Delicious Miss Dahl First Impressions

sophie dahl bookSo what did you think of the first episode of the Delicious Miss Dahl? I found it hard not to compare her style with that of Nigella to be honest. The programme seemed to choose a mix of mental well-being and cookery that Nigella brought to us a few years ago. With just a hint of sexiness added to the pot for good measure. Remind you of anyone?

I liked the old style, country kitchen – I wonder if that’s to give the impression Sophie Dahl is cooking in her kitchen that her (famous author) grandfather might well have sat in …at the kitchen table dreaming up his next story! The cooking? Well, that was okay …a salad, some haddock, a desert with that much sugar it should probably be banned, though not until I’ve tried it 🙂

I’ll be watching next week – how about you?

Tu Kitchenware Offers

roasting tinSainsbury’s are currently running an offer on some of products in the Tu kitchenware range.

For instance you can save a £1 on this non-stick roasting tin. Not the most exciting of kitchen gadgets I know but roasting tins are essential and do get used an awful lot so it’s good to replace them every now and again.

Other offers include half price 5 piece kitchen gadget set and a half price, 5 piece utensil set.

Plus lots of other deals on cake tins, pans and cutlery.

Raymond Blanc Pan Set Offer

raymond blanc pansRaymond Blanc has put his esteemed name to a range of kitchenware including this aluminium four piece pan set made by Anolon.

If you’re interested in investing in a new set of pans you’ll be interested to note that Debenhams are currently discounting these pans; the price was £190, but until 17th April you can buy them for only £100 saving a whopping £90 (whilst stocks last).

With a lifetime guarantee, this pan set includes three very practical and efficient saucepans and a versatile skillet. This great value set of contemporary cookware will make a great addition to any busy kitchen.

Delicious Sophie Dahl

Sophie Dahl bookSo it would seem that Sophie Dahl and her new BBC cookery programme The Delicious Miss Dahl is taking off from where Nigella left.

Having watched the trailer for Miss Dahl’s new show, I get the vibes that she’s being marketed as the new Nigella Lawson. Easy on the eye, sensual, relaxed in front of the camera and talks to you in that informal, slightly seductive way – providing the food looks good I suspect this latest cookery programme will do well.

Being the grand daughter of the most famous author Roald Dahl, Miss Dahl is expected to sprinkle her show with little stories of her own life as she knocks up an Eton Mess or a batch of chocolate coated, maple syrup flapjacks (I’ve just invented that by the way!).

And not surprisingly, there’s a book to buy too. It’s called Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights and it’s on offer at amazon.

I’ll be watching the show next week and I’ll post my thoughts about it too. It’d be great to hear what you think of it, so do leave a comment.

The Delicious Miss Dahl starts on BBC Two on Tuesday 23 March at 8.30pm

Cookery Class With Michelin Starred Chef

thierry labordeJoin a cookery class led by award winning chef Thierry Laborde and create a delicious 3-course meal!

You’ll be guided by the experienced master chef and receive expert advice and unique recipes – helping you to create three sumptuous courses that will become your signature dishes for years to come!

Then, once cooked to perfection, you’ll be able to enjoy a unique 5-star fine dining treat as you enjoy your delicious dinner at a classy Central London location.

Buy this cookery class voucher and get a gift that’s an easy and flexible way to enjoy a unique cooking experience. There’s no rush to book as you’ll have up to 10 months to choose a date for your cookery course. Led by Michelin Star award winning chef Thierry Laborde – the former head chef of La Gavroche – the class takes place in his classy Central London cookery school.

The class offers a fun and informal atmosphere and you’ll enjoy hands-on experience throughout the day, receiving professional tips and techniques as you learn how to create and present three courses of fantastic cuisine.

Take Five: Tea Cosies

Having mentioned the range of tea cosies from Poppy Treffry the other day, I’ve decided to start a series entitled Take Five. So every now and then I’ll pick a product, have a bit of a search about, take five of them (you might have guessed that!) and blog about them. And I’m going to start off with the humble tea cosy.

According to the Tea Council only 4% of all the tea drunk each day is brewed in a pot from loose tea. That might not sound much, but us Brits drink huge quantities of tea so that still leaves (get it!) us with a lot of tea pots to keep nice and cosy. And don’t forget that coffee pots can also be kept warm with a coffee cosy too.

So, here we have the Take Five tea cosy selection:

barcode cosyThis funky and bright bar code cosy is a steal at only £5.75 (free p&p offer) at amazon.

It’s reversible too so you have the barcode print or a more calming plain blue.

Available for different size tea pots so just select either a 2,  4 or 6 cup pot size.

pantry birds cosyI’m not quite sure what pantry birds are but there are two of them on this lovely tea cosy from John Lewis.

Part of the Polly’s Pantry collection and exclusive to John Lewis, this cosy has two designs, the birds as shown and a gentle polka dot design on the reversible side.

I’m not sure what size teapot it’s for though sorry – it might be one that fits most size teapots. Made entirely from cotton and machine washable.

little teapot cosyThis I’m A Little Teapot cosy from Poppy Treffry is aptly named because it’s made for a 2 cup pot.

And for those of you who don’t know you’re handle from you’re sprout the embroidered teapot on the cosy will give you a jolly big clue.

Ideal for grandparents perhaps who could recite the well known rhyme with their darling grandchildren?

time for teaLeading department store House of Fraser have a range of kitchen linen called Time For Tea. This £7.50 cosy is part of the range and I think it looks looks very homely with the cupcakes and tea cup.

100% cotton and machine washable.

Currently on offer – buy one item from the range of kitchen linen and get another half price.

chicken run cosyAnd for the final tea cosy in this Take Five here’s one from M&S that maybe you’d think is more related to eggs than tea?

Called Chicken Run, this £7.50 cosy makes a fun impression with bright colours and funky chickens. Part of a wide range of inexpensive kitchen linen that good old Marks & Spencers now stock.

Italian Cooking Most Popular

pasta dishAccording to a survey in the latest BBC’s Olive magazine Italian dishes are what we cook the most in our kitchens.

In a survey of over 2000 readers 72% said they regularly cook Italian dishes at home, way ahead of Indian, Chinese and French dishes.

Apparently Britons also now spend more time in their kitchens then the French. Over 50% of Britons said they spend over 30 minutes cooking in the kitchen each night. The French scored a lower 27%.

Here’s a little chart showing the popularity of Italian cooking:

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Poppy Treffry Tea Cosy

treffry tea cosyPoppy Treffry is carving out her name for herself with her cutesy range of tea cosy products and homewares. I’ve seen her products mentioned in a few newspapers and Sunday supplements now …her products are very photogenic!

Bridging the gap between fashion and craft her homeware products are contemporary and individual and perfect if you are looking for something unique.

Treffry has produced a stylish, unique range of tea cosies that are both practical and good to look at. I notice that she’s also made cafetiere cosies too – not seen or heard of them before and I think that’s quite a good idea.

After a bit of digging I’ve managed to find her complete range at Not On The Highstreet

Neapolitan Pizza Must Be Like Mamma’s

pizzaThe world famous Neapolitan pizza has been awarded a coveted Traditional Speciality Guarantee (TSG) label.

This means that pizza restaurants around the world will have to conform to a strict list of ingredients if they want to call their pizza a Neapolitan.

The pizza shown isn’t a Neapolitan – it’s more like a Caprese which is made with fresh cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Legitimate Neapolitans (which originate in Naples) must have a raised crust and a base that is no more than an eighth of an inch thick. The dough base must be hand-stretched and cooked in a wood fired oven on a stone slab.

Many foods have been awarded a TSG label – mozzarella cheese is another good example. Bramley apple pie filling is a pending application. The label indicates that a food product conforms to traditional ingredients and cooking methods but does not have to be made in a specific part of the world. For foods that need to come from a specific location entirely are labelled Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) – Columbian coffee is an example.