Head over to the website to find out more about them.

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Al Fresco Eating with Little Piggy…

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Last year, our FEAST team were very lucky to be able to collaborate with the very talented Cathy of Little Piggy Vintage Hire. She worked alongside us, styling our Summer Feast on the grounds of Howth Castle. Boy oh boy did Cathy blow us away with her beautiful outdoor dining creations so with a few weeks left of summer to enjoy, I thought no better woman then herself to share her hints and tips for stylish al fresco entertaining.

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When it comes to styling my garden for summer or any time of year for that matter, I am an absolute maximalist at heart. The term “less is more” hurts my ears! Spending time in the garden and dining al fresco doesn’t have to mean acrylic tables & chairs, plastic cutlery and paper napkins – get out there and explore the hidden treasures that comes from hunting at car boot sales, flea markets, auctions rooms and charity shops. I insist on collecting pieces from many different eras and mixing them all together for a very different heirloom look and feel. So now that the smell of freshly cut grass is in the air mixed with the delicious scent trails of sizzling bbqs… it’s time to take yourself outdoors!

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1. Bounties of Bunting…

Yes I’m obsessed and have a pattern for every occasion. Nothing shout’s cottage garden and summer fete quite like some cheery bunting. Drape it from trees,fences, bushes and you’ll transform your garden instantly!

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The Irish Kitchen: Rediscovered…

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It’s the very last episode of Rediscovering the Irish Kitchen on RTÉ One this evening.  It has been such a lovely run during the summer and I’ve had wonderful feedback from people who have thoroughly enjoyed the glimpse back at traditional Irish cooking methods and recipes.  Throughout the series we have covered lots of great Irish traditional recipes and some super retro ones to, you can check them all out here.

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In the final episode of the series I meet Patricia Quinn who worked in Ireland grand houses as a cook.  Up to the 1960s, many people were employed in ‘domestic service’, as cooks, housekeepers and gardeners. Patricia started working in ‘the big house’ aged 16 and the training she received there enabled her to become a professional cook in later life. Patricia spoke to me about her memories of the food she cooked and makes for me, her mothers Blind Stew which recently featured in Darina Allen’s Traditional Irish Cooking book.

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Also on the menu, a traditional Irish sweet treat, the Gur Cake which was incredibly popular, an Irish style omlette using potatoes, bacon and black pudding and I also get the opportunity to learn how to make traditional Irish soda bread cooked over an open fire at Muckross Traditional Farms.  Make sure to tune in tonight at 8.30pm on RTÉ One for the very last episode in the series!

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How to make Swedish Meatballs…

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Every year I travel to Sweden at least a handful of times a year.  Sofie’s family live in Gothenburg which gives us good reason.  More recently since I’ve started presenting Mitt Kok on Saturday mornings our visits have become more business orientated but always culminate in some family time. When we visit, a trip to Sofie’s grandparents is always a big part of the experience and Gunvor, Sofie’s granny is permanently about 15 minutes away from putting food on the table.

Considering the recent series Grandma’s Boy I shot in Italy, we thought it would be great fun to shoot a mini episode, Swedish style for my YouTube channel. Gunvor reluctantly agreed, and we decided to make that Swedish classic, meatballs served with mashed potatoes, gravy and lingonberry jam.  It was so lovely to shoot and even better to eat- you can check out the recipe below and make sure to check out the video above!

Continue to the recipe for Swedish Meatballs…

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Irish Food & Retro Recipes…

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We’re coming close to the end of my RTÉ One series which finishes up next week.  I’ve had such lovely feedback on twitter and facebook and I am so thrilled to hear it has brought back some wonderful food memories for many.  In last week’s episode I learned the traditional Irish method of planting potatoes and I got to cook surprisingly delicious cheddar yeast rolls with mashed potato as a key ingredient, in a bastible over an open fire.  While, Marie O’Toole a lifelong member of the Irish Country Women’s Association, spoke about the electrification of Ireland, it’s effects on the Irish home kitchen and the great work of the ICA who continue to promote cooking skills throughout their nationwide network of members.

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In this week’s episode I meet former politician and English teacher, Mary O’Rourke, who shared her memories of Theodora FitzGibbon, whose food writing she often used in her classes.  Mary shared fond memories of learning how to cook and in particular a recipe for éclairs from Irish food writer Maura Laverty.  I also try my hand at two wonderful retro recipes, a braised Rabbit Pie and a moist and creamy Black Forest Gateaux.  Make sure to tune in to RTÉ One at 8.30pm on Tuesday nights for more.  Check out the recipes from last weeks and tonights episode below.

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{ Potato Yeast Rolls… }

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