Donal Skehan

My New Food Network Series Airs Today…

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Today is the day! I am so excited that my new Food Network UK series ‘Follow Donal’ is hitting your screens at 6 30pm tonight! It feels like a very long time ago that I packed my bags and headed off with the production crew so I can’t wait for you all to see the sights and sounds of Vietnam that I experienced while I was there!

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On tonight’s episode I’ll be exploring Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, as well as showing you how to cook up some Vietnamese inspired dishes at home! I ate some of the best food of my life on this series so I can’t emphasise how much you have to try these recipes, especially if you’ve never tried Vietnamese food before.

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Make sure to tune in to the Food Network UK at 6 30pm tonight and if you can’t wait that long, check out some of my behind the scenes vlogs from when I was there!

Watch more Vietnamese vlogs over here…

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf…

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What is it about lemon cakes and treats that makes them so popular? What I love most about this particular Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf is just how simple it is to prepare. I like to make a loaf, store it in a cake tin and have it at the ready for any guests who might drop in for a cup of tea!

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You can make this recipe as a plain lemon loaf and leave out the poppy seeds but I love the texture and little flecks of colour that they add. This is the perfect recipe for a first time baker to try as it really doesn’t get any easier!

Continue to the recipe for my Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf…

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Flavour Bomb Salad with Marley Spoon…

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One of the biggest complaints I hear from people when it comes to cooking healthy meals is that they don’t have time so I’ve teamed up the folks at Marley Spoon to help make your meals even easier! This fantastic service means that you can decide which of the meals in their recipe list you fancy and with the click of a button they will deliver exactly the right amount of ingredients to your door.

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Creamy Chicken & Spinach Pasta…


Having a repertoire of quick, simple and most importantly delicious meals is the best way to get through the week. Nobody wants to spend two hours preparing dinner after a long day at work and this creamy chicken and spinach pasta is ready in a flash. If you don’t have sun dried tomatoes, you can always roast of some cherry tomatoes and use them instead and they will be equally delicious.

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This pasta recipe is fantastic if you have a crowd for dinner and is a real winner with kids. I usually have most of the ingredients in my fridge which is why I love this dish so much. And the best bit of all…I guarantee you’ll have it all ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta!

Continue to the recipe for my Creamy Spinach & Chicken Pasta…

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Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding…

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With an abundance of hot cross buns at Easter time, this is the perfect way to use up any leftovers. You can also make this bread pudding with leftover brioche, stale croissants or whatever bread you have hanging around but it is particularly delicious when you use these spiced buns. I like to add the zest of an orange as it gives the custard a lovely citrus flavour but you can really adapt and change this recipe depending on what you fancy.

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My Top 10 Easter Recipes…

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There’s not long to go until Easter Sunday so it’s time to get your planning hat on! Growing up alongside a roast chicken, a roast leg of lamb was one of our families favourites, and if I was lucky my mom would cut off little slivers for me to scoff, before everyone sat down. Simply roasted with garlic and rosemary, a herb which compliments the meat so well, it’s a classic. Lamb is a tender meat anyway but the shanks, a cut of meat from the lower leg, has quite a lot of connective tissue which breaks down when slowly cooked and results in mouthwateringly tender meat which can be infused with a whole range of incredible flavours. Braised in white wine or served with lentils both dishes here can easily be made ahead of time making them incredibly simple when it comes to serving a crowd with no worry of overcooking. Served up with some simple vegetable side dishes and finished off with a decadent Easter dessert make sure include these recipes in your Easter family feast.


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{ Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic… }

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{ Braised Lamb Shanks with Nettle Mash… }


{ Lovely Lamb Shanks with Lentils… }


{ Honey Glazed Carrots… }

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Mini Meat Loaves & Carrot Mash…

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There is something so comforting about classic family recipes and this meatloaf is one of those dishes! This is a grown up version of the classic take on meatloaf as I serve it with carrot mash and a red onion gravy but it still has all the classic flavours you want in a meat loaf too.

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Even with these additions, my mini meat loaves go down really well with kids. If you’re stuck for breadcrumbs, smash up some cream crackers and they’re a perfect substitute.

Continue to the recipe for my Mini Meat Loaves, Carrot Mash & Red Onion Gravy…

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