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Suzie’s mission is getting people to make tasty meals from scratch

Suzie Lee is on a mission to encourage people to make tasty, great value meals from scratch. In her new three-part series, Suzie Lee: Home Cook Hero for BBC One Northern Ireland, she puts an oriental spin on some dishes, and easy recipes to make with children.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 31, at 7.30pm, Suzie says: “This new series is all about combining flavours and colours from my childhood with a contemporary take on modern family friendly cooking.

“I’ve a wealth of gorgeous, tasty and easy to follow recipes to help viewers elevate and refresh their own repertoire at home.

“My Chinese heritage is incredibly important to me and I am passionate about demystifying the notion that Chinese cooking is complicated and time consuming by demonstrating traditional recipes that can be easily adapted for home cooks.”

Winner of the BBC’s national cookery competition, Best Home Cook, this series made by Waddell Media also sees Suzie visit several local artisan food producers to select fresh ingredients for her various dishes.

In episode one Suzie creates a delicious Easter feast, starting with a flavour packed Cantonese steamed black bean and ginger salmon.

After a visit to Millbank Farm in County Down, Suzie cooks up an epic Sunday roast of slow cooked leg of lamb served with a rich potato dauphinoise and celeriac, and then demonstrates how to put leftovers to good use when she makes easy lamb kebabs.

She tops it all off with the ultimate Easter chocolate cake.

Episode two sees Suzie prepare delicious vegetarian and fish dishes, including a veggie tart, salted chilli crispy tofu, Cantonese cauliflower stir fry and hidden veggie mac and cheese before cooking a whole brill on champ with a rich cream sauce, champ potato bread and moreish spiced carrot cake buns.

Suzie picks up fresh seasonal vegetables at Glasswater Farm in Crossgar.

Pork takes centre stage for the final episode and Suzie meets with Robbie Neill at Stonebridge Farm to select her pork cuts from his free range herd.

Then it’s back to the kitchen where she shows viewers how to create Chinese crispy pork belly (siu yuk) and Char siu pork rice, followed by pork and prawn wontons and noodles, sausage rolls and skinny German biscuits.

n The series will also be available on BBC iPlayer.



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