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Hi.

Welcome to Desert Island Dishes. The official website for the weekly podcast where chef Margie Broadhead talks to a special guest about their life with food.

Here you will find conversations with a whole range of different people discussing their Desert Island Dishes.

The act of sharing one’s favourite dishes is both deeply personal and fascinating. Margie is able to reveal a different side to the guest being interviewed and find out about much more than the dishes that have shaped their lives.

We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. Of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island. 

Each week Margie will select one of the guest's Desert Island Dishes to use as inspiration to create a recipe around. There are already lots of delicious recipes for you to look through and to inspire your cooking.

Enjoy! x

EPISODE 49: MELISSA HEMSLEY: COOK,  BESTSELLING AUTHOR, TV CHEF & ENTREPRENEUR

EPISODE 49: MELISSA HEMSLEY: COOK, BESTSELLING AUTHOR, TV CHEF & ENTREPRENEUR

My guest today is Melissa Hemsley

Melissa is described as a kitchen pioneer, and she is one half of Hemsley and Hemsley – the bestselling cookbook authors who had their own TV series on Channel 4 and have their own café in London’s Selfridges. 

She has released her first solo cookbook this year, Eat Happy, which focuses on 30 minute feel-good food.  

Melissa is a proud supporter of lots of different charities including the Prince’s Trust and Cook for Syria.

Marie Claire has described Melissa as “the Queen of the kitchen.”

Desert Island Dishes:


1.    prawns dipped in vinegar. Or anything Filipino – Chicken tonola
2.    Stephanie’s tomato sauce or scrambled eggs
3.    Cambodian fish ammok curry
4.    Egg mayo or classic cucumber or New York Reuben
5.    Roast chicken and all the chicken leftovers
6.    Watermelon salad


Desert Island Dish:

Pan of bolognaise with chicken livers and lots of red wine

Luxury item: really amazing olive oil


Most treasured cook book: anything by Madhur Jaffrey

 

Dont forget to have a look at the recipe inspired by Melissa's episode of the Desert Island dishes podcast...a cool watermelon Greek salad. Perfect for Summer days and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. 

watermelon greek salad
EPISODE 50: MARTHA ORTIZ: TOP MEXICAN CHEF & OWNER OF ELLA CANTA

EPISODE 50: MARTHA ORTIZ: TOP MEXICAN CHEF & OWNER OF ELLA CANTA

EPISODE 48: RUTH ROGERS: CHEF & FOUNDER OF THE RIVER CAFE

EPISODE 48: RUTH ROGERS: CHEF & FOUNDER OF THE RIVER CAFE