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What My Mother Taught Me: Rachel Khoo’s Food Memories

by Julia Pal

published on 13 March 2014

How did your mother’s cooking influence and inspire your love of food? And what are the dishes that remind you of your mum and the food she cooked for you? To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ve been asking our authors to tell us all about their mother’s cooking, picking a recipe from their cookbook that reminds them of their early childhood experiences of great food.

We’re starting with Rachel Khoo, whose stylish brand of French cooking has inspired a whole generation of enthusiasts for simple Gallic fare. Rachel picked out her Roast Red Wine Chicken recipe as the one that most reminds her of her mother’s cooking, and here’s why:

“Even though I grew up with eating lots of Asian food (my dad is from Malaysia) and the odd Schnitzel or Strudel thrown in (my mum is from Austria), my mum would always cook a roast on Sunday. Roast chicken was my favourite, especially with all the trimmings. My mum would spend hours preparing it all and the delicious aroma of the roasting chicken would waft through the house. I would constantly be in and out of the kitchen asking my mum when it would be done. I’m still pretty impatient, so my roast chicken is a little quicker to make (you just throw everything into a pan) but just as delicious!”

Red wine roast chicken | Rachel Khoo

Check out Rachel Khoo’s Roast Red Wine Chicken recipe here.

Find out more about Rachel Khoo’s My Little French Kitchen or get your own copy here.

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