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TV Quickfire: Chef Nadiya Hussain on her new BBC show Nadiya's Time To Eat

Nadiya Hussain's new BBC2 project Nadiya's Time To Eat reveals secrets for making delicious recipes to slot into our busy lives. We asked the Great British Bake Off winner to tell us more

Nadiya Hussain with her Zesty Marmalade Haddock from Nadiya's Time to Eat.

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR SAVING TIME IN THE KITCHEN AND/OR AROUND THE HOUSE?

TO START off, for any curry or dish that requires cooked onions, buy frozen chopped onion or even use ready fried onions.

Don't throw away any leftover wilting herbs in the fridge. Zap them in the microwave for 10 seconds and they dry instantly. Crush in the palm of your hands and store for another day!

Next time you squeeze the juice of half a lemon into anything, keep the flesh. Fill it with baking soda or bicarbonate of soda and pop into the back of the fridge in a bowl to keep your fridge smelling clean.

CAN HOME-MADE FOOD REALLY BE AS EASY AS TAKEAWAYS?

Takeaway is convenient and I'm not saying that we shouldn't treat ourselves to a takeaway occasionally. I love putting my feet up and not worrying about the cooking. If we plan ahead, I do believe that having meals prepped and ready in the freezer can be just as convenient as takeaway. It's fresh, you know what you've put in it and all it needs is warming up!

CAN EVERYONE FIND TIME TO PREPARE DECENT, QUALITY MEALS?

Even if you only have time to cook just two or three meals a week, I always like to think of one meal as two! During the time that you take to cook and eat one meal, you could have also made another to cook and stick in your freezer. Having prepared meals in the freezer can ease some of the worry of having to cook fresh every day. It can just sit there until you need it.

TINNED VEGETABLES: WHY SHOULD PEOPLE THINK AGAIN ABOUT USING THEM?

I think there is a stigma attached to tinned vegetables. They are seen in a negative light and we need to just accept that they can be a part of our cooking and day-to-day lives.

Tinned vegetables take away preparation time, especially for root vegetables like potatoes and carrots. They are so convenient to have in the cupboard and are a great way to add bulk to dishes and help them go a little further.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE TIME YOU'VE SAVED IN THE KITCHEN?

I like to go on bike rides and I love walking. My next challenge is to do the Three Peaks. I love reading, going to the movies with the kids and losing myself in a bucket of popcorn.

ANY TIPS FOR FAMILIES WITH FUSSY EATERS?

One of my three kids used to be very fussy. It was frustrating and often I did all the wrong things like resorting to watching him, threatening punishment or telling him he had to finish his meal.

I think just sitting together to eat has made it so easy for him to start to enjoy his food. Be relaxed, it's not the end of the world! Lead by example, eat what they eat! Sit together. Be patient, it will happen, but in its own time. Now I can't stop him eating!

FOR THIS PROGRAMME YOU WENT BEHIND THE SCENES TO FIND OUT WHERE SOME FOODS COME FROM. WHAT STOOD OUT FOR YOU?

I can't believe that baked beans are filled into the cans raw and then pressure cooked in the cans! That was mind blowing.

EVERYONE HAS A FAVOURITE COMFORT FOOD, WHAT IS YOURS?

Chips or lava fries! Chips, covered in chilli, cheese melted and with lots of lime coriander and sour cream! And Marmite crisps, mostly anything potato based.

:: Nadiya's Time To Eat airs on BBC Two tonight

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