This month, just in time for the summer, we see a brand new book from the nation’s best West-Indian Chef, Levi Roots! Fresh, fast and fun: Grill it with Levi celebrates Levi’s passion for great barbecue flavours with a Caribbean twist!
In this book, Levi gets back to his Jamaican influences with over 100 recipes to conjure up those lazy, hazy summer days. He cooks up feasts for the barbecue and grill with fresh, healthy ingredients that have been given his special West Indian twist – think Chicken with Molasses, Sugar and Lime; Calypso Burgers with Tropical Salsa; and Jamaican Snapper Parcels – all washed down with a Sunshine Smoothie.
So gather your friends and family, light the coals or heat up the grill and get the Caribbean party vibe going with a fabulicious barbecue, Levi-stylee!
And the best bit about the book? You don’t have to wait until summer or a special event to dust off the grill. You don’t even have to go outdoors! Whatever the weather, you can still taste the delicious flavours of the barbecue if you cook under the grill or in a pan.
To celebrate the launch of this fabulous new book, we’re giving you the chance to win a Grand Tennessee Smoker Barbecue worth £349.99 – the perfect ingredient to a smoking barbeque, Levi stylee! And there are also five Reggae Reggae-themed hampers for our runner-ups!
If there’s anyone that knows how to get the party started, it’s Levi! So for a chance to win this amazing prize we want to know, what’s your top tip for throwing a barbecue party?
Post your hints and tips in the comments section below on how to host the ultimate summer shindig, before the 31st May. The best one wins!
Back in February, we asked you to tell us your favourite curry. Curry is one of our favourite foods to cook at home, and there are so many recipes to choose from.
Congratulations to our winner Carole Smith, her favourite curry was our Chicken Jalfrezi from the Hairy Dieters book. Carole has won a pair of tickets to our show, plus a night in a London hotel. And the lucky lady gets to come and meet us backstage!
Congrats Carole, and we hope you enjoy your well-deserved treat!
Love Si & Dave
And here is Carole Smiths favourite curry for you all to try too…
I’ve always been of the opinion that a good cake is more than just a cake – it’s something to be proud of and something to share, and a good recipe is a legacy that you can pass on to new generations.
If you want to say a special thank you to your mum this Mother’s Day then I don’t think anything says it better than a cake that you’ve baked yourself. From timeless classics like coffee and walnut sponge to exciting new recipes like Iced Hidden Strawberry Cup Cakes, you’ll find lots of inspiration in my new book Delia’s Cakes. In the book, I share with you simple, delicious, tried and tested recipes that you can trust. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced cook, I hope you’ll all enjoy baking, sharing and eating these wonderful cakes.
But why not go a step further and really spoil your mum by recreating the type of afternoon tea you’d enjoy in a luxurious hotel? You mum and family will love the home-made touch of a special afternoon tea, with cucumber sandwiches, scones and jam, and of course, cake. You can either choose to make several batches of smaller cakes to give everyone plenty of choice, or create one large centrepiece cake that has the wow factor. If you really want to go the extra mile then why not to turn your living room into a hotel with cake stands, crisp table linen and tea from your best china teapot. For the perfect afternoon tea, I don’t think you can go wrong with these recipes for scones, Banana and Walnut loaf and my open-faced egg chive and spring onion sandwiches for something savoury.
For the chance to win the perfect Mother’s Day gift, a tea set for two worth over £80, share with us your family’s favourite cake recipe in the comments section below…
Treat your mum this Mother’s Day and take her to afternoon tea at The Hummingbird Bakery!
To celebrate the launch of The Hummingbird Bakery’s new cook book, Home Sweet Home, we’re offering one lucky winner and their guest the chance to enjoy afternoon tea at the Spitalfields bakery in London. Experience an afternoon of delicious American-style cakes, sweet bakes and desserts in the comfort of their Cakes by Consultation lounge.
Home Sweet Home is a brand new collection from the original, million-copy bestselling Hummingbird Bakery. This stunning new cook book celebrates classic home baking with inspirational recipes, including cupcakes, cakes, pies, loaves and even a sprinkling of savouries. Complete with fail-safe advice, Home Sweet Home helps you to achieve baking perfection in the comfort of your own kitchen.
The new book from the Hairy Bikers, The Hairy Bikers Great Curries, is published hot on the heels of the popular duo’s brand new BBC Two television series, The Hairy Bikers Everyday Gourmets!
Their new show started on 30th January which runs for six weeks and to celebrate the publication of their new book we’re giving two people the chance to win a night in London with tickets to the Larger than Live show and you even get to meet the Hairy Bikers in person! We’ll let the Bikers themselves tell you how to win….
Hello Tesco Books Blog readers,
Hope you’re enjoying our new TV show, Everyday Gourmets. Gourmet food is a feast on the eyes and the appetite. But you don’t need to be minted or a Michelin starred chef to make great food. Everyday Gourmets is all about cooking gourmet food at home, but without blowing the weekly budget.
And one of our favourite foods to cook and to eat at home is curry. Friday night is curry night! It’s the comfort of the korma, the magic of the madras. Forget the takeaway, and cook your own proper authentic curry at home, with the help of our new book, Great Curries, coming out later this month.
We’re about to set off on the 2nd leg of our tour, Larger than Live, and now you’ve got the chance to come and watch the show, and pop backstage to meet us after!
To win all you have to do is answer this question in the comments section below, and we’ll be picking our favourite:
Since winning the Great British Bake Off I have been busy, and I mean busy. Straight after I finished filming, I was working in a bank as an asset financier. Whilst this was a great role for me, I have the attention span of a goldfish with amnesia so I could tell it just wasn’t going to work out. Instead I decided to take the plunge and offer my book proposal to publishers. I met with a few different publishers, but knew straight away when I met the lovely girls at Headline Publishing Group that they were the team for me – even though they did almost choke my literary agent on a chocolate cake. It turns out they liked me too, and so my book John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood will be published by them on April 25.
While writing the book I have been testing recipes all day every day, which is never an unwelcome task in my house. The theme of the book is baking by mood, and so the recipes have depended on my ever changing and erratic personality, but it has really been such fun to bake different types of cakes, tarts and breads, not forgetting a few cocktails – testing those has been, well, interesting but most of it is lost in a boozy blur. I am so excited about sharing these recipes with you all and I hope so much that you’ll enjoy reading and using the book as much as I have adored writing it. There are a few personal stories in there because as it’s my first ever recipe book I really wanted to be honest about how I came to adore baking so much, and how I use it to my advantage if I’m feeling blue, calm or joyous.
As well as scribing and baking, I’ve been lucky enough to be accepted into Le Cordon Bleu in London. I am learning from some of the top chefs in the world and I am having such a great time. It isn’t easy, and it is a very professional environment, but that too is all part of the fun. This past month I’ve learned how to properly prepare a fruit salad. When I first heard this brief I thought “oh gosh this is going to be so basic” but I learned so much about my knife discipline and how to properly prepare fruit, that I could probably write a book on just that. I won’t though.
It doesn’t stop at fruit salads I can tell you. Over the coming months I will learn how to work properly with chocolate, how to make patisserie standard pastries, as well as attend lessons on wine and cheese – please god let there be some tasting sessions involved! The course I am attending is a 9 month patisserie diploma, and so by September I will be a qualified pastry chef, and probably 20 stone heavier, but at least I’ll have a tasty time getting there.
In 2013 I will be attending various food shows dotted around the country, so I do hope to see some of you there for a good chinwag, or to answer any food related questions that you may have. I’m really looking forward to writing this blog and sharing my recipes and thoughts with you in the build up to publication day.
Until then, all the best and a very happy new year.
January is a month where we make a lot of promises to ourselves, the usual ones being – join the gym, start eating healthily, stop eating all of the amazing Christmas chocolate you received over the festive season and get back into that pair of jeans you could easily slip into six months ago.
Well keeping these promises really doesn’t have to be that hard and here’s why – Weight Watchers!
Weight Watchers isn’t really a diet as you can still eat what you want when you want, it’s just about having everything in moderation and healthy eating. And to help you on your way to becoming the new and improved you we’re giving you the chance to win one of five sets of 16 Weight Watchers books, all you have to do is answer this questions in the comments section below:
What’s your New Year’s Resolution and how are you going to make sure you stick at it?
With Christmas only a heartbeat away I’d like to have a chat with you about your plans and to check that you have been a good girl or boy? You just never know what Santa has in store.
I jump at any chance to spoil my loved ones and my new recipe book, The Vintage Tea Party Year, takes you on a journey celebrating every excuse for a party. I start with New Year and finish with Christmas and both of these chapters are extra special and personal to me as it’s the only time of year I take off! It’s mine! All mine – and of course my friends and family.
Since I can remember, I have done Christmas on a budget and spent many a morning thrifting charity shops and second hand markets for items to decorate the table. My table is filled with gold cocktail glasses, red and gold teapots, old fashioned Christmas decorations, brass rein-dears, to name just a few items. It’s all about personal style, but it’s amazing what quality and unique items you can get for very little.
But you can’t have a fabulous table without some fabulous food, right? Well, as you may have gathered, I try to be individual and my loved ones tell me they always look forward to my Christmas table, as they never know what to expect. I always nod at tradition and the Christmas chapter includes delights such as Turkey stew with herb dumplings, cheesy presents, pinwheel cookies, snowmen truffles, hot spices tea, bucket bunting and how to create a sequin snood, (of course).
And I wanted to share with you my favourite recipes which you must have on the dinner table this Christmas….
Well, we’re now in the exciting festive party season and, in true Lorraine Pascale style, I will be rushing around, slightly disorganised and with the clock ticking away, having known for weeks that I’ve got people coming round and always leaving it to the very last minute to get everything together!
To help with the stress of Christmas entertaining I wanted to share with you some recipes for simple canapés, which are so easy to prepare and super-tasty too, with that ever-important ‘wow’ factor on the plate.