Cooking from Lisa Faulkner's "Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter"

By Dini from DolceDini •


Lisa Faulkner's, first cookbook: “Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter” has hit the Spring book shelves. Lisa, was better known for appearing in TV dramas such as Brookside, Holby City & Murder in Suburbia, until her Celebrity MasterChef win in 2010 catapulted her into the cookery limelight.  As the weather has plummeted into April showers, Great British Chefs took advantage of her book to make three ‘comfort food’ dishes.  Discover what we cooked up & how you can win your own signed copy of Lisa's book ...

Macaroni cheese with leek & bacon
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With over a hundred seasonal recipes,  “Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter”  guides you through Lisa’s food journey, from growing up, cooking with her Mother and Nanna, to creating dishes as a Mum herself and of course as MasterChef contestant. Her love for food hasn’t diminished; she is still takes guest cooking spots at various national Food Shows and does services at leading London restaurants.


Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter by Lisa Faulkner

The book’s recipes vary, from easy to medium in complexity and cater to all year round cooking, with Spring dishes such as Roasted Leg of Lamb to Christmas Cake. Now that the weather has plummeted into April showers, the Great British Chefs HQ lunch choices gravitated toward three ‘comfort food’ recipes, here’s what we cooked up...

Mummy’s Toad in the Hole


Mummy's Toad in the Hole

This recipe involved creating sausage-meat patties, combined with grated apple and seasonings to then drop into the batter. The batter had a really good rise on it, but like a soufflé, the drop will be within a few minutes. We used a Cumberland sausage for the meat, as it balanced the flavour, in contrast to the sweet apple. A tip for the Chef, is to save the crisp bits on the side, where the patties have caramelised, as they are the tastiest bits.

Macaroni Cheese

Everyone claims to have their own version of this great classic, from Mrs. Beeton to S'MAC , a New York single speciality restaurant, that allows you to customise your own. It’s quite a simple recipe, so there’s no excuse to resort to it out of a tin. For texture, the recipe uses: leek, pancetta and a lovely gratinated breadcrumb topping. We had some leftover stale sourdough, so blitzed this to give the topping an extra crunch. The cheese sauce was especially oozy, with both parmesan and cheddar added to the mix.

Macaroni cheese with leek & bacon
Macaroni Cheese

Chicken with Katsu Sauce

A Japanese curry dish, the name ‘Katsu’, short in form from ‘Katsuretsu’, meaning cutlet. Cutlets can be either chicken or pork; we took Lisa’s option of chicken. To keep costs down, instead of using breast, I deboned some chicken thighs and then tenderised to form the cutlets.  


Chicken with Katsu Sauce

This version is quite a sweet one, using apples and ketchup. I’ve tended to create this dish using the same ingredients, bolstering with carrots for that great orange colour. I’d also suggest using panko (whole loaf, crust-less Japanese breadcrumbs) for coating the chicken, to get a really crisp finish.

Lisa's recipes were easy to follow and beautifully photographed, with Lisa taking a starring role. It’s always handy to have a finished dish picture to compare against and tempt you into trying them. There’s plenty more for us to try out as we move into the summer months, the barbeque dishes maybe hitting our terrace, when the sun comes out to play.

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Thanks to Lisa's publishers Simon and Schuster for Great British Chefs' signed copy. We'll definitely be making more use of the copy for our daily lunches.  If you'd like to buy a copy of Lisa's book, then click here.  

However if you'd like to win one of three signed copies of Lisa's book just tell us what's your favourite TV cook's recipe book and why?  Leave a comment here by 11.59pm Sunday 29th April and we'll select our three favourites & let the winners know by May 3rd (We can only send books to UK addresses).  

We're really looking forward to seeing your entries & discovering your favourite TV chefs' cookery books.  Good luck.

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Mecca
Lovely entries from everyone & interesting to see so much love for Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall (we hope to bring some competitions to win his books in the future)

However there can only be three winners so congrats to Suzikay, Helen Shrimpton & Annamaria0 - we will be emailing you shortly to get your address details & Lisa's signed copies will be on there way to you soon.

Thanks to all who entered too :-)
4 May 2012
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zoevic
Rachel Allen, Bake, it has given me an enthusiasm and interest in baking. Also wanting to get Ruth Clemens new book to learn about cake decorating.
26 April 2012
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kizette
Roux Brothers On Patisserie!
26 April 2012
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angell74
I love Ina Garten' s books and the 'Barefoot Contessa Family Style' is a perfect example of good family food with a few twists. The recipes are reliable and the book itself is laid out well with inspirational photos. As Ina would say herself - how bad can that be?
20 April 2012
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lindyloo50
My favourite book is Gregs Favourite Puddings, it's such a great book with easy to follow recipes. It's full of great pud's old and new and all all written with a touch of Gregs great humour!
20 April 2012
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curvysarah
My Favourite TV chef's book is Fish by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. This is beyond a cook book - it's a like the encycolopaedia of fish, how they are sourced, what to buy and when, what can be substituted if there are sustainability issues, 'how to' instructions around filleting & preparation and then a mixture of classic and modern recipes. His Meat book is my other kitchen bible.
20 April 2012
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sussexgirl
If I had to chose just one (not easy!) it would probably be Veg Every Day from Hugh F-W. It came out when I was still getting used to not being able to eat meat and increasing my veggie meal intake. There are just so many recipes in the book that I love and couldn't wait to try when I first went through the book, It gave me so many ideas and has helped to increased my veggie meal repitoire
20 April 2012
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Deesusanne
Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals especially his chicken pie which the family love.
19 April 2012
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marymod
Nigella's How to Eat - recipes for every occasion and of all ranges from easy to the more complicated. Simple instructions, clear photos and lots of yumminess.
19 April 2012
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quilterski
One of my favourites is "Cooking from Quilt Country" by Marsha Adams. Her love of both the Amish and their food shines in every page. The recipes are true to their Amish heritage without being impractical. And looking at the pictures is almost as good as a trip to Lancaster (PA)!
19 April 2012
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broadbent
River Cottage Veg Every Day! by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall because as a vegetarian it's so nice to be able to access recipes from a mainstream chef
19 April 2012
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helen_shrimpton
It's a close call between Ravinder Bhogal's 'Cook in Boots' and Gordon Ramsay's 'Great Escape' - both offer a mouth water array of dishes, that are delicious, yet simple. Accompanied by wonderful photos and clear instructions their many recipes tantalize our taste buds on a regular basis! Favourites have to be Gordon's Fish Tenga and Jeera Rice, and Ravinder's Ras Al Hanout Lamb or Wild Mushroom Arancini...but to be honest they're all fantastic week day dinners! If I could choose a 'non-TV Chef' - it would be Jane Lawson's 'Snow Flakes and Schnapps' - utterly scrumptious Scandinavian food!
19 April 2012
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rachel7
rachel tomlinson

i like any james martin cookery books. he makes everthing seem so easy to do and is explained so well that any novice can become a good cook
19 April 2012
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Woody_0409
Jamie Olivers 30 min meals.Fantastic adapable recipes,great book,great Chef :)
19 April 2012
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Lottiegen
I love Nigella Lawson's Kitchen. The recipies are so simple to follow and the food looks and tastes fantastic. They make look like an effortlessly brilliant cook!
19 April 2012
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lanieleaf
I love Brian Turner's Favourite British Recipes; a super mix of traditional dishes with some interesting twists. Easy to follow with great tips and equally great results.
19 April 2012
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melopuff22
It has to be 'Jamie Does...' It's not just a cookbook but an insight into authentic, cultural dishes from around the world. Cooking should be about adventure, discovery, crossing boundaries and 'Jamie Does...' encases all of that. The recipes are accompanied by beautiful pictures and well-written anecdotes that my partner and I have spent many hours reading together on the couch. We loved it so much we bought copies for both of our parents.
19 April 2012
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suzikay
My favourite TV cook's recipe book is "Veg Every Day" by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Why? Because it was released at the right time, when we were seeking tasty and healthy ways to reduce the amount of meat in our diet, for reasons of ecology and economy. This book gives so many excellent ways of cooking vegetable-based meals which celebrate their contents rather than trying to imitate recipes for the carnivore. They have flavour and texture, and give me the confidence to create my own adventures in eating veg by varying the ingredients given with what we have or what is seasonal. It also adds some wonderful variety to our diet, and is written in an accessible and enthusiastic manner.
19 April 2012
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annamaria0
Sorry - I read it wrong!
My favourite TV cook's recipe book is Lorraine Pascale's Home Cooking Made Easy. It does live up to its title - the recipes are easy to follow and and the results are impressive. Every recipe I have tried so far is a winner.
19 April 2012
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annamaria0
I have quite a few, but if I had to pick one, it'd be Heston Blumenthal's Lemon Tart - it is just perfection! It is not too sweet, and although it is quite rich and indulgent, lemons add a bit of citrussy freshness.
19 April 2012
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Sandra McRitchie
Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food. My husband has been using it to cook curries and has tried dishes he would never have attempted. Cooking is now an interest for him. He cooks Dinner on Saturday nights and often during the week. It's been great to share the pleasures of cooking together and not just seen as a 'women's job' xox
19 April 2012
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