James devises perfect recipes to replace those ready meals for one. On the menu is an easy-cook steak and chips with homemade bearnaise sauce, and a quick salted caramel cheesecake.
Historian Ivan Day recreates kippered salmon, a dish popular with single scholars who relied on quick and easy meals in their university lodgings. And cake maker Serena Whitefield explains how her love of making healthy flourless cakes has grown into a flourishing business.
James Martin – Meals for One ep.5 dishes:
1. Chocolate and salted caramel banoffee cheesecake
A ten minute dessert that combines salted caramel, banana and cheesecake flavours. This is a truly indulgent dessert for the lone diner.
2. French onion soup with Gruyère croûtons
Don’t be tempted to rush frying the onions – giving them time to caramelise is what gives the soup its delicious flavour.
3. Thai crab risotto with lemongrass and kaffir lime
Making your own crab oil and stock may seem like a lot of work but the results speak for themselves. Although there doesn’t seem to be much rice here, by the time you’ve added everything else it makes a very rich filling dish.
4. Yorkshire fillet steak with fries and béarnaise sauce
Whip up a sumptuous meal for one, with the finest steak, chips and a classic French sauce. Because you’re worth it.