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Get a slice of Rachel Allen’s everyday life, her favourite ingredients and an indulgence she holds close to her heart

Here’s a chance observe celebrated chef Rachel Allen’s life in Ireland — right from dealing with her suppliers at work to reactions to her cooking from friends and family. The new show, Rachel Allen’s Easy Meals, is being telecast for the first time in India, on TLC. Renowned for her baking, the Irish TV chef takes us through easy, fuss-free cooking that covers everything from easy bakes and lazy-Sunday mornings to cooking for a crowd. Some of Allen’s signature dishes have five ingredients or less and can be made in one pot. Hassle-free cooking for her means putting a delicious meal together even when the pantry is nearly empty.

The cookbook author tells us about must-have ingredients and her indulgences:

What inspired you to take up cooking?
I’ve always loved cooking. But  only realised it when I lost my mother. I was very young and spent my first five days making biscuits and cakes. And then I thought of doing a little bit more.

What’s next for Rachel Allen?
It’s more of travelling and writing for me. I also wonder when I will retire.

What ingredients are we likely to find in your kitchen?
Cumin seeds and green cardamom pods and of course garlic. I prefer to buy spices fresh. And I just love butter; we’ve  got really good butter in Ireland.

One indulgence you allow yourself?
My mom’s breast chicken. She would make the bread crumbs stuffing with the chicken and she’d cook them with a little bit of lemon. It always reminds me of how much I used to love eating that.

Easy Meals by Rachel Allen is on TLC, Monday to Friday at 8 pm.

 -Sumitra Nair


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