Dave Myers and Si King
Hairy Bikers' on a budget - Can you come up with a delicious 2 course lunch for just £1.25?
Filming the Hairy Bikers’ Meals On Wheels really opened my eyes to the fact that fantastic fresh food, that would have anyone coming back for seconds, doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Dave and Si are past masters at coming up with delicious hearty dishes that have real comfort factor and can be made on a strict budget – perfect for Meals On Wheels and the rest of us.
One of the great things about this project was seeing the transformation that Si and Dave brought about to the food, the cooks and the general kitchen atmosphere of the Meals on Wheels service in Elmbridge, Surrey.
The rest of the team and I have filmed in a lot of professional kitchens during our careers, but what we found in the Elmbridge kitchen was very different to what we were used to. The Meals On Wheels were made each morning almost exclusively from frozen and packet ingredients. And what immediately struck the team when we first filmed there was the lack of hustle and bustle about the kitchen. There was no frantic preparation with all its slicing, sieving and fast chopping. There were no mass of steaming pots bubbling away on the hobs, no one shouting at us telling us to get the camera out of the way because they were busy, and worst of all there were no fantastic smells tempting us to stop filming and tuck in.
Things started to change once the Bikers rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to help. It took great recipes, a huge amount of energy and bags of commitment from the wonderful Elmbridge cooks and the rest of the council team, but what a difference hard graft, fresh ingredients and passion can make. It wasn’t long before the natural order of filming was restored; with the cooks busy and hurrying around the kitchen. Myself, the cameraman, soundman and rest of the team were soon being told we were in the way, but best of all we were all now queuing up trying to snaffle some of the left-overs from the delicious cooking that was going on.
Recipes from Episode one
Find out how to make a quick syrup and lemon sponge pudding and other recipes from the latest episode of Hairy Bikers.View the latest recipes on BBC Food
- Si King
- Dave Myers