Thursday 30 March 2017

Sisters give their seal of approval to Donal Skehan's tasty dishes

Donal Skehan with the Benedictine nuns of Kylemore Abbey.
Donal Skehan with the Benedictine nuns of Kylemore Abbey.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

He has piqued the interest of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson but Kitchen Hero Donal Skehan has now got into the habit of cooking with nuns.

The young TV star has cooked up an interesting line up of guests for his latest series where he "rediscovers the Irish kitchen" -- including a former Fianna Fail TD and the Irish Countrywomen's Association.

But he said that brewing up traditional recipes over cups of tea with Benedictine nuns at Kylemore Abbey was the highlight of his week filming.

"I spent the afternoon in Sister Karol's kitchen where she demonstrated a favourite recipe of hers -- a light sponge cake filled with a lemon curd with just the right tang and sweetness," Donal said.

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"While we pottered around the kitchen, Sr Karol spoke to me about the food in the abbey, cooking duties and confessed her preferred TV cooks -- Nigel Slater being one of her absolute favourites."

Donal (27) said that the new series to be aired at the end of May follows the publication of his fifth book, a homage to one of Ireland's greatest food writers and one of his heroes.

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The Pleasures of the Table -- Rediscovering Theodora FitzGibbon, published by Gill & MacMillan, will be released later this month, where Donal breaths new life into some tried and tested recipes and introduces her to a new generation of cooks.

Skehan's show Kitchen Hero on RTE is hugely popular with viewers and he has also come to the attention of Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver.

"For an older generation the series will bring back great food memories and for a new generation I hope it will encourage people to look back at good quality Irish recipes and give them a go," he added.

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