1. Bistro Food
Introduced from Isaac’s Restaurant in Cork, Rachel joins the chef to make a classic French Onion soup. In her own kitchen, she makes steak, chips and Bernaise sauce, Chicken and puy lentil salad, Lemon tart.
A romantic at heart, Rachel suggests some romantic dishes to cook for someone special on that all-important first date, or on a twentieth wedding anniversary: buttered lobster, spicy rack of lamb and ‘mocha kisses’, crumbly, delicious biscuits.
3. Soul Food
Comforting food, or food for the soul: Italian baked pancakes, Chickpea and choriso soup, White chocolate and raspberry brownies
4. Sunday Lunch
Rachel is invited to cook a ‘grown-up’ Sunday lunch at a friend’s house: Slow shoulder of lamb, piperonata, Broccoli with garlic and lemon, chocolate amaretti cake
Bretonne Prawns, squid salad and mussels
Food can be particularly evocative and smells and tastes can remind one of childhood in a flash. Rachel meets Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe and watches as Mrs Allen prepares a favourite dish for generations of children: Ballymaloe Balloons. Back in her own kitchen, Rachel cooks her mother’s roast chicken with stuffing, lemonade and white chocolate buns.
7. Holiday Memories
Rachel recreates some memorable dishes she has had on holiday: Zac’s Aztec soup, baked fish, basil and prawn paté and Pannacotta.
A whole programme dedicated to chocolate, introduced from O’Connell’s chocolate shop in Cork. White chocolate mousse, hazelnut and caramel bars, capuucino torte.
9. Afternoon Tea
Formal afternoon tea is enjoying a revival and in this programme Rachel demonstrates some of her tea-time favourites: scones and blueberry jam, afternoon tea cake, Greek almond crescents and chocolate melting moments.
10. Pub Food
Good, home-made pub food is always a treat and quite often pubs serve classic favourites, such as leek and potato soup, chicken kiev, and sticky chocolate pudding with toffee sauce, which Rachel makes at home.
11. Good Fast Food
Fast food doesn’t have to be greasy and unhealthy and in this programme Rachel demonstrates how to make home-made pizza, spicy chicken wings, burgers with guacamole and cheese croquettes – children’s food that adults love too.
12. Pleasure without the Guilt
Asian food is wonderful at providing fantastic flavour without fats or dairy products. Rachel visits the English Market in Cork to buy ingredients for crab and prawn soup and Korean beef.
Sometimes an event calls for a grown-up celebration and in this programme Rachel cooks some very special dishes, the kind that you might find in a sophisticated restaurant but which can in fact be cooked, relatively easily, at home: Salad with Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts, Baked Black Sole with Champagne Sauce with Clams and Julienne of Vegetables, Pavlova
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