I might have missed Donal Skehan in last year’s Eurosong Finals but I have been following and enjoying his food blog for the last couple of years. Skehan, who juggles his music career (he’s a member of pop group Industry) with food writing, has just produced his first cookbook, Good Mood Food. With a few basic rules – eat a variety of colourful fresh foods and drink plenty of water – this is good, solid, sensible eating presented in a bright, accessible format.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless or boring is the stand out message as Skehan produces a series of simple, quick dishes ranging from breakfasts (Nutty Breakfast Bars, Oat Pancakes), to lunches (Sesame Pasta Salad, Tahini Noodle Toss), dinners (Mojito Chicken, Sweet Potato and Parsnip Mash) and even some sweet treats (Baked Pears with Spiced Honey). If you’re feeling under the weather, Skehan points out that food is the best way of fighting back with a selection of cleansing and healing juices, teas (I particularly liked the Orange, Mint and Lemon Balm Tea) and soups.
All tousled hair and cheeky grin, Skehan’s youth and pop connections should appeal to a younger audience than most cookbooks reach. A perfect gift for the student in your life.
Must try: Swedish Cinnamon Buns, Real Baked Beans with Ciabatta, Oven Roasted Sausage and Sweet Potato
Good Mood Food by Donal Skehan is published by Mercier Press.