Chef and writer Paula McIntyre MBE’s new cookery series on BBC Northern Ireland is already a hit with viewers. The Hamely Kitchen which broadcasts at prime time Monday evenings is seeing a great market share in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland as well as on the BBC iPlayer.
It focuses on Paula’s own Ulster-Scots heritage, hence the title, the Hamely (Homely) Kitchen. She can see the coast of Scotland from her house on clear days. That is a reminder of the early Scottish settlers who brought ingredients and recipes to Northern Ireland.
She uses the finest local ingredients to create recipes for friends and family. True to Paula’s down to earth style, there are celebrations of the turnip alongside sustainable fish and local beef and lamb all elevated to new heights of flavour. Paula meets some of the suppliers, including the food and drink suppliers she cooks with.
She believes cooking should be joyful, not stressful. The kitchen should be a “hamely” place.
The Hamely Kitchen is on Monday evenings on BBC Two Northern Ireland and repeated on Sundays at 4.25pm. It is on BBC iPlayer on demand.