03:32AM, Thursday 25 April 2013
A Maidenhead mum cooked up a Jewish feast as part of the Hairy Bikers' Best of British series on BBC2 last night.
Michal Freeman-Shor, who regularly attends the Maidenhead Synagogue in Ray Park Avenue, cooked a three-course feast. Her dishes appeared on the episode which was all about comfort food.
She was visited by the production company at the end of last year. The team spent an entire day with her, including coming with her to shop for food and cooking a meal in the evening.
BBC crews also filmed at the synagogue and interviewed Rabbi Jonathan Romain.
Viewers were able to watch as Michal shopped for her ingredients at Maidenhead market and then in her Maidenhead home where she prepared Jewish chicken soup, a beef stew known as Plov and chopped liver for family and friends.
Her dishes featured traditional Jewish comfort food typically enjoyed on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, which is celebrated with a large feast on Friday evenings.
"Being on the programme was a really nice experience," said 38-year-old Michal, a stay-at-home mum who frequently cooks for people at the synagogue. She describes the temple as being 'a lovely, unorthodox and relaxed place to go.'
Michal, who lives with her husband Lee and seven-year-old son Adam, expresses her love of liver and onion on the programme, a recipe which has been passed down for generations in her family.
See the programme again on BBC iPlayer. It also explores the history of the school dinner and our love of rice pudding.
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