Earlier on in the year, I was contacted the BBC Good Food Show asking if I would like to be a member of their new Good Food Bloggers community. Having been going to the Good Food Shows for many years, I jumped at chance to be involved and get the inside scoop. As part of the community, we get sent products from producers who will be appearing at the shows. So far we have received, some dried Edible Ornamentals Chipotle Chilli and some Farmer’s Fayre Rose Veal escalopes.
With the smoked dried chipotle chilli, I made the Hairy Biker’s Gourmet Chilli with bitter chocolate. The Hairy Biker’s make regular appearances at the good food shows and being huge fans of theirs, it seemed the most appropriate thing to make. I adapted the recipe as I only used steak mince and also did not add any beans into my chill. It was gorgeous and the smoky chili really came through. I will definitely be making this again!
With the veal, I just served it simply griddled with new potatoes, green beans and carrots. It was yummy and has veal is really good for us, I will be definitely eat it in another way soon.
A few weeks ago, most of the good food bloggers community went to Purnell’s Bistro and Gingers Bar in Birmingham for lunch and some cocktails. We were treated to a cocktail making demonstration where we learn that cocktail making and creating recipes are actually very similar. We got to try a few cocktails too. My favourite was the roast lamb Provençal cocktail (basically roast dinner in a glass) It is very strange tasting at first but after a few sips I really enjoyed it. I want to go back again to try more cocktails. For my lunch at Purnell’s Bistro, I had;
Starter: Black Pudding – Potato Rosti – Poached Hen’s Yolk – Bacon Dressing
Main: Blade of Beef – Seasonal Vegetables – Mustard Jus
Pudding: Seasonal Crumble – Vanilla Ice Cream
It was lovely to meet my fellow bloggers and I cannot wait to see them all again at the summer show :-)
If you would like to go to the BBC Summer Good Food Show from 12th to the 16th June 2013 at the NEC and have not got your tickets yet, then I have an exclusive discount code for Jo’s Kitchen readers, giving you 15% off normal standard ticket price.
The discount code is: JK15
This entitles Jo’s Kitchen readers to 15% off standard tickets. The discount is not valid on VIP Tickets. The ticket will include a seat in the Supertheatre in a session of their choice.
Thank you to the Ginny and the BBC Good Food Show team, Claire, Purnell’s Bistro, Edible Ornamentals and Farmer’s Fayre for the wonderful experience of being a good food show bloggers community member so far. It is much appreciated :-)
Disclosure: I was sent the products to taste free of charge. My meal at Purnells was complementary from the BBC Good Food Show Team. If you use the code above to purchase a ticket, then I will earn a few pence from it.
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In June I took part in the Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge in part of the lead up to the BBC Summer Good Food Show. James Day of Eat The Midlands filmed me doing the challenge and he has kindly let me put on the blog so you can all have a laugh at my expense!
Many thanks to Ginny for inviting me to take part and to James for filming the action taking place. It is much appreciated :-)
While at the BBC Summer Good Food Show 2012, I was lucky enough to be handed the opportunity to interview Olly Smith. A full video of the interview is above. Apologies again if there are any sound interruptions etc, video editing is not my strong point. Many thanks to Olly, Ginny and James for the interview. It is greatly appreciated :-)
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When I visited the BBC Good Food Show Summer, I was lucky enough to interview Glynn Purnell. Here is the video of the interview. I hope you like it. Apologies for any sound interruptions on the video etc. Video editing is not my strong point. Many thanks to Glynn, Claire and Ginny for allowing me to do the interview. It is greatly appreciated :-)
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A few weeks ago, I went to the BBC Summer Good Food Show at the NEC. I look forward to the show every year as it is a great way to meet lots of like-minded people in one place. Upon arrival and after a quick coffee in the press area, I went to see my friend James on the Gourmet Life stand. He was joined on the stand by Duncan of Relish Publications who were promoting the launch of Relish Midlands (more to follow about this in another post soon).
Following this, I went to meet the lovely people at Riso Gallo UK who were showcasing the wide range of products they have on offer and had chefs on hand to show you how to cook it. On the stand they were cooking courgette, chorizo and pea risotto and they even made a chocolate, meringue and strawberry risotto too. I received a selection of their products to review and will telling you more about them soon.
After this, I went over and met Tracy from The Gingham Chicken who make some of the most inventive fudge I have ever seen. I loved the lemon meringue one!
I next went to Samuelson’s of Whitney and tried their delicious lemonade and virgin mojito. They tasted like how drinks used to taste and were very yummy. I brought three bottles.
Next up was the My Secret Kitchen ladies who were wowing the NEC with their creations as they always do. I especially loved their maple caramel sauce.
Next up was a revelation to me, a frozen dough company called The Northern Dough Co. who make fresh dough in the factory, freeze it straight away, you take it home, defrost it when you need and then make fantastic pizza. We have loved what I brought at the show and need to stock up again. Thomas enjoyed it too. It is that good!
One of my final stops of the day was to Grandpa Lew’s, a Derbyshire based business selling the finest pies and sauces they can. I enjoyed their Curried Potato, Cauliflower and Pea pie and an Atomic Buffalo Brownie. Before leaving the show I went and saw old friend’s Tim at Macarons and More and Kate at Gower Cottage Brownies.
While at the show, I was lucky enough to interview Olly Smith and Glynn Purnell. Their interviews are next up on the blog so stay tuned. I had a fantastic time at the show and think it one of the best shows yet. I can’t wait for the winter show to arrive in town. After walking round all day and working on James’ stall for a while, I was even more tired than what I had been looking after Thomas all day! :-)
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Last week as a pre event to the BBC Summer Good Food Show, I was invited to take part in the Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge in the kitchens of the NIA. I was joined by friend and fellow Midlands foodie James Day of Eat The Midlands to take up the challenge and try and cook a 3 egg omelette as fast as we could. James was against Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant in Harbourne and I was against Simon, Head Chef of the ICC and NIA. Saturday Kitchen regular and Birmingham local Glynn Purnell was in charge of proceedings and judging our creations.
I was up first and it is much harder than it looks on Television. I never had to break eggs so fast in my life. The time went by in a blur. I did my best to make an omelette, not scrambled eggs but it was very hard in the time frame. Simon who I was up against had already done 3 challenges that day and being a professional chef, had it down to tee. I did not get chance to season mine or add any cheese in but Simon’s was perfecting seasoned and I would of been very happy to eat his for breakfast any day of the week. Mine was slightly medium rare in the middle but the outer bits were edible at least. Glynn did the taste test and declared mine to just about be an omelette (he was being generous!) and announced my time. My time was 47.77 seconds which is not bad for a first attempt. I think I could beat it if given the opportunity again.
James was up next and I enjoyed taking a break and watching him have a go. His time was slightly better than mine but he had a practice that morning while I didn’t. It was fun to watch and I now have a greater appreciation for the chef’s who do it every Saturday morning on the show.
You can watch Saturday Kitchen Live at the BBC Summer Good Food Show featuring the Omelette Challenge and Food Heaven and Hell and guest chefs including Glynn Purnell and Tom Kitchin.
Many thanks to Ginny for inviting me to take part in the omelette challenge. I had a fantastic time! :-)
Giveaway: 3 pairs of tickets to the BBC Summer Good Food Show
I have been given 3 pairs of tickets for the BBC Summer Good Food Show at the NEC from 13th- 17th June to giveaway to 3 lucky Jo’s Kitchen readers. These tickets are valid for every day of the show except the Saturday. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post before Noon on Sunday 10th June 2012 BST. Good luck everyone and I hope to see you at the show. I will be there on Thursday 14th June.
This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winners are announced below
Terms and Conditions
- Only 1 entry per household
- The competition is open to those who live in the UK only
- The competition will close at Noon on Sunday 1oth June BST.
- You must be able to get to NEC for the show between 13th – 17th June (excluding Saturday 16th June)
- The 3 winners will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted via email on Sunday afternoon. If you do not reply with your address by Monday morning, another winner will be selected and contacted.
- The tickets will then posted out by first class recorded post on Monday 11th June to ensure you receive the tickets before the show begins.
- No automated entries
- Please see here for the terms and conditions from the BBC for the tickets
- Any questions, please email email@example.com
I am pleased to announce that the winners of the 3 pairs of tickets are: Erin, James and Emily. Please email your address to me as soon as possible and I will get the tickets posted out to you tomorrow. Thank you to everyone for taking part :-)
Last weekend, the BBC Summer Good Food Show came to the NEC in Birmingham and I was one of the many thousands of people to attend. The summer show is the only Good Food Show I will be attending this year as the winter one is scheduled for two weeks after my due date at the end of November.
We arrived early on the Saturday morning and we (Stuart and my friend Marie were with me) headed straight Tim Kinnaird’s (Masterchef finalist 2010) Macarons and More stand, where he and his lovely assistant Sophie were selling his wide variety of macarons and ready to make hot chocolate. I went there early as he usually sells out quick and I was glad I did. I went back at 2pm and found out that Tim had already sold out of Saturday’s stock and had moved onto Sunday’s. Tim will shortly be dispatching macarons by post and I hope he puts me down for one of the first orders!
We next headed to see Kate at the Gower Cottage Brownies stand. Kate makes the best Brownies ever and dispatches them all over the UK. When she saw that we had been to Tim’s stand and had got stickers all over us, she gave us each a sticker of her own and as I was running out of space, my sticker ended up on my growing bump. I think I may have to charge soon if people will use it for advertising!
We next went to see Sue at the My Secret Kitchen stand. My Secret Kitchen is a nationwide food tasting company, making their own foods and bringing them into people’s homes for them to taste and buy. I really enjoyed the Chocaberry Cheese Ball Mix , which was an instant cheesecake mix and the Tapenade with smoked garlic which was delicious.
We also visited the Kin Knives stand where the girls sharpened my knife which I brought at the show last year. Thanks Girls! Too be honest, I was not as impressed with this year’s show as much as I have been in previous years. There did not seem to be that many producers and nearly every stand sold olive oil, some sort of hot sauce, chutney’s or a useless kitchen gadget. I will visit again next year, with my baby, however unless the show improves, I may give a wide berth after that. Did you visit the Good Food Show? What did you think? I would love to hear your opinions in the comments below.
In my last post, I reviewed Simpson’s The Cookbook, well you can now WIN a LIMITED EDITION copy of the new Simpsons Restaurant Michelin Cook Book: Download some FREE Recipes to win: http://tinyurl.com/67s7qso Good Luck!
Happy Cooking! :-)
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I am sure you think I have gone mad after reading the title of this post. However I can assure that I have not. I already told you many times before, about my love of Twitter and how easily you can share ideas with everyone. Well this week, Twitter has again come up trumps and helped me out.
I made Brioche for the first time at the weekend, and aware that it can go off quite quickly, I asked my friends on Twitter for ideas of what you can do with leftover brioche. I had what seemed like a million responses in an instant suggesting things like, bread and butter pudding, eggy bread and summer pudding. These all sounded lovely but I fancied doing something a bit different and Mat Follas, winner of Masterchef UK 2009 came to my rescue. I met Mat at the BBC Summer Good Food Show in June (see picture above) and I think he is a great guy. I have wanted to visit his restaurant, The Wild Garlic since it opened.
Mat (@matkiwi on Twitter) suggested that I did brioche fish fingers, with ice cream ‘mash’ and strawberry syrup ketchup. I thought this was an excellent idea and an unusual twist on a traditional British fare. We thought it was crazy (slightly Heston-esque) but not too crazy. I said I would make it that night and send him a picture. Here below is what I made and the recipe for it.
Fish Fingers, Mash and Ketchup
- Leftover brioche (homemade or not, it’s up to you. A recipe for brioche will be on the blog at the end of the month), cut up into large finger sized pieces
- 1 egg, beaten in a bowl, big enough for you to dip the fingers into
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, mixed in with the beaten egg
- Strawberries (British, in season), chopped up and stalks removed
- Caster sugar, to taste (depends how sweet the strawberries are)
- Veg oil or other flavourless oil
- Ice cream, of your choice to serve
- In a saucepan, put the strawberries, caster sugar and a spot of water and leave it simmer gently until the strawberries have softened and the sugar has melted. Mash the strawberries into the syrup to release the flavour and then turn off the heat.
- Put the syrup with the strawberry mush through a sieve and mash again to release as much juice as you can from the strawberries. Once sieved put the syrup back into the saucepan and simmer until reduced into a thick but still runny sauce. Set aside to cool.
- Heat a small amount of veg oil in sauce pan and dip the fingers into the beaten egg/vanilla mixture and the put in the frying pan. Fry until golden brown and then turn over again until all sides are golden brown. Remove and drain on kitchen paper to remove excess oil.
- Get a big bowl or a plate and serve the brioche fingers. Add on the ice cream mash and pour on the strawboard syrup ketchup. Eat and Enjoy!
Mat liked the idea and my picture so much that he has decided to put in on his restaurant menu, once he has a play with it and possibly added an extra twist. I really will have to go down to Dorset and eat at his restaurant then, as this was one of the best puddings I have had in ages and it is so simple to prepare.
I would like to thank Mat for his help and inspiration. You are a star!
Masterchef Apron Competition
A couple of weeks ago, I ran a competition to win a genuine white Masterchef UK apron that only usually the contestants get. To win, you had to email me the answer to the question below.
Which Year did the Original Masterchef, hosted by Loyd Grossman Begin?
The answer was 1990. People who entered also got an extra entry into the competition by tweeting about the competition or by sharing it on a Facebook. A PDF with the entrant’s names on is below and those who names are shown two or three times shared on Twitter and/or Facebook. The numbers were given to them based on the order the entries were received. I used Random.org to select the winner.
Masterchef Apron Competition Entrants
Congratulations to our winner Vivia (@Farctum on Twitter) Well done! Please email or DM me via Twitter and I will post the apron out to you as soon as I can. I hope you enjoy being a Masterchef in your own kitchen. Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks to everyone who keeps reading my blog. You guys are awesome!
Until next time, Happy Cooking! :-)
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A little while ago, I told you about my trip to the BBC Summer Good Food Show with Miele and showed you a video of me doing the Masterchef Invention Test, live on stage. Well today, I would like to tell you about the Cookalong that we did with Barney Desmazery. We had to make 3 dishes in 30 minutes live on stage. It was very scary. We had to make Chicken Masala Skewers, served with Za’tar Pitta bread with Strawberry and Hazelnut Tart for pudding. I have now had the chance to make the dishes again at home and have adapted to them to suit my taste.
I adapted the chicken masala skewers by turning it into masala chicken thighs and roasting them in the oven for 40 minutes. I think thigh meat is underused and has much more flavour than breast meat. You just need to let it marinade a bit longer that is all. The salad remains the same from the original recipe and the pitta breads have Za’tar (a middle eastern spice blend that can be purchased from Seasoned Pioneers) on them and a tiny bit of olive oil as well. Stuart and I really enjoyed this dish and I will definitely be making it again.
I adapted the Strawberry and Hazelnut Tart recipe by not adding any hazelnuts, as I do not like them. Therefore, this is my Strawberry and Toffee Tart. I used a ready made tart case, as I am not very good at making pastry at all. Its a bit messy but that is because I did not let the toffee sauce set on the bottom enough before putting the cream mixture on top. I will leave it to set a bit longer next time. I really liked the recipes I made on the cookalong and now I have made them again at home, I am sure that they will become regular family favourites. My nan and my cousin especially liked it :-)
At the BBC Summer Good Food Show, we were given Masterchef aprons to do the invention test and the cookalong in, as modelled by me in the photo at the top of this post. Now, here is your chance to win one so that you can cook, in Masterchef style in your own kitchen. You can not buy white Masterchef aprons in the shops, only black ones. It is only the contestants that wear the white aprons. Therefore, if you win the apron, you will be in a exclusive number of people who have them. To win the apron, all you need to do is email me on firstname.lastname@example.org , answering the question below before 12noon BST on Wednesday 11th August 2010.
Which Year did the Original Masterchef, hosted by Lloyd Grossman Begin?
All correct answers will be entered into the competition and the winner will be selected by Random.org The competition is open to residents in the UK and Ireland, Europe, America and Canada. If you share this competition via Twitter using the statement below and leave a comment on this post with your username on it, you will gain another entry to the competition.
“I would like to win a #masterchef apron from @Jos_Kitchen http://wp.me/pAFKO-an“
If you share the competition via Facebook using the button at the bottom of the post, and leave a comment on this post telling me you have done so, you will gain another entry into the competition.
There you go,you have three ways to win. If you have any questions about the competition, please email me on email@example.com
This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered and the winner will be announced tomorrow
Good luck to all my readers.
Happy Cooking! :-)
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