Charity Mary's Meals teams up with celebrities to share favourite childhood recipes

A Scottish charity is raising funds to help feed hungry children by sharing childhood recipes from famous faces.

Published 4th Mar 2021
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Global charity Mary’s Meals has teamed up with celebrities, including Lorraine Kelly, Ferne McCann, and Nadiya Hussain, to share their favourite childhood recipes in a bid to raise money to feed hungry children.

Every print gift card, which is pried at £15.90 - the amount it costs to feed one hungry child for a year -  will come with a special recipe from Lorraine Kelly.

Her recipe will also be available online along with others from Ferne and Nadiya, all inspired by ‘The Food We Grew Up On.’

Each recipe is one that’s been passed down from their mother (or mother figure), and to this day brings back memories of childhood.

Britain’s Celebrity Best Home Cook finalist Ferne has shared her Nannie Connie’s Sausage Waaaah’ - a delicious casserole given its quirky name by the children of the McCann family growing up.

Ferne says that the nutritious dish is packed with lots of delicious veg, swimming in a rich tomato sauce and topped with sausage meat.

Ferne said: "This was My Nannie Connie’s recipe that she used to make for my mum.

"It’s a really homely, cosy dinner that my mum often made for me and my sister. I don’t know why we called it Sausage Waaaah but it’s stuck and when I make this for Sunday she knows it by this name too.

"It’s just one of those recipes that reminds me of childhood and is a real comfort meal."

Daytime TV host Lorraine Kelly’s recipe reminds her of heading home. ‘Mum’s Chicken Soup’ - still a staple in the Kelly family today - is made with carrots, leeks, and chicken.

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Lorraine Kelly said: "My mum makes this every time I go home. It’s proper comfort food and takes me back to my childhood."

GBBO favourite Nadiya’s Hussain’s has picked her ‘Mum's Bengali Korma.’

Nadiya explained that she grew up with the delicious aroma of this chicken dish, with warm flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and a hit of green chilli.

Speaking of her recipe, Nadiya said: "The korma I grew up with had an aroma that took over the house and hit you in the face when you walked into the kitchen.

"This is one of the recipes that says ‘home’ to me because nobody cooks this dish like Mum does."

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These recipe cards offer a different gift idea for mother's day.

The recipe from Lorraine Kelly will come with a print gift card, plus hers and more celebrity recipes can also be found on the Mary’s Meals website.

The charity, which began in 2002, provides one daily meal in a place of learning to encourage hungry children into the classroom where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Daniel Adams, executive director of Mary’s Meals, said: "When schools across the world closed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mary’s Meals adapted quickly to ensure hungry children did not go without and were able to receive a nutritious daily meal at home instead.

"Some schools have since re-opened and we are now safely reaching 1.6 million children, whether at school or at home.

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"This Mother’s Day we want to celebrate all the wonderful women across the world who support the Mary’s Meals global movement, whether serving meals or fundraising for our important work to feed hungry children.

"Their dedication means we can provide life-changing meals to children in some of the world’s poorest countries. Our Mother’s Day card feeds a child for a whole year - there’s no better present than that."

Find out more about the Mary's Meals mother's day cards and celebrities recipes, visit their website here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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