Nadiya Hussain embarks on a culinary road trip around Britain, meeting food producers and pioneers and creating delicious new recipes using their produce. In this first episode, her adventure begins close to where she lives, in the Home Counties.
Nadiya starts with one of the first things she learnt to make as a child – cheese scones – which she serves with chive butter. Setting off on her tour of the Home Counties, she visits an asparagus farm on the outskirts of Oxford to help with the harvest, joining young farmer Imogen and learning about how the sandy soil is perfect for asparagus.
Nadiya receives a crash course in harvesting using specially designed asparagus buggies, and challenges Imogen to a buggy race before preparing a welcome thank-you meal for the farming family and the pickers, using the asparagus in a fresh Indian five-spice stir fry.
Her next stop is in Milton Keynes where she meets Turan, a former fireman who now runs a cooking school dedicated to teaching people how to smoke their own food. He shows Nadiya how to build her own cold smoker and smoke some haddock in it, before she then cooks her delicious smoked haddock welsh rarebit, served with a chicory and radish salad.
Her final Home Counties recipe is an Eton Mess cheesecake that marries the famous dessert created at Eton School with a cheesecake base. Nadiya gets creative by making the stunning dessert with candy striped mini meringues and chocolate swirled strawberries.
Nadiya’s British Food Adventure Episode 1 (of 8) airs Monday 17 July 2017 from 8.30pm-9.00pm on BBC Two.