Chatting to RTE about what she makes when she's not whipping up gorgeous dishes for television, she explained that she keeps her cooking surprisingly simple - particularly during lockdown when she knew not to expect other guests and it was just herself and her husband, Paul.
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"My cooking's changed considerably because there's only been two of us," she explained. "And I know exactly that it's just two of us every week, so I don't need any spare food for people who drop in.
"I didn't use an awful lot of tinned food – I used my freezer as my store cupboard. I made things like fish cakes – we love fish cakes – and I did batches of minced beef and a fairly basic sauce, so I could take that out of the freezer and turn it into something with pasta, or into cottage and shepherd's pies." Sounds yummy!
Mary with her husband Paul
She added that she tends to keep things simple even when she is entertaining her whole family, explaining: "I cook what the family enjoy – and what doesn't take too long. I don't really want to spend hours in the kitchen. I'm not actually going to stuff a courgette flower – I'll leave that to the restaurants."
The TV presenter also spoke to Good Housekeeping in 2019 about how, despite being surrounded by temptations constantly, she's pretty strict with herself by counting calories and resisting snacks as much as possible. "I don’t snack," she said. "If I’m at home, I might have a cup of tea with my husband with a piece of toast or a small piece of cake."
Mary keeps her dishes very simple
She continued: "On the whole, I really watch calories. I always have a good meal in the evening with lots of vegetables and a smaller portion of meat or fish. I believe in a balanced diet, and because I’m ancient I don’t need an 8oz steak."
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