Nadiya Hus­sain shares three recipes from her new book 60

As our star colum­nist re­turns to TV with a new show and cook­book, she re­flects on jug­gling the de­mands of her suc­cess and be­ing a mum

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My fam­ily are the peo­ple who have sup­ported me and have been my in­spi­ra­tion

Be­ing a mother is by far one of the hardest jobs in the world. No paid hol­i­days, no on-call al­lowance, no com­pany car, no pen­sion. All moth­ers know it’s a job and a half: tough, but the most sat­is­fy­ing. Be­fore the mad­ness, I was at home look­ing af­ter the chil­dren and that was my job – a house­wife, a home maker and, most im­por­tantly, a mum to my three chil­dren. So, of course, life has changed at a tremen­dous pace. Now I have to do all of the above as well as be­ing an au­thor, cook and pre­sen­ter. The first few years were the tough­est jug­gling act I had ever ex­pe­ri­enced. It wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the help of an in­cred­i­ble hus­band (who irons, might I add!). But it doesn’t feel wrong to de­scribe it as a jug­gling act, be­cause we felt like the cir­cus. I lived in fear of my child be­ing the only one dressed in uni­form on World Book Day or the like – I think that is ev­ery par­ent’s nightmare. So to avoid that, we have be­come metic­u­lous about putting everything in our diaries. Our life is run by the mu­sic of re­minders and snooze alarms. It’s a life un­like one I had ever imag­ined for our­selves, but it’s a life that has given me everything I ever wanted. I might have to spend more time away film­ing and work­ing, but my chil­dren have been able to see what it means to see some­one follow their dreams no mat­ter how old they are. My fam­ily are the peo­ple who have sup­ported me and have been my in­spi­ra­tion at the same time. They dic­tate how I cook and what I cook which is how I’ve come to cre­ate my new Fam­ily Favourites cook­book. The recipes are a com­bi­na­tion of recipes that the kids have al­ways loved and new recipes that I have tested and have be­come firm fam­ily favourites.

I have taken three of my recipes from the book for you to en­joy: burg­ers with ba­con jam, for show­ing off at the sum­mer bar­be­cue; hal­loumi curry for a sat­is­fy­ing mid­week meal ev­ery­one will love; and, of course, cake – be­cause there is no ex­cuse not to have cake and this is one of my all-time favourites. I hope some of our fam­ily favourites be­come your fam­ily favourites too.

Look out for Nadiya’s Fam­ily Favourites start­ing soon on BBC Two.

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