Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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ON TV / NIGEL SLATER - EATING TOGETHER When you think of Coronation Street, what's the first thing that springs to mind? Those famous setts? The theme tune and the resident cat? Women wearing curlers in their hair arguing in the street? However, no Weatherfield-based list would be complete without including the staple diet of soap's characters throughout the decades and arguably the most famous dish in TV history - Betty's Hotpot. Served at the Rovers Return and scoffed by generations of Corrie regulars, ITV bosses have described the dish as "the stuff of legends" and in 1995 Holland's Pies launched a real-life range of hot pots and pies based on the dish, under the label Betty's Kitchen.

Despite her character's culinary skill, actress Betty Driver, who played the barmaid, claimed she "couldn't cook a hotpot to save [her] life." But nowadays, the Lancashire Hotpot is frequently found listed among the usual pub grub dishes in hundreds of bars and restaurants around the country. Tonight, Nigel Slater's tour of the world (without even leaving the country) and celebration of multi- cultural Britain sees him create a classic hot pot, as well as three melt-in-the-mouth one-pot dishes with origins from around the globe. Like most indigenous stew-like dishes, hot pots were inspired out of necessity. The Lancashire variety is traditionally made from scrag ends of lamb or mutton and onion, topped with sliced potatoes, left to bake in the oven all day in a heavy pot and on a low heat. Originating in the days of heavy industrialisation in Lancashire, it requires a minimum of effort to prepare. But hot pots are not just an English thing. Also known as steamboats in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei, hot pots can also refer to several East Asian varieties of stew, as Nigel discovers.

Tomorrow / BBC1 / 7.30pm. .

ALSO SHOWING IN CINEMAS / THE LONGEST RIDE Scott Eastwood plays hunky farmer's son Luke Collins, who is badly injured during the Professional Bull Riders tour on a mean animal called Rango. …

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