A Taste of Home

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Duration: 1 hour

Nothing connects you to home like the smell of the food your mum used to cook, so the Hairy Bikers visit three mums to share their unique taste of home.

First up is Mary with Welsh classics bara brith and Welsh cakes - dishes that bring the taste of the valleys alive in her Home Counties kitchen. Julia's Jamaican dishes, salt fish and ackee with dumplings, provide a totally different but equally delicious taste of home.

Third mum Mariken is from the Netherlands and, while it's only a few hundred miles across the North Sea, the cuisine is a million miles away from anything the Bikers are used to. Deep fried meaty kroketten and a pea and ham soup, with most of a pig's head in it, provide a complete contrast to the food of the first two mums.

Along the way the boys rustle up two of their own favourite tastes of home, a spaghetti bolognese and home made Battenberg cake.

With the travelling done, hundreds of foodies descend on the Bikers' recipe fair. Amidst the recipe swapping and general mayhem, the Bikers cook their ultimate taste of home, liver and bacon, while food historian Gerard Baker challenges the boys and three recipe fair visitors to a skills challenge - making a meringue basket.

  • Star Mum Number 1: Mary

    Star Mum Number 1:  Mary

    Mary’s family hail from Wales, and despite the fact that she and her two sons now live in the heart of the Home Counties, when they pine for a taste of home; it’s Welsh cooking that they crave. Without doubt her heirloom bakestone is a vital part of her culinary set up, but her kitchen heritage also includes a wonderful old recipe book from her grandmother and memories of her father’s recipes culled from years working with the gas board.

    Mary's recipes
  • Star Mum Number 2: Julia

    Star Mum Number 2: Julia

    Our second featured mum is Julia. With her British mum and Jamaican dad her culinary heritage was always going to be varied. Her tastes of home are eclectic, but she was keen to share with the Bikers her favourite Jamaican dishes of Saltfish served with the unique and strange looking Ackee. Not content with introducing the bikers to one dish, Julia also whipped up a dessert known as “blue-draws”… The mind boggles…

    Julia's recipes
  • Star Mum Number 3: Mariken

    Star Mum Number 3: Mariken

    When Mariken moved to the UK from the Netherlands in 2002 there were many things she loved about this country… but there were things she missed too – the biggest of which was the taste of specific dishes from her homeland. Because things like the Kroketten (that she shares with us) just aren’t for sale in the shops here, Mariken went back to basics and, using recipes passed down though three generations, cooked them from scratch. Despite the fact that the Netherlands are our very close neighbours the dishes that Mariken has to share are as exotic as anything the bikers have tasted on this journey.

    Mariken's recipes
  • Recipe Fair Recipes

    Recipe Fair Recipes

    Hundreds of people came to the recipe fair to share and swap recipes, we’ve collected over 600 for you to cook yourself and then pass on to your family and friends.

    The link below takes you to the first section of the recipe swap database (Baking Savoury). To access the other sections use the links on the right hand side of the page to select the section you are interested in and then scroll down for the recipes.

    Mums Know Best Recipe Database (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Featured recipe swap recipes

    Over the course of filming many fascinating dishes were shared with food historian Gerard Baker and the Hairy Bikers. Below are links to those recipes that feature in the show.

  • Ginger Cake

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Bella's Scones

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Ham and Pease Pudding Sandwich

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Gypsy Tart

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Tarten Planc

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Carrot Cake

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Spanish Omlette

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Gerard's recipe swap extra

    At every recipe fair we record more recipe swappers than we have time to feature in the show, so in the clips at the top we've added a couple more great ideas that were shared at the comforting food recipe fair… and below are the links to the recipes on our database.

  • Apple Pie

    Apple Pie

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • Naomi’s Kamut Loaf

    Naomi’s Kamut Loaf

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

    The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

    Link to Recipe (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
  • The Community Group: The African Women’s Group

    The Community Group: The African Women’s Group

    Providing food for visitors at the recipe fair this week were “The African Women’s Group” from the Rose Hill area of Oxford. Supporting mostly refugees and asylum seekers who, despite having UK residency, still suffer stigma, racism and segregation they aim to help women overcome feelings of isolation, trauma, homesickness, fear or loneliness.

    The group encourage all sorts of activities such as arts and crafts, day trips, painting, singing and walking but it’s the sessions where they cook together that really brings all the disparate members of the group together remembering their own tastes of home.

    Recipe from the African women's group

Credits

Presenter
Dave Myers
Presenter
Dave Myers
Presenter
Si King
Presenter
Si King
Producer
Dan Slee
Director
Dan Slee
Series Producer
Oliver Clark
Series Producer
Oliver Clark
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney

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