The Mumsnet family cookbook is now out!

(229 Posts)
SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 26-Apr-14 09:29:39

Morning folks,

A quick heads-up. Some of you (particularly those of you who put in the hours testing the recipes grin) may recall that we've been working on a Mumsnet cook book of your favourite, foolproof family recipes for some time now.

Well it's being published by Bloomsbury on Thursday 8th June and you can buy a copy of it over on Amazon.

thanks again for all your help with the book - it literally (and we mean that literally) wouldn't exist without you. And if you're after a warm glow, check out what no less a kitchen superstar than Yotam Ottolenghi had to say about it:

"Family recipes - tried and tested... and tested... and tested - win hands down in any tasting competition I have ever attended. This book is an ultimate collection of such winners: reliable, useful and, most importantly, completely delicious."

ANOTHER UPDATE: We've added another video of the lovely RebeccaMumsnet demo-ing the fantastic 'Cheat's Tandoori Chicken' which we ate and was utterly delish.

UPDATE: We got the lovely RebeccaMumsnet to try her hand at the Three Minute Sponge - see the (rather good) results for yourself...

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turtleback Sat 26-Apr-14 10:10:32

Is there a recipe for the week long magic chicken? grin

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 26-Apr-14 10:41:11

And please do let us know what you think and spread the word if you like it (and keep schtum if you don't grin)

Furball Sat 26-Apr-14 10:52:46

20 quid?.........for only120 recipes........

andsmile Sat 26-Apr-14 11:21:53

Im sure we could get them for free if we do a search or two! grin

onetiredmummy Sat 26-Apr-14 11:44:11

Im definitely on the using side rather than the contributing side to this book. smile smile

Does it have usernames attached to recipes? I like the idea of forever associating apple crumble to someone's username. How pleasing would it be to mentally rename a poster Spotted Dick or nasty kebabs grin

Southeastdweller Sat 26-Apr-14 11:52:17

I looked at the 14 recipes today in the Times and thought they were excellent. Tasty looking dishes that seemingly don't take ages to cook and that contain everyday ingredients.

Justine, you're looking fab as usual in that pic.

Like Overtired I'm interested to know if usernames are attached to the recipes in the book, as they weren't in the ones featured in the Times pullout today.

Retropear Sat 26-Apr-14 13:39:22

What I saw in The Times this morning livened up an hour of soft play tedium.

Looks fab and I have every "family" cookbook known to man.Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

Next weeks meals are sorted.grin

YoniMatopoeia Sat 26-Apr-14 14:04:55

Ooh. Might take a look later.

supadupapupascupa Sat 26-Apr-14 14:37:18

ordered! I didn't know about this !!!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 26-Apr-14 15:06:15

No, usernames not to be found in the book except for those of the testers. You'll be able to find some of these recipes pretty much as is on the site but often the recipes are a mishmash of a few or quite heavily adapted following feedback and testing (so it's definitely worth buying the book wink).
(and thank you Southeastdweller - very nice of you to say so thanks)

BorisJohnsonsHairdresser Sat 26-Apr-14 15:26:00

Sounds good.

JulesJules Sat 26-Apr-14 16:05:01

Ooo I did some testing for this! I already have about a million cookbooks, so one more is not going to make any difference [adds to basket] grin

pippitysqueakity Sat 26-Apr-14 16:18:17

twenty pounds!!!!!!!!!!
a lot of pennies.

SlumdogMummy Sat 26-Apr-14 16:28:10
Retropear Sat 26-Apr-14 16:40:28

Yes I'm hoping Amazon will slash the price after release.Will wait and buy it then.grin

TheNnYouRequestedIsAlreadyInUs Sat 26-Apr-14 17:57:48

yay! Have been waiting for this for yonks being a tester of recipes but was hoping for more recipes when it was released. The ones that are in must be amazing grin

spiderlight Sat 26-Apr-14 18:50:59

Are there a fair number of vegetarian/vegan recipes?

Well it might make me pick up a copy or two of The Times this week, let's say for starters ...

chocolatespiders Sat 26-Apr-14 20:12:41

£20- WOW didn't expect it to be quite so much!!!

Where does the money go?

Madrigals Sun 27-Apr-14 07:15:48

I tested, so am excited about this smile

42notTrendy Sun 27-Apr-14 08:59:32

Oooo I tested! Having a look now!

Merguez Sun 27-Apr-14 10:08:15

chocolatespiders I don't think it's for charity …

Mumsnet is a business … not a public service.

aermingers Sun 27-Apr-14 12:04:59

It will be half price or less at Waterstone's, Amazon and supermarkets.

Worked in book trade and can guarantee this.

Blondieminx Sun 27-Apr-14 12:39:49

Ooh exciting that the book is all done, I tested a chicken and bacon recipe! smile

onetiredmummy there are recipes on the site which I always think of with the poster's username. The Vicky sponge I bake is not just any sponge, it is slubberdgullions prize winning sponge! grin yum

Also when I make swede on the micro (cut it all around the middle then zap, then remove the flesh from the skin & mash with butter nutmeg and pepper) I give thanks to MammaTJ

I'll buy it on offer if I see it, but £20 is too steep for me.

schilke Sun 27-Apr-14 12:44:05

Is it worth buying for a family of vegetarians? How many meat free recipes are there?

schilke Sun 27-Apr-14 12:52:02

It's £14.60 at Foyles with free delivery. Just found it at Speedyhen (never heard of it!) for £11.99 with free delivery. Amazon has it at £20 at the moment.

Sunnymeg Sun 27-Apr-14 14:39:30

When I've preordered books from Amazon in the past, they have price matched on the day of publication, hopefully they will do it with this.

chocolatespiders Sun 27-Apr-14 16:33:49

As the recipes were donated my mumsnetters I wrongly thought it may be raising money for something!

I forget how far Mumsnet has come along since I first joined blush

andsmile Sun 27-Apr-14 16:42:39

chocolate I thought earlier how enterprising of MNHQ to source the recipes. I had assumed the contributor would get paid somehow OR there is a donation to charity involved.

TimeForAnotherNameChange Sun 27-Apr-14 16:57:37

TheBookPeople will have it for a fiver by the summer holidays.

ImAThrillseekerBunny Sun 27-Apr-14 17:04:17

Anything you post on MN becomes the intellectual property of MNHQ - it's there in the T&C.

IIRC the testers were entered to a draw to win prizes, so did it with their eyes open. I tested one of them but can't remember what name I did it under.

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 27-Apr-14 17:21:18

Looking forward to trying some of the ones in the Times yesterday

andsmile Sun 27-Apr-14 17:24:59

IamAThrill aha I see...<laughs> the thought of anyone wanting to own the stuff I post on MN.

Topseyt Sun 27-Apr-14 18:03:13

I might look at some of the recipes in The Times this week, and I could put this on my wishlist as a birthday present later this summer (hubby usually gives me an Amazon voucher or something like that).

Mouseface Sun 27-Apr-14 18:55:39

I actually thought that the title read - "The Mumsnet family cookbook is being sterilised in the Times this week"

<must find more wine and reading glasses> grin

littleducks Sun 27-Apr-14 20:25:17

Anyone know where the article is in today's paper? I can't find the right section

Southeastdweller Sun 27-Apr-14 20:34:00

It's not in today's - it was in only in yesterday's and the editions this coming week.

BIWI Sun 27-Apr-14 22:56:09

Brilliant! I'm so pleased to see it has come to fruition!

For all of those moaning quibbling about the cost - there is a huge amount of work involved in putting together a cookery book. Each recipe has to be not only written/edited, but also tested and then photographed. Just think how much that must cost - the cost of ingredients, as well as the cost of professional photography.

And the profits have to go to Mumsnet. That's what keeps this site free for us all to use


Rosalie82 Mon 28-Apr-14 08:41:55

I am delighted at this - woo hoo! Need a few more ideas, and have been loving the threads on here about food smile

Ordering my copy now!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Apr-14 09:25:30

<buys Mousey reading glasses>


I NEED this, I am so shocking at cooking, i need help, so this could be fablarse. I did think about offering to be a tester, then I laughed and laughed and thought best not, you'd probably want sensible folk.


CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Apr-14 10:51:10

In response to Spiderlight and Schilke - there are 83 vegetarian recipes in total - so 69%. And of those, the veggie recipes which aren't cake/biscuit/dessert amount to 49 so 41% of the total. We have a whole chapter devoted to Lovely Veggies too.

Mouseface Mon 28-Apr-14 18:12:40

<puts specs on, ah, there you are Pisety> grin

Nibblyboy Mon 28-Apr-14 18:13:21

i bet its RIVEN with fricken dried mixed herbs


Nibblyboy Mon 28-Apr-14 18:15:02

this is actually something that needs a recipe?

Strawberry sundae
Serves 1

For the strawberry sauce (makes a large cupful of sauce)
300g strawberries
50g icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
To make 1 sundae
A handful of mixed berries
Scoop of vanilla ice cream
1 meringue (optional)
Whipped cream
Sprigs of mint (optional)

This is a recipe for a proper strawberry sauce. Not that stuff with an alarmingly long ingredients list that comes out of a squeezy bottle. It is great with brownies, folded through whipped cream, with ice-cream sundaes, meringues and shortbread. It is also a great way to use up past-their-best strawberries"


Roseformeplease Mon 28-Apr-14 18:39:05

When you look at the recipes on "The Times" app they are not correct. The one today for banana pancakes has the correct ingredients list but the method is for a recipe involving apples - either the one before or after in the list. There was a similar issue yesterday.

Recipes look good though.

SueDNim Mon 28-Apr-14 21:53:22

Aren't all of the recipes on the recipes section of MN.

Cindy34 Tue 29-Apr-14 08:27:07

Price Drop alert: 13.40 today on Amazon UK.
Click the link in the OP.

schilke Tue 29-Apr-14 09:23:24

CatherineHMumsnet - thanks for finding that out. I have an image of you sitting there thumbing through the book working out the percentages grin

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 29-Apr-14 09:26:01

SueDNim - we took recipes from Mumsnet as a starting point, but the book's authors reworked and rewrote them. There's more info about its publication here

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 29-Apr-14 09:28:28

schilke - I made NancyMumsnet do that for me smile

BIWI Tue 29-Apr-14 09:40:13

nibblyboy Of course that's a recipe! Just because it might seem easy/obvious to you doesn't mean it isn't to someone else. I'm a pretty good cook <modest> but I don't make desserts very often, if at all, so if I were to consider a dessert I'd have to thumb through my recipe books. Something simple like that might be just what I needed.

spiderlight Tue 29-Apr-14 11:29:54

Thank you!

Mignonette Tue 29-Apr-14 11:44:43

RE credits-

Nigella reworks recipes sent to her by readers to the point of their being pretty unrecognisable, sometimes medling them with her own ideas and other recipes yet she always credits the original inspiration (person).

Mignonette Tue 29-Apr-14 11:45:15

Melding, not medling.

Razzlefrazzle Tue 29-Apr-14 19:52:02

£13.40 on Amazon now for pre-order smile

Aboyandabunny Tue 29-Apr-14 20:23:45

All the recipes in The Times so far look fab (and given me an excuse to buy the paper).
Off to pre order the book.

PennySillin Tue 29-Apr-14 21:22:53

Saw it in Waterstones today. So nearly bought it!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 30-Apr-14 08:39:11

PennySillin - you should have! Although watch out, as there'll also be a few opportunities to win copies over the coming weeks.

Banana's are all the rage ATM with the anti-racism thing going on in football this week.

Perhaps Mumsnet could embrace this somehow using their serendipidously named "Top Banana's!" cookbook ?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 30-Apr-14 14:58:13

We've just added a behind-the-scenes video from one of the book's photoshoots if anyone would like to take a look.

WonderWomansSister Wed 30-Apr-14 14:58:25

Ooooh, I tested a slow-cooker recipe for this an age ago. Gosh, lead-times for a cookbook are loooooonnnggggg. Looking forward to flicking through it when I see it on t'shelves.

PennySillin Wed 30-Apr-14 16:08:56

Couldn't resist, went back and bought it today!

alcibiades Wed 30-Apr-14 21:24:17

I've bought this from Amazon. Looking forward to getting it in the post and getting some good ideas.

For quite a long time, it's just been DH and I rattling around in the family home, and we cook separately. But our DD and her DH and their DS will be moving soon to be very near us. It's not been an easy time for them, what with PROM and EMCS and reflux, so it would be good to pamper them with some family meals we can cook here and then whisk around to them.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 01-May-14 16:09:06

PennySillin - that's what we like to hear! If you like it - PLEASE review it on Amazon too! Think you have to wait until publication date next Thursday to do - but the link is here.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 01-May-14 16:09:52

alcibiades - love the idea of the book being used to pamper and cosset your daughter's family. That's just what it was made for.

Mignonette Thu 01-May-14 16:13:06

And if you check out your local Mumsnet sites, you can find some local book shops to buy it from too. smile

Willemdefoeismine Thu 01-May-14 19:34:05

Publication date??????? Pretty please wink

JulesJules Fri 02-May-14 18:58:44

Came out yesterday Willem !

serin Fri 02-May-14 22:52:33

Oh Mumsnet, I am your biggest fan and have used your site pretty much daily for the last 8 years. But Honestly? I don't like what was serialised in the Times at all.

Homemade chicken nuggets? Hardly innovative.

Top banana's? Not really original either, DS had a Mini Boden T shirt with that on a couple of years back.

Sorry, coming in the wake of Jack Monroe, I had expected something really special.

cozietoesie Sat 03-May-14 00:05:55

You didn't ask me for the famous cozie tomato sauce recipe - people have killed sold themselves to get that! When does the next book go into production? (I'll be expecting a call.)

cozietoesie Sat 03-May-14 00:18:45

Having said which, recipe writing is the very devil. I recall sitting with my grandmother (the finest short pastry cook I ever knew) when I was 15 and asking her how she did it.

How much flour do you use, Grandma?


How much fat do you need with it?


She baked a heck of an apple pie though!

BalloonSlayer Sat 03-May-14 19:00:35

LOVED the money saving one with a recipe calling for two chicken breasts, cherry tomatoes and asparagus. hmm

ancientbuchanan Sat 03-May-14 23:58:23

Well I tried the cheats tandoori chicken from today's Times this pm and can tell you that it disappeared in twinkling, even though I had to cheat further as I didn't have all the ingredients.

Even Ds said it was not half bad as he went up for seconds.

So thank you.

Now want to see if my recipe made the cut...

TeenyfTroon Sun 04-May-14 11:37:06

Please, please, cozie, do share your perfect tomato sauce recipe!

I made the 12 hour pulled pork this weekend, and it was delicious - but the dry rub was nuclear pretty fiery. I took some of it off, and used a sweeter, milder BBQ sauce to mix through the meat, and that did quench the fire somewhat - but when it was cooking, ds3 claimed he could taste the chilli in the air - and I only used a teaspoonful.

I would definitely make it again, but maybe wind back the chilli and paprika a bit.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-May-14 11:13:07

Ancientbuchanan, SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius - very pleased to hear you liked the recipes.

Willem - the book's actually published this Thursday. You can buy it here.

Cozietosie - we'd love to do another book if folk like this one. Have you put that recipe on our Recipes section on Mumsnet?

And Serin - do try and grab a look at the book in a shop if you can. We think you'll like what you see. We're very proud of it.

Cantdothisagain Tue 06-May-14 11:40:19

I bought it in Waterstones yesterday. I think it is a great resource for family food - not just chicken nuggets and chips - some recipes do seem a bit unnecessary (eg basic fairy cakes) but I guess that means it will be a good resource for a beginner cook. Surprised by fact that there was not much with mince in it as people here seem to talk about mince a lot! There are some good tips in it and the slow cooker chapter is great- also liked the cooking with kids chapter. Nothing radically new - and lots you will already have your own recipes for - but it's all easy stuff you wouldn't necessarily think of which is very useful with small kids. And easy to get ingredients. Oh and the chapter introductions read well. Don't like the title much but I definitely think this is better than the Annabel K set of books (yuck) and the sheer number of recipes is great.

Mignonette Tue 06-May-14 12:31:58

Went and rearranged the display to make it more prominent and got my local indy book store to order some stock YAY!

Mignonette Tue 06-May-14 12:33:05

Did you use hot Paprika instead of sweet SDT?

I used smoked paprika, Mignonette - I think it must have been hotter than I thought it was!

I will definitely be making it again, but I will be a bit more conservative with the spicing. It was really lush!

Cantdothisagain Tue 06-May-14 17:52:01

DD2 and I have tried our first recipe - chocolate bribe biscuits. They are really good! And very easy. Definitely will be repeated. I suspect it shows our priorities that we started in the baking chapter, and with chocolate, too...

Mignonette Tue 06-May-14 18:22:16

Am going to try that recipe SDT. You have sold it to me. HQ should have you on commission!

We had it in buns, with apple sauce, as recommended, and I made coleslaw to go with - and I have leftovers!

Reastie Tue 06-May-14 20:52:21

Kindle edition not due out until September sad

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-May-14 15:19:15

Gold star for Mignonette!

Can'tdothisagain - very pleased to hear you liked it. And clearly starting with chocolate is the only way to go.

Reastie - can we persuade you to revert to ye olde print? It really is the most beautiful looking book <not biased at all>

Mignonette Wed 07-May-14 15:42:08

Why thank you <bows> <accepts a rare gold star>

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-May-14 21:23:39

So - here's my attempt from the book that I knocked up tonight. Speedy soda bread - p208. Start to finish about 35 minutes.

Cantdothisagain Wed 07-May-14 21:29:26

The biscuits are much less nice the next day - worth eating the batch in one go (!) I reckon as by today they really didn't taste as good.

Soda bread looks good and easy Catherine - was it?

I can't decide what to try next. Like the look of loads of recipes - there really is a good range in the book.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-May-14 21:31:40

Cantdothisagain - super easy. Whole point is not to do too much to it - so my kind of recipe.
Amazed ANY biscuits lasted for longer than a day. Impressed by your family's willpower.

Cantdothisagain Wed 07-May-14 21:47:03

Thanks Catherine; will give this a go I think. We all like bread!!

funnyperson Thu 08-May-14 04:28:42

I think the usernames of those who contributed the original recipes should be included, because even if the recipes were reworked and tested, the inspiration came from the contributors. Mumsnet is nothing without its contributors, the contributors are mumsnet. A recipe book by a corporate person is so much less interesting than a recipe book by a group of real mums.
It has made me stop and think. We share ideas and knowledge as well as opinions and experience on the mumsnet threads. When it becomes 'the intellectual property of mumsnet' does that mean that mumsnet is going to assume the right to the business exploitation of its contributor's posts without any acknowledgement? This would seem a bit extreme to me. Also of course it makes for a better book if the contributors get their byline (as long as they agree to be named)

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-May-14 10:43:21

And may we make a plea - if you've got the book and like it - PLEASE do pop along to Amazon and post a review which you can now do.

I made soda bread once - a beautiful, wholemeal loaf, encrusted with all sorts of seeds. I had a slice, dh and ds1 had a slice, and I left the rest safely (I thought) on the kitchen table, in a plastic box, whilst we all went out.

Bloody bastard dog stole it and ate it all. angry

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-May-14 12:25:07

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Nooooo! If it makes you feel any better, I left the sandwich I'd made for lunch with it at home on the counter in the kitchen today and only realised when I arrived at MNHQ.

We need cake to soothe our pain, Catherine.

Viviennemary Thu 08-May-14 12:42:14

I've just gone to Amazon and no reviews yet. Looking forward to reading them. Just one thing sometimes you can search inside book at Amazon which I always like to do and it usually makes me buy it.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-May-14 14:17:06

Viviennemary - if you look at our cookbook page there's now a sneak peek inside the book.

Viviennemary Thu 08-May-14 15:14:10

Thanks very much. I'll go and look now.

Mignonette Thu 08-May-14 15:20:49

Who devised the Mutant Ginger Turtle cookies?

Most excellent!

I have now persuaded three local book shops to order it in.

<shines my star of gold>

Spikeinhiscoat Thu 08-May-14 16:44:49

I've just ordered my copy (thanks, MN), and look forward to salivating over the recipes (I hope it becomes a much-used reference, as I need some new ideas)

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-May-14 17:08:44


I think the usernames of those who contributed the original recipes should be included, because even if the recipes were reworked and tested, the inspiration came from the contributors. Mumsnet is nothing without its contributors, the contributors are mumsnet. A recipe book by a corporate person is so much less interesting than a recipe book by a group of real mums.
It has made me stop and think. We share ideas and knowledge as well as opinions and experience on the mumsnet threads. When it becomes 'the intellectual property of mumsnet' does that mean that mumsnet is going to assume the right to the business exploitation of its contributor's posts without any acknowledgement? This would seem a bit extreme to me. Also of course it makes for a better book if the contributors get their byline (as long as they agree to be named)

Hi funnyperson,
Completely see where you're coming from and in our other books we've always taken this approach. We did just think this time it would be too hard to attribute recipes that often were combinations of many on the site and sometimes heavily adapted after testing by the books authors so as not to really look too much like the original any more.

If you read the book, though, it's absolutely clear from the foreword on that it's a collaborative effort and the 1000s of recipes posted on Mumsnet over the years are the book's inspiration - the last thing we'd want to do is to deny credit where it's due.

RockinHippy Thu 08-May-14 17:29:27

It looks great & love the video, though TBH not sure I'm so keen on the title

& I can vouch for the recipes needing to be tweaked, the ones I tested just didn't work at all & needed to be changed, added a few cheap cheats to make it cheaper & easier too - so if you are not a confident cook, the books probably a better idea as you wont be wasting ingredients, as tried, tested & fixed too smile

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-May-14 18:39:41


It looks great & love the video, though TBH not sure I'm so keen on the title

& I can vouch for the recipes needing to be tweaked, the ones I tested just didn't work at all & needed to be changed, added a few cheap cheats to make it cheaper & easier too - so if you are not a confident cook, the books probably a better idea as you wont be wasting ingredients, as tried, tested & fixed too smile

Ha! Strictly entre nous there were few, shall we say, raised eyebrows to the title here at MNHQ too. I'm afraid I have to take responsibility as I actually threw it out there (amongst a lot of other ideas) and didn't really expect the publishers to like it but they really did and there was no turning back! We took the view that they are the experts - Bloomsbury really are the doyens of cookbooks. So fingers crossed it doesn't put people off.

KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-May-14 18:53:58


Here's a video of RebeccaMumsnet making the fabulous Three-Minute Sponge from Top Bananas! I think it's fair to say that she's quite a serious fan of this recipe wink.

Optimism Thu 08-May-14 22:47:19

Wordery are selling it the cheapest I can find - and free worldwide delivery.

flapinko Fri 09-May-14 10:20:24

I love the title and the book itself is brilliant, I want to cook pretty much everything in it. Well done Mumsnet!

Pandx Fri 09-May-14 11:39:52

My book arrived yesterday and the recipes I've looked at so far sound great and actually seem really doable for someone who isn't the best of cooks (understatement).

I really needed some inspiration and I'm already excited about trying the Thai curry recipe and the brownies at the weekend. For me to actually be looking forward to cooking is unheard of! I hope they taste as nice as they look.

Pandx Fri 09-May-14 11:41:04
Mignonette Fri 09-May-14 11:45:54


Bung it all in the food processor and it takes about 30 seconds!

Aliama Fri 09-May-14 15:41:02

I found it in Tesco today for £9. Haven't had a chance to look through it though.

Ladyface Fri 09-May-14 15:53:59

My pre-ordered copy just arrived! Will report back when the jury (dcs) have given their verdict.

BoffinMum Fri 09-May-14 16:44:29

Tell you what, Rebecca is great in that film. We should have her on SuperScrimpers!

BerniesBurneze Fri 09-May-14 18:39:45


I did not know you had other books!! Are you running a competition to win one of your cookbooks at all MNHQ?

Congrats by the way - it looks fab.

Lilybensmum1 Sat 10-May-14 08:29:44

Recieved my copy yesterday, love it! so many recipes to try can't wait, well done mumsnet you always come to the rescue!

Cantdothisagain Sat 10-May-14 08:50:15

Devils on horseback bread made this morning. Smells divine. Tastes good too - think will try freezing in slices as will be useful to have in. Not sure it needs a boiled egg with it as suggested - good with grilled or roasted cherry tomatoes I reckon. But it's very good and easy!

catsareeasier Sat 10-May-14 10:53:49

So - totally off topic, but just nosey: is RebeccaMumsnet in her own kitchen on YouTube? Or whose little dog is looking plaintively in through the kitchen door of the same kitchen while Anjum Anand makes scrummy tarka dhal?? (about 45 seconds in!).

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sat 10-May-14 11:45:15

I'm laughing at the recipe for strawberry sauce smuggly stating that it's much better than shop bought -without nasty additives etc true dat and then another recipe advocating the use of pots of ready made custard not even the fresh stuff

That said, I do like the look of the cow girl stew.

Will reserve full judgement until I can look at an actual copy in my sweaty paws

Oh god I just made the 3 minute sponge and ate the lot blush

This sort of immediate gratification should Not Be Allowed.

Wanders off to find willpower

RockinHippy Sat 10-May-14 15:55:33

Inspired posting the 3 minute pud recipe video grin

I wasn't going to by the book as I cook a lot & generally make my own recipes - BUT 11yr old DD who has a natural talent for cooking & makes better bread that I can ever hope to but is a real lazy moo & it's bloody hard work getting her involved with any cooking at home at all hmm took no persuading at all to make that pud - so I've ordered her a copy grin

Mignonette Sat 10-May-14 20:23:18

No matter how lovely they might be, most kitchens are unsuitable for filming. This kitchen is most likely hired out for this purpose because of good light and easy access.

Cantdothisagain Sat 10-May-14 20:51:07

Made the sea bass with tomatoes tonight. Really nice - I wouldn't say it looks as posh as the blurb suggests tbh and personally wouldn't put it in the 'food for guests' category but it tastes good and is an easy, tasty, healthy dinner.

Cantdothisagain Sun 11-May-14 09:02:59

On a roll- fluffy eggs for breakfast... Mmm... Easy and would be great for breakfast for guests. Or actually for dinner with ham under the cheese, maybe some asparagus...

glorious Sun 11-May-14 20:12:33

I made and ate the entire 3 minute sponge pud on the spur of the moment while home alone blush It's dangerous.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 12-May-14 09:32:41

I'm holding out to get a copy in Tesco for £9. If they can sell it that cheap, why is it so much more expensive everywhere else?

flapinko Mon 12-May-14 09:51:46

I am a terrible baker and made the Everyday Lemon Drizzle Cake yesterday and it was perfectly moist and lemony! Really pleased with myself. Gonna try the Fluffy Eggs next.

Cantdothisagain Mon 12-May-14 10:08:53

Banana bread made - it's very cake like - but it's very nice. Again nothing new but good basic recipe and we all liked it.
Ignoring the three minute sponge....!!!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-May-14 10:25:37

So pleased to hear the recipes are going well. Can we please, please ask you to pop along and post a review on Amazon to get the ball rolling? Who's going to be first?

Cantdothisagain Mon 12-May-14 10:36:10

I've never written an Amazon review! I don't want to out myself here by identifying myself there... If it were anonymous, I would.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-May-14 12:14:09

BerniesBurneze - you can read about all the books Mumsnet has published so far here.
We did run a competition on Twitter last week to give away a few copies.

InspirationFailed Mon 12-May-14 13:07:20

I just made the 3 minute cake from Rebecca's YouTube video - yum! And very easy to do, I just used an electric whisk and it was even quicker!

I divided the mixture between kid sized bowls and made individual ones for them. They loved it!

InspirationFailed Mon 12-May-14 13:10:07

I reviewed on Amazon.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-May-14 13:31:58

InspirationFailed - THANKYOU!! And to everyone who's reviewed so far.

Pandx Mon 12-May-14 15:21:15

I made the Thai curry and the brownies at the weekend. First of all, the brownies are absolutely amazing, best ones I've ever tasted and....I made them!! I always thought I was a shit cook. Downside is DH says I've now no excuse not to do more baking. I did add 10 minutes to the cooking time though but am assuming my oven must be really inefficient. They are chewy and lovely and best of all took less than 10 mins to make.

Thai curry also tasted great - I did add rice to it and next time will add some prawns or chicken (as DH not keen on pure veggie stuff). Will cook again definitely - was also very easy and quick.

Mignonette Mon 12-May-14 15:23:37

Local book shop has sold THREE over the weekend.

They be vair vair pleased.

ancientbuchanan Mon 12-May-14 18:58:16

Probs with website. DH buying it as s present for,me ( so sweet) failed to notice voting button that asked to to.say if you were UK or us citizen. When applied for discount got told inapplicable to US. Rage.

So went to waterstones where the only copy had gone awol..

Rage rage

Cantdothisagain Mon 12-May-14 19:07:47

Made chicken dippers and the I made them Myself biscuits with kids today - they have been in kitchen heaven. The dippers use creme fraiche which I've never tried before in chicken nuggets but it worked very well - similar really to the buttermilk that Nigella uses.

Also made the gorgeous chocolate Traybake - oh my goodness, despite only having cocoa rather than chocolate in, it is amazing.

Armadale Mon 12-May-14 22:26:52

I made the Malt Loaf tonight for DH from the packed lunch chapter- literally the easiest baking I have ever done- using a teacup as the only measurement and the same quantity of each ingredient was inspired.

It is very, very good. too much has already been eaten

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-May-14 08:10:06

That's fab - am so pleased. Please do review on Amazon and/or Mumsnet.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-May-14 08:11:35


I made the Malt Loaf tonight for DH from the packed lunch chapter- literally the easiest baking I have ever done- using a teacup as the only measurement and the same quantity of each ingredient was inspired.

It is very, very good. --too much has already been eaten--

Ace. The whole raison d'etre was to find ways of making cooking easier. (Please share and review if you can - Amazon and/or Mumsnet smile)

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-May-14 08:12:44


Local book shop has sold THREE over the weekend.

They be vair vair pleased.

Fab - hope they put another order in. It's No. 1 in Best Sellers in Cooking for Babies & Children this morning. Whoop!

Cantdothisagain Tue 13-May-14 09:33:41

Have reviewed it on Mnet - I really like it. Much better than rivals.

Though I really don't like the title - sorry Justine- it doesn't suit the book at all.

Love the images though. And the blurbs. And most importantly the recipes!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-May-14 09:43:43


So - totally off topic, but just nosey: is RebeccaMumsnet in her own kitchen on YouTube? Or whose little dog is looking plaintively in through the kitchen door of the same kitchen while Anjum Anand makes scrummy tarka dhal?? (about 45 seconds in!).

Ok so I admit it's my kitchen and that's Kasper peeking through the window - he is cute, isn't he? [proud].

neolara Tue 13-May-14 09:43:59

Can I just say how delighted I am that you included a lemon drizzle cake in the book.......

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-May-14 16:29:00

And if you can't review the book on Amazon, do pop on over to our Reviews section and review it there.

Cantdothisagain Tue 13-May-14 16:50:31

I have posted a review on Mumsnet Catherine...

mumof2cov Tue 13-May-14 19:27:57

made a stand on your head banana bread today with my very enthusiastic three year old. turned out lovely. shall have to test out more recipes with and without my little chef. interested in the broccoli balls am wondering how they will go down wink wink

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-May-14 15:46:08

Cantdothisagain - saw that. Thanks very much.

Mumof2cov - made the banana bread myself - turns out well doesn't it?

Blatherskite Wed 14-May-14 20:15:33

Mine arrived today. I'm going to shamelessly hunt through for my name on the recipes I helped to test and then I'll pick out some others to try smile

zipzap Wed 14-May-14 22:20:35

Please can you sort out the 'look inside' feature on Amazon so I can have a quick look at it before deciding to buy it. I've got very used to virtually looking at books before buying and find it really helpful, especially with recipe books - it's nice to see the layout and the way the recipes are written out so you know if it's a nice format to follow... Thank you! flowers And a wine or winewine while we're waiting grin

RockinHippy Thu 15-May-14 13:28:43

Well I'm very impressed - DD waded straight in making the "Cheese Tomato & Thyme Muffins" which though very nice, she decided could be improved upon & off she went developing her own savoury muffin flavours

So thanks to the book, you've effectively rekindled a love of cooking in her that I've struggled to get her interested in


Goes of to munch on DDs inspired creation based on your book recipe - an "It's All Greek to Me" savoury muffinsmile

KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-May-14 14:15:09

Psst - we've now added another video of the lovely RebeccaMumsnet ably demonstrating how to make the (rather delish) Cheat's Tandoori Chicken. Have a look! And do subscribe to our YouTube channel - lots of great foodie stuff - and other useful tips and how-tos - in the pipeline.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-May-14 14:18:24

ZipZap - they're already up. If you look to the left of the book cover there are thumbnails of spreads that you can click on.

missorinoco Thu 15-May-14 19:21:55

My book has just arrived. I own lots of cookery books, but this will be one of the gems amongst it.

First recipe is being cooked tomorrow.

Minor gripe - there's so much pork in it. Pancetta in the pasta recipes etc. I understand why it is needed , but if anyone can suggest a substitute I would be eternally grateful. The only substitute I can think of is anchovies which sounds too salty.

JulesJules Thu 15-May-14 19:46:13

Made the 3 minute sponge for the dds tonight - at their request I made it orange sponge with chocolate sauce. It got the OmNomNom song which means it's a hit!

KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-May-14 21:53:28

Oh good lord JulesJules - a chocolate orange-stroke-sponge pudding?! I have the ingredients for that right now and I am SORELY tempted...

zipzap Fri 16-May-14 00:08:13

Thanks for that CatherineMumsnet - I can see them now.

To be honest, I was looking for the 'Click to look inside' logo on the picture of the book cover in the listings (several of the books that came up during the search did have it so it was obvious that Top Bananas didn't have it) so by the time I had opened up the TB page, the fact I already knew (IYSWIM) that I couldn't 'click to look inside' meant that I completely missed the the extra page images as I'd already mentally ticked that off my list as not there if that makes sense...

missorinoco Fri 16-May-14 21:30:48

The prawn and broccoli noodle dish was a big hit.

glorious Sat 17-May-14 07:41:39

Mine's arrived and I just want to ask whether you're trying to ruin all our diets?! 3 minute sponge and, even worse, 60 second cheesecake! Mmmmmmm grin

Will this be the thing that finally convinces me buy a slow cooker?

smallinthesmoke Sat 17-May-14 10:52:34

Really like this book. Just to be superficial, it's a great object- nice weighty hardback with quality paper and the photos are lovely. Full marks to the publishing team.
I'm a culinary fuckwit so things like recipes for fairy cakes and strawberry sauce are right up my street. There are even some more complicated things in it that I can- shock!- imagine making. That would surprise the hell out of my family who know I only have three recipes.. and one of them is spag bol.
DH doesn't like it quite so much though. Complains there is "too much wittering" at the beginning of each recipe. I said, it's MN in-jokes you know. He did a big sigh and said... I KNOW. Still he said he would try making some of the meaty recipes despite the "wittering" so.... result!

smallinthesmoke Sat 17-May-14 10:53:48

Perhaps I will start with the lemon drizzle cake. There is a school fair coming up.

Found the book in Tesco (£9, hurrah!). Its brilliant. We had the eggy bread this morning and are having tandoori chicken tonight. DS will be making the fruity buns soon too.

I love the speed of the recipes, that's the absolute selling point for me. The only minor gripe I have is that they keep saying that this book is to help you learn to cook. I can already cook thank you very much, was just after quick recipe inspiration!

Just reviewed it on Amazon too. Hope it's doing well.

Well my 3 year old (nearly 4 to be fair) made the one pot fruity buns this morning with only the tiniest bit of help (zesting the lemon and finishing the scooping) and they look bloody fantastic.

Blondieminx Sun 18-May-14 21:31:15

I have the serialised extracts from the Times, and made the Goodness Gravy with our roast chicken today, which was a HUGE hit, very fussy DD ate loads of dinner with it and pronounced it "really yummy!". Normally I am a granules girl blushblushblush but this has changed my mind! so thank you thanks

The actual book is on my birthday list...

Aboyandabunny Mon 19-May-14 08:12:35

We had the Thai Curry Sweet Potatoes last night with Chicken. I was 'ace' according to DS.
Salmon Espanol tonight.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-May-14 13:59:03

TheSkiingGardener - thanks for that. Those one pot buns look very impressive.

And if anyone else feels minded to pop along to Amazon and review that'd be great too!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 19-May-14 14:57:22

Just got my £9 copy in Tesco. Perfect timing for half term next week!

Not had chance to peruse it closely yet but first impressions are good - thick, glossy pages with lots of photos.

I will report back and review once I've had a closer look and tried out a recipe or 2.

glorious Tue 20-May-14 08:10:28

Ooh, good feature in the metro this morning smile

PoppyAmex Tue 20-May-14 15:45:22

Disclaimers first:

- I just received my copy (bought full price too) so I haven't tried any recipe yet
- I tested a recipe, adore to cook and always thought the idea of a MN cookbook is amazing, so I suppose I'm a captive audience

Having said that, I'm so disappointed with the poor styling and photography;

The picture on page 79 (the Broccoli and Mushroom Soup) actually made me feel slightly revolted.

I can guess the idea behind the concept, but the soup looks horrid and the bits of chewed up food everywhere are just gross.

Really want to come back and rave about the recipes. <off to choose a few to try this week>

onetiredmummy Tue 20-May-14 17:53:02

I bought it too and waiting for it to arrive grin grin grin grin will review in Amazon once its here. I like to do long reviews as well smile

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 20-May-14 17:57:26

Hi PoppyAmex - sorry to hear that you didn't like the look of the book. Have to say it was a conscious decision we made not to make the photographs look too stylised or unachievable. But hopefully the recipes will change your mind!

Cannot wait for my giveaway copy to arrive!!!!

Ladyflip Tue 20-May-14 21:13:01

Tempted to get the book as i have made the 3 minute sponge recipe this evening to the great delight of DC and a spare child who was visiting. It was great!

Cantdothisagain Tue 20-May-14 21:37:15

Made the origami fish tonight - it's not a new recipe and I make variants of it already but it's a nice version.

Beef stifado tomorrow...

plus3 Tue 20-May-14 22:07:01

It is always out of stock at my local Tesco. May get to buy it at some point...

LongStory Tue 20-May-14 23:23:07

Thumbs up for the Lumberjack Stew. Had a crazy busy day on Saturday and knew I needed something easy for dinner, so popped this into the slow cooker before everything kicked off.

Five hours later, was just about to serve tea when an unexpected family turned up which made THIRTEEN of us. I won't say we were all full, but it certainly kept us going (with a bottle of wine).

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 21-May-14 08:54:01


Thumbs up for the Lumberjack Stew. Had a crazy busy day on Saturday and knew I needed something easy for dinner, so popped this into the slow cooker before everything kicked off.

Five hours later, was just about to serve tea when an unexpected family turned up which made THIRTEEN of us. I won't say we were all full, but it certainly kept us going (with a bottle of wine).

Ace - am wondering what to try next... If you could find a moment to review on Amazon & Mumsnet at some point, we'd be eternally grateful.

Cantdothisagain Wed 21-May-14 10:10:13

Got the hands off tomato sauce in the oven - if this works it's genius - less faffy than my current hidden veg sauce...
... Sighing that fussy kids have turned me into someone who makes hidden veg tomato sauce. I vowed I never would be that person.
Report to follow!

TallRedhead Wed 21-May-14 12:51:44

My copy has just arrived - Amazon £13.40!
Think I may surprise my dh with the fluffy eggs for sat morning breakfast!

useless cook who hopes this book will transform her

TallRedhead Wed 21-May-14 13:04:24

Review posted on here and I will do Amazon later smile

hotteaorcoldwine Wed 21-May-14 13:53:21

Made the broccoli fritters...but of a faff grating an entire head of broccoli...would this work with sticking it in a mini food processor do you think?

Other recipes look fab :-)

Aliama Thu 22-May-14 08:55:01

Forgot to mention I made the Chicken Scooter recipe a while back. Lovely, and very easy although some of the veg wasn't quite done after the specified time.

My free copy arrived today, thank you. I have immediately picked out Heavenly Chocolate Tray Bake (minus the nuts) for my children to make tonight and take to school tomorrow. Will have a good browse later, really like the quick meals chapter on first glance plus the one pot wonders....

Cantdothisagain Thu 22-May-14 13:35:49

The tray bake is lovely, AnonymousBird...

Good Good, thanks for that Cantdothisagain, as we have very limited making time tonight and it looks quick and perfect for our needs and no baking, just fridge time is ideal!

The Heavenly Chocolate Tray Bake was amazing. It was the first plate to sell out at the cake sale!

Cantdothisagain Fri 23-May-14 21:57:22

Yay! I loved it too.

Have also had some success with 3 minute sponge. I need to have another go to perfect our technique!

glorious Sun 25-May-14 16:28:22

Mmmm the devil on horseback bread is delicious. First attempt at anything in the slow cooker on the way (kleftiko, smells lovely).

Numbers123 Sun 25-May-14 17:11:25

Hi ladies,

I cooked the feta, spinach and mushroom pie in filo pastry receipe yesterday - was yummy but no one would try it without meat...ahhh!

So suggestions? I was thinking chicken would go well with it but no idea as to how much to add or at what stage I add it (is it ok just browned off)? so if anyone has done this recepe and added meat to it, please shout

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-May-14 11:58:08

Anonymousbird - success on the school cake stall - that's the best challenge yet for one of our recipes!

TallRedhead - thanks. EVERY review on Amazon makes a real difference.

Cantdothisagain Mon 26-May-14 21:11:35

Mexican chilli chicken was the easiest dish I've ever made I think! And it went down v well- and could be tinkered with - amazingly easy good food.

zipzap Mon 26-May-14 22:25:23

Numbers Make the pie again and call it chicken surprise pie - then when they eat it and like it - they discover that they do actually like a pie without meat in.

The surprise is that there is no chicken, it escaped grin

ThePhysicianUnknown Wed 28-May-14 18:00:55

So, I made ham today.

Basically, this means that with a £4 gammon joint I've made the same amount and quality of ham that I would buy from the butchers for, well, more than £4! It's really good ham.

And the brownies! If you have the book, you have to try the brownies. I've made two lots!

We've tried a few of the other recipes and personally I would tweak them a bit, but that's the joy of cooking.

I'll try and review properly on Amazon later.

Catherine - it sold out in minutes apparently. DS rather brazenly put £1.00 on each slice (shock) as opposed to the usual 50p and this did not deter the punters at all!!!!

I did the ham, which was delicious, though IMHO the rub needs combining with a teensy bit of water in order to stick to the ham for basting (or did I miss something in the instructions?!). Good combo though.

The DC have just made Victorious Sponge with almost no intervention from me, other than in and out of the oven. It looks quite thin, however, I think once it has filling etc it is going to come good. Will report back once they've got the finished article!

We are on a roll with the book, so far so good, but I want to try out a few more before doing a more rounded Amazon review.

And, I must add that, like one of the Amazon reviewers, it might have been helpful in the (delicious sounding) slow cook chapter to have a quick alternative. I am going to assume that generally it will be "lob it in the casserole and in at a low temp for X hours", but I don't have a slow cooker and (gasp horror) I have absolutely no intention of getting one so that is my one slight disappointment so far. Won't stop me trying them out though!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-May-14 20:48:34

Well I did "the vitamin injection" soup today - which I admit is not the catchiest title but it was delicious. (I used a packet of pre chopped squash and sweet potato so it was even easier).

Also made the Soda bread to go with it. Now that is an amazing recipe - can't believe I can make break with no yeast, kneading etc. (I would say I found it impossible to pick it up and make a ball - was too runny so I just dolloped it onto baking tray with a spoon - but that was possibly cos I used semi-skimmed not whole milk?)

BeattieBow Mon 02-Jun-14 10:02:13

I made the ladies who lunch tart yesterday. Sadly not for ladies who lunch, but for the dcs.

They loved it! so well done. It's now on my menu list. Tonight its the pasta/ricotta bake. (it's a week of mn recipes for us this week - next week it's a Girl Called Jack!).

Unfortunately the night before the sweet potato thai red curry didn't go down well - it was too spicy for all of them (I liked it though!).

Cantdothisagain Mon 02-Jun-14 10:23:10

Brownies were a hit here too. And the pork and apple casserole worked well for fussy kids and grown ups alike. Kleftiko on menu for later this week.

barefootcook Tue 03-Jun-14 10:07:01

Has anyone tried the ice cream cone cupcakes? I am keen to make them for a birthday party but will need to bake them the day before. If I do this, will the come go soggy?

I have my eye on the lamb and butternut squash stew for tomorrow. Weather due to be foul, so stew just feels right!

ShineSmile Tue 03-Jun-14 13:38:38

Where is the cheapest place to get a copy of the book?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 03-Jun-14 14:10:33

ShineSmile well it's on Amazon for 9 which is pretty good and presumably Tesco is stocking it at a competitive price too.

onetiredmummy Wed 04-Jun-14 11:54:12

I made the lunchbox bars, baked them for the stated time & bloody hell they could break your teeth they are that hard. First lot in the bin, shall I take down the cooking time a bit for the next load?

ScienceRocks Wed 04-Jun-14 14:15:53

Made the salmon espagnol last night, it was very nice indeed, and very nice and easy smile

AgathaHannigan Wed 04-Jun-14 22:10:50

£9 on amazon!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 05-Jun-14 13:52:30

Can report success with the Kleftiko yesterday - I had it on low in the slow cooker for 8 hours - think it would happily go for 10...

Cantdothisagain Thu 05-Jun-14 14:47:34

Justine I too made the kleftiko yesterday - was in for 8 hours too and meat came out beautifully tender.
I reckon it's a forgiving recipe and anything from 7 up to 10 hours would work fine - the lamb generated lots of fat which I guess basted it too..

CecyHall Thu 05-Jun-14 17:17:00

I bought this book yesterday (and got it with my Sainsburys brand match coupon so it only cost me £3!).

I love the look of so many of the recipes and can't wait to try them.

I'm also enjoying the suggestions here- especially the ham with fluffy eggs idea as I want to do it for dinner (we aren't breakfast people) and that will make it just the job.

ShineSmile Thu 05-Jun-14 17:18:47

Just ordered mine off Amazon - really excited now! grin

BeattieBow Fri 06-Jun-14 20:49:54

we've had such success this week with the burgers (both meat and veggie), emergency noodles (or whatever they're called) and the chickpea and potato curry. oh and the ricotta and tomato pasta bake.

and also the ladies who lunch tart.

Tonight was salmon espanol and the three minute pudding (delicious but I needed to double up ingredients).

I wish there were more veggie recipes in it though.

Can you actually bug this in a shop? I tried waterstones, eh smiths, a local bookshop and supermarket and no one stocks it, is it only on amazon?

ShineSmile Fri 13-Jun-14 14:36:26

Got my copy and really looking foward to trying out many of them.

I made the chocolate fridge cake yesterday and it came out lovely but it didn't set. I did substitute butter with vitalite (as we are dairy free). Could it be that?

ThePhysicianUnknown Sat 14-Jun-14 10:08:31

Shine if the Vitality is soft and spreadable straight from the fridge, then yes, possibly. I'm not sure if there are any dairy free substitutions that would be as solid as cold butter?

ThePhysicianUnknown Sat 14-Jun-14 10:09:39

Social I think Tesco stock the book, and some bookstores but not sure which ones.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Jun-14 13:44:01

ShineSmith - yes you have to use block margarine rather than a tub spread or it won't harden up.

SocialButterfly - we're going to get a full list of stockists from the publisher and will post it here as soon as we have it.

CecyHall Tue 17-Jun-14 20:08:44

Oh my gosh- made the pulled pork tonight. Possibly the best thing I have ever made in my cooking life.

Also made the lunch bars with the baby, they went down well.

And yesterday I made the sticky chicken which was also really good (even though I don't think it should be in the lunch box section)

FuriousDuckling Wed 18-Jun-14 15:01:25

I LOVE this book. I am a total cooking idiot and have already made about 8 of these recipes that have (insultingly) surprised dh with how yummy they turned out.

Agree with AnonymousBird and the Amazon reviewer though that it would be useful in the slowcooker chapter to have alternative cooking instructions. I am not allowed any more cooking gadgets taking up space! But the recipes in that chapter look lovely and I am envy

Does anyone know how to "translate" the recipes to hob or oven cooking?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Jun-14 15:11:14

FuriousDuckling/AnonymousBird - You're quite right and in our next book (of course you'll all have to keep reviewing the current one brilliantly on Amazon for that to happen) we'll definitely do that with any slow cooking recipes we feature.

Thanks Catherine.

Duckling, yes, agree a rule of thumb translation guide would be useful! Low oven, chuck it all in the casserole is what I would mostly try but something a bit more prescriptive may be needed for some recipes?? Not sure, have no slow cooker experience, so welcome the views of someone who does.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Jun-14 17:22:11

SocialButterfly - have just heard back from the publishers. You can buy it in Tescos, Sainsbury's, WH Smith and Waterstones. But if you can, always best to give the latter two a call to check it's in stock before you make the journey.

FuriousDuckling Thu 19-Jun-14 10:11:12

I bought mine in Costco! Just need to work out how/if you can review something on Amazon if you didn't buy it there...

Catherine thanks for response on slow cooking. Anonymous let us know how your experiments go!

Thank you mnhq I got it in tesco in the end. Definitely none in my local waterstones.

ScienceRocks Tue 01-Jul-14 07:28:34

CatherineHMumsnet, could you put non-slow cooker instructions. On this thread please? I'm sure many of us would happily add them to our books, and we will all be ever so grateful <hopeful emoticon>

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Jul-14 15:41:38

ScienceRocks I won't be able to I'm afraid. Working out non-slow cooker instructions is something someone with greater culinary skills than I would need to do. And the USP of this book is how many times each recipe has been tested, so even if I was able to make an educated guess, that different method wouldn't have been tested out on the specific recipe.

But - if there's anyone reading this, that has the book and feels qualified to work out the timings themselves and test it, please do go ahead!

ScienceRocks Tue 01-Jul-14 18:16:25

Would the book authors do it?

<remains optimistic>

<<equally remaining optimistic>>

I can tell you that I made the Beef Stifado and instead of doing it in the slow cooker I doubled the liquid and put it in the oven on 170 for 2 hours.

It was beautiful.

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