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Saturday 18 August 2018

Amy in for a treat as BOD shows he's a domestic god in charity cook book

CELEBRITY CHEFS: Now you too can enjoy O'Driscoll's sea bass and Kearney's fishcakes to help raise cash for victims of Haiti earthquake

AMY Huberman could be wined and dined at home this Valentine's Day after her new hubby revealed a culinary secret.

Rugby star Brian O'Driscoll (32) shared his top recipe in a new book aimed at raising money for charity.

And far from beans on toast, the Leinster player proved quite the gourmet cook, revealing his love for exotic seafood and one of his favourite dishes -- Thai ginger sea bass with mushrooms and lime.

Spicy

O'Driscoll was joined by news anchor Sharon Ni Bheolain and broadcaster Derek Mooney as just some of the high-profile amateur chefs who revealed their cooking tips in Recipe For Disaster, a book in aid of the Irish healthcare teams in Haiti. Sharing his culinary tips, Brian added: "Hope this is ok: it's a great healthy option and so easy to do at home.

"I usually try to eat fish when I'm eating out but this is now a regular in my own kitchen."

The Irish captain recently completed a cookery course in which teammate Rob Kearney -- who gave his version of tuna fish cakes -- also took part.

The sports stars were spotted at Wagamama restaurant on South King Street, Dublin, where they came up with their own creations after spending several hours in a nutrition session and cooking demonstration last autumn.

Six One News anchor Sharon (39) admitted that she was not quite cordon bleu standard yet, but that didn't keep her from dishing up a delicious rustic spicy pea soup.

"A domestic goddess I ain't, I'm afraid, you will never find me slaving over a hot stove or fretting over last-minute preparations for a fancy dinner party," the RTE newsreader wrote. "That said, I'm known to whip up the odd homemade soup or hearty stew or throw-it-all-in casserole. They're nutritious and tasty and perfect for lazy cooks like me. Enjoy."

Radio and TV personality Derek explained that he chose to participate in the fundraising effort because he believes that the Haitian people had experienced an inordinate amount of suffering since the 2010 earthquake.

"I was delighted to contribute a recipe to this book, not because I'm a great cook, far from it, but because I know that every cent raised will make a difference to the lives of the people of Haiti," he said.

"Life in Ireland is tough for many people right now but it's nothing compared to the misery the people of Haiti are living with. The challenges they face daily, the destruction of society and the physical pain they've had to endure is beyond comprehension."

Dublin GAA footballer Paul Griffin also participated in the project initiated by a group of medical practitioners from the Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery (IITOS).

He understands better than anyone the purpose of Recipe For Disaster, which costs €15 and will go towards the building of a hospital in Haiti.

"I am a qualified physiotherapist and am aware of the need for ongoing orthopaedic rehabilitation after the injuries sustained by victims of the earthquake," he said.

The new hospital will be run by the Irish orthopaedic team but its main objectivewill be to provide medical training to local people.

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