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Donal Skehan: A feast for Paddy's Day

Gather a gang for an irresistibly authentic all-Irish spread this St Patrick's Day

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Stout-braised short ribs with cheesy polenta

Stout-braised short ribs with cheesy polenta

Mini Guinness chocolate lava cakes with whiskey cream. Photo: Sarah Watchorn

Mini Guinness chocolate lava cakes with whiskey cream. Photo: Sarah Watchorn

Armenian flatbreads

Armenian flatbreads

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Pastry School

Pastry School

Boxty pancakes with eggs and bacon

Boxty pancakes with eggs and bacon

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Stout-braised short ribs with cheesy polenta

I always think about how unique it is that our little nation has a day that is so widely celebrated across the world. For me, living in the US for the past few years, there is always a sense of pride when it comes to St Patrick's Day. I always joke it's the one day a year I'm guaranteed work here and I've been lucky enough to get wheeled out annually to cook traditional fare for enthusiastic TV presenters, dressed in green, extolling the virtues of "Patty's Day".

Once I've politely corrected the "Patty" faux pas, it is an honour to showcase traditional recipes and speak about how exciting Irish food has become in recent years, with artisanal ingredients and one of the world's most exciting restaurant scenes. It's a message that I think most Irish people now wear with pride.

While there's no sign of me losing my accent just yet, with two little fellas born in California to a Swedish mother, it's important that I make them aware of their roots, and Paddy's Day is the perfect time to ensure the traditions start early and start strong. In anticipation of the big day, we've been practising making soda bread, as it's probably one of the easiest recipes to make with kids.