The mum from Leeds discusses her ambitious plans for the future
Winning the 2015 series of The Great British Bake Off has had a real impact on Nadiya Hussain’s plans for the future.
The stay-at-home mum – who beat off competition from Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming in the final – has revealed that she’d love to make a career out of getting crafty in the kitchen.
‘Yes books, yes TV. I would love to do it all. If I could bake forever I would be happy,’ she says.
Although Nadiya really impressed show judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with her ability to elaborately decorate cakes and shape perfect loaves, it seems she’s got a much wider repertoire of recipes up her sleeve.
‘With cooking, I am very experimental but I love the classic dishes my mum and dad taught me,’ she says.
‘My best dish is cod and clementine curry. It’s pretty awesome, I have to say – it’s my grandmother’s recipe. And my mum’s korma – which is not anglicised, and has no cream – it’s the bee’s knees.’
Eating well has always been a big part of Nadiya’s life. Having grown up in Leeds, she fondly recalls her parents hosting huge meals for up to 50 family members each weekend.
Guests would typically tuck into a lamb curry, lovingly prepared by her mother.
With her food-centred upbringing and GBBO victory in mind, it’s hardly surprising that Nadiya’s young children have developed their own appreciation for complex flavour combinations.
‘I can’t just make funfetti cakes any more – my nine-year-old wants cardamon and praline,’ Nadiya jokingly tells The Guardian.
‘My four year old only wants cupcakes – but they have to taste like rose.’
We can’t say we blame them having seen her successfully mix everything from coconut, fennel and pistachio to ginger beer, lemonade and cream soda.