Would you like to help us test recipes for the Mumsnet Cookbook?

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CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 24-Sep-12 13:02:59

Shhh .. don't tell everyone but we're working on a top secret new project in the form of The Mumsnet Cookbook and we need your help.

We'd like to get together a Mumsnet Cookbook cookery group to stop us from piling on the pounds help us test these shortlisted recipes.

Each volunteer will be allocated a recipe which they'll then cook for their family and give us some feedback on how easy, hard, good, bad, expensive etc they are and whether they'd make it again. All the recipes chosen were submitted over the years by Mumsnetters, so there shouldn't be any outlandish shock or particularly difficult to source ingredients - and they should all be pretty easy to make (we hope!).

As a thank-you, we'll be putting everyone who helps out into a prize draw to win a Bloomsbury cookbook.

And if that's not enough of an incentive, everyone who helps will have their *Mumsnetter nickname featured in the cookbook's acknowledgements.

Gwan then.



<<reads OP properly>>

<<clicks righteous link>>


Ooooh, I'd love to, I adore cooking.
I'll put them on my food blog toogrin

GOLDdebka Mon 24-Sep-12 13:14:58

Yes pleeeeeaaaaaassssseeeee!!!!!


Sounds good. I'm in.

Please, please, please pick me. I love trying new recipes.

mildred37 Mon 24-Sep-12 13:24:05

Done smile

ooh yes, I love to cook smile all done smile

Ooh, yes please! smile

fallenempires Mon 24-Sep-12 13:34:45

count me in please smile

GOLDFaverolles Mon 24-Sep-12 13:49:32

Yes please smile

TheKnackeredChef Mon 24-Sep-12 13:55:46

You've got to pick me! I've got 'chef' in my name and everything. <Keen>

snowballinashoebox Mon 24-Sep-12 14:13:20

yes pleasesmile

Yes please, but only for a vegetarian recipe that can be cooked from scratch within 30 minutes!

Yes please!

sandycloud Mon 24-Sep-12 14:24:58

Me please. Could do with some inspiration. Nothing too fancy though....

luisgarcia Mon 24-Sep-12 14:30:02

Can I play, too, please?

Emandlu Mon 24-Sep-12 14:30:07

Yes please! I'm always after new inspiration for family food. I get bored doing the same things over and over again.

Yes, I'd love to! Just a thought but wouldn't it make sense to have the prize draw be to win copies of the mumsnet cookbook?

Halfling Mon 24-Sep-12 14:41:36

I would love to participate. Hope the recipes are easy and use everyday ingredients.

And apart from regular food, I would love to see a section in the cook book related to kids party food - fool proof birthday cake etc.

Mechavivzilla Mon 24-Sep-12 14:53:38

Yes please grin

Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 24-Sep-12 15:20:11

Yes please smile

Fillybuster Mon 24-Sep-12 15:34:52

Definitely!! That would be fun smile

Sounds grand! <enrols for front line duty> grin

CachuHwch Mon 24-Sep-12 16:00:33


FrankWippery Mon 24-Sep-12 16:07:13

Ooooh yes please. Love cooking and always up for trying out new things. Have plenty of children and their assorted friends in and out, so lots of testers grin

Some0ne Mon 24-Sep-12 16:09:05

Yes! I'd love to! I don't have proper children to test on though, only a fussy toddler and a starting-solids baby. Is that a problem?

xMumof3x Mon 24-Sep-12 16:13:06

I've filled in the survvey, but theres some problem with it, it wont let me click to submit the info??? Is it down

Lirogiro Mon 24-Sep-12 16:16:22

Pick me, although can i have veggie or puddingy recipes? I have a 6 month old who is loving the new world of food, so i'll report back about how things go down with him.

Fedupnagging Mon 24-Sep-12 16:18:43

Me please. I need some inspiration for my fussy eaters.

chinley Mon 24-Sep-12 16:19:02

Submitted!! smile

Done smile


Glitterfairys Mon 24-Sep-12 16:32:14

Yes Please !!!

FellatioNelson Mon 24-Sep-12 16:36:57

Ooh! OOh! Meeee!!!! I will.

Catsmamma Mon 24-Sep-12 16:39:03

oh meeee meeeee meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

raises hand really high and bounces in seat

Pleasssssssssse Miss, I know!! I know!!

needsomesunshine Mon 24-Sep-12 16:45:31

Yes please. With five boys to feed , should be interesting!grin

Yes please. smile

SlimJimBra Mon 24-Sep-12 17:28:43

No umming or ahhing over this one, food = yes please smile

ripsishere Mon 24-Sep-12 17:30:14

I'd love to. Unfortunately, there is a limit as to what you can manage to cook successfully in a counter top oven.
I am spoiled though, I've a two ring gas burner in my outside kitchen.
I will look for the cookbook when I am next in England.

mumnosGOLDisbest Mon 24-Sep-12 17:32:21

I have a hungry brood of food testers here. I could test how easy recipes are as i a rubbish cook. Please pick me for slow cooker or fool proof recipes

whojamaflip Mon 24-Sep-12 17:35:28

me please! [beggingemoticon]

just one thing - please pretty please could one of the prizes be a copy of the mn cookbook?

TheHeirOfSlytherin Mon 24-Sep-12 17:47:28

If you pick me, send me the recipes labelled as "any idiot could do this", I will be the ultimate test of that grin

Put my name in the pot too smile

bluebump Mon 24-Sep-12 17:53:39

I've added my name to it. I put cooking with kids as one of my options but i'm equally happy doing the lunch box one instead (i'm keen!)

multitaskmama Mon 24-Sep-12 18:12:37

Would love to, count me in!

Sounds great- love a bit of baking/pudding making in this family and would love to help out! x

multitaskmama Mon 24-Sep-12 18:13:48

I am crazy about cooking, and love taking pics of my food and showing off to friends to show them how cooking can be quick and simple, but still really tasty!

littlemefi Mon 24-Sep-12 18:14:16

Yes pleasegrin!

HRH008 Mon 24-Sep-12 18:22:44

Room for another one? Would love to take part.

Love the idea this! I'm in, but if I'm chosen and its awful I take no responsibility im a not too good but tries hard cook I'm a brilliant chef!

CornishKK Mon 24-Sep-12 18:29:13

Me, me, pick me!

chaosandcupcakes Mon 24-Sep-12 18:57:42

Ooh love cooking new recipes

tunnocksteacake Mon 24-Sep-12 18:58:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

melliebobs Mon 24-Sep-12 19:10:45

Go on then grin

mamij Mon 24-Sep-12 19:21:12

Sounds like a great idea. Have just signed up smile

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 24-Sep-12 19:23:52

Would love to smile

zipzap Mon 24-Sep-12 19:44:12

oooh yes please. I've even got some food photos on my photos on here because I love testing out recipes grin

Would love to!

I'm in! And I'm crap at cooking blush so if you need someone who will test if they're foolproof...

41notTrendy Mon 24-Sep-12 21:27:23

Ooh yes please. We live to cook!!!

zanz1bar Mon 24-Sep-12 21:53:02

Yes please,live to eat.

Yes please!! All done!

zipzap, some photos? envy Think I might need to steal you to cook for me, everything on your photos looks amazing!

Ooh, hope I get picked, at least it will help me settle on a recipe to try!

KurriKurri Mon 24-Sep-12 22:59:45

Done smile <sends 'pick me for puddings' vibes>

mrspink27 Mon 24-Sep-12 23:07:15

Yes please - have completed the survey!!! Fingers crossed!

LackaDAISYcal Mon 24-Sep-12 23:45:53

Ooh yes please, but would rather win a copy of the book Itself, rather than Hugh or Paul Hollywood (don't even know who he is blush). The Venetian one might be good though!

This is the cookbook I've been waiting for! Don't s'pose there's any chance of having it in time for Xmas?

Mandz07 Tue 25-Sep-12 03:56:37

I would love to be picked for this x

Yes please. Have signed up and am polishing my spatulas

wentshopping Tue 25-Sep-12 06:31:37

done! Looking for more inspiring recipes anyway!

deemented Tue 25-Sep-12 06:38:49

Done! We'd love to test!

twolittlebundles Tue 25-Sep-12 07:03:19

done- v exciting!

MumMoselle Tue 25-Sep-12 07:23:49

I've applied too , I love to cook smile

scaryg Tue 25-Sep-12 07:53:50

Yes please

alli1968 Tue 25-Sep-12 08:14:51

Yes please. Love cookiing. Especially soup and cake. But not together!!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 25-Sep-12 09:14:38

Wow - what a response! We've had over 300 people wanting to help out which is brilliant. I hope you've all clicked the link and added your name there, as we're just about to close it.

Aw sad only just seen this

CatherineH, the new topic of Pictures would be an ace place to have the feedback thread.

We could all drool over everyone's creations and satisfy our inner curiosity re their kitchen decor.


Good idea chaos. It worked very well on the THING threads, to have pictures really does help and it is quite straightforward to do.

My mouth is already watering

CMP69 Tue 25-Sep-12 17:14:44

Oh yes please, love new food ideas!! grin

Yorky Tue 25-Sep-12 18:42:02

Gutted I didn't see this earlier

I am vair sad this has enough volunteers now sad

Count me in - you need to get a blokes view on this - you MUST replace one of your testers NOW!!

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 19:09:12

Am I too late (as usual!)?

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 19:11:26

Can you do another one, which is just cakes? I am happy to try out all the recipes myself. Except coffee cake, we'll need one more volunteer for that grin

NoillyPrat Tue 25-Sep-12 19:26:26

Aww I'm kicking myself that I've missed this! sad

MyHeartBelongsToKermit Tue 25-Sep-12 19:34:56

Yes please!


MyHeartBelongsToKermit Tue 25-Sep-12 19:35:28

Oh....too late


MamaGeekChic Tue 25-Sep-12 19:37:20

Sure can grin

Yorky Tue 25-Sep-12 19:40:43

I'll do the coffee cake for you Dolly smile

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 20:12:53

Thanks Yorky, you're very kind smile

I am vair good at coffee cake.
With or without walnuts as guests dictate..

Mmmmmm, caaaaaakkkkkkeee

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 22:58:57

I've just made butterfly cakes, some chocolate ones, some vanilla, so that's those ticked off the list.

Norks do one with walnuts, Yorky without. Sorted.

Yorky Wed 26-Sep-12 08:20:23

Hurray for coffee cake without walnuts! with white chocolate frosting and cocoa dusting so it looks like cappuccino?

Carrot cake muffins on the to do list today - its healthy innit for lunchboxes!

booksinbed Thu 27-Sep-12 22:42:13

yay!! yes please .

Ohh I've been given mine to test! Looks great too, I'm quite excited, it's not something I've done before or would think of doing but I have the ingredients so will have a go for dinner tomorrow! grin

Just got my email from HQ with the recipe!

A teensy bit excited now- here's hoping I don't balls it up. grin

Goody goody! grin Definitely something I've never cooked before.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Oct-12 14:10:19

Sending out emails today to everyone who added their details to be a recipe tester. We've tried as far as humanly possible to take your preferences in mind and also any family food allergies or intolerances. Hopefully we've got it right. Can't wait to get the feedback (and to see your pictures if you're able to take and send them in).

Oooh fab, I've got mine.
It's baking, and I'm a terrible baker, but that makes it a challenge for me.
Can't wait to try itgrin

whojamaflip Mon 01-Oct-12 14:45:32

oooh found mine in the spam folder!

Its a treat just for me! happy bunny now. youngest dd is at pre-school all day tomorrow so I am child free..........think I feel a spoiling day coming on grin

will let you know1

Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 01-Oct-12 15:15:45

Found mine too grin

My recipe looks lurvely too!!

Got mine, half of it I cook quite a lot but the other main ingredient I wouldn't usually use, however I am going to make it later in the week, love new recipes.

KurriKurri Mon 01-Oct-12 15:35:43

Got mine too, - they look great, will have a go asap, and DH can pretend he's David Bailey take some photos grin

Got mine, I'm happy to have been chosen as a tester but I got a cake of a type I make regularly and am pretty sure my recipe is better. However, I shall give it a go and report back! Luckily it's DH's favourite cake so he won't complain!

41notTrendy Mon 01-Oct-12 16:14:36

Ooh got my recipe too- right up our street! Off to butchers smile

Got mine. Looks great.

The mess my kitchen will be in after DD has "helped" however....not so great grin

Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 01-Oct-12 16:32:03

Leonie if your recipe is really better when you've tested maybe you should send it to hq when you feed back.

Got my recipe- when I've tested do i get another? Can't wait, I have a breakfast, I would never have made or thought of but just reading it I know my dc will love it.

zipzap Mon 01-Oct-12 20:57:13

I have just discovered mine.

It's a pudding, which I would normally say yum to, but it involves squirty cream (can't stand the stuff), needs an electric whisk (don't have), a blendy stick (do have, but needs to blitz frozen fruit; given how it struggles with stale bread when I want to make bread crumbs, it doesn't bode well) and shop-made chocolate sauce when one of the few amazing super easy recipes I have been able to make since I was about 6years old is hot chocolate sauce, and consequently never buy the stuff.

I suspect I am already slightly biased against this recipe blush, hopefully it will taste better than the sum of its parts suggests on the recipe itself!

I'm going to make it at the weekend and see...

InvisibleHotPinkWeasel Mon 01-Oct-12 21:10:57

I assume this book will include my recipe? Chicken and Sweetcorn soup, with no tortoises in your fridge and a side order of veeted plug holes?

Catsmamma Mon 01-Oct-12 21:16:16

i have a horrible recipe.....sorry catherine....but it is!

I will try it and report back but really..hot yoghurt?

Would anyone like to swap??? <pretty please>

Zipzap and Catsmamma can you link to your recipes please? I might be interested in a swap . . .

mrspink27 Mon 01-Oct-12 22:26:05

I have a rice pudding... which no one in my house will eat... will gladly swap!

Are allowed to swap?
Mine's not terrible, but it's baking which I'm bad at, and would be better for a younger child as it's a 'fun' thing and DD is 11 and a bit past that.
It's ice cream cone cakes if anyone is interested.
Not the rice pudding though, I detest that stuff!

FellatioNelson Tue 02-Oct-12 07:57:10

Sorry just realised something. Not sure if I've been sent a recipe but my email has been blocked due to 'suspicious activity'. hmm I have no idea why, but I cannot seem to access it at all, so if I have been sent a recipe and I am not responding I apologise. Will try to set up a new email account and amend my registration details.

I signed up but can't find my email- did everyone who signed up get sent one? sadsadsad

GreatGooglyMoogly Tue 02-Oct-12 08:12:35

I have a recipe that is definitely not from either of the categories I asked for and only DH would even try it in our family. NettoSuperstar I would happily swap if we're allowed? My recipe is stuffed tomatoes!

Catsmamma Tue 02-Oct-12 08:48:05

I'd like to swap if it is allowed.

the very thought of Hot yoghurt pudding...... shock

If not I will do it and I am sure the chicken will be thrilled report back.

Asmywhimsytakesme Tue 02-Oct-12 08:52:59

Mine is a pudding - not swapping though (sorry) as it looks lush smile

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 11:28:29

Hi everyone - happy to hear lots of you are already cooking away. We've even had some photos through already. If you'd like to swap, please do - as long as you complete the feedback form with the name of the recipe you actually ended up cooking that's fine.

Terrywogantrousers - you didn't fill in your email so we couldn't contact you. I do still have some recipes for testing - will DM you.

Haha, just seen this. I was sure I filled in my email, sorry! That's what comes of being preg AND on an iPhone!
I'll DM you back, thanks.

I have a yummy gluten free carrot cake and triple choc muffin recipe that I'm quite proud of too- can I send those in for your perusal? Or are you not doing weirdy gluten free recipes?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 12:31:49

Do please add them in recipes. We're doing all kinds of weirdy recipes, but right now have picked a shortlist of what we're thinking of featuring in the book, so these might be too late.

I'll take the stuffed tomatoes if you want my cone cakes greatgoogly
What's the hot yoghurt thing?

GreatGooglyMoogly Tue 02-Oct-12 13:15:47

Done Netto! Mine is this one.

Is this yours?

It was this pretty much the same but with less instructions.

I'll take your tomatoes, they'll make a good Sunday night teasmile

Catsmamma Tue 02-Oct-12 14:02:56

ooh super! I have had a pm so I'll swap

and Catherine ...feel free to send me another not hot yoghurt recipe if you like, I am off all week!

mrspink27 Tue 02-Oct-12 15:47:25

I have my swap done and dusted... happy to test another recipe if Catherine would like...

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 15:49:29

Catsmama - PM-ing you now.

mrspink27 Tue 02-Oct-12 16:07:55

and meeeee? pleeeeeeeeeease!!!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 16:17:07

mrspink27 - do you fancy doing a roast turkey?

please please can I do something?

If you have anymore recipes you need tested pm me. I got one. Its pretty cheap to make so can do another one smile

When do we need to do them by?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 16:38:48

GwendolineMaryLacey - it would be great if we could have them done by the end of this coming weekend.

I do have a roast turkey recipe if anyone wants to try that - I know it's a bit expensive though.

TheHeirOfSlytherin Tue 02-Oct-12 16:40:36

I'm doing mine on Saturday so I'll get the results back to you either then or on Sunday.

Righto. Standby family!

Or should that be stand by? confused

Sorry, roast turkey definately out of my price range sad

Would have been good practice too.

Frontpaw Tue 02-Oct-12 16:46:09

I just got one recipe. Haven't been able to get Bran Flakes yet (stupid Tesco Metro) but shall do soom. Especially since one review of the recipe said it was good for constipation (curing, not causing, I hope).

RuleBritannia Tue 02-Oct-12 16:49:18

<gets out hanky again>

I don't qualify. I'm a mother but they don't live here any more. Are you flexinle in this respect?

RuleBritannia Tue 02-Oct-12 16:49:31


RuleBritannia Tue 02-Oct-12 16:49:32


debka Tue 02-Oct-12 16:51:57

Thanks for my recipe- but it is seriously Odd. It's One Pot Spag Bol and although spaghetti is listed in the ingredients, it doesn't mention it in the method. Should I leave it out and cook it separately? Bung it in with everything else? (is meant to be One Pot).

ahh man, enough volunteers needed, what a bugger.

Frontpaw Tue 02-Oct-12 16:53:32

Well, it could have been baked bran flakes!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 16:54:25

debka - good point. Reckon the one-pot refers to the sauce and you'll have to cook the spaghetti separately.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 16:55:24

RuleBritannia - right now we have enough volunteers, but if for some reason people don't respond with their recipe feedback, we may be in need of more help in which case may we hold you in reserve?

sure there's not room for a little un catherine? I was thinking this could be a bit of excitement in my otherwise rather dull life smile

debka Tue 02-Oct-12 16:59:08

Thanks for the swift response, I may try it both ways, you never know, it may be a revolutionary new method probably a disaster though grin

I could do turkey

she said in a small and keen voice

Frontpaw Tue 02-Oct-12 18:24:41

Do what to Turkey? I think its been stuffed already.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 09:20:35

Toomanyworriedsonhere - I'll DM you details.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 11:06:56

Ifancyanewname - will PM you.

HerOffTheInternet Wed 03-Oct-12 12:05:37

have done my 1st recipe, but under NC right now, are there any others you need testing, Catherine

i signed up under the name UnChartered btw

Spirael Wed 03-Oct-12 12:13:12

Ahah, finally found this thread again!

DD, DH and I will humbly force ourselves to make the delicious sounding chocolate cake recipe this weekend and then eat enough to be able to provide an appropriately in depth review covering all elements of construction and consumption.

It's going to be tough, but we'll manage. Somehow! grin

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 12:15:17

HerofftheInternet - nothing right now, but will keep you posted.

HerOffTheInternet Wed 03-Oct-12 12:16:59

preferably low fat at i've eaten most of the one i tested

ok grin

YouSmegHead Wed 03-Oct-12 12:17:11


CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 12:38:35

Spirael - it's so good to know there are people like you out there, willing to go that extra mile, consume those extra calories...

Spirael Wed 03-Oct-12 12:53:51

Don't be silly, if you make it yourself then it has no calories. Everyone knows that. wink

HerOffTheInternet Wed 03-Oct-12 12:59:36

did my picture come out ok, Helen

it's on a new phone, causing much 'hilarity' <read stress> here

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 16:40:56

RuleBritannia - have sent you a PM, may have a recipe for you to test.

SlimJimBra Wed 03-Oct-12 18:01:56

Are we getting a second recipe each once we've done the first one or have they been spread out over twice as many volunteers? I have only got one recipe so far (I am cooking it tonight)

Frontpaw Wed 03-Oct-12 22:45:19

HmmmM. Bran flake bakey thing a flop! As noted in one review - still in the oven two hours later and still a sloppy gloop! What a waste of lovely prunes and apricots! I will try it again, but I do bake an awful lot and don't generally fail!

Frontpaw Wed 03-Oct-12 22:47:26

Do we leave feedback here or on the recipe pages?
Bran bakey thing staying in ovn until morning. Maybe it will have solidified by then.

zipzap Wed 03-Oct-12 22:55:48

leonie - my recipe is ice cream extravaganza

Potentially interested in a swap - but not if it involves hot yogurt or offal!

Pancakeflipper Wed 03-Oct-12 22:58:22

Oh yes.
Now one of my kids is dairy-free but we are pro's at adapting a recipe ( except cheese sauces).

zipzap Wed 03-Oct-12 23:04:27

Are you also going to have some one-line helpful hints in this book top secret project?

Things like...

If it's burnt call it caramelised [recipe name] rather than burnt.

If it's looking a bit rough and ready call it rustic [recipe name].

If it's got too much salt in then [I don't know - hoping someone out there might!]

If it needs tarting up a bit throw some apples in and call it Somerset [recipe name]

Make fruit salads sound fancy when entertaining by giving them a theme and a name (eg Traffic light - use red, yellow and green fruit, Pimms Summer Salad- use fruits normally based on Pimms drink & throw Pimms into the syrup, Rainbow - lots of different coloured fruit, Caribbean - use coconut water as syrup, include pineapple, bananas and melon and rum if it's just adults eating it...)

zipzap Wed 03-Oct-12 23:06:25

Meant to say that you can probably tell that part of my cooking strategy has developed from the techy principle of 'don't call it a bug, call it a feature' - however that's probably not a good one line tip for the book project... grin

steppemum Wed 03-Oct-12 23:14:22

Do you need any more volunteers? I have only just found this thread and would love ot do it

If it's got too much salt in it, then chuck in a cut-up, peeled potato. It will 'soak' up the salt. Then remove potato.

Disappointed not to find this thread earlier.

Frontpaw Thu 04-Oct-12 07:15:04

Fruity Malt loaf... Now a large splodge in the bin. Did not set! Looks like seagull poo after they have eaten berries.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Oct-12 09:44:48

Frontpaw - when you were sent your recipe, the email also contained a link to click where you can leave feedback. Sorry to hear about the fruity malt loaf - but then that's exactly the kind of disaster we want to avoid in the book!

SlimJimBra - we had so many offers of people wanting to get involved that we've given everyone just one recipe to test. But we've doubled the number of prizes we're offering in the competition to 20 books.

Fillybuster Thu 04-Oct-12 09:57:38

Pasta crisps didn't go down too well over here, the first time I tried them. I'll give it another go, but the general view from friends and family was 'why bother?' smile

frootshoots Thu 04-Oct-12 10:31:48

Anyone fancy a recipe swap? I've emailed MNHQ to ask if I can do this, thought I'd get the ball rolling in case I can. I have been given a cheesy recipe, and DH is allergic to cheese, oops!

This is my recipe: http://www.mumsnet.com/Recipes/i/2457-Tartiflette

Looks amazing too... DH and his 'allergy' envy

Anything without cheese considered wink

I'm sorry Zipzap I don't fancy yours much! I'll keep mine thanks, in fact I made it last night.

MN I had to change the recipe slightly (very slightly) I hope it doesn't matter but honestly I knew it was wrong looking at it! And it didnt mention tin size (cake!) so i guessed and got it wrong, do you need me to make it again so i can the exact details right? Also, a lot of these recipes sound a bit dire - I know that's why we're testing them, but wouldn't you like some decent ones - I have a fantastic, foolproof choc cake one for instance. I wouldn't need to test it I know it works!!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Oct-12 11:28:48

LeonieDeSaintVire - we haven't picked deliberately dire ones - honestly. Can you make sure you include those comments for your recipe in the feedback section? Thanks!

Catsmamma Thu 04-Oct-12 14:00:31

are you sure about that catherine?? I mean Hot Yoghurt pudding!

ANyways I have made the banana load that i swapped with luisgarcia. And to make up for being a little whinging diva difficult I made both versions.

Sooooooo shall i feed back on the hot yog survey link or pm MNHQ??

And I forgot to get cider so the soup will be tomorrow.

I still want the link for the hot yoghurt recipe.
I've been known to make things because they sound weird, trying a peruvian chicken one tomorrow with evaporated milk, which I'm convinved will be gross, but I'm intrigued.

Catherine have replied to your email but just in case you see this first! Am making the chocolate Mars Bar pudding (thanks for the choice btw... Kids are delighted) but there is a mistake in the recipe... Ingredients list doesn't include butter but there is instructions to cream butter and sugar in the recipe.

Have emailed you and after a little frantic googling PM'd GraceK, whose recipe it appears to be, but wondered if there were any other avenues to try?

If I can't get official word I will just guess that butter & sugar are equal and see how that goes.


Frontpaw Thu 04-Oct-12 17:00:39

Can I have a one that works please? The malty doo-da splodge was a disaster!

Catsmamma Thu 04-Oct-12 17:11:56

Netto ..have pm'd you the recipe link!

That yoghurt thing is all kinds of wrong.
What were you think MNHQ? confused

Catsmamma Fri 05-Oct-12 17:25:09


Cooooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Catherine!!

I am making up for my bad behaviour...I have made BOTH versions of the banana loaf, both were half gone within minutes very well received.

ANd I made the soup today, but I need links to the survey, one for the second banana loaf, and one for the soup.

And where are we to send pictures??

Asmywhimsytakesme Fri 05-Oct-12 18:54:33

We're doing ours this weekend - DH is pretty pleased at the prospect smile

41notTrendy Fri 05-Oct-12 19:48:01

Ours is Sunday lunch. All ingredients assembled and ready. DS is very much into 'helping' with the cooking at the moment, let's hope the result is not too... interesting hmm

Parisbanana Sat 06-Oct-12 14:48:52

Catherine I left some feedback a couple of days ago after I made our recipe for me and dd. I have now managed to also try it out on dh and ds so I'm going to send another feedback form relating just to their opinions if that's okay?
And a photo will be sent on shortly.

Parisbanana Sat 06-Oct-12 14:52:09

Oh, we'll just discovered when I click on the link it won't allow me to read do feedback. So just for your info,if it is any use to you on here rather than on the proper feedback form....dh thought it was okay (he's pretty polite) but wouldn't be in a hurry to have it again. Ds, who is 9, wasn't impressed at all!

Parisbanana Sat 06-Oct-12 14:52:59

Sorry for awful auto correct typos blush

tigercametotea Sat 06-Oct-12 14:59:28

Ooh ...new recipes to try out. <rubs hands with glee>

Chepstowmonkey Sat 06-Oct-12 15:28:29

Just done mine and I'm really dissapointed! I had such high hopes for the recipe but it wasn't really worth the effort. I've done my proper feedback form too but thought i'd join in the discussion here.

Has anyone had a good recipe?

UnChartered Sat 06-Oct-12 15:32:38

i have, delish bread/scone

anyone want to try it?

Frontpaw Sat 06-Oct-12 16:02:34

What was it Chepstow?
Yes please, Unchartered!

I'm retrying the Malty Loaf. Hopefully it won't end up in the bin looking like a great dane/small pony poo like last time!

UnChartered Sat 06-Oct-12 16:17:27

have sent it via PM, Front

Frontpaw Sat 06-Oct-12 16:24:30

Ooo ta! I won't share the Malty Poo Loaf until I get it to work!

Chepstowmonkey Sat 06-Oct-12 16:25:40

Mine was for mini quiche. They were okay - me and DH ate them (Dd didn't but then she's 2 so it is probably best not to judge the quality of food on the basis of what she likes!).

They took over an hour to make (30mins chilling in fridge and 25 mins in the oven) so not hard work but I still had to be quite organised to arrive home an hour before we need to eat lunch. I suppose they would be good cold so you could cook them in the evening but the taste really wasn't worth the effort.

Pity, but it has reminded me how much I love proper homemade quiche with homemade pastry and cream in the filling. Yum yum...now that is worth the effort!

LynetteScavo Sat 06-Oct-12 16:28:32

Well, it's about time! I've always wondered why there ins't a MN cook book!

Asmywhimsytakesme Sat 06-Oct-12 16:36:04

Unchartered can you please post on the thread? I would really like to see it too!

Thank you smile

Just done mine, posh broccoli. I hate broccoli so not the best judge. DH loved it, 8 month old loved it, 4.8yo wouldn't touch it!

OMG, DH has just shown me DD2's plate. She's cleared it!

SecretNutellaFix Sat 06-Oct-12 19:00:56

I'll be doing mine tomorrow- it got sent to junk mail folder for some weird reason. No matter, I have found it. I love the recipe you've given me! Very appropriate given my user name!

KnockKnockPenny Sun 07-Oct-12 14:28:58

Is anyone able to swap? I have a lamb dish, and we are not really lamb eaters here sad

Frontpaw Sun 07-Oct-12 15:12:19

Malty Loaf - fine if you like your malt loaf liquid. Two hours and counting in the oven (supposed to be 90mins) and it is still sloppy. -10/10

Coops79 Sun 07-Oct-12 15:16:06

I only got one recipe - do I get another one at some point?

Asmywhimsytakesme Sun 07-Oct-12 15:45:28

Done mine smile Actually it was very nice - went down well here after Sunday lunch.

Let us know if you want any more doing, Catherine smile

41notTrendy Sun 07-Oct-12 16:39:31

Had minor family crisis! Will be having ours tomorrow if that's ok?

DorsetKnob Sun 07-Oct-12 16:41:47

Ours is in the slow cooker as we speak to eat tomorrow, the jury is out at the moment.

Wigeon Sun 07-Oct-12 16:48:19

Made wraps as instructed - DD ate it all for her packed lunch so I reckon that's a success! smile

MrsJohnDeere Sun 07-Oct-12 16:53:43

Made ours today (a dairy free chocolate cake). Very easy, very quick, looked fine ... But nobody liked it. We're not a dairy free family so maybe weren't the best people to judge it this.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 07-Oct-12 16:55:10

Btw, ate we supposed to be doing 2 recipes? I only got sent 1.

CaseyShraeger Sun 07-Oct-12 16:55:59

Some extra feedback on the yoghurt pot buns (as I already submitted the form) - great newly made eaten still-warm from the oven, but I don't think they keep that well - I was less impressed by them the next morning when they seemed slightly greasy. The DCs still ate them quite happily, though.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 07-Oct-12 17:04:48

A couple more things about the dairy free cake that I forgot to add to the official feedback form:

No cake tin size was specified.

The recipe was in imperial and my scales (and me) only works in metric, so I had to convert things which was a bit irritating.

Frontpaw Sun 07-Oct-12 17:08:10

Four hours in the oven. Its never going to work. DONT PUT IN THE MALTY LOAF IT IS A CRAP RECIPE! Instead... Take bran flakes, add your choice of dried fruit, pour milk over and eat, throw sugan in bin.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 07-Oct-12 17:12:32

Catsmama - have PMd you link.
Coops79 and MrsJohnDeere - just one recipe each at this point. And can you add the feedback on tin size etc on the feedback form? We'll make sure all recipes are metric in the book.

<relieved that some of the recipes are going down well>

DilysPrice Sun 07-Oct-12 17:14:20

I've done mine. So simple that it barely even counts as a recipe but actually it had never occurred to me to cook it for the DC, and it went down a treat. Cheap ish, healthy, quick, foolproof.

chinley Sun 07-Oct-12 17:19:30

I'll be doing mine a bit later on - Tuna Crunch.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 07-Oct-12 17:20:05

CatherineHMumsnet - just tried to do that but it won't let me go back into the survey a second time.

Fwiw I used 2 x 20 cm tins and that seemed the right size.

CaseyShraeger Sun 07-Oct-12 17:21:02

We can't add the extra feedback on the feedback form, because it won't let us fill it in twice.

Merrylegs Sun 07-Oct-12 17:27:01

Oh yes, can we swap recipes?

Frootshoots I'd much rather a cheesy one.

I've got bolognaise though- with turkey mince (barf).

I'm a veggie who is quite happy to cook meat for the rest of the family but I draw the line at mince.

I found the taste revolting even when I ate meat.

Well, I never thought I'd be writing this...
I made the notorious hot "yoghurt pudding" tonight and it was... delicious! Loved by all of us, even my ultra fussy husband!! I'd recommend changing the name to "Yoghurt Cake" or "Yoghurt Sponge Pudding" though as that gives a better idea of what it is, rather than people imagining they'll be eating curdled yoghurt!!! grin
Right, off to fill in feedback thread...

We've just eaten our stuffed tomatoes, made by DD.
Fine, fine, nothing nasty about it, but rather bland and boring we thought, but then we are adventurous eaters so perhaps it's us rather than the recipe.

Where is the official thingy to fill in?

chinley Sun 07-Oct-12 20:26:41

Just made my tuna thingy. It was ok, nothing to shout about. Very easy recipe. DH said it was quite nice but he didn't like the crisp topping. I also added a bit of pasta as the recipe seemed a bit incomplete without it.

I mentioned the yoghurt pud to my Mum this evening and she said my Grandma used to make similar all the time when Mum was a child... So it sounds like quite a reliable recipe, just change the name!! grin

UnChartered Sun 07-Oct-12 20:48:03

<strokes Frontpaw>

try the tomato bread - it's fab!

can i have the yoghurt cake recipe please?

Asmywhimsytakesme Sun 07-Oct-12 20:50:20

Just found it by googling yoghurt pudding Mumsnet - see what you mean about how it sounds but am very keen to try it now smile

bluebump Sun 07-Oct-12 20:51:42

I got sweetcorn soup (veggie version) which was surprisingly easy and quick to make and tasted quite nice.

Catsmamma Sun 07-Oct-12 21:01:27

i did hope that yoghurt pudding would be nice, but i just couldn't bear the thought of it!

I will complete the surveys tomorow and send pics.

The soup was also lovely but serious issues with the timing .....but I am a fuss arse about onions and no way is 2 minutes enough to sweat them properly. Otherwise very well received with the universal comment that a bit of bacon would have made it perfection!

Bumpstart Sun 07-Oct-12 21:13:52

Is there a time limit on this? I need to get to a butcher in order to do the slow cooker roast pork.

I should be able to go after work on Tuesday, do recipe on weds.

Will that be ok?

This is the recipe as you will see, there is no pot size... I used a 500g pot of yoghurt and ended up having to bake it in 2 dishes, and when i realised how much batter I'd made I upped the eggs to 3. My Grandma's recipe is more or less the same, but apparently it was meant to be an individual size yogurt pot, whoops! blush luckily everyone likes it as there are a lot of leftovers!!!

zipzap Sun 07-Oct-12 23:22:03

I swapped with Frootshoots - so did the Tartiflette.

I'm sure that it was a whole lot less hassle than doing the ice cream extravaganza but even when cooked for a lot longer than specified, it still ended up tasting of raw potatoes (even when some of them were definitely cooked through). And despite being not particularly difficult it was just time consuming to cook (and I'm a reasonable cook, can chop onions and slice potatoes pretty quickly, so wouldn't have thought you could have made it much more quickly).

DH's reaction was 'next time please can we just have mash with cheddar and the onion-lardon-wine mixture on the side'? The DC refused to even try it (although admittedly they are only 7 and 4 so maybe the smell of the wine put them off as they are not big fans of things with booze in)(unlike me as a child!).

I agree with dh - it was a very expensive way to try to tart up dauphinoise potatoes and we would have enjoyed mash much more!

sorry to be negative about another of the recipe choices!

Will put some pictures up on my profile on Monday.

needsomesunshine Mon 08-Oct-12 00:29:01

I've got the tuna fish cakes. Haven't made it yet. was hopingI'd get something a bit different, more exciting! Don't know whysmile

chinley Mon 08-Oct-12 00:35:31

I'll probably sound like a weirdo but my tuna crunch is delicious with freshly grated parmesan and cracked black pepper. Dramatic improvement! grin

So what happens now? I've made my recipe, filled in the survey form, emailed Catherine the pictures - what now?

Elkieb Mon 08-Oct-12 08:54:52

Thanks to mumsnet I've made corned beef hash for the first time ever. I didn't like it (but hate corned beef so not surprised about that), the DH enjoyed it and ate mine too. Usually enjoy taking part in MN trials but I was a bit hmm when I saw my recipe. Thanks, I think!

Elkieb Mon 08-Oct-12 08:56:39

Catherine mumsnet- where's the official feedback form? I can't find it (sorry)

Frontpaw Mon 08-Oct-12 09:32:21

Catherine - can I add my own recipe for cake (what else ??). My recipes actually work and don't look like great dane poo.

Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 08-Oct-12 09:33:51

Better, if you do the yog thing with the individual tiny pots isn't the pud tiny confused

If I try it what proportions do you recommend?

Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 08-Oct-12 09:34:23

Leonie, you hope to win a cookbook smile

gazzalw Mon 08-Oct-12 09:39:21

Hi we made the slow roasted beef brisket. Again it wouldn't have been a meal I would have chosen to cook but we very much enjoyed it. Couldn't find a 4lb brisket joint though so ours was more like a 3 lb one....

It was very simple to prepare, although did have to use a bit of poetic license on ingredients as we couldn't find any fresh beef stock in our hypermarket sized, local supermarket (so used onion gravy instead which I actually think gave it added flavour) and we used fresh rosemary from our garden rather than thyme. Also added a 'glug' of red wine which added something!

The good thing is that there's plenty left for another meal tonight and sandwiches for me.

gazzalw Mon 08-Oct-12 09:42:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 10:01:47

Merrylegs - sorry about that, if you'd said hatred of mince, we'd have accommodated your preference!

And apologies everyone about not being able to edit your feedback. Am trying to find out if that's doable once you've submitted your form.

We've had around 60% feedback so far, so it would be very useful if you have had a recipe to test if we could have your feedback in by tomorrow please.

And on a related note, am delighted that BetterTogether who tested the yoghurt pudding actually really liked it <punches air>

Elkieb - when we emailed you your recipe, you had a link to the feedback form in that email. Let me know if you can't find it.

Leoniedesaintvivre - once we have all the feedback in this week, we'll do a draw for the 20 cookbooks we're giving away. I'll post the winners' names on this thread and email them all individually too.

Zipzap - any chance you could email me the pictures as well as putting them on your profile?

Bumpstart - we really need recipes in this week. I can push it to Wednesday at the latest.

BarmeeMarmee Mon 08-Oct-12 10:14:45

CatherineHMumsnet - sorry but I didn't realise the deadline for the reviews was so short - it didn't give a deadline in the email you sent. I'm at work today and tomorrow so I won't be able to get back to you by Wednesday, sorry.

Hopefully everyone else has managed to get theirs done!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 10:25:42

BarmeeMarmee - yes that's my bad. When could you do the recipe by do you think?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 10:26:45

I'm not sure if I've done this correctly - but you should be able to edit your feedback form. If you can't, let me know.

And for anyone with more than one recipe to review, you should now be able to submit a further feedback form.

Asmywhimsytakesme well no matter what size pot you use, you measure the flour, sugar & oil in that pot anyway so its only the eggs and the size dish needed that really change.

I used 500g pot of natural bio yoghurt then used that pot for the above ingredients, zest of 1.5 lemons and 3 medium eggs. Mine made a 2 pint pie dish plus 9x9 square baking dish. The square one is what we ate last night and was a light sponge cake, but the pie dish (which is deeper) seems to be more puddingy - there is a big gap of air below the crispy top and the pudding below, whoops.

Next time I think I will keep the same measurements but bake in 2 square baking dishes as I prefer it cake like and it makes it more portable to use for packed lunches. You could try it with a smaller yoghurt pot to check you'll like it first though, my Grandma's recipe used a ski yoghurt as the starting point for all the measurements and baked in 8 or 9 inch square tin. Her recipe calls it Yoghurt Cake though, sounds much nicer! wink

Frontpaw Mon 08-Oct-12 10:48:21

Catherine - I am sulking that I only got one recipe and it was duff.

Merrylegs Mon 08-Oct-12 10:51:22

Is OK. I am going to brave the mince tonight. I have all the other ingredients. Just going to catch the turkey. (Does anybody actually like Turkey mince though. Really?!)

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 10:52:16

Frontpaw - soz, luck of the draw I'm afraid. We may well have to choose some more recipes in which case we'll be back in touch with you all.

countingdown Mon 08-Oct-12 10:56:40

I made our recipe - Yorkshire puddings - yesterday. They were fine, but then you can't really go wrong with yorkies!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 10:59:50

OK - looks like we've got another recipe to test.

Anyone not tested something for us yet that would like to try this?

First one to reply gets it.

BarmeeMarmee Mon 08-Oct-12 11:05:13

Catherine I could probably get feedback to you on Thursday (Friday at the absolute latest).

Frontpaw Mon 08-Oct-12 11:14:00

Where's the feedback. I have feedback, oh I have feedback.

KnockKnockPenny Mon 08-Oct-12 11:17:20

I am going to make the lamb dish, probably tomorrow.

Yes, I didn't really mean the cookbook draw! I meant what are you going to do with all the recipes and feedback now. Mine tasted nice but needs several adjustments, you couldn't publish as it is (IMO) and on my feedback form (or email i forget) I offered to recook my recipe with adjustments and basically tweak it into something worth publishing. But if I do this it won't be the original recipe as posted on mumsnet confused.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 12:25:48

LeonieDeSaintVivre - we now have two cookbook authors coming in who are going to be looking at all your feedback and tweaks and working on coming up with new versions of the recipes you all liked.

Elkieb Mon 08-Oct-12 12:38:18

Hi Catherine, please could you email me the link again? Thank you

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 13:06:26

Elkieb - have PMd you.

Oh ok Catherine, thanks but I would have tweaked my recipe suitably even though I'm not a proper cookbook author

<<sulks very slightly>>

I enjoyed doing this though, anymore recipes to come? Not the leftover chicken one above though, that sounds like a lot of faff.

zipzap Mon 08-Oct-12 17:13:35

CatherineHMumsnet - I've sent the tartiflette photos to you in a couple of emails this afternoon, plus a separate email to say they are coming (having been caught sending photos to friends previously and then everything bouncing because the emails were too big for their inbox!). They haven't bounced back yet so hoping they have reached you ok. Give me a shout if they haven't come through and you want them sending through again.

I've also stuck them up on my profile.

Catherine my iPad wiped all my emails! I didn't know the deadline was so short. If you want to send the link again I'll fill it in this evening, I've made the dish. smile

Jcee Mon 08-Oct-12 17:27:56

We're having ours for dinner tonight!

CatherineHMumsnet - will send feedback and pics later - there seemed to be a stage missing from recipe of what to do with some ingredients so I took an executive decision...we'll see if it worked later!

DorsetKnob Mon 08-Oct-12 20:52:59

Yoo Hoo

I have done it, deleted the email with how we should feedback about it, could you put a link up here for us?

41notTrendy Mon 08-Oct-12 22:45:11

Had ours tonight! Kleftiko-slow cooked lamb. Was good, easy to do. The Feta you crumble over the top doesn't melt confused but it added a nice contrast to the richness of the dish. Ds enjoyed it and DH loved the sauce. We cook lamb shoulder quite often in the slow cooker so will probably do this again. We had it with cous cous and peas, as I've run out of veg now this week grin.
Catherine, I've emailed a pic but it's from a different email than the one registered to my mumsnet details...and I forget to say who it was from blush but the photo of the delicious looking Kleftiko in the square dish was my effort!!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Oct-12 10:23:04

If you've lost the email with your link to post feedback on your recipe here it is again.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Oct-12 10:25:13

41NotTrendy - thanks - looks lovely!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Oct-12 10:27:37

We've now had feedback on 120 out of the 170 recipes we sent out which is amazing - thanks so much.

If you still have to fill in the form, it would be great if you could do it over the next few days. And if you were given a recipe and don't think you'll be able to do it or to make it in time, let me know and I'll see if I can give it to someone else.

mmmmmchocolate Tue 09-Oct-12 11:29:56

Im cooking mine now! (pork and apple casserole) so the feedback will be with you tonight!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Oct-12 12:07:38

Titsalinabumsquash - do you need the link to your recipe sent again?

I will do mine tomorrow lunchtime. I have to admit I am not too enthusiastic about it, as will need to faff around with the food processor just for pesto pasta - which I only ever make when I need a quick, no fuss, minimal washing up meal!

Parisbanana Tue 09-Oct-12 14:31:12

Ooh if there are any more recipes needing doing I'll happily do another. We really enjoyed doing our last one even though we didn't particularly like the dish!

gazzalw Tue 09-Oct-12 16:18:49

I second Parisbanana - would be happy to help out with another one if need be!

CaseyShraeger Tue 09-Oct-12 16:21:32

I'd happily do another, too.

CagneyNLacey Tue 09-Oct-12 16:27:05

Oops , sorry, didn't realise deadline was today. I will do mine tomorrow and feedback tomorrow evening if that's ok?

KnockKnockPenny Tue 09-Oct-12 19:57:47

Thats mine done, we did the lamb stew, was quite tasty! Have submitted my feedback & sent a photo.

Just the feedback form please smile

DorsetKnob Wed 10-Oct-12 07:04:51

There is a link just a bit further up the thread tits

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Oct-12 14:55:41

Thanks for all the offers to test more recipes, we'll definitely take you up on that, although it may take a while we look at all the feedback we've had in.

Talking of feedback, my useless maths means I've just realised we've only had feedback in from 40% of the people who said they'd take part. So I'm going to send out a reminder email today. Please don't be offended if you've been a total star and have already cooked, photographed and given us feedback and are emailed - it's just way, way easier to email you all in one go.

<loving the recipe photographs by the way!>

snowballinashoebox Wed 10-Oct-12 15:26:05

I made the low calorie tandoori chicken a second time this week just to make sure it really was as nice and worked as well as the first time. It was greeted with enthusiasm again.
I will happily experiment on my family some more if you have more recipes that need trying.

ArthurShappey Wed 10-Oct-12 15:30:15

I cooked mine and reviewed it but forget to photograph. I'm going to make it again tomorrow, this time for DS as well (see what he thinks) so must photograph it.

Remind me how to submit a photo please.

Wigeon Wed 10-Oct-12 15:36:59

You just email the photo to catherineh@mumsnet.com.

lisad123 Wed 10-Oct-12 15:39:14

I completely forgot blush now have it down to make on fridaynfor me and dh to have on Saturday lunch time.

Pasanna Wed 10-Oct-12 15:50:16

If there are any recipes left I'll take another one. My marmite and cheese whirls were decidedly not a hit.......

bulletwithspookybatwings Wed 10-Oct-12 15:54:36

Where do we put our feedback? I can't find the email. Also I was only given one recipe to do, will there be another one? tia

snowballinashoebox Wed 10-Oct-12 15:57:23

marmite and cheese whirls?

bulletwithspookybatwings Wed 10-Oct-12 16:01:16

Found the feed back form, all done!

ouryve Wed 10-Oct-12 16:04:26

thanks for the email reminder. I took a photo but couldn't work out how to submit it. Thankfully I took a pic as soon as it was made because the banana bread didn't last very long. grin

gazzalw Wed 10-Oct-12 16:13:29

Don't want to challenge your maths, Catherine, but I would say that 120/170 is more than 40% surely....More like 60% (and that's just a rough guess I haven't sat down and worked it out properly)???wink

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Oct-12 16:21:12

gazzalw - I hadn't factored for two Mumsnetters testing every recipe!

gazzalw Wed 10-Oct-12 16:32:18

Oh sorry... (blush) - that will teach me to stick my nose in where it's not wanted. Sorry Catherine!

Trying desperately to back peddle and curry f(l)avour (excuse the apology for humour!), it would be interesting to know if opinions were split or not - hopefully not otherwise no doubt you will have a real issue with deciding which ones to include or not...

You may have drawn the short (cheese) straw with this one grin!

Pasanna Wed 10-Oct-12 16:33:25

Marmite and cheese whirls= disgusting, they looked lovely but had a bitter, horrible aftertaste. Dead easy to make though, apart from spreading marmite on pastry,

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Oct-12 17:14:20

Gazzalw - so far they've either agreed or we're still waiting for the other person to give their feedback. But am feeling hopeful/positive people will agree.

gazzalw Wed 10-Oct-12 17:17:22

Well if there's consensus it makes your life a lot easier....Pity you are not getting to try out any of the results!!! grin!

I've sent mine back, I hope it went through ok, our Internet is somewhat temperamental atm glares at Sky

SecretNutellaFix Wed 10-Oct-12 18:33:44

Sent my review in. Sorry about the delay, but work and stuff got in the way.

Ooh, I didn't know there were 2 of us for each recipe. So who else did mine? I'd like to compare notes. It was the lemon drizzle cake.

I'd happily test another but not anything with marmite in [vomit]

SecretNutellaFix Wed 10-Oct-12 19:04:54

Who else had the chocolate cake?

MrsJohnDeere Wed 10-Oct-12 19:33:46

If it was the dairy free one, that would be me!

Spirael Wed 10-Oct-12 19:34:07

I had a chocolate cake recipe, but there might have been multiple types?

LakeFlyPie Wed 10-Oct-12 21:03:33

Thanks for email reminder, have now located my recipe from my spam folder blush.
Thankfully it doesn't contain spam, it's a prune and bacon loaf, sounds interesting!
Will cook it up at the weekend and feedback ASAP

i'd love to. promise to do good feedback this time!

i'd love to. promise to do good feedback this time!

SecretNutellaFix Wed 10-Oct-12 21:40:30

with nutella in the recipe?

MrsJohnDeere Wed 10-Oct-12 21:50:15

Not me then - no Nutella in mine

Spirael Wed 10-Oct-12 21:55:28

No Nutella here either!

Melty Wed 10-Oct-12 22:09:10

Just done my feedback. Did the Turkey Twizzlers at the weekend, and sad to say not a hit. My friends hubby wolfed them down, but the kids wouldnt touch. Was too spicey for the baby (16months) and the 3yr old wasn't interested. (Harissa)

I wasn't keen at all either. Did meatballs and served with mash and mange tous.
I susbtituted a handful of frozen peas for the frozen mixed veg as thats about the only frozen veg I ever have in the freezer.
Didn't do a photo as forgot until afterwards. Think not really a family meal, although it says kid friendly on recipe. Older kids might like?

ChristmasKate Wed 10-Oct-12 22:24:09

I did mine straight away mod pet Mind you it was pasta crisps hmm

Lasagne sheets baked in the oven, even DD2 turned her nose up at them and she eats worms.

I did mine last night. Fruity cous-cous. I thought the addition of tomatoes was a waste of time. Otherwise it was just like normal cous-cous, with the added bit of having to fry ginger and onion first.

Cous-cous with bits in is such an easy recipe - I'm not sure why the recipe creator tried to make it more complicated.

Woodlands Thu 11-Oct-12 10:07:18

Does anyone want to swap with me? I got given Sunday Lunch Pie which is made from leftovers from Sunday lunch - but we haven't had a roast since I got the email and won't be having one this weekend either.

I did mine straight away mod pet Mind you it was pasta crisps

Lasagne sheets baked in the oven, even DD2 turned her nose up at them and she eats worms.

And people say Nigella comes up with odd things like a Meetza!! shock

if you did send me anything could you please resend as a pm? phone refusing to access email.

Faverolles Thu 11-Oct-12 17:35:04

I've just done mine.
Is there a feedback thread?
I've lost the original email. I've done the surveymonkey doodah.

Faverolles Thu 11-Oct-12 17:36:54

M. "". Nmm @zxfy.

Faverolles Thu 11-Oct-12 17:37:33

Sorry, just had a battle with a toddler over the ipad blush

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 11-Oct-12 17:37:58

Did your dc write that Favarolles? smile

Faverolles Thu 11-Oct-12 20:28:24

Yes he did. I'm sure it means something smile

Fillybuster Fri 12-Oct-12 14:27:28

I had pasta crisps too. No-one would touch them....I even tried to do it a 2nd time, as I thought I must have done something a bit wrong....!

CaseyShraeger Fri 12-Oct-12 15:19:37

I've had pasta crisps in Carluccio's. They were OK but didn't leave me determined to seek out a recipe and recreate the experience.

Asmywhimsytakesme Fri 12-Oct-12 15:25:10

Crisps sound hmm

Did anyone do the spicy bread and butter pudding recipe?

Sparkleandshine78 Sat 13-Oct-12 07:52:03

Well just done the ice cream cone cakes - not a success had to pursuade the kids to eat them which is a bit of a first for my kids and cake smile

Bumpstart Sat 13-Oct-12 18:57:33

Recipes which include "five washed and cubed potatoes" in their ingredient list really annoy me. Why can't the washing and cubing bit be in the method?

I follow the method, and then find that I require some ready washed potatoes all of a sudden and have to turn the thing off while I scrub the spuds.

Can mumsnet recipes avoid hiding preparation steps in the ingredient list please?

ArthurShappey Sat 13-Oct-12 19:57:30

Just set my picture of the slow cooked southwestern chicken. It's quite nice, but missing something and I can't quite put my finger on what it is?

ArthurShappey Sat 13-Oct-12 19:58:46

Can I just add... pasta crisps sound revolting! smile

Fillybuster Sat 13-Oct-12 20:15:13

They weren't revolting. They were just really really unpleasant and fairly inedible.

Most of all, they begged the question "Why?"

I was a bit sad as I was sooooo looking forward to my moment of glory as Official Mumsnet Recipe Tester grin

lisad123 Sat 13-Oct-12 20:19:08

Mine was easy but was Chicken and rice one-pot. Personally I like mine with More salt and more spice.

Asmywhimsytakesme Sat 13-Oct-12 21:28:10

I agree crisps sound yuk beyond yuk

ChristmasKate Sat 13-Oct-12 21:56:38

Most of all, they begged the question "Why?"

That was exactly what I thought, I read it and thought why in the word would you want to eat a lasagne sheet as a crisp?

Really sorry if the MN'er who posted the recipe reads this but I was expecting asparagus risotto or something like that And ended up with the equivalent to cheesy chips.

Bumpstart Sat 13-Oct-12 22:08:11

I was hoping somebody might agree with me about hiding preparation steps in the ingredient list [sigh]

Or even disagree with me! Then we can have a discussion, and mnhq might notice, and edit the recipes!,,,

ChristmasKate Sat 13-Oct-12 22:27:49

Totally agree Bump, sorry I was so engrossed in my lasagne sheet WHY theory that I missed your excellent post.

When the ingredients were listed did it say - onion, thinly sliced/chopped
Carrot, diced/grated?

Bumpstart Sat 13-Oct-12 23:29:56

Yes, exactly!

Very irritating, so easy to overlook those vital steps of preparation, and start off cooking without having everything ready.

The whole point of a recipe is to guide you through the correct steps to make a new dish. Not to undermine our confidence in cooking new things by making us feel stupid because of course the onions need to be chopped up before you start searing th meat. Grgr

Bumpstart Sat 13-Oct-12 23:31:55

I quite understand your absorption in the lasagne crisps question. I am trying hard to get the idea of deep fried dry lasagne out of my mind.

Melty Sun 14-Oct-12 09:36:44

Erm, if it says washed and cubed spuds in the ingredients list, is that not a hint that you need to have them washed and cubed to start with?

And yes to consensus on lasagne crisps. I see no reason to make them ever .

Melty Sun 14-Oct-12 09:38:37

Mind you, 5 potatoes is not that helpful either. How big are they? you could have 2 people prepare those five potatoes and end up with a very different amount of spuds in each dish.

CagneyNLacey Sun 14-Oct-12 15:37:02

Have done my feedback, sorry for delay.

My recipe was a bit hideous really. It was both incredibly quick and simple yet also quite protracted and irritating!

MaureenCognito Sun 14-Oct-12 15:40:08

has no one done my frozen chocolate mousse thing? its ossom

all naff recipes on here have mixed herbs in them - ie toe nails

neolara Sun 14-Oct-12 18:29:16

Maureen - do you mean the chocolate bombe?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 12:00:58

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CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 12:03:06

Well that's a first. Managed to delete my own message! Meant to say - we have another recipe that needs testing if anyone's interested it's Lamb Shanks here

northender Mon 15-Oct-12 12:05:35

I did the pear and ginger pud and the kids loved it but the method needs a bit of editing. Ds has already asked when we can make it again.

The idea of lasagne crisps has me a bit hmm

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 12:29:11

By the way - wanted to do a general massive thank-you to everyone who has completed the feedback form so far (and sent such great photos). Really appreciate it!

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 12:41:40

no the frozem chocolate mousse slice.

zipzap Mon 15-Oct-12 12:50:23

I tried to add the following comment to my questionnaire as I forgot to fill it in then. But I just got a new blank questionnaire - didn't want to stick it in that and then discover that I'd wiped out everything else I'd put in.

I've put it in my email to you too Catherine but will stick it here, thinking that this is a more central place to put it.

anyhow - it's for the tartiflette...

"Forgot to add to form that on scooping it out onto the plate, the ‘sauce’ within it didn’t look very appealing – it was the wine it cooked in mixed with the butter from the dish, the melted cheese and hot crème fraiche… The crème fraiche (and maybe cheese too) kind of looked somewhat curdled while the other juice looked dishwater colour and greasy thanks to the butter, creme fraiche and cheese. Didn’t taste too bad but wasn’t easy to serve out nicely, especially if you had guests. "

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 12:51:17

all the recipes are crap as IIRC they were a condition of a competition entry, so poeple just wrote any old shit.

Melty Mon 15-Oct-12 13:05:05

Not completely true Maureen,
Ive put a few up there myself, and have tried out a few. Some are a bit basic in a "why would you need a recipe for that" but there are some lovely slow cooker and soup ones.

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 13:13:11

Did you put mixed herbs in? grin

rockinhippy Mon 15-Oct-12 13:24:00

I'd be up for it, but only for vegetarian or fish recipes smile

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 13:24:13

MaureenCognito - as you might imagine (or at least hope) we didn't set out to choose 'any old shit' for people to try.

We did try and pick a range of recipes and so far more than 60% have had good feedback, which we're pretty happy with!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 13:25:55

Thanks Melty for offering to do the lamb shanks. We may have some choccie biscuits if anyone else wants a try.

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 13:27:50

oh cahterine i didnt mean to make you sad.

imagine me stroking your hair now in a slightly predatory way

rockinhippy Mon 15-Oct-12 13:34:58

Catherine I'll go for the choccie biscuits if you like ?? - I need to stock up my treats jar for DHs packed lunches - I can also tweak recipes to improve them if needed

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 13:37:53

rockinhippy - will PM you the recipe.

MaureenCognito - <adopts Downton-style stiff upper lip and accepts virtual hair stroking>

rockinhippy Mon 15-Oct-12 13:47:27

Got it smile

DialMforMummy Mon 15-Oct-12 14:01:01

I wouldn't mind the choccie biscuits either envy

DialMforMummy Mon 15-Oct-12 14:03:40

But will do lamb shanks if I must.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Oct-12 10:13:27

Morning everyone - we're still waiting for around 90 people to give us their feedback.

I've just heard from the authors that the way they're approaching the book means that you actually still have a week or so to get your feedback in. So if you've been sitting on your recipe, or thought you wouldn't have time, it would be great if you'd make it over this week or the coming weekend and get any comments back to us next week.

And we may have some new recipes to test - anyone like to try another one?

CagneyNLacey Wed 17-Oct-12 10:18:06

I would like to try another one, preferably one that doesn't contain condensed milk please!

rockinhippy Wed 17-Oct-12 10:23:11

I'm up for doing more, meat free ones only though.

mmmmmchocolate Wed 17-Oct-12 10:23:37

I'll do another one too if there's any going smile

DialMforMummy Wed 17-Oct-12 10:32:33

I'll do another one too.

CaseyShraeger Wed 17-Oct-12 10:40:39

I'll do another.

Happy to do another one or 2

SecretNutellaFix Wed 17-Oct-12 10:45:35

go on then, I'm game.

DialMforMummy Wed 17-Oct-12 10:47:03

For info, I have an awful sweet tooth at the moment, so you can bring on anything very chocolatey, sweet, fattening. I will be delighted to get fat in the name of research....
If you send me few possibles, I might even be able to do 2. I can let you know which two on the same day.

zipzap Wed 17-Oct-12 11:15:53

I'm happy to try another one...

NettoSpookerstar Wed 17-Oct-12 11:21:24

I'd like to do another, preferably savoury as I don't have a sweet tooth.

Fillybuster Wed 17-Oct-12 13:27:31

Please can we try another one? Pasta crisps was an awfully disappointing allocation!

Elkieb Wed 17-Oct-12 14:41:03

I'm game too, as long as there's no lamb or corned beef involved!

northender Wed 17-Oct-12 14:45:42

I'd do another

lisad123 Wed 17-Oct-12 16:27:54

I'm happy to try another one but prefer baking x

Asmywhimsytakesme Wed 17-Oct-12 16:38:41

I will do another one if there are any going smile

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Oct-12 17:08:15

All those of you who've offered to do another recipe - do you have any food allergies/intolerances/veggie requirements (saves me having to cross reference with the original recipe testing spreadsheet!)

zipzap Wed 17-Oct-12 17:20:55

Would prefer to do either a meaty or veggie main dish, no offal or fish if possible please.

Or biscuits/cake - ds1 has suddenly become a big fan of wanting to bake since spotting the Great British Bake Off

We're not very good at having puddings here or at any breakfast recipes (mad panic in the morning, just about got it sussed with what we currently have, dread the thought of trying to introduce something new).

Hope that's not too fussy!

NettoSpookerstar Wed 17-Oct-12 17:21:06

Nope, none here.

LeonieDeSpookyVampire Wed 17-Oct-12 17:27:54

No nuts here please Catherine (allergies) or marmite!!

Asmywhimsytakesme Wed 17-Oct-12 17:31:09

No allergies etc here.

We eat anything and everything!

Getmemypassport Wed 17-Oct-12 18:00:03

Nope but dislike tripe and marmite.

northender Wed 17-Oct-12 19:12:58

no allergies

Fillybuster Wed 17-Oct-12 19:46:15

Vegetarian (or fish, but not shellfish). Or dessert grin grin

No allergies of any kind, though (but please don't make me do a nut roast!)

MrsKwaHaHaHaAzii Wed 17-Oct-12 19:49:54

No cheese here please. Chocolate recipes always welcome wink

rockinhippy Wed 17-Oct-12 20:09:14

Veggie, pescetarian heresmile
intolerances are additive related which shouldn't apply with cooking from scratch, so anything meat free is fine by me

snowballinashoebox Wed 17-Oct-12 20:58:36

I'd love to do another one but have pesky nut and fish allergies. Fine with cake though!

snowballinashoebox Wed 17-Oct-12 21:00:03

I'd love to do another one but have pesky nut and fish allergies. Fine with cake though!

BlatherskiteOfTheLivingDead Wed 17-Oct-12 21:04:39

I missed it sad

RaspberryLemonPavlova Wed 17-Oct-12 22:14:33

I'd do another one, would love baking but can do anything

Elkieb Wed 17-Oct-12 22:17:54

No allergies here smile

timewastingonhere Wed 17-Oct-12 22:18:20

Poorly 1 and 3 year old for the last week has meant I have failed to testy recipe...! It's salmon something can post it up tomorrow if someone would do it, it looks a yummy one!

CaseyShraeger Wed 17-Oct-12 22:31:57

No special requirements here, Catherine.

Kveta Wed 17-Oct-12 22:37:14

I can test another recipe, would prefer a dessert or something a child can help make. We don't eat mushrooms, aubergines, offal, or anything too spicy, but we are just feeble, not allergic to anything smile

Fillybuster Wed 17-Oct-12 23:06:11

<excitedly waves at Kveta >

How are you??? Haven't seen you since the baby came....is all good with you??


As you were smile