Rachel Allen's Easy Meals

Episode Guide

Series 1 Episode Guide

Series 1 · Episode 1

The much-loved chef returns to her roots and lets us into her life as never before, sharing her secrets to relaxed cooking in her beloved seaside home near Ballycotton in Ireland.

Easy Indian

Series 1 · Episode 2

Rachel creates tasty Indian dishes for hectic lifestyles, including tarka dal and chicken biryani, and a mango and raspberry dessert. A group of local football fans try out a recipe at home.

Lazy Sunday Mornings

Series 1 · Episode 3

Rachel prepares Mexican huevos rancheros for breakfast, spiced lamb pittas and a zingy Middle Eastern fattoush for late lunch. Rachel also makes cheese with her mother-in-law and cooks for the local lifeboat crew.

Cooking for a Crowd

Series 1 · Episode 4

The TV chef and food writer gives advice on how to tackle numerous parties with recipes for instant dips, lamb and sweet potato curry and a coconut macaroon meringue.

Middle Eastern Spice

Series 1 · Episode 5

Rachel prepares a selection of Middle East-inspired recipes, including chicken and cous cous tagine, chick pea and aubergine salad, and yoghurt and apricot pots. She also cooks al fresco with a couple of biker friends.

Cook Ahead

Series 1 · Episode 6

Rachel shares recipes for dishes that can be made well in advance, including a pollock ceviche, Provencal beef stew and a chocolate and croissant bread-and-butter pudding.

Quick Easy Baking

Series 1 · Episode 7

Rachel creates fuss-free recipes for a fete, including chocolate, toffee and peanut squares, lemon cake, and brown scones with treacle and sesame seeds. She also visits an artisan chocolate-maker.

Romantic Dinners

Series 1 · Episode 8

Rachel prepares a selection of recipes for a romantic dinner, including spicy squid salad, pan-fried chicken with mango salsa, and a chocolate mousse cake. A group of school-run mothers try one of her recipes.

Oriental Feast

Series 1 · Episode 9

Rachel demonstrates that home-cooking can prove a healthy and affordable alternative to takeaways and sugary snacks. She begins with an oriental feast that includes a quick red curry

Sunday Lunch

Series 1 · Episode 10

The chef prepares a Sunday lunch of slow-roasted shoulder pork, mackerel salad and her take on the traditional trifle. She also learns how to smoke her own fish in a biscuit tin.

Speedy Sunshine Foods

Series 1 · Episode 11

Rachel creates fuss-free recipes perfect for summer, including quesadillas, seared steak salad and salmon with tomato and basil. She also meets the Ireland's only buffalo mozzarella producer.

Inspired Italian

Series 1 · Episode 12

Rachel prepares straightforward Italian dishes, including Parma ham and nectarine salad, baked mushroom risotto and amaretto tiramisu. She also goes foraging for wild mushrooms and two of her friends try one of her recipes.


Series 1 · Episode 13

Rachel provides a guide to stress-free festive food, rustling up smoked salmon fishcakes and pan-fried duck with redcurrant jelly sauce. She also visits her favourite local smokery, and her friends try out one of her recipes.