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*WIN* A Flip Mino HD 4gb Camera (as used by me!)

*WIN* A Flip Mino HD 4gb Camera (as used by me!)

As you all know, I am not big on product recommendations on this blog but when a company offers a cool relevant prize for someone who follows this site, I am happy to accept. As you may already know, one of the cameras I use is a Flip Mino HD camera. It’s the one which films all my face-on shots. www.theflip.com Flip kindly got in touch and have offered a Flip Mino HD 4gb camera to a lucky winner (worth £150). Plus it’s the slinky Chrome version they are giving away! Flips are basically the size of a mobile phone, weigh 85g, and yet somehow manage to offer HD quality filming (HD 720p) which has 5 times more definition than standard cameras. You can watch your videos back in HD quality on your HD televisions. Their operation is extremely simple, requiring only one big red button to start and stop recording. Plus they have a digital zoom. The flip also dispenses with the need for wires and cables and memory cards as it plugs directly into the USB port of your computer. This charges this Flip and also imports your videos into the easy to use Flip software. You can then edit your videos quickly and easily and publish them straight on to YouTube if you wish. RUNNERS-UP PRIZE – THOMASINA MIERS’ “Mexican Food Made Simple” In Mexican Food Made Simple, Thomasina Miers – the food writer and creator of Wahaca – shares recipes gathered since she first fell in love with the country as a teenager. Thomasina uses accessible ingredients to create exciting, healthy and delicious reinventions of...
[VIDEO] Sea bream baked in a parcel (en papilotte)

[VIDEO] Sea bream baked in a parcel (en papilotte)

This is one of the simplest and most fool-proof ways of cooking fish. It’s also a lot of fun preparing fish in this way with kids as it’s almost arts-and-crafts meets cooking! As the video shows, Archie certainly had fun making the parcels – although I will readily admit that his eye stabbing technique (the fish, not his daddy’s!) did leave something to be desired… That said, his accidental preparation of rosemary olive oil (about 5 and a half minutes into the video) will be forgiven when I use it too cook lamb later in the week! As I have said before, I am lucky to have a great value fishmonger at a market nearby and these two whole sea breams cost me a little over £6 (bought at the end of the day, as I always do). If you don’t have a local fishmonger, keep an eye out at the supermarket for specials. I was in Tesco last week and they had 2 sea bass for £6. As fish is easily frozen, it pays to buy when you see the deals and freeze for when you will want to use them… Sea bream baked in a parcel Preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 25 minutes. Ideally we would have needed one and a half fishes so these two fish amply fed the three of us – and they would easily feed a family of four. Preheat your oven to a little below its maximum temperature (somewhere around 230°C / 445°F) 2 whole sea bream, gutted and scaled 1 fennel bulb, sliced VERY thinly (a mandolin or grater is...
Recording of us on Market Kitchen

Recording of us on Market Kitchen

As a small consolation for the fact that we could not do a video this week as Archie was unwell, here is the video of our pre-recorded appearance on Market Kitchen on the Good Food Channel on Friday evening. We made a “Strata” breakfast casserole, a 100% make ahead breakfast dish. It’s like a soufflé, French toast and bread pudding, all rolled into one. Easy comfort food at its very best! For the full recipe, please go to this link on the Good Food Channel website: Click here. The above recording is strictly the copyright of the Good Food Channel and...
[VIDEO] Breakfast oat pancakes w/ caramelised bananas and blueberries

[VIDEO] Breakfast oat pancakes w/ caramelised bananas and blueberries

We finally filmed a breakfast! I have been meaning to do this for a while – and have had a lot of requests to do so – but getting all the camera gear organised in the morning is not easy. Plus I am NOT. A. MORNING. PERSON! Breakfast in this house is usually a very simple affair – cereals/ porridge/ toast/ fruits/ fresh juices. But where time permits, I do enjoy cooking in the morning and it is important to vary what we give Archie. Having introduced Archie to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the weekend, it is entirely appropriate to call these oat pancakes “truly scrumptious”. Yes, they are sweet but it is not as if he is eating golden syrup every day (although he would if he was given half a chance to do so!). As it’s a breakfast recipe, I don’t want to be getting bogged down with weighing scales so I just make this recipe based on spoonfuls of the ingredients. As with all my dishes, a little bit of variation in the quantities will not harm the finished dish in any way… Breakfast oat pancakes w/ caramelised bananas These ingredients made ten small pancakes. We ate six and froze the remaining four. If you are intending to use all ten pancakes immediately, you’d need to cook an extra banana. Preparation time was about 5 minutes, cooking time 8-10 minutes in total. 5 tbsp plain flour 2 1/2 tbsp ground porridge oats 1 tsp baking powder A tall glass of milk (approx 250ml) One egg 2 bananas Blueberries to serve 2 tbsp golden syrup An inch chunk...
There will be a “My Daddy Cooks” book!

There will be a “My Daddy Cooks” book!

As you will have noticed, the three months since the launch of this blog have been more than a little surreal for me! What started off as a little creative side-project has grown at a totally unexpected rate, both in terms of visitor numbers and public profile. One of the upshots of the success of the videos has been significant interest from publishers and agents. In the end, I opted to partner up in January with a superb literary agent called Clare Hulton and, with her help, I am really proud and excited to announce that I am signing a book deal with Hodder & Stoughton. I could not be happier with the final choice of publisher. Hodder are a brilliant and prestigious house (Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, John Le Carré) and I am really looking forward to producing my first book with the team there. It will be very much along the lines of the blog – 100% a cook book, with 100 recipes for all the family, all written by myself. It will be nearly all brand new content but I will probably sneak a select few of my most popular dishes from the blog into it too! Publication is scheduled for March 2011 and I will of course keep you all updated on its progress between now and then. The blog remains as important as ever to me and will totally unaffected by the book deal. That means loads more recipes, videos and mishaps over the coming months! Above all, I would like to thank you all for continuing to come to my blog and for...
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