NADIYA’S TIPS “Chow mein is the easiest thing to order, but even easier to make. I love the flavours of honey mustard, so I’m keeping it simple. I also whip-up a double batch and skewer half the chicken for the freezer, so if I have to make a quick lunch or need something to whack on a grill, I have the same honey mustard chicken, minus the chow mein. If you don’t want the extra in the freezer, simply halve the ingredients in blue.” Honey Mustard Chow Mein TOTAL TIME 40 MINS SERVES 4 Ingredients • 10 chicken thighs, thinly sliced • 4 tablespoons runny honey • 4 tablespoons wholegrain mustard • 4 cloves of garlic, minced • A 2.5cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated • 4 tablespoons soy sauce • 1 teaspoon salt • 3 tablespoons sriracha sauce • Oil, for frying • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced • 450g stir-fry vegetables • 275g ready-made noodles • A large handful of fresh coriander • 50g salted peanuts, roughly chopped • Wedges of lime Method 1. Put the chicken thighs into a large bowl with the honey, mustard, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, salt and sriracha, and leave to marinate. 2. Place a large non-stick frying pan or wok on the hob on a high heat. Add the oil and, when it’s really hot, add the onions. When they are very brown, add half the marinated chicken, putting the other half into the fridge for later. 3. Continue cooking the chicken on a high heat, and when it is cooked through, add the stir-fry veg and the noodles and mix together, before lowering to a medium heat for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just a little bit soft, but still crisp. 4. Take off the heat, sprinkle with the coriander and peanuts, and serve with a wedge of lime – and I’m always tempted to add another dash of sriracha. 5. Once you have eaten, put the marinated chicken from the fridge on to skewers and pop on to a tray to freeze. When frozen, take the skewers off the tray and put them into a bag to store.
PROFILE PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRIS TERRY, RECIPE TAKEN FROM TIME TO EAT BY NADIYA HUSSAIN (MICHAEL JOSEPH £20). ILLUSTRATIONS: © ELLA BAILEY 2019 “My daughter will have her own hurdles to knock down but I want her to know that mummy was there first and knocked down as many as she could” “There was no one with “in-between” skin like me? Maybe one day I’ll be that girl”. Then she got a lead role in Les Misérables. Three shows in mild panic she said, “Did I do it, did I do it?”. To fulfil your own prophesy aged eight is just the most wonderful thing”. Performing comes so naturally to Nadiya that it must be in the family. She made a seamless transition after Bake Off, and says what she loves most about her cookery shows and travelogues is getting to meet people. “It’s not what usually happens but I always want to talk to contributors before we film. We drink tea, and they really relax and start to enjoy it.” Although Nadiya wouldn’t want an arranged marriage for her own children, her own has clearly been a huge success. Asked how she manages juggling all the different aspects of her life, she puts it all down to her husband: “I would not be able to do it without him”. In her memoir Finding my Voice she talks about all the roles she plays in life, as a sister, mother, daughter and granddaughter, but says, “My husband is the only relationship without a blood connection, and he’s the most important person in my life. I’m going to have to give my children back to the world, but my husband and I are supposed to grow old together”. In person, Nadiya is every bit as warm and friendly as she appears on TV. She’s as happy to answer questions about racism as about her shoes (super cool pair of green heels, a snip at Primark). Food is a central part of her life – and she hopes her children will always come back to eat around her table. Her favourite comfort food is pad thai: “The family helps. They chop things up and we cook it together. And if no cooking is involved, fish and chips. In the paper and in the garden on the grass”. This thoroughly British icon is truly an Everywoman for our times. “It was one of those mad ideas on the spur of the moment. I called my agent, then the following day wrote the book” Juniors MY MONSTER AND ME by Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It’s there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries? Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence. My Monster and Me (Hachette Children’s Group, illustrated by Ella Bailey) and Finding my Voice (Headline) publishes in hardback on 17 October 2019. W I NTER 19 ★ schoolnotices.co.uk 19
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