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Lorraine Pascale: Join her for webchat TONIGHT (Thursday 29 November), 9-10pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 27-Nov-13 12:26:15

To celebrate the launch of Mumsnet's new-look food and recipe section we've invited some very special guests to come and join us for webchats to chat about food. And with Christmas just round the corner, they'll be on-hand to help you prepare a feast to remember for Christmas 2013.

We're delighted that LORRAINE PASCALE is kicking off our series of foody chats and is joining us tomorrow (Thursday 28 November) evening between 9 and 10pm.

Other guests will be Natalie Coleman (Monday 2 December, 1-2pm) and James Martin on Friday 6 December (1.45-2.45pm).

Lorraine last joined us at Mumsnet in September 2012 when she told us about how she started out, baking with her daughter and the secret behind cooking and maintaining a whiter than white T-Shirt whilst at the stove. This time she's going to be telling us about her latest book A Lighter Way To Bake and answering your questions about cooking and baking for Christmas.

Join Lorraine tomorrow between 9 and 10pm or post a question to her in advance. Everyone who joins the webchat will be entered into a draw to win one of three copies of A Lighter Way to Bake.

ptpan Wed 27-Nov-13 16:50:58

Omg!!
Lorraine I absolutely love you!as does my Dh,for the simple reason that everything I cook from your book 'home cooking made easy' actually works!
I'm not the best cook at all,but the recipes are easy to follow and I haven't yet had anything that hasnt come out less than perfect.
Im actually going to make your chicken teriyaki dish in about 10mins,made it last week for the first time-massive hit,dh said it was better than a takeaway-praise indeed.
Also made your raspberry muffins yesterday which are amazing and dh took one to work today and text me saying people had 'muffin envy'
Sorry having really got a question just your book has made cooking and baking so enjoyable for me so Thankyou sooooo much!!

gaggiagirl Wed 27-Nov-13 18:12:01

Hi Lorraine!

Who is cooking your Christmas dinner? If you are doing it tell us all about it.

You are beautiful as is your cooking style.
Can't wait to see you on tv again.

NumTumRedRum Wed 27-Nov-13 18:23:03

Hi Lorraine, I love your recipes, they all work beautifully. I even tried the chorizo fougasse ... and it worked! What's your tip for lightening mince pies? I love them but they are high in fat and sugar. Thanks in advance!

DeathByLaundry Wed 27-Nov-13 19:58:03

Lorraine you are my current girl crush blush

It's my DH's birthday on Saturday. I'd love to make him something impressive but easy (I can make basic stuff but mostly puddings and muffiny things, all very forgiving). Any suggestions?

Shelley11 Wed 27-Nov-13 22:59:14

HI Lorraine
Love your recipes finally someone's recipes who actually turn out the same as the book I love them. Also when are you coming to Western Australia?
We would love to have you over here. smile

BlondieTinsellyMinx Thu 28-Nov-13 08:05:12

Another big fan here! Thanks for coming back for another webchat, yay smile

Your baking is so incredibly neat and precise - mine normally tastes good but sometimes seems a bit...wonky blush what's your top tip for sharpening up presentation, please?

Annianni Thu 28-Nov-13 09:07:33

Hi Lorraine,

Our favourites are the Oreo lollypops (they sold out straight away at our school cake sale)
And the 21st century bread.

My question is...

When will we be seeing you on tv again?

BarfaStewart Thu 28-Nov-13 09:18:24

Hello Lorraine, I have a pastry question: I keep my (wooden) rolling pin in the fridge, so help keep the pastry cool which DH seems to think makes me a bit odd but, is it worth getting a marble/ceramic rolling pin instead.

Thank you.

LESuffolk Thu 28-Nov-13 14:27:57

Hi Lorraine,

I am the Editor of the Mumsnet Suffolk pages and wondered if I could post one of your recipes on our Facebook page here? We have one from 'A Girl Called Jack' but I wanted to ask your permission first.

Something easy, maybe festive and good to make with or for children would be lovely and all credit will be given.

I really love your books as does my daughter who is retraining as a Patissiere and she has asked me to ask you if you have any useful tips or advice for her regarding stages-where to apply, what would be a good one or general training and career tips?

Having you as a career role model has been good for her so thank you as she was a tad despairing that her original degree and career choice just wasn't for her and she knows you have worked in different careers before finding your metier.

Thanks!

LESuffolk Thu 28-Nov-13 14:32:22

Also meant to add that I would give your book away as a prize on the Suffolk site should I have my name drawn out (so not accused of corruption grin)...

FrillyMilly Thu 28-Nov-13 17:47:09

I am a huge fan and regularly refer to your books. I would like to know when you will be back on our screens but since it's already been asked, what are your favourite Christmas recipes?

fishybits Thu 28-Nov-13 17:56:18

Hi Lorraine,

If you could only take 3 ingredients and 3 pieces of kitchen equipment to a desert island, what would they be and why? there is power on this mythical island

Throughly enjoy your books, your recipes actually work which can't be said for every TV chefs book!

amouseinawindmill Thu 28-Nov-13 18:40:30

Hi Lorraine
We use your baking recipes a lot at home, they always seem to work a dream.
But we have a problem, we cannot find your recipe for the biscuits with melted sweets in the middle (like stained glass): it is nearly Christmas and our tree will look bare without them!
Is this recipe in one of your books? I will buy it just on the strength of that recipe!
Thank you

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HectorVector Thu 28-Nov-13 20:28:17

Hello Lorraine, I'm after Christmas pudding ideas that are not Christmas pudding, Christmas cake or mince pies? I want something that tastes 'festive' but can't stand raisins or currants. It also needs to have no alcohol in it, because I have a 3 year old. Do you have any ideas?

LorrainePascale Thu 28-Nov-13 20:57:41

Gosh, this recipe is not in any books as was done for the christmas special. I will try and dig it out and put it on my website for you :-)

LorrainePascale Thu 28-Nov-13 20:59:16

HectorVector

Hello Lorraine, I'm after Christmas pudding ideas that are not Christmas pudding, Christmas cake or mince pies? I want something that tastes 'festive' but can't stand raisins or currants. It also needs to have no alcohol in it, because I have a 3 year old. Do you have any ideas?

How about a christmas yule log? with pomegranates on top and mint leaves. You could make it out of chocolate?

LorrainePascale Thu 28-Nov-13 21:00:00

amouseinawindmill

Hi Lorraine
We use your baking recipes a lot at home, they always seem to work a dream.
But we have a problem, we cannot find your recipe for the biscuits with melted sweets in the middle (like stained glass): it is nearly Christmas and our tree will look bare without them!
Is this recipe in one of your books? I will buy it just on the strength of that recipe!
Thank you

I will try and dig it out as it is not in any of the recipe books and if I find it I will put it on the website in time for Christmas :-)

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 28-Nov-13 21:00:29

It's all about food-glorious-food this week on Mumsnet (incase you haven't noticed we've got a brand spanking new food and recipes section) and we're delighted Lorraine agreed to join us tonight to kick off a series of seasonal food webchats. She's going to be answering your questions over the next hour, so please give a very warm welcome, maybe even raise a glass of mulled wine to the lovely Lorraine Pascale. And don't forget all those who join the discussion will be entered into a draw to win one of three copies of her latest book A Lighter Way to Bake. Over to you Lorraine...

ghmummy Thu 28-Nov-13 21:01:29

Hi lorraine love your books, ive got two and all the recipes came out perfect. Our toddler loved your pork belly recipe. I am Just looking for some christmas ideas for our fussy toddler and baby please. Thank-you

LorrainePascale Thu 28-Nov-13 21:01:54

fishybits

Hi Lorraine,

If you could only take 3 ingredients and 3 pieces of kitchen equipment to a desert island, what would they be and why? there is power on this mythical island

Throughly enjoy your books, your recipes actually work which can't be said for every TV chefs book!

Thanks very much for your message. I would take vanilla, fruit and some icecream, so I could always have delicious food. Equipment would be my kmix, slow cooker and chopping board, and with those things I would be sorted! Thanks for the comments, very much appreciated.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 28-Nov-13 21:02:01

She beat me to it blush Lorraine is doing the webchat remotely this eve so do bear with us if we're not quite in synch. Welcome anyway Lorraine and thanks for joining us.

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