Mary shares her foolproof recipes for those days when you are simply run off your feet. Her mantra is ‘get organised and try to do things ahead’, and the dishes she prepares in this episode are ones you can get together in no time.
Tomato soup made from ingredients from the store cupboard and express bacon and pesto pasta are perfect examples of dishes that take under 20 minutes to rustle up.
When Mary feels the need to unwind there is one recipe that is perfect for slowing things down – her salmon, fennel and pea risotto.
After visiting Wiltshire and meeting Sonia, who runs a vegbox scheme, Mary is inspired to create a delicious roasted cauliflower dish, which is also the perfect accompaniment to her stuffed chicken thighs. Finally, Mary makes the perfect little quick pud – passion fruit pots with sweet lemon crisps.
1. Salmon, fennel and pea risotto
Risotto is such a quick and easy dish: the creamy rice is complemented here by the salmon and peas. Be careful not to overcook it, though, or it will be stodgy.
2. Express bacon and pesto pasta
Full of delicious textures and flavours, this quick-to-make dish is ideal for a weekday lunch or supper.
3. Ten-minute tomato soup
With no onions to chop or tomatoes to skin, this soup is quick, easy and delicious. In fact, it is one of my favourite family recipes, as I always have the ingredients in the cupboard.
Episode 4 : First, Mary prepares a simple and easy herb flatbread that the whole family can muck in with. Next up, she enlists the help of two of her older granddaughters to prepare a delicious chicken and bacon lattice pie, with foolproof lattice pastry. Mary then moves on to a dish popular with her family – a light tuna salad with avocado and lemon mustard dressing. Then, to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, Mary and her grandsons make cranberry and coconut energy bars.