Rachel’s Favourite Food for Friends by Rachel Allen


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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9 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    I would have agreed with your mum (hello Rena!) that Rachel’s on screen persona left me less than enthused. She seems so totally blasé and lacking in any passion that I found myself turning off. I wouldn’t have dreamt of buying the cook book after seeing the show, but reading this review I’m inclined to give her another go. Some of those soups sound great and I’m never a woman to ignore tips on easy ways to get dishes right.

  2. Suzy says:

    Now I’d agree with your mother on the persona stuff. Her programme leaves me feeling cold and I have felt a bit guilty about my lack of enthusiasm given that I liked Darina’s programmes and books. The programmes just don’t do it for me, maybe the book will. Welcome home by the way, I have been reading your blog for a few months now and am generally addicted to food blogs!

  3. Caroline says:

    From your comments and what other friends have said to me, it looks like there’s quite a few people out there who do indeed agree with my mother! Despite my non-watching of television, I’m going to have to see what you’re all talking about. Is the programme still being shown?

    Anna – the soups do indeed look good. When I get a kitchen of my own (as opposed to messing around in your one!) I’ll try out the recipes and let you know how I get on.

    Suzy – thanks for your kind comment! I too love Darina’s programmes and books and her Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook is something that I constantly reference. Have you seen her new Easy Entertaining one? I’m wading through it at the moment so watch out for a review at some stage in the near future.

  4. Suzy says:

    The programme is on BBC2 most saturday mornings following Saturday Kitchen (one of my favourite moments of the week, breakfast and Antony Worral Thompson, old Keith Floyd reruns and some interesting new cooks) Anyway Rachel appears at about 11.30 if the cooking focus has not been bumped by sport or other news.I think it was being repeated on RTE of late but I flicked else where when I saw it. Ah yes according to the website (http://www.rte.ie/tv/rachelsfavouritefood/) it is on wednesdays at 7.30 and is her second series.

  5. Caroline says:

    Thanks for the tip Suzy. I’ll have to get the kids at home to tape it for me – I don’t have a television myself. I used to love those Keith Floyd programmes when I was growing up. Glass of wine in one hand and skillet in the other – what’s not to like!

  6. caroline.penman says:

    I would just like to comment on Rachels Favourite food series which i am watching on Sky tv at present i find it simple refreshing and with a different slant of other tv cooks its the sort of food many working woman and men could knock up and feel quite able to do well done Rachel you are going to reach the top

  7. Caroline says:

    Thanks for your comment, Caroline. I do agree that Rachel’s food isjust the sort of thing that you could put together in the evening after work without too much hassle. I did manage to catch one of her programmes and, although she personally doesn’t do a whole lot for me, I liked the kind of dishes that she cooked.

  8. bernard says:

    After reading some of the cutting remarks by some of the women I detect a little jealousy in the ranks. She is definitely a remarkable chef and whats more a very beautiful women.Meeow!

  9. Caroline says:

    Each to his – or her – own, Bernard!