Her name may have become synonymous in recent years with delicious cakes, but Mary Berry also has plenty of ideas for mouth-watering main meals, from Asian belly of pork to butternut squash and spinach lasagne.
The author and TV cook, known to millions as a judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’, enlisted the help of her five grandchildren for her latest cookbook and BBC Two series, ‘Mary Berry Cooks’.
Here’s one of the recipes she conjures up.
Mediterranean all-in-one chicken
1kg main crop potatoes, peeled and cut into 5cm chunks
3tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, cut into wedges
2 garlic cloves, crushed
6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, snipped into 1cm pieces
6 chicken thighs
6 chicken drumsticks
5 preserved lemons, quartered (or one sliced lemon)
3 courgettes, thickly sliced
1 x 200g can anchovy-stuffed green olives, drained (or plain green or black ones
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/Gas 7.
Place the potatoes in a large roasting tin with two tablespoons of the oil. Toss well to coat them. Add the onion, garlic, bacon and chicken pieces and toss together.
Add the lemons to the roasting tin. Season everything well and sprinkle with the paprika. Roast for 40 minutes. In a bowl, toss the courgettes in the remaining tablespoon of oil and season with salt and pepper, then poke them in among the chicken and scatter the olives over the top. Don’t overcrowd the roasting tin, you need everything to be in a single layer or it will not cook evenly – divide between two tins if necessary.
Return to the oven for a further 20 minutes, until the chicken and vegetables are golden brown and tender.