Tuesday 21 November 2017

Comfort food made easy

Sweet or savoury, Donal Skehan has the ultimate treats to brighten up winter

Donal Skehan

Comfort food always gets a lot more attention around this time of the year, and rightly so. As the weather becomes colder, nothing sounds more appealing to me than to pull something delicious out of the oven, plop a generous spoonful into a warm bowl and devour it in front of the TV with the fire blazing beside me.

As much as I love salads and all the fresh flavours that come with the brighter months, autumn and winter in Ireland leave us with the excuse to cook dishes that are comforting and, more often than not, family classics. Most of the first proper meals I ever learned to cook at home were dishes such as lasagna, Irish stew, and my roast-garlic shepherd's pie, which are all worthy ultimate comfort food dishes.

While some may not have the time to slow-cook a tough piece of meat into a delicious and tender supper, the good news is that comfort food can be taken on the express route. My mozzarella, tomato and gnocchi bake allows just that -- using ready made gnocchi you can quickly transport yourself into comfort mode, yet without skimping on the finished product.

There is also room for those with a sweet tooth, which is why I have included two of my favourite desserts. I have updated my take on Swedish cinnamon buns, which are addictive and super for cooking with the kids.

Speaking of which, I'm fairly sure my deep-dish chocolate chip cookies, with t heir gooey interiors topped with ice-cream, will more than satisfy all the big kids out there. I hope there is something for everyone here.



Irish Independent

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