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Welcome to Desert Island Dishes, the weekly podcast where chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the dishes that have shaped their lives.

Here you will find conversations with a whole range of different people discussing their 7 Desert Island Dishes. 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. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island.

Desert Island Dishes Margie Nomura

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Welcome to Desert Island Dishes, the weekly podcast where chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the dishes that have shaped their lives.

Here you will find conversations with a whole range of different people discussing their 7 Desert Island Dishes. 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. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island.

    Rukmini Iyer: Author of The Roasting Tin cookbooks and food stylist

    Rukmini Iyer: Author of The Roasting Tin cookbooks and food stylist

    My guest today is Rukmini Iyer
     
    Rukmini is a former lawyer turned bestselling author of the Roasting Tin series which have now sold over half a million copies. Amongst her army of followers – who call themselves the TinLads. She counts Nigella Lawson as a fan as well as other famous names from Jay Rayner to Judy Murray.
     
    The concept of the Roasting Tin books is deceptively simple, Mini’s recipes lure people in with the idea of the one-pot supper. But people return time and time again because the recipes taste even better than the lack of washing up feels.
     
    A pioneer of the _and I quote: ‘put everything in a roasting tin and shove it in the oven’ school of cookery, Mini’s fourth cookbook features tasty, no-fuss dishes from across the globe. As well as writing cookbooks, Rukmini styles and writes recipes for numerous brands and publications, including Waitrose, The Guardian and Fortnum and Mason.
     
    Of her success and the reaction to her books, Mini says –
     
    ‘It’s one thing having fans who are like, "this is great for dinner", but to have fans who are saying that you’ve changed the way they eat is very humbling,’ ‘You never think that something like a cookbook could have that much effect on someone’.

    Thank you so much for listening.

    So so many delicious dishes talked about!  

    Don’t forget to go to the website www.desertislanddishes.co for the full list of episodes plus lots of recipes and you can sign up to the newsletter. 

    Come and say on Instagram @desertislanddishes

    And thank you for your reviews, they really do help other people to find the podcast and helps boost the show in the charts.

    Romy Gill MBE: Chef, Food Writer and Restaurateur

    Romy Gill MBE: Chef, Food Writer and Restaurateur

    My guest today is Romy Gill MBE
     
    Romy is an award winning self-taught British-Indian chef and food writer and broadcaster.
     
    She has written for publications including the guardian, the telegraph and the evening standard. She’s a regular on TV with her appearances as guest judge on Celebrity Masterchef. She is a judge on the BBC’s food and farming awards and in 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the Queens 90th birthday honours list.

    Romy’s style of Indian cooking combines Indian and British cuisine; she combines spices and flavours that she grew up with in India, with ingredients that she was only introduced to when she moved to the UK. She started her cooking career with supperclubs, spices, sauces and chutneys and then she went on to open her own restaurant - Romy’s Kitchen in South Gloucestershire. She released her first cookbook last year and  is now amongst many other things a chef on the new adaptation of Ready Steady Cook.

    Thank you so much for listening. So so many delicious dishes talked about!
     
    Don’t forget to go to the website www.desertislanddishes.co for the full list of episodes plus lots of recipes and you can sign up to the newsletter.  Come and say on Instagram @desertislanddishes.
     

    Angela Scanlon: TV Presenter and Radio Host

    Angela Scanlon: TV Presenter and Radio Host

    My guest today is Angela Scanlon. 
     
    Angela is a TV presenter,  Radio host and most recently a podcaster. Originally from Ireland, she moved to London  in 2014 and her career has gone from strength to strength. 
     
    She first made her name as a stylist and fashion journalist before becoming a fixture on Irish television, appearing on the likes of Xposé and Off the Rails, as well as Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
     
    She’s since been described as the BBC’s golden girl with presenting jobs including Robot Wars, the One Show and her own radio show on BBC radio 2.
     
    Vogue has described Angela as being known for her “humour, directness and upbeat cheerfulness”
     
    Thank you so much for listening and wishing you all a very happy Christmas wherever you might be and whatever the circumstances – and really hope you enjoy todays episode.
     
    Don’t forget that you can rate review and subscribe to the podcast on Itunes – it gives the show a little boost and helps others to find it which is exciting!

    If you don’t already and you would like to, then do come and follow me on Instagram @desertislanddishes – it’s changed from @margienomura and you can sign up for the newsletter and find a whole host of different recipes at www.
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    Ryan Riley: Founder of Life Kitchen

    Ryan Riley: Founder of Life Kitchen

    My guest today is Ryan Riley
     
    Ryan is a food writer, stylist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Life Kitchen which offers free cookery classes across the UK to people living with cancer.  Life Kitchen devises recipes for those on chemotherapy and teaches them to cook, despite loss of taste.  Last year he opened his own phycial cookery school in Sunderland. Ryan has a contacts book that most culinary professionals would give anything for. His friends and supporters include the biggest names from the world of food from Nigella Lawson to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver, all of whom are champions and fierce supporters of Life Kitchen. 
     
    Ryan has written a book of the same name in which he shares innovative recipes which bring the pleasure of eating back to people living with cancer. This came out earlier this year and now his  second cookbook,  A Life Kitchen Christmas has been released – with more than 20 recipes both quick and easy to do  which is free to order from his website.
     
    Ryan has said:
     
    “Every one of my culinary heroes are now supporters or friends – it’s a bit bonkers, really. I think it’s because cancer doesn’t discriminate – you can be rich, poor, famous or not and it can get you one way or another. If you’re touched by it – if you have a friend with it, or if you have it yourself – then you understand what it’s like.”
     
    Thank you so much for listening.
    Don’t forget you can find me on instagram @desertislanddishes
    If you haven’t yet left a rating now is your moment!
    And your good deed for the week could be recommending Desert Island Dishes to your friends and colleagues. I love bringing it to you every week and your reviews really do make the world of difference.

    Thank you to KALINKO (www.Kalinko.com) for sponsoring this episode.

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    Vicky Bennison: Creator of Pasta Grannies

    Vicky Bennison: Creator of Pasta Grannies

    My guest today is Vicky Bennison.

    Vicky is the mastermind behind the viral sensation Pasta Grannies. Pasta Grannies is the most gorgeous concept of Italian nonnas sharing their pasta recipes and it started life as a Youtube channel 5 years ago and now has over 400,000 hugely engaged subscribers, 431,000 Instagram followers and a myriad of celebrity fans.

    Vicky has travelled all over Italy filming the pasta grannies and every week she releases a video of a different granny cooking a different pasta recipe. It’s a celebration of these women and in her own words it’s a kind of Noah's Ark of handmade pasta techniques.

    She released the first Pasta Grannies cookbook last year which won a coveted James Beard award and unveils the secrets of Italy’s best home cooks.

    Thank you so much for listening.

    Don’t forget you can find me on instagram @desertislanddishes

    If you haven’t yet left a rating now is your moment!

    And your good deed for the week could be recommending Desert Island Dishes to your friends and colleagues. I love bringing it to you every week and your reviews really do make the world of difference.

    Thank you to Kalinko for sponsoring this episode.

    Kalinko is a homeware company all the way from sunny Burma. They work with small family workshops all over the country to make gorgeous things for your home, and are the perfect place for you to find something a little bit different, seriously special, and wonderfully warming for your loved ones this Christmas.

    Kalinko works directly with the people who make their products, and every time you buy something from them, they reorder a replacement from the makers straight away. This keeps money flowing into the pockets that really need it, and talented people in skilled work.

    So head over to Kalinko.com to choose from gorgeous rattan trays, bowls, even ice buckets, exquisite lacquer bowls, unique handblown tumblers and vases made from recycled glass, mother-of-pearl jam spoons to make the simplest breakfast feel special, handwoven cushions and textiles… There really is something for everyone, even for batty aunts and awkward in-laws, and each order comes with a bonus-helping of the feel-good factor.

    There is a very generous 15% for you to use on their website using the code “Desertislanddishes” – that’s all one word. www.kalinko.com

    Dawn O'Porter: Author, broadcaster, writer, podcaster and journalist.

    Dawn O'Porter: Author, broadcaster, writer, podcaster and journalist.

    We are back! I'm so happy to be back recording and what a guest to kick off the new season with! My guest today is Dawn O’Porter.  
     
    Dawn is an author, broadcaster, writer, podcaster and journalist.
     
    Having trained at drama school, Dawn become a TV presenter, rising to fame with her critically acclaimed BBC documentary Super Slim Me. Many more TV shows followed and in 2013 began a new passion for Dawn as she began writing more seriously and started a new chapter of her career. She released her first novel which got shortlisted for the Waterstone’s children book prize, more books followed -  she’s now written 7 and she has continued to have huge writing success as a Sunday Times Bestseller.
     
    Dawn lives in Los Angeles with her movie star husband, two young sons and her dog Potato.
     
    Dawn has said, "I love food. I realise that’s a basic statement and might not sound like it warrants a whole load of page-time but for me it does. Food is the great passion and pleasure of my life. Reading cookbooks, shopping for ingredients, spending hours in the kitchen, making it, serving it and then eating it. Brilliant."

    Thank you to Kalinko for sponsoring this episode.

    Kalinko is a homeware company all the way from sunny Burma. They work with small family workshops all over the country to make gorgeous things for your home, and are the perfect place for you to find something a little bit different, seriously special, and wonderfully warming for your loved ones this Christmas.

    Kalinko works directly with the people who make their products, and every time you buy something from them, they reorder a replacement from the makers straight away. This keeps money flowing into the pockets that really need it, and talented people in skilled work.

    So head over to Kalinko.com to choose from gorgeous rattan trays, bowls, even ice buckets, exquisite lacquer bowls, unique handblown tumblers and vases made from recycled glass, mother-of-pearl jam spoons to make the simplest breakfast feel special, handwoven cushions and textiles... There really is something for everyone, even for batty aunts and awkward in-laws, and each order comes with a bonus-helping of the feel-good factor.

    There is a very generous 15% for you to use on their website using the code “Desertislanddishes” – that’s all one word. www.kalinko.com

    Thank you for listening.

    Don’t forget you can find me on instagram www.instagram.com/desertislanddishes. If you haven’t yet left a rating now is your moment!

    And your good deed for the week could be recommending Desert Island Dishes to your friends and colleagues. I love bringing it to you every week and your reviews really do make the world of difference.

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