Last night we went to the Hawk’s Well Theatre to see Donal Skehan’s HomeCooked Tour. Now I must admit I did wonder how a cookery show was going to work in a theatre but I have to say it was brilliant. We had a really good night. As soon as we walked in we were given a recipe leaflet containing the five dishes Donal was going to show us how to cook, we also got an entry form to fill out to win a €50 Spar voucher and a copy of the HomeCooked Book….we didn’t win but the girl who did was delighted.
Donal has a great stage presence and bags of personality. The show was like a cross between a pantomime and a cookery show, we had to ‘Oooh’ and ‘roaarr’. We didn’t have to shout ‘behind you though!’ In the Tiramisu recipe poor Donal forgot the espresso and alcohol….’Oh no he didn’t’…’Oh yes he did’. But I didn’t mention that 😉 I got told off by Donal for tweeting about it last night, I was mortified when he called out ‘Where’s Magnumlady?’ and there was Lucy sitting beside me telling him where I was!!
The show encouraged the audience to get involved and these lucky people above got to try the most delicious smelling Pad Thai. Although I was amazed at how it got everyone in the audience coughing!! There was only one chilli in the recipe!
What I loved about the recipes we were shown was how quickly they were made and how easy they were. It just goes to show you that you can make good food fast. Lucy and I were lucky enough to try the Nutella stuffed brioche, it was heavenly. Basically it was a nutella sandwich made with brioche, dipped in egg and fried (so like French toast), it had a red berry sauce poured over the top, we are definitely going to make this.
We also got to see how to make Mexican fish tacos, I wouldn’t normally be a fish fan but this looked wonderful. The Spinach crepes looked great too, they were filled with Gruyère and ham hock which Donal was explaining is a very cheap cut of meat but full of flavour.
After the show Donal came out to meet everyone and sign his book. As usual I was starstruck…and look like a tomato in this photo!! If you do get to see the show I’d highly recommend it, it was a great night of food and fun for all ages.