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Rise and
shine

Bake Off winner
Nadiya Hussain
makes cooking
for the masses a
real family affair

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he's written numerous
recipe books, dipped
her toe into children's
writing (Bake Me a Story was
nominated for Children's Book of
the Year 2017), presents her own
cookery shows for the BBC, copresented The Big Family Cooking
Showdown with pal Zoe Ball and
even had the honour of making
the Queen's 90th birthday cake.
We think it's fair to say that since
winning The Great British Bake Off
back in 2015, Nadiya Hussain's life
has been turned upside down.
So, it will come as no surprise
that her latest cookbook, Nadiya's
Family Favourites, is a return to a
simpler time. "It's a collection of
recipes that we cook at home. The
kids love being in the kitchen with
me, it's where we hang out most."
Hailing from a big family (Nadiya
is one of six, and her husband
one of seven), she was bought up
to believe 'if you're eating alone,
you're doing it wrong'. While
acknowledging circumstances can
mean this is unavoidable for some,
Nadiya firmly believes in the power
of sharing food, whether that's
inviting people over or giving it to
someone who needs it more.
"Anyone who came to my
parents' house ended up staying
forever and becoming extended
family, and that's something I hope
to instil in my own children."

'This is a
collection of
recipes that
we cook at
home. The
kids love
being in
the kitchen
with me, it's
where we
hang out
most! I get
to really
challenge
myself
when I'm
cooking,
and that's
been a big
help for me.'

Bengali roots meant she had
never met a single vegetarian,
but she explains she now follows
a flexitarian approach after
watching Netflix documentary
Cowspiracy. "Monday to Friday
we try to remain vegetarian. My
kids were really shocked when
they saw how much milk was
being produced just to feed us
here in the UK."
Nadiya has been very open
about her own struggles with
mental health, often referencing
the 'panic monster' she struggles to
keep under control. "I've come to a
point where I realise it's not going
to go away, so I learn to live with
it. Just having that realisation has
helped me feel a lot better.
"I was desperately looking for
a cure, or something that would

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make it disappear, but instead
I found coping mechanisms which
help me through."
This might have been around
the time, having previously
dismissed the notion of being a
role model, she acknowledged
her platform should not be taken
lightly. "I can see why my role is
important. Not just for Muslim kids
or young women, but people of all
backgrounds, to promote diversity
and an awareness of different
cultures. How great is it for our kids
to grow up seeing that? This is why
I love doing what I do: it's a little bit
more than 'just' cooking."

Nadia's food favourites
are fun for the entire
family to cook...

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