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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 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. Here are the prizes on offer:

baslogoI thought it would be nice for you to have the opportunity to spoil yourself so I got in touch with and they have offered a £150 spa voucher.

Here’s what Gill @ BookSpa 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 Spa Break simple and relaxing from the word go. We’re delighted to offer an £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 no matter what your budget. Voucher-£150-A5

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 us on 0800 988 3202 or send us your enquiry and let our spa team guide you through every step of your booking. They will make all of the arrangements and secure your treatments. You can rest assured that with our many years of experience in booking luxury hotels as part of, 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.


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.


flipThe 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.


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 bowlformixing 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.