My life on a plate - Kirstie Allsopp

Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp shares the recipes that remind her of childhood and the signature dishes she would pass on.

My life on a plate - Kirstie Allsopp

The recipe I grew up with...

Scrambled egg with slow-roast tomatoes on toast on a plateMy dad can cook, hang pictures and arrange flowers. He loved Anglo-Indian curries and would curry anything. My dad taught me to cook eggs when I was quite young, long before my mum got cancer when I was 17. He took scrambled eggs incredibly seriously – there was none of this milk malarkey, just a little melted butter in the pan. I like to put a garlic clove on the fork that you use to muddle the eggs before you put them in the pan. You could never say, oh these eggs have garlic in them, but it gives a tiny hint.

I like scrambled eggs with roasted tomatoes and spinach but no toast. When I started Amelia Freer’s metabolic balance diet last July, I stopped eating bread and potatoes, and drinking wine. I never really liked wine anyway. I’ve shed more than two stone, which is all very well, but now nothing fits! 

Make Kirstie's scrambled eggs & slow-roast tomatoes.

The recipe I’d like to pass on...

Coriander chickenI’m the mother of Bay, 10, and Oscar, eight, and the stepmother of Orion, 17, and Hal, 14 – and I want all four boys to cook. Nowadays, men seem to be cooking more, and a lot of my female friends seem to view not being able to cook as a badge of honour – which I find weird, as if you can’t be a serious, professional woman and cook.

When you become a parent, it’s incredibly important. Your children have to see you cooking, know what goes into food, and what it’s supposed to taste like. Hal, who does food tech at school, has a pasta machine and is making his own. Bay hangs around the kitchen but it’s more to check I don’t put fruit in anything – he’s pathological in his loathing for fruit. His 5-a-day are all vegetables, but I don’t think that really matters. My dish of the moment is my coriander chicken, inspired by Meera Sodha’s Made in India book. You make the coriander chutney first, then add the chicken, but you could add anything. I reckon you could travel the world with a jar of coriander chutney in your backpack and be okay, and I want to ensure all the children can do that.

Try Kirstie's coriander chicken recipe for yourself.

More from our Life on a Plate series...

My life on a plate - Gary Barlow
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