decade ago, young Donal Skehan was plying his trade as a pop star, showcasing his dance moves and – “the most mortifying aspect of it” – wearing matching white training outfits to the gym with his Streetwize bandmates.
“I can hold a note, but I look at Take That and think, ‘I was probably the Howard Donald or Jason Orange of the band’. I was good to fill numbers,” says the writer and presenter.
His pop career might have been shortlived, but music’s loss was the food world’s gain.
He had already started writing a food blog, chronicling the dishes he prepared when he first moved out of home, and by the age of 23 had landed a book deal and TV presenting gig.
Since then, the Dublin-born foodie’s landed a regular guest presenting gig on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, taken up hosting and judging duties on Junior MasterChef, published six cookbooks, and seen his cookery career take off in the US.
Now 30, his latest cookbook is Eat Live Go. – Fresh Food Fast. Here’s two recipes from the book for YL readers to make at home... Cook for eight minutes and then mix two tablespoons of the hot liquid with the cornflour in a bowl until it is smooth. Pour this back into the pan along with the rice wine vinegar, honey and soy sauce. 150g cooked quinoa 4 large free-range eggs 50ml milk 150g butter, cubed 1tsp vanilla extract 200g coconut sugar (available in good supermarkets) 100g cocoa powder 1tsp baking powder
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