Nadiya's Family Favourites (BBC 2)

July 28, 2018 7 Comments

Nadiya's Family Favourites (BBC 2)

Nadiya Hussain has returned to BBC Two with a brand new eight-part cooking series, creating recipes for families and friends to fit in with modern life. Whether it’s a treat day, a family trip or a lazy weekend, Nadiya makes tasty and nourishing recipes.

After winning The Great British Bake Off three years ago Nadiya has proved to be a natural on camera and has that much sought after likeability factor.

Demonstrating how to create the perfect dishes to compliment shared experiences, Nadiya shows how the real secret to being a good cook is knowing just what to muster up for each occasion and creating dishes that will put smiles on everyone’s faces.

Episode one 'Family Days Out' provided previews for a samosa pie, that  looked delicious, picnic-perfect cheese biscuits and a prawn saffron biryani for a well catered family day out.

In order for the cooking sections not to stagnate, there were trips away from her kitchen when she visited Cornish pasty amateur world champion Gillian with a tutorial on how to crimp pastry correctly.

This was supplemented by an informative visit to a rapeseed oil farm in Northampton and discussion of the benefits of this alternative cooking oil.

She has done an impressive job of taking on the theme in a new, individual way that most home cooks will be able to manage. 

Our favourite recipe from this programme was:



For the filling

For the hot water pastry

  • 265g/9½oz plain flour
  • 55g/2oz strong breadflour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 135ml/4½fl oz boiling water
  • 65g/2¼oz vegetable fat
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten, for glazing


  1. For the filling, heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and salt and cook until soft and translucent. This will take about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ground ginger, garlic granules, cumin seeds and chilli flakes and cook for a few minutes. Add the lamb mince and cook until it is browned.
  3. Stir in the potatoes, then reduce the heat to low–medium, cover the pan and steam-cook for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  4. Add the frozen peas and cook them through.
  5. Stir in the cornflour – this will help to thicken any juices left at the bottom of the pan. Take off the heat and stir in the chopped coriander. Set aside to cool completely - the filling needs to be totally cold.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Have ready a 20cm/8in round loose-bottomed cake tin.
  7. For the hot water pastry, put the two flours into a bowl with the salt and turmeric. Mix well, then make a well in the centre.
  8. Put the water and fat into a pan and heat until the fat has melted. Pour into the well in the flour, then mix, using a palette knife. As soon as the dough is cool enough to handle, get your hands in and bring it all together.
  9. Lightly dust a work surface. Set aside one-third of the dough for the top, and roll out the other two-thirds to fit the base and sides of the cake tin, with some overhang. Line the inside of the tin with the pastry, making sure to leave the extra hanging over the edge.
  10. Fill the pastry with the samosa filling.
  11. Roll out the rest of the pastry to make the top. Brush the inner ring of the pastry where the top of the filling ends and put the pastry lid on top, making sure to push it down so that the top meets the filling well. Press the edges, making sure they are sealed. Cut off the overhanging pastry and fold the remaining cut edge back into the tin. Crimp the edges to seal the pie.
  12. Brush with beaten egg and pierce a hole in the centre so the steam can escape, then bake for 1 hour.
  13. Leave to cool completely in the tin, then remove and cut into slices.

 Poppys Verdict : Worth a watch.

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