This is my Book Review for The Hairy Bikers – Mums Know Best
Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers’ Family Cookbook, has been repeated on TV recently, I bought this book a while ago and it inspired me to get it out again and have a go at some of the recipes.
My Mum in fact was a fabulous cook, and baker, although she would never say so herself, always self-critical. She baked lovely Bakewell Tartlets, delicious meat pies and simple but tasty meals like, Corned Beef Hash, Bacon Hot Pot, Roast Chicken with sage and onion stuffing, and I don´t mean paxo! Then she would make soup from the chicken bones, with vegetables and pearl barley. These were passed on from my Grandmother, and are recipes I still use today. Sadly Mum is no long around and I do wish I had taken more interest in learning what other things she knew, I think she would have loved The Hairy Bikers – Mums Know Best!
Mums don´t have the time for food that is too fancy, the recipes are tried and tested over time. Si King and Dave Myers, The Hairy Bikers helped to bring together Mums from all over the UK, to find recipes from Young and Old and from all cultures.
One of my favourite recipes in the Book is Dave´s Mam´s Killer Fishcakes (although I didn´t buy the bright orange breadcrumbs), I put some stale bread in the food processor instead and it worked just as well and it was yummy!
There is something for everyone in this book, whether you are a Mum or not, ther are family main courses, soups, desserts and even crumpets, pastas, pastries, fish, meat and vegetable dishes, and there is even a recipe for piccallili, which is now on my to make list.
I can recommend this book if you are looking for robust, tried and tested family meal recipes and prefer something that isn´t the usual cheffy stuff.