Star Mum Number 1: Elaine
Elaine’s recipes are perfect for a lazy weekend. The two that she has chosen to share with the Bikers are both classics passed down from her mother – the enigmatically named ‘Peach Paradise Pudding’, and the more prosaic but no less wonderful chicken pie.Elaine's recipes
One of Elaine’s earliest foodie memories is of ‘baking day’, the day of the week when her mum would whip up all manner of baked treats for the elderly people at her local day-care centre. With that and the continuous stream of great home cooking, Elaine caught the cooking bug…
In addition to the array of great recipes, Elaine also inherited her mother’s passion for detail. Now everything in her kitchen is ‘just so’, which might pose a challenge for the more ‘laid back’ cooking attitude of Si and Dave!
Star Mum Number 2: Rosalyn
The smell of her mother’s Cholent – a beef and barley stew - left cooking on a low flame over night, slowly filling the house with its rich and pungent aroma, is all it takes to make Rosalyn think of lazy weekends…Throughout the day after the Cholent was cooked, the dish would be kept warm in the oven, ready to be taken out and eaten whenever somebody was hungry. By the evening there was little left apart from a few potatoes and the last remaining stew - crispy, sticking to the side of the dish and totally delicious.Rosalyn's recipes
With a description like that, how could the Bikers fail to visit a mum with such an amazing sounding lazy weekend dish?
Star Mum Number 3: Jenny
Jenny and her Swiss husband Charly both come from large foodie families. Jenny’s father did a lot of the cooking when she was young and to this day he still smokes his own cod roe, presses ox tongue and makes jams.Jenny's recipes
Though time spent in France and subsequently Switzerland (where she met Charly) Jenny’s cooking has taken on a distinctly European flavour, and for her the ideal lazy weekend is to prepare dishes that, while they may take a little time to cook, are a feast for every sense.
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.Mums Know Best Recipe Database (requires Adobe Reader or similar)
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.
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.
AranciniLink to Enza’s arancini recipe.
FaggotsLink to Nan Min’s Mouthwatering Faggots recipe
Malt PunchLink to Nicola’s Malt Punch recipe.
Courgette CakeLink to Frances’ Courgette Cake recipe.
Linzer TorteLink to Susanne’s Linzer Torte recipe.
Green Tomato ChutneyLink to Tim’s Green Tomato Chutney recipe.
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 Lazy Weekends recipe fair… and below are the links to the recipes on our database.
Cheese NibblesLink to Jenny’s Cheese Nibbles Recipe.
Fudge Iced GingerbreadLink to Sheila’s Fudge Iced Gingerbread recipe.
The Community Group – Growing Together
Growing Together is based in the urban heart of Birmingham City Centre. The aim of the group is to help people learn the skills they need to eat well on a low budget - often with food that they have been taught to grow themselves.Growing Together's Pumpkin soup
'Growing Together' works with all generations within a family, reconnecting parents and grandparents with young people who often feel disenfranchised.
The group also engages different ethnic groups and helps with community cohesion – with everyone cooking together and sharing their own unique ethnic cuisines.
- Series Producer
- Oliver Clark
- Dave Myers
- Si King
- Becky Pratt
- Becky Pratt
- Executive Producer
- Gill Tierney
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