Rachel's Favourite Food

Episode Guide

Series 169 Episode Guide

The Italian Job

Series 169 · Episode 1

You come home from work, you're exhausted, and you have friends coming to dinner.

A Romantic Dinner For Two

Series 169 · Episode 1

First serious date at your house, or first wedding anniversary, so something sensuous and sexy.

Dining Al Fresco

Series 169 · Episode 1

“There’s something very pleasurable about eating outside, either lunch on a sunny weekend, or dinner on a lovely, balmy evening. Food for eating outside needs to be prepared easily and relatively quickly, so that when the weather is good, you can take advantage of it, and it doesn’t need to be served piping hot.”

Bistro

Series 169 · Episode 1

The first programme in the series is introduced from Isaac's Restaurant in Cork, Rachel joins the chef to make a classic French Onion soup.

Romance

Series 169 · Episode 2

In the second programme in the series Rachel, a romantic at heart, suggests some romantic dishes to cook for someone special.

Easy Family Meals

Series 169 · Episode 2

Rachel cooks broccoli soup with Parmesan toasts, an oven-baked risotto verde and an upside-down rhubarb and ginger cake.

Mid-Week Dinner Party

Series 169 · Episode 2

Something a little chic, a little stylish for when you’ve asked people round midweek and suddenly have to cook something after a hard day at work. Smoked haddock chowder, Moroccan chicken tagine, couscous with mint, pasta with aubergine and pine nuts, caramel poached peaches.

Summer Lunch

Series 169 · Episode 2

This is a perfect summer lunch, making use of the best seasonal ingredients, and it's also useful for some impressive formal entertaining which can all be prepared in advance.

Formula One Lunch for Boys

Series 169 · Episode 3

In these enlightened times, some may baulk at the idea of cooking a special lunch for the boys as they laze in front of the telly, but is this any more out of date than a girly lunch?

Summery Food

Series 169 · Episode 3

Cure those winter blues with the sort of food you’d like to eat to make you feel summery, even in the depths of winter, using ingredients that are available all year round. Green goddess salad (a variation on the Caesar salad), roast fish with potato salad, strawberry and honey tart

Pinic Food

Series 169 · Episode 3

This episode has a slightly retro feel: ham and egg pie and jam tarts. But there’s also more sophisticated food, such as a duck, lentil and red cabbage salad, a Spanish frittata with feta cheese and chorizo and an amazing Italian sandwich – a muffelletta – made by scooping out a loaf of bread.

Soul Food

Series 169 · Episode 3

Rachel creates a range of comforting food, or food for the soul.

Sunday Lunch

Series 169 · Episode 4

In this episode, Rachel is invited to cook a 'grown-up' Sunday lunch at a friend's house

Food For A Crowd

Series 169 · Episode 4

In this episode, Rachel cooks chicken pilaff with a green salad, south east Asian salmon, beef stir fry, and baked meringue with fruit.

Girls Night In

Series 169 · Episode 4

We had a boy’s lunch in the last series, so why not a girly dinner in this one? Of course, boys will like this food too! Rosé cocktail, grenadine cocktail, antipasto, chicken liver paté, Asian pork salad, meringues with raspberries.

When the Boat Comes In

Series 169 · Episode 4

TV chefs call it the ultimate fast food, but it tastes great and it's pretty sexy, too. What's more sensuous - a bowl of tomato soup, or a bowl of steaming mussels and pan-fried fish?

Chilli Night

Series 169 · Episode 5

Sometimes simple is best and, when made properly, few things are simpler or better than this classic from the 1970s. Rachel cooks the best chilli con carne ever.

Curry Night

Series 169 · Episode 5

Two great curries, and lots of extras: lamb korma curry, Thai red prawn and butternut curry, Turkish flatbread, raita, hot chilli sauce, tamarind chutney, poppadoms

Food For Children

Series 169 · Episode 5

Rachel Allen is back with a third series providing the kind of delicious, easy-to-follow and inspiring recipes for which she has become famous.

Fish

Series 169 · Episode 5

In this episode, Rachel explores some of the delicious and easy to source seafood recipes

Childhood Memories

Series 169 · Episode 6

Food can be particularly evocative and smells and tastes can remind one of childhood in a flash.

Home Cinema

Series 169 · Episode 6

Rachel Allen is back with a third series providing the kind of delicious, easy-to-follow and inspiring recipes for which she has become famous. This time she is cooking stuffed baked potatoes; lamb samosas with coriander and lime rayta; spicy popcorn; suasages with a honey mustard dressing; a very special toasted sandwich and amaretti ice cream with a hot mocha sauce

Party Food

Series 169 · Episode 6

Canapés, finger food, food to be eaten standing up, without knives and forks. Sushi, crostini with Iman Bayildi (aubergine), sweetcorn cakes, tortilla chips with pea guacamole.

An Indoor Picnic

Series 169 · Episode 6

Food eaten outdoors tastes good, but why should really great picnic food be limited to those rare times that we can actually eat outside?

Oodles of Noodles

Series 169 · Episode 7

Noodles are quick, cheap, easy and fun to use. This episode has a taste of the Far East about it, as Rachel cooks Thai coconut soup, and Vietnamese prawn salad with noodles.

Chocolate Heaven

Series 169 · Episode 7

A whole programme dedicated to chocolate, mainly sweet things, but a savoury dish as well. Divine rich chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate truffles with brandy, white chocolate and cranberry cookies and an Italian pork casserole with dark chocolate.

Dinner Party

Series 169 · Episode 7

The trick when cooking for a dinner party is to make food which is special, even impressive, without it requiring you to be in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying themselves.

Holiday

Series 169 · Episode 7

Rachel recreates some memorable dishes she has had on holiday including Zac's Aztec soup, baked fish, basil and prawn paté and Pannacotta.

Chocolate

Series 169 · Episode 8

Rachel dedicates the whole programme to chocolate, and visits O'Connell's chocolate shop in Cork. Rachel helps whip up White Chocolate Mousse, Hazelnut and Caramel bars and Cappuccino Torte.

Hearty Breakfast

Series 169 · Episode 8

In this programme, Rachel makes delicious granola, banana and peanut butter muffins, white soda bread scones, the perfect scrambled eggs, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and tropical fruits with honey and lime juice.

Christmas Party Food

Series 169 · Episode 8

Rachel suggests some delicious items to serve at a Christmas party. Smoked trout and avocado crostini; chicory, blue cheese, pecan and cranberry salad, spicy lamb meatballs, baby orange mince pies, mincemeat and almond shortbread, gluhwein.

Vegetarian Food for Everyone

Series 169 · Episode 8

Despite the huge increase of choice in ingredients, there are still those who think vegetarian food equals nut roasts, and restaurateurs whose vegetarian dish of the day is pasta.

Great Family Meal

Series 169 · Episode 9

Sitting down for a family meal seems to be happening less and less. Here's a suggestion for a family supper that almost everyone likes but which is virtually stress-free to make.

Sunday Lunch

Series 169 · Episode 9

A firm favourite with Rachel and a great, relaxed way to entertain friends. Broad beans with lemon zest, chicken with mushrooms and marjoram, garlic layered potatoes; polenta, almond and lemon cake with berry compote

Sweet Celebrations

Series 169 · Episode 9

Rachel Allen is back with Porter cake, made with Guinness, chocolate and almond cake with rhubarb cream, lemon biscuits, cardomom buns and almond brittles.

TeaTime

Series 169 · Episode 9

Formal afternoon tea is enjoying a revival and in this episode Rachel demonstrates some of her tea-time favourites: scones and blueberry jam, afternoon tea cake, Greek almond crescents and chocolate melting moments.

Pub Food

Series 169 · Episode 10

Good, home-made pub food is always a treat and quite often pubs serve classic favourites, such as leek and potato soup, chicken kiev, and sticky chocolate pudding with toffee sauce, which Rachel makes at home.

Fish Dishes

Series 169 · Episode 10

This time Rachel foxuses on seafood, cooking light coconut broth with Dublin Bay prawns, spicy salmon fishcakes with a Thai dipping sauce, Vietnamese crab salad with noodles and a lemon and ginger ice cream, made with crème fraiche and yoghurt.

Big Family Lunch

Series 169 · Episode 10

A lunch after a Christening, for example, preparable in advance, and something that suits all ages. Cauliflower and cheddar cheese soup, beef bourgignon, spinach and ricotta lasagne, strawberry ice cream.

Sunday Brunch

Series 169 · Episode 10

Sunday lunches are great, but there are times when you get up late and don't want to wait for, and prepare, a big Sunday lunch. So brunch is the perfect answer.

Simple Comfort Food

Series 169 · Episode 11

Three wonderful dishes, and even better because they’re all made in one pot, so less washing up...

Time For Tea

Series 169 · Episode 11

Sweet and savoury treats for afternoon tea. Cheese and onion tartlets, coffee cake, fruit Madeira cake, almond tartlets, marmalade gingerbread, shortbread.

Comfort Food

Series 169 · Episode 11

This could be my favourite food of all – food that is best eaten curled up on a sofa, warming, comforting, nourishing - maybe even a little nostalgic.

Fast Food

Series 169 · Episode 11

Fast food doesn’t have to be greasy and unhealthy and in this episode Rachel demonstrates how to make home-made pizza, spicy chicken wings, burgers with guacamole and cheese croquettes – children’s food that adults love too.

Asian Food

Series 169 · Episode 12

Asian food is wonderful at providing fantastic flavour without fats or dairy products.

Edible Gifts

Series 169 · Episode 12

Rachel cooks some beautiful edible gifts: spicy tomato and apple chutney, onion jam, vanilla melting moments, fudge, dark chocolate and stem ginger biscuits and summer fruit jam

Dinner To Impress

Series 169 · Episode 12

Your mother-in-law, your boss or your partner’s boss (or all three?!) is coming for dinner – what can you cook to make a good impression? Smoked salmon paté, roast fillet of beef with red wine glazed shallots, horseradish sauce, chocolate roulade, caramelised walnuts and blue cheese.

Children's Birthday Party

Series 169 · Episode 12

This is where you can throw fashionable food aside (what a relief) and have fun with some old-fashioned, all-time favourites

Winter Sunday Lunch

Series 169 · Episode 13

A great lunch for a lazy winter afternoon

Indoor Bar-b-Que

Series 169 · Episode 13

Good bar-b-ques require preparation and Rachel suggest some food ideas that taste just as good indoors – you can prepare the food, but you cannot guarantee the weather. Tandoori chicken, lamb with a herb marinade, tiger prawns with a ginger marinade, chickpea feta and tomato salad, vegetable kebabs with a spicy peanut sauce, barbequed fruit parcels.

Big Family

Series 169 · Episode 13

“If you entertain a lot, or if your family always seems to gravitate to your house (maybe because they know they’ll always be well fed) then you cannot have enough recipes to fall back on which are suitable for large numbers of people, and a wide range of different ages."

Restaurant Food

Series 169 · Episode 13

Sometimes an event calls for a grown-up celebration and in this episode 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.