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Rachel Allen : Rachel’s Favourite Food for Living (Series 4)

In her fourth series, Rachel concentrates on the kind of food that brings back special memories.

The dishes draw inspiration from some of our happiest moments in life which involve delicious food, whether they be falling in love over a romatic meal, making bread with our grannies, spending Sundays with our families over a perfect roast or getting together with girlfriends to discuss the finer points of chocolate!

Once again, Rachel demonstrates great, easy recipes which use easily accessible ingredients. This is cooking for the real world, cooking that understands the time pressure many people are under.

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.

2. Romance

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

5. Fish

Bretonne Prawns, squid salad and mussels

6. Childhood Memories

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.

8. Chocolate

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.

13. Celebrations

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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