Star Mum Number 1: Karen
Karen’s childhood was full of cooking. Her dad Drew is the third generation of professional bakers in the family and Karen remembers working with her two sisters at the family owned bakery. Those days spent mixing, kneading and shaping the loaves left Karen with a life-long love of food.View all Karen's recipes from this episode
In 1983 Karen visited Spain for the first time, falling in love with Spanish cuisine and especially the classic dish, paella. On her return home she learnt how to cook it for herself and now it is a firm family favourite. From that success she stretched her culinary wings and now cooks dishes from all over
Star Mum Number 2: Helen
Helen’s dad Cleland was from Guyana, the former British colony in South America. He moved to Belfast after serving with the RAF in World War II, and it was there that he met Kay, Helen’s mother.View all Helen's recipes here
Kay was fascinated by Guyanan cuisine – a blend of influences from India, the Caribbean, Africa and China, but in the sixties she often found it hard to obtain the exotic ingredients need to make traditional Guyanese fare.
Helen still lives in Belfast with husband Gary and son Conor, and continues to cook Guyanan dishes in the way that she was taught.
Star Dad: Conolly
Conolly lives with his wife Sheelagh and four daughters Eila, Ishbel, and twins Iona and Rose on the family’s estate in Limavady, Northern Ireland.View all Conolly's recipes from this Episode
He was the only male ‘Mum’ to take part in the series and applied in order to champion his mother June’s Argentinean cooking. Conolly told us that before his mother came to Northern Ireland his paternal grandmother was a terrible cook!
Today he likes to cook a wide range of food, but it’s the Argentine side of his culinary heritage that he really loves to celebrate. He offered to share his recipes for empanadas and partridge escabeche with the Bikers, and they were in no mood to refuse!
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.
BobotieLink to Sarah and Emily’s Bobotie recipe
George Washington CakeLink to Claire’s fruit cake recipe
Curried LentilsLink to Karen and Mark’s curried lentil recipe
Missy Brown's CheesecakeLink to Nina’s cheesecake recipe
Red CabbageLink to Mike’s red cabbage 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 distant shores recipe fair… and below are the links to the recipes on our database.
Louise CakeLink to Emma’s ‘Louise Cake’ recipe
Swedish Mackerel GratinLink to Sam’s Swedish mackerel gratin recipe
The Community Group – Nepalese Peoples Group
Oxford includes a growing community of Nepalese people, most of whom are ex-Ghurkha soldiers and their families. The group helps people adjust to life in the UK, but also offers its members a chance to share experiences and, most importantly, to cook together. Nepalese food draws its influence from the surrounding countries of India and Tibet and was a big hit at the Mums Know Best recipe fair.Link to a recipe from this week's community group
- Series Producer
- Oliver Clark
- Dave Myers
- Si King
- Dan Slee
- Duncan Barnes
- Dan Slee
- Duncan Barnes
- Executive Producer
- Gill Tierney
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