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BRITAIN’S BEST Family Recipes

Friday, 11 February 2011

Family recipes always involve "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" and as they are passed down through generations, they evolve. And, if your next generation doesn't give a crap about cooking, they disappear.

BRITAIN’S BEST family recipes are in danger of extinction but who can save them? Simon King and David Myers collectively known as The Hairy Bikers are on a mission to save great British recipes, those forgotten gems and secret scribbles, many of which have been handed down from generation to generation.

If you watch a fair amount of cooking shows on TV, you should be familiar with The Hairy Bikers. They are two men, with lots of facial hair, who travels around on their bikes in search of good food. They are very lovely, down-to-earth with a great sense of humour. What I love about them is their fuss free, easy-to-follow tasty recipes.

The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best is back on BBC two by popular demand and this time they’re in search of mums with traditional recipes passed down from parents to children over many generations. They discover their stories and create their lip-smacking family favourites including cheese pie, clootie dumplings, home-made crumpets, Barrovian love sponge, pan haggerty, Great Granny’s pudding, bacalao al bras, roast saddle of venison, baked Alaska, roast ham and more.

In conjunction with the screening of this new series, the first series will be released on DVD as a three-disc boxed set on 14 February 2011 by Acorn Media!

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In each episode of the first series, the mums join the Bikers at a Food Fair to share their best recipes, while members of the public bring theirs. There's the "high tech, low tech" race against the clock featuring various cooking accesories from across the ages – from potato mashers to whisks, cheese graters to can openers. They are tried and tested to see whether new ways or old ways are best. Each week's Recipe Fair has a different theme such as Family favourites, Picnics, Simple Suppers, Sunday Dinners, Show Off Dinners, and Birthday Treats. Featured recipes include classic cheese pie, fish & chips, samosas with a Scottish twist, fly pie and many more delicious family recipes.


The current series is on BBC Two and will screen for eight weeks from Thursday 10 February 2011 at 8pm.

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