As her latest cookbook hits the shelves, Mary Berry introduces her secret ingredient, collaborator Lucy Young.
Mary on Lucy... Lucy's been my PA for 23 years. She is an essential part of my life. People are always trying to poach her and give her other jobs, but she's part of our family now and we all love her. She started as my part-time assistant when she was just 19 and within 3 months she was full-time. Since then, we've done all sorts - we've had a cook school together, we write books together. She's even written books in her own right. She's a very special girl and I'd be lost without her. Outside the kitchen... I go to Lucy for advice on all sorts of things, even what to wear! When the National Television Awards were coming up, I just looked out all my old formal dresses to try on. But Lucy said ‘Oh no, you need something new.' I'm so glad I listened to her! Favourite recipe in the new book: I'm very fond of the Pear and Lemon Curd Tart. Insider cooking tip Weigh everything!
Lucy on Mary... When I first started working with Mary, I was terrified. I remember she asked me to make some meringues and I was so nervous, it took me four attempts to get it right! That wasn't because of Mary though - she's always been lovely to me. I think the reason we work together so well is because we respect each other and we're alike in a lot of ways. We have the same work ethic and sense of humour and we've never argued. Neither of us could do without each other. If she wanted to retire one day, I would have to go out on my own but she'll never retire and so long as she doesn't, I'll be here. Outside the kitchen... I'd say Mary and I were friends now more than anything. She's so thoughtful. On a Monday, I'll come to work and there might be some beautiful flowers on my desk or some chocolates she thought I'd love. It's not just me she thinks about either, she shows consideration to everyone and really appreciates that I have a life outside work. She gave me some marmalade for my husband the other week and when we were married two years ago, she did a beautiful reading at our wedding. Favourite recipe in the new book: It would have to be one of the puddings - the Pear and Lemon Curd Tart is delicious. Did Mary say that too? See, we really are alike. That is so spooky. Insider cooking tip Store-bought puff pastry is just as good as home made so I would never waste the time making my own. The same goes with filo pastry. I remember making it at college and it took four hours to make!
Mary Berry At Home by Mary Berry & Lucy Young is out today, published by BBC books. Order your copy now!
Learn how to apply eye cream to get the most from your routine
Wondering how to apply eye cream for best results? Check out this guide
By Ayesha Muttucumaru •
The best winter coats for women will see you through a cold spell in style
Our round-up of the best winter coats has got all styles covered, from timeless trench coats to cosy puffers
By Jess Beech •
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle listed as Time's Most Influential People 2021
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are joined on the coveted list by people including Simone Biles and Shonda Rhimes
By Rylee Johnston •
Britney Spears worries fans as she takes social media break soon after announcing engagement
Britney Spears fans are concerned as the star has deactivated her Instagram days after announcing her engagement
By Laura Harman •
Lilibet's christening plans causing 'mayhem' for the Queen, says royal expert
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly hoping to christen their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana, at Windsor Castle
By Emma Dooney •
Kate Middleton stuns in Reiss blazer at event close to Prince William's heart—her first appearance in over 2 months
Kate Middleton's first public appearance in months sees the royal in an incredibly chic and versatile must have blazer
By Aoife Hanna •
The best candle advent calendars 2021: new launches by Yankee Candle, Jo Malone, and more
Discover the best candle advent calendars for 2021 - what's currently on the shelves versus what's coming soon
By Dominique McIntee •
Shamima Begum pleads for forgiveness after joining ISIS—'I did not know it was a death cult'
Shamima Begum has apologized to the British public for joining ISIS as a teenager
By Emma Dooney •
Where does Princess Beatrice live with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi?
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo are due to welcome their first baby in autumn 2021—so where will the nursery be?
By Amy Hunt •
Maid Netflix—all you need to know about the Stephanie Land drama starring Andie MacDowell and her real-life daughter
The new Maid Netflix drama is packed with emotion, determination and fresh starts...
By Emma Shacklock •