In Rachel Allen's fourth series, she concentrates on the kind of food that brings back special memories. The dishes draw inspiration from some of our happiest moments in life which involve delicious food, whether they be falling in love over a romantic meal, making bread with our grannies, spending Sundays with our families over a perfect roast or getting together with girlfriends to discuss the finer points of chocolate.
The programmes include:
1. Bistro Food: Introduced from Issac's Restaurant in Corckm Rachel joins the chef to make a classic French Onion soup. In her own kitchen, she makes steak, chips and Bearnaise sauce, chicken and puy lentil salad and a lemon tart.
2. Romance: A romantic at heart, Rachel suggests some romantic dishes to cook for someone special on that all-important first date, or on a twentieth wedding anniversary: buttered lobster, spicy rack of lamb and 'mocha kisses', crmbly, delicious biscuits.
3. Soul Food: Comforting food or food for the soul: Italian baked pancakes, chickpea and chorizo soup, white chocolate and raspberry brownies.
4. Sunday Lunch: Rachel is invited to cook a 'grown-up' Sunday lunch at a friend's house: Slow shoulder of lamb, piperonata, broccoli with garlic and lemon, chocolate amaretti cake.
5. Fish: Bretonne prawns, squid salad and mussels.
6. Childhood Memories: Food can be particularly evocative and smells and tastes can remind one of childhood in a flash. Rachel meets Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe and watches as Mrs Allen prepares a favourite dish for generations of children: Ballymaloe Balloons. Back in her own kitchen, Rachel cooks her Mother's roast chicken with stuffing, lemonade and white chocolate buns.
7. Holiday Memories: Rachel recreates some memorable dishes she has had on holiday: Zac's Aztec soup, baked fish, basil and prawn pate and pannacotta.
8. Chocolate: A whole programme dedicated to chocolate, introduced from O'Connell's chocolate shop in Cork. White chocolate mousse, hazelnut and caramel bars and cappuccino torte.
9. Afternoon Tea: Formal afternoon tea is enjoying a revival and in this programme Rachel demonstrates some of her tea-time favourites: scones and blueberry jam, afternoon tea cake, Greek almond crescents and chocolate melting moments.
10. Pub Food: Good, home-made pub food is always a treat and quite often pubs serve classic favourites, such as leek and potato soup, chicken kievs and sticky chocolate pudding with toffee sauce, which makes Rachel feel at home.
11. Good Fast Food: Fast food doesn't have to be greasy and unhealthy and in this programme Rachel demonstrates how to make home-made pizza, spicy chicken wings and burgers with guacamole and cheese croquettes - children's food that adults love too.
12. Pleasure Without The Guilt: Asian food is wonderful at providing fantastic flavour without fats or dairy products. Rachel visits the English Market in Cork to buy ingredients for crab and prawn soup and Korean beef.
13. Celebrations: Sometimes an event calls for a grown-up celebration and in this programme Rachel cooks some very special dishes, the kind that you might find in a sophisticated restaurant but which can in fact be cooked relatively easily at home: salad with beetroot, goat's cheese and toasted hazelnuts, backed black sole with champagne sauce, clams & julienne of vegetables and pavlova.
|Format||3-DVD | Region 0 | NTSC|
|Language & Duration||English | 325 Minutes|