Thursday 8 December 2016

Cook like a hero

Don’t worry if you can’t even boil an egg, says Donal Skehan. Just have fun – and enjoy making mistakes

Donal Skehan

Published 26/03/2011 | 05:00

BAKED TRAY OF SHELLFISH WITH CHILLI
LEMON AND GARLIC
BAKED TRAY OF SHELLFISH WITH CHILLI LEMON AND GARLIC

This week, I'm celebrating the launch of my second cookbook, 'Second Hero'. It's really hard to believe that it is just four years since I sat down to start my food blog.

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The biggest reaction I had was from people who hadn't cooked before but had been inspired to get into the kitchen. So, when I sat down to write this cookbook, I really wanted to write simple recipes for this type of cook, but also for people with a passion for food who wanted a little inspiration.

It's been an amazing journey which, of course, has taken a lot of work. But, the beautiful thing about food is that if you have a passion for it, it is an absolute pleasure.

Cooking is a skill that stays with you for life and something that you can take absolutely anywhere. It's not about creating over-the-top dishes with obscure ingredients to impress people.

In my opinion, real cooking is about happily spending time in your own kitchen, using ingredients you have to hand and creating heart-warming dishes that leave you feeling well fed.

Even if you're part of the 'can't boil an egg' brigade, there is always hope -- just master three dishes and you will already be on your way to becoming a successful home cook. After all, it's from the worst kitchen disasters that some of my favourite dishes have evolved from. So get into the kitchen, make mistakes, experiment and, most of all, enjoy doing it.

Here is just a little taster of some of the recipes in the book.

'Kitchen Hero' by Donal Skehan ( Harper Collins) is out this week

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