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Cracking comfort food from Donal Skehan to soothe your lockdown cravings

Noodles, pasta and crispy chicken buns are the comfort foods you need right now

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Donal's sichuan noodles. Picture: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

Donal's sichuan noodles. Picture: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

Donal's airfryer chicken burger. Photo: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

Donal's airfryer chicken burger. Photo: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

Prawn Aglio E Olio. Picture: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

Prawn Aglio E Olio. Picture: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

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Donal's sichuan noodles. Picture: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

As I sit down to write this, my little fella has bounded through the barricaded door to my 'office' (the kitchen table), in the nip, to demand my services as his personal YouTube DJ, my wife has been up and down the stairs to soothe the baby who's fighting nap-time and most of night-time sleep, too, and I'm going more grey than I already was! So yeah… we're fine, I'm… eh… fine. Are you fine?

One of the main reasons we decided to move home was a trip to Ireland last summer. Filled with family and friends doting on our little guy, and evening strolls in all that Irish beauty, it would nearly make you forget about the baltic winters! It was a wake-up call. After years on a juggernaut of work, prioritising family is so important. Despite the circumstances we've come back to, there's plenty to look forward to. The spirit of Irish people is alive and well. We were only in the door five minutes before we'd been dropped in an apple pie, welcome gifts and had a friendly wave from a new neighbour. It's good to be home.

Our latest project is to celebrate the little wins that make each day feel different. A picnic in the garden, painting rocks with Noah, baking something sweet for the end of the day. These are all things I would have dreamed of in the midst of a busy work week. Being forced to stop and appreciate these moments is some sort of blessing.