sainsbury’s cake recipe collection book giveaway

Season 5 of the Great British Bake Off starts Wednesday 6th August! The entrants have been announced. There's the wacky one: The older techie one: And the beardy one: But best of all, Mel & Sue will be there, plus Paul & Mary. Always a strangely-enchanting watch, even if you don't care about cakes or bread. If this lot gets you inspired though, perhaps you want to bake a cake. To get you in the mood, Sainsbury's have sent me a … Continue Reading ››
chicken chow mein

chinatown, noodles and me

While I'm a self-confessed expert on the subject of potatoes, there's another carbohydrate I'm fairly clueless on: noodles. I know about the dried egg ones from Sharwoods, the soft ones from Amoy, and I'm aware there's such a thing as flat ribbon noodles, Udon (the chunky ones) and soba. Beyond that my knowledge is really sketchy. Enter noodle pro MiMi Aye. I've known MiMi since I started blogging; she's one of the first people I remember connecting with in the early days of scribbling up my recipes. She's of Burmese descent and has an encyclopaedic knowledge … Continue Reading ››
beached salmon recipe

beached salmon (or, heston’s fish pie simplified)

I love reading In Search of Heston's recipes. United by our passion for all things Blumenthal-flavoured, he goes the whole hog in attempting to recreate Heston's entire recipe index. And he really pushes the boat out to make them as accurately to the original text as possible. One of his recent posts was Heston's fish pie. I've kind-of blogged about this before. Phil went all the way and made every element, taking him over two days and eventually eating the finished dish at 3.38am one bank holiday Monday morning. It … Continue Reading ››
win a fridge freezer

win a fridge freezer worth over £300

zanussi fridge freezer
Image courtesy of Zanussi
It's my biggest giveaway ever: win a fridge freezer! This Zanussi fridge freezer worth over £300 could be yours courtesy of Argos! As you would expect Argos have a massive range of Zanussi fridge freezers and this model is packed with all the essentials: three shelves in the fridge compartment and a slidey salad drawer, three drawers in the freezer and an automatic defrost function. It has an A+ energy efficiency rating to be eco-friendly and keep your electric bill as … Continue Reading ››

what’s new in june? a round-up

Fifty Ways With Spuds

It's been a whirlwind few weeks at Big Spud towers. About a month ago I self-published my first ebook, and would-you-believe-it, it's all about potatoes. ffifty ways with spuds potato recipe ebook Fifty Ways With Spuds features fifty recipes (no!) of marvellous things you can do with potatoes. Five lovely people have given it 5 stars. It's available on Amazon now.


While we're talking books, good blogger chum MiMi had her own book launch: a rather grander publisher-backed proper paperback book. Noodle! contains 100 noodle recipes drawn from … Continue Reading ››

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