Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking

Sweet & Sour

Series 1 - Episode 1 Sweet & Sour



The bookish chef’s follow-up to the massively successful Simple Suppers aims to make us all feel more confident in the kitchen.

Slater wonders why classic taste combinations work as well as they do. In the first episode he looks at the enduring appeal of sweet and sour, illustrated with his favourite recipes. He makes dishes including pork chops and gooseberry, and rhubarb with caramel sauce, which all work because of this curious marriage of flavours. And he leaves his kitchen to visit friends, who cook one of their favourite dishes: a lemongrass and sea bass parcel served with a pineapple dipping sauce.


The food writer provides everyday cooking advice, demonstrating recipes that are uncomplicated and easy to remember. In the first edition, he prepares five sweet and sour dishes, including pork chops with gooseberry and rhubarb with caramel sauce, before meeting two friends who make oriental lemongrass and sea bass parcels served with a pineapple dip.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Nigel Slater
Executive Producer Simon Knight
Series Editor Jennifer Fazey