So… next Wednesday is the first anniversary of the first video I posted on My Daddy Cooks (please don’t go and watch it, it’s really not very good!). It’s been an amazing 12 month roller-coaster ride, culminating in me signing a major book deal with Hodder & Stoughton (book out May 26th 2011), presenting a weekly radio show on BBC Three Counties Radio – not to mention all the other lovely things I have been involved in over the last year.
But… without the people who follow my blog, there would literally be no “My Daddy Cooks”. So here is a big thank you, a birthday giveaway. It’s not a competition. It is a simple prize draw and is simply my way of saying thank you to you for coming along on the ride over the last 12 months.
Full details on how to enter can be found at the bottom of this post. In a nutshell though, I will be drawing 5 winners for these fantastic prizes from the list of people who are subscribed by email to this blog. If you are not yet a subscriber, you can subscribe by clicking on the button below:
Here are the fantastic FIVE prizes on offer:
I thought it would be nice for you to have the opportunity to spoil yourself so I got in touch with BookaSpa.com and they have offered a £150 spa voucher.
Here’s what Gill @ BookaSpa says:
We firmly believe that everyone deserves a bit of pampering in their lives, and our aim is to make finding and booking your perfect Spa Day or SpaBreak simple and relaxing from the word go. We’re delighted to offer a £150 gift voucher that can be spent on any spa on our website – 140 across the UK (standard BookaSpa voucher terms & conditions apply). No matter what kind of spa you’re looking for – be it a spa in a city centre, a tranquil retreat in the country or a 5 star fabulous spa for a special occasion – we’re certain there’s the one for you, and our expert team are on hand to help you find it.
To make choosing even easier, we offer up to 3 simple packages at our spas: a Spa Day, a 1 night and a 2 night Spa Break. All you need to do is call me on 0800 988 3202 and our spa team will guide you through every step of the way. You can rest assured that with our many years of experience in booking luxury hotels as part of Golfbreaks.com, all you’ll need to do is relax and enjoy your break.
And don’t miss our section on Family Friendly spas – not only do they have superb spa facilities but also welcome children with open arms. http://www.bookaspa.com/spa-ideas/family-friendly.aspx.
As you all know, we would be completely lost without Archie’s brilliant FunPod. Kim at Little Helper has kindly donated a FunPod to this prize draw. The FunPod is THE way to cook safely with your kids in the kitchen. It is what you see Archie standing in when we cook together. It is well built, cleverly designed (you can adjust the height as your child grows) and Archie just loves his. It is his little private territory and whether he is cooking with me, or just enjoying some water play at the sink, this piece of equipment is absolutely priceless in our house. Best of all, it means he is at work surface height and at no risk at all of falling over or having an accident (unlike if he was standing on a stool!). It would be no exaggeration to say that without our FunPod, I wonder if the blog would ever have been born! Little Helper don’t just do FunPods. Pop over to The Little Helper website to check out their high chairs, cooking fun packs, fleeces, babygrows and blankets.
The videos you watch are recorded on two tiny Flip HD Video cameras. They produce high definition, virtually professional quality video footage – and yet are no bigger than a smart phone. Even Archie can use them – they are literally child’s play. I am giving away a Flip Mino HD 4GB 1st Generation camera, which gives you 1 hour of brilliant high-definition recording time.
The pans I use to cook with on the blog are made by GreenPan and, as the name suggests, have been developed to be 100%environmentally friendly. They are non-stick but they use a different process to conventional non-stick pans. Their coating is made of ceramic Thermolon, which is an entirely naturally occurring mineral substance, as opposed to the PTFE which is used to make conventional non-stick pans. This thermolon makes the pans heat-resistant up to a very high temperature and is also very hard-wearing. GreenPan are kindly giving away one of their brilliant woks, worth £60. For more information on their range, head to the Green Pan Website. Also, for an exclusive 10% off their range, visit Art of Living and quote code GP2010.
You will have seen Archie and me using our Salter Mix ‘n’ Measure scales. They come with a great big (2.5litre) metal bowl, ideal formixing ingredients as well as measuring them. Brilliant for switching between metric and imperial, with a large clear blue screen, the scales also boast the Add and Weigh™ facility which saves on the washing up as everything is weighed and mixed in the same bowl. Plus they come with a 15 year guarantee and Salter have kindly given me one to give away here. They retail at £44.99 and you can see the complete range of Salter’s products, and buy online, by hopping over to their website.
HOW TO ENTER: I thought long and hard about how to make this as easy as possible to enter – and as transparent as possible for me to draw the winners. So… no need to answer any questions, or do anything clever! I am not a big fan of Twitter competitions and it is also technically very tricky for me to log the names of all my twitter and facebook followers to put them in a draw.
So, to enter into this prize draw, you simply either need to be an existing email subscriber to the blog – or become a new subscriber by clicking on the big orange button below. Subscribing to the blog by email means you will be sent my newsletter (approximately one per month), plus occasional other emails with exciting news about the blog. You will never be spammed and I will never ever sell your details to a third party.
Each day next week, I will draw one winner for one of the 5 prizes by generating a random number at random.org. The winner of that prize will be the person who is in the corresponding position on my subscriber database list i.e. if the random number is 290, the person who is 290th on my database list wins the prize. The database is in alphabetical order and it updates automatically whenever someone new subscribes.
Please note, this draw is only sadly only open to residents of the UK and Ireland as postage costs elsewhere would be prohibitive.
Please also note that the winner of the FunPod will receive their prize in January 2011.
Important note: This draw is a means of thanking people who follow this blog. I will be personally moderating entries and will immediately disqualify spam entries and multiple entries. There is simply no point in you wasting your time, I will just remove you from the entries. This draw is being moderated by humans, not by a computer! I repeat, do not waste your time spamming the draw with multiple addresses.
If you are not yet an EMAIL subscriber to “My Daddy Cooks” and want to be in the draws next week, please subscribe by clicking on the button below: