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Saturday 25 November 2017

Cooking celebs send in their tweet treats to Irish writer Jane

AMERICAN superstar Paula Abdul -- and a host of Irish celebrities -- have given an Irish mum some Tweet success.

The X Factor USA judge has joined in with a number of well-known faces by sharing her foodie favourites with Kildare writer Jane Travers for her latest book Tweet Treats.

Mum-of-one Jane told the Herald that she couldn't believe when 49-year-old Paula got involved in her fun project, which is a collection of recipes that can be summed up in a post of 140 characters.

"Paula was one of the first big stars to get in touch with me online -- she has a huge number of followers, so it was really exciting -- she got in touch with me a few times to give her ideas, she was very active.

"I was shocked and stunned, I never even thought she or any of the others would know about it or have an interest."

Comedians Alan Carr and Dara O Briain, supermodel Milla Jovovich and author Ian Rankin are among the long list of names to appear in the book.

And it's not just overseas stars who got involved.

RTE presenters Miriam O'Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy, alongside magician Keith Barry, Rachel Allen, Colm O'Gorman and The Script also shared their kitchen secrets.

"Miriam sent me a lovely recipe for chocolate biscuit cake, but Calum Best's pick wasn't great -- it was for spare ribs and coleslaw, more like a serving suggestion to be honest.

"But they were all very happy to engage. They mostly chatted and give their opinions," Jane added.

The 39-year-old embarked on the challenge of Tweet Treats in April 2010, when she took to the social networking site to ask fans for meal suggestions for her family. When you're in a hurry the last thing you're going to do is look at a cookbook so I went online to ask. A minute later I got back some perfect, easy ideas from people -- I just went 'Oh wow, this could really work'."

Boy George's offering of a vegan walnut pate has been the most popular so far.

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