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



I could easily have called this "My Wish List" seeing as I would love to receive any of these gifts and I may already own several of the items featured already.

Still, seeing as it is Father's Day this Sunday I thought I would dedicate this list to the dads of the world. I think when giving any kind of gift it's best to always give something you would like to receive yourself, unless it's a specific request.

Of course a nice card and a hug is also a very apt Father's Day present or perhaps you might cook a  lovely Sunday lunch for your dad. But if you are in the market for a present for him then have a look at this selection and of course there is no harm at looking at this list for yourself...


Being a Desert Island Dishes Top List, there is of course a kitchen theme to this list and I think there is a little something here for everyone in this lot. From the most delicious whiskey, to must have kitchen gadgets, a cookbook he will love and the means to get get his boogie on in the kitchen, he is sure to love them all. If your dad loves cooking I really recommend Le Creuset, they are so beautiful to cook with and last a lifetime. I think my Nutribullet is one of my most used kitchen gadgets, I use it constantly for pestos, smoothies, chopping veg and blitzing sauces - also love how compact it is and it doesnt take up loads of space. If your dad is anything like mine he will pride himself on his serving skills, but a great knife makes all the difference here, and if he's using an old knife from the kitchen drawer, this set will perk him up no end. This book is a must have for anyone who loves cooking, is interested in produce and in growing their own veg, Michelin starred Tommy knows what he's doing. Would cooking be cooking without some music? We recently got a Sonos and it's a game changer, pricey but so worth it. 

Father's Day Gift List

Clockwise from bottom left...

The best carving knife set | Sabatier

The only pan you'll ever need | Le Creuset

The best whiskey | Hibiki

Speaker for the kitchen | Sonos

Copper kettle | Hario

The best pork scratching |  Mr Tubs

Cookbook | Tommy Banks

Tankard | Edwin Blyde

Reuseable coffee cup | Stojo

Kitchen blender | Nutribullet




Now if you ask me, all the best gifts are edible. These would all make great presents to give your dad, or next time you get invited round to supper you could take any these and you know you would be welcomed back. Sea salt caramel truffles are just about my favourite thing, and you haven't lived properly until you've tasted the Gubeen cheese. What would cheese be without chutney? And top of the chutney list in my book, is a great red onion marmalade. Gorgeous smothered on a cracker, added to a sandwich or simply stopped onto cheese. Honeycomb always goes down well and just isn't the sort of honey you buy for yourself, and if your dad hasn't tried Kombucha yet, maybe it's the perfect time for him to start.  Pick and mix from below or go for gold and buy this delicious looking hamper.


Clockwise from bottom left...

My favourite cheese | Gubeen

Shortbread | East India Company

Chocolate hamper | Hotel Chocolat

Red Onion Marmalade | Cartwright & Butler

Kombucha | Love Kombucha

Truffles | Charbonnel & Walker

Honeycomb | Hill top honey

Hamper | The Balmoral Hamper