One of Mary’s pleasures is to shop for fresh, exciting, seasonal ingredients, and in this episode it’s the local farmers’ market that inspires Mary. There’s nothing like meeting local producers and the feeling of knowing where your food comes from, and in this programme, Mary visits Guildford Famers’ Market to source some wonderful fresh ingredients to take back to the kitchen.
Firstly Mary prepares a delicious soup using one of her favourite seasonal vegetables – asparagus. Next it’s a dinner party classic – chicken with lemon creme fraiche and asparagus. Farmers’ markets are great places to source speciality goods like sunblushed tomatoes, fresh olives and chargrilled artichokes – all of which Mary uses in her spectacular five-market salad tapas.
For busy mums and dads on the go, Mary reveals a one-dish wonder – a delicious sausage supper that all the family will love. To finish she whips up a special pavlova with red market fruits – perfect for a special occasion and a spectacular end to any meal.
In this delightful six part series, the nation’s best-loved home cook draws on her wealth of cookery know-how to share a selection of her absolute favourite recipes. In each episode, Mary draws inspiration from a favourite place, one where she loves to spend time, and cooks up tried and tested crowd pleasers as well as a bounty of new dishes that are easy to make, yet guaranteed to impress all your family and friends.
Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites Ep.4 dishes:
1. Roasted sausage and potato supper
This will become a firm family favourite as it can be cooked in one dish and is so quick and easy to put together. Choose your favourite type of local, British sausage for this recipe – my family loves leek and sage.
2. Mixed bean salad
Grab that tin of beans from the back of your store cupboard and whip up this simple salad.
3. Carrot and poppyseed salad
The carrot is wonderfully paired with poppyseed in this simple salad. It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days so is great for having on hand to add to your lunchbox.
4. Chicken with asparagus and lemon crème fraîche sauce
This dish is easy to prepare ahead so perfect for a dinner party. Serve with rice or baby new potatoes.
5. Celeriac remoulade
One of the simplest salads you will ever come across, perfect as a side dish or serve with some leaves for a healthy light lunch.
6. Roasted red pepper and artichoke salad
This simple salad allows the wonderful flavours of roasted peppers and artichokes to shine through. Perfect served with couscous on the side.
7. Sun-blushed tomato and feta salad
A wonderfully simple side salad that still delivers on flavour. Make sure to use good quality feta – it’s worth it.