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The Hairy Bikers - Live webchat, TODAY, Monday 17 September, 1-2pm

(313 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Sep-12 16:01:23

Si and Dave are joining us for a lunchtime webchat on Monday 17 September at 1pm.

A bit of background info: The Hairy Bikers met on the set of a Catherine Cookson drama shock. Si was Assistant Director and Dave a makeup artist, specialising in prosthetics shock shock. On discovering their mutual love of motorbikes and food, The Hairy Bikers were born. Since then food has been their mission, producing several TV series and six books.

In August they embarked on a mission to change their lifestyle and lose two-and-a-half stone, while staying true to their love of great food. The Hairy Dieters gave themselves just three months to complete the mission and simultaneously produce a book, The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight which, they say is 'real food for real people, not skinny minnies'.

Kicking off at the end of September 2012, The Hairy Bikers are embarking on a whirlwind tour of the UK. If you send in a question to The Hairy Bikers or join in the webchat, you will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to not only see the Hairy Bikers live at the nearest venue to you, but to join them on stage and be cooked for by them. For more details and tickets, please go to www.hairybikers.com/tour

Chat with the Hairy Bikers at 1pm on Monday, or post a question in advance.

Poledra Thu 13-Sep-12 16:05:06

Oohhh, I love the Hairy Bikers but can't come to the webchat as I will be working angry

Need a question now - hmmm.

SuperB0F Thu 13-Sep-12 16:10:16

Mesdames, wiz zees web chats you are really spoiling us!

<unsure whether channelling the Ambassador or Yoda>

LaVitaBellissima Thu 13-Sep-12 17:46:16

Did you both just give up drinking? I find that's the only way I lose weight smile

CMOTDibbler Thu 13-Sep-12 18:19:56

<swoon>

LadySybildeChocolate Thu 13-Sep-12 18:25:40

We think you're great! smile What are your favourite foods? Given the increasing levels of childhood obesity in the UK, do you have a good way to encourage children to eat healthily?

deemented Thu 13-Sep-12 18:44:04

Ohhh fabulous! I love the Hairy Bikers! I love them even more because they are what prompted Manshape into wanting to lose weight - he reckons if they can do it so can he grin

I'll be back with a question later!

LemarchandsBox Thu 13-Sep-12 18:55:27

No question, but just wanted to say my DS thinks you're great and you've inspired a love of the 'mechanics' of cooking in him, so thanks for that!

Also, the Yummy Biscuits recipe is wonderfully adaptable - we're still finding different things to add to them.

liveinazoo Thu 13-Sep-12 18:59:37

no questions just wanted to say myself and dd2<age 8> are massive fans

Kveta Thu 13-Sep-12 19:54:53

oh yay!

we LOVED your bakation, which country did you enjoy visiting most? And (sorry, second question) what did you think of the slovak food? My DH is from the neighbouring country, and although I do love some of the cuisine, that's only after years of sampling it grin (deep fried edam with tatarska sauce is AMAZING but one step away from a heart attack).

Loved the hairy dieters too, the book is coming my way for christmas as I could do with losing a stone or three

A few years ago we came to see the theatre tour in wakefield, it was brilliant. I also have loads of your books, I've never had a failure with any recipes. <sucking up>

But my question is, what would you recommend for a three course meal that's good hearty British grub. I'm planning a dinner party and would love to say 'oh si and dave' suggested this menu blush

What are the three kitchen utensils or implements each of you cannot be without? (eg I have a sort of bowl scraper thing I use every time I make a cake).

Secondly, I am desperate to build a wood-fired pizza oven in my garden as they look wonderful. Have yuou ever used one and is it a good idea? I love cooking and making home-made pizza especially - and I think i could cook other things in it too??

Many thanks and I love your television shows. UA

ExasperatedSigh Thu 13-Sep-12 20:59:50

On the flipside to UA's question, what utensil or kitchen gadget have you found totally overrated/unnecessary? Will be interested in your answer to this as one of the reasons I love your shows is that they really demystify the cooking process. You look like normal people making everyday food but doing it really well, which is the ultimate in aspirational telly for me grin

Big fan here, keep up the good work guys smile

OhNoMyFoot Thu 13-Sep-12 21:13:31

So sorry to miss this, lovin your work boys!

My question, what is your favourite meal?

gallicgirl Thu 13-Sep-12 21:13:41

I can't be here either so if I post my question now is there a chance it will be answered?

That's not my question by the way!

"If you were to open your own restaurant, what sort of food would you serve and what would your signature dish be?"

Taffeta Thu 13-Sep-12 21:39:06

You took the fear out of pastry for me. Seeing you guys make it in a food processor = pastry epiphany. I will love you forever for this. grin I have booked front row tickets with my mates to see you next year [not a stalker, promise]

Q: What countries/regions would you like to do a series in and why?

dottyaboutstripes Thu 13-Sep-12 21:50:47

I laughed so much when I came to see your tour that I had bellyache for hours grin
I absolutely loved your meals on wheels initiative, it was so heartwarming to watch - so I wanted to ask how all of that is going. Will there be a follow-up at any point?

NinthWave Thu 13-Sep-12 21:53:25

Ah bugger, I'm going to miss this! Here's my question: Of all the food/farmer's markets you've visited in the UK, which were your favourites?

MrsKwazii Thu 13-Sep-12 22:07:51

Ooh, hello. What do you think of Vic and Bob's impressions of you?

JaquelineHyde England Thu 13-Sep-12 22:23:02

DH is a massive foodie and watches loads of cookery programmes however, if he could only pick one to watch it would be yours. You are his man crush and I don't even think he is embarressed to admit it! grin

My question quite simply is are you going to be releasing and new books or gift sets or anything in time for Christmas?

Keep up the good work because you are bloody good at it and a breath of fresh air compaired to all the rest.

TheCunningStunt Fri 14-Sep-12 07:23:22

Hello!!! Love you guys.

Right so, you can only eat one foodstuff/meal for the rest of your life or your final meal....what would it be??

ForFoxsGlacierMints Fri 14-Sep-12 08:49:44

Saw you on tour in Glasgow the last time and loved it.

My question is what are you going to do with the Spandex Catsuit from the finale because it'll be way too big now not that I want it, oh no?

chimchar Fri 14-Sep-12 09:16:47

hello! Another fan of ALL of your shows here...and my kids (2 boys and a girl) love to watch you too. You make them want to cook because your food or techniques are not "fancy" or chefy.

If you were to teach a child to cook (age 11ish) what would be your first lesson or super tip?

(if i can sneak a second question in...Where is your favourite place that you have visited?)

Thanks guys!

ShiirleyKnott Fri 14-Sep-12 09:39:40

Oh the webchats are just BRILLIANT at the moment. <glee>

Let me just get all the gushing out of the way - I love watching you so much, not just for the recipes but also because of the way you are with people you meet. I must confess to having cried numerous times while watching you meet up with your families or old friends hmm. I also make your potato bread on a regular basis and the fact that my son, who is 15 and unbearably grumpy in the morning, eats a couple of slices before school is nothing short of miraculous.

Erm, OK a question - Now that you've started eating in a more healthy way, is it going to be difficult to continue making brilliant shows like Bakaction and Best of British?

<vows NOT to miss this webchat>

TunipTheVegemal Fri 14-Sep-12 09:49:25

Welcome to Mumsnet.
I don't have a question, I just want to say I really love your programme. I love the way you really seem to enjoy the food and I hope you have as much fun losing the weight as you did putting it on smile

Saltire Fri 14-Sep-12 10:46:01

Oh I love the Hairy Bikers, their shows are the only cookery shows that we all watch as a family, and the only one I like. I have every single one of their cookery books

I'll ask a question (but mine rarely get answered).

I saw the tv show you did about Meals on Wheels and thought it was great, especially when you showed the councils how to make wholesome healthy food at very little cost, and how you motivated the communites to get involved in making sure that elderly people are getting a good hot meal and a bit of company

my question is - Have you been back to any of the meals on wheels places you visited to see if they are still providing good service? and (follow up) are you planning to get involved in more meals on wheels services across the UK,and if so will it on tv?

Finally thanks for making cooking fun! smile

Ooh, just followed the link for your tour! Will head off to get a gaggle of fellow stalkers adoring fans together for your show up this way.

My question is... who bakes the cakes for your birthdays and are they always a surprise?

Just a quick question. Can I use other colour pepper instead of green as I am allergic to green but not the others.

NettOlympicSuperstar Fri 14-Sep-12 11:06:55

What's your favourite pie from the pie book?
(just ordered it!)
We're hoping to see you at the BBC Good Food show in Glasgow soon, and v excitedgrin

Our family all love the Hairy Bikers, the tour comes here in March and we have tickets! grin

I love that you make normal, everyday food that we can all serve our families without anyone giving it the hmm look and asking "What's that?"

My question - what is your favourite "comfort food"?

Snorbs Fri 14-Sep-12 16:32:42

Big fan of your show; your enthusiasm and delight in cooking really shines through and I find it really inspiring!

An important question:- out of all the bikes you've ridden in the programmes, which has been your favourite?

ishchel Fri 14-Sep-12 16:33:20

I bought my mackem dh your Pies book for Christmas and he is now able to make more than fish pie. And now he cooks more than once a year. Can please come round to ours so you can sample one of his pies and one of my Yucatecan specialities?

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 14-Sep-12 17:59:08

Can't think of a question, just wanted to say that my dses think you are the funniest thing on the tvgrin

Actually, there's a fairly sensible question! Any plans to do a cookery programme aimed at children? You both seem to have a sense of fun that children connect with.

<starstruck>

Dear Si and Dave, I loves you both and I can't wait to go see you in Glasgow in November...going all fangirly even!

So, are you both long haired rock types? What's your favourite music/bands? Nothing to do with food, but I wanna know!

Oh, and you're rabbit casserole from the second mum's know best book is fantastic!

WerthersUnOriginal Fri 14-Sep-12 18:43:51

I love love Si and Dave!grin Just had to say thatblush. (Racks brains for intellectual question)

Ok here goes, but sorry not intellectual...when you visit people's homes to try their cooking you are both always so complimentary and kind. But have some of the dishes made you inwardly go 'Nooooo!! I can't eat it!'??

If yes, I won't ask you to say which ones, cos I know you're both lovely and wouldn't saywink

aristocat Fri 14-Sep-12 18:55:57

Hello, love you both too grin and the new dieters book is fab! My question is what is your favourite recipe from the dieter book, is it the Cheese, Leek & Onion Pasties?
Personally I like the Lamb Hotpot ...... delicious.

Bluedolphin1971 Fri 14-Sep-12 19:42:43

If you could cook a meal for a Hollywood star/s who would it be, why them and what would you cook for them?

Jackie x

loflo Fri 14-Sep-12 19:55:43

Si will you marry me? grin

GOLDdebka Fri 14-Sep-12 20:09:58

Hi Hairy Bikers blush grin

I really enjoyed the honesty of The Hairy Dieters, especially hearing about Si's upbringing, my mum and I had a tear in our eyes when you talked about your schooldays. That series meant a lot to me as I've lost 8 stone in the last year, and have had to deal with a lot of Issues around food. I still have a little way to go however.

My question is- are you continuing to lose weight, and if you are at a weight you are happy with, how are you finding maintaining it?

Thank you smile

McKayz Germany Fri 14-Sep-12 20:48:43

No question here either but wanted to let you know that my 3 year old son Dylan loves you. He's asked to see you as his birthday present so we're going to the good food show. He is always helping to cook.

Actually I do have a question from Dylan. Will you come to his party in December? grin

BlackCatsAndPurpleDogs Fri 14-Sep-12 20:56:02

Hi Si and Davesmile
Love your enthusiasm for food.

One question -

I am vegan, and find there is a complete lack of even vegetarian cookery shows, never mind vegan. I think it should be made law that any recipe in a book or on the telly should always have a vegan alternative shown at the same time. What do you think grin

NoobytheWaspSlayer Fri 14-Sep-12 21:49:54

Hello Boys!

Love your work, especially hairy dieters - just wanted to know what you have coming up next?

kotinka Fri 14-Sep-12 22:42:55

My question is for Dave Myers.

Will you let me massage you all over in olive oil?

charmed6266 Fri 14-Sep-12 23:10:51

Hi Si and Dave smile

Love your shows and recipes!

My question is: what is your earliest memory of cooking, what were you making and was it edible?

Will look forward to see you in Birmingham smile

Cremolafoam Sat 15-Sep-12 00:07:51

Dh wants to know about vegetarian gelatine and can you use agar interchangeably- it is a random / slightly drunk question but thought you two
Might know grin < wine taken>

Cremolafoam Sat 15-Sep-12 00:09:03

Ps we Lurve you- actual tears wept during family thingy meet up in Romania - sniff

FairPhyllis Sat 15-Sep-12 02:45:32

What's your favourite restaurant in Newcastle? I'm asking because I'm from there but whenever I go back all the places and restaurants have all changed.

FairPhyllis Sat 15-Sep-12 02:47:30

Oh I love that you met on a Catherine Cookson set btw! I'd always wondered how you became the Hairy Bikers.

MCT76 Sat 15-Sep-12 08:39:29

First and foremost, I need to say that you are both brilliant, funny, inspiring and unpretentious unlike many so-called chefs on the box and that I always look forward to your programmes.

Well done on the weight loss and on showing people that you can eat healthily and still enjoy some delicious food...However, my question is: now that you've lost so much weight, how are you going to continue on your calorie-laden travels without sacrificing your waistline?

SirGOLDBoobs Sat 15-Sep-12 11:53:29

Oooh where's that poster that had an inappropriate Hairy Bikers dream?!

Hi guys - think you're both superb. Your programmes always make me giggle, and I love the healthy by still enjoyable menus you've created recently.

What's your favourite healthy snack? (And biscuit...!)

BupcakesandCunting Sat 15-Sep-12 13:35:51

Oooh the Hairy Ones <swoon> My mum, MIL and I regularly scrap over you blush

You both look even more dashing post weight-loss. Can you honestly say that you aren't compromising your love of good food for being svelte. I ask this as a <ahem> voluptuous woman who can't equate being thin with being able to enjoy food. Am I wrong?

TheCrackFox Sat 15-Sep-12 13:58:22

Why, why, why are all the good web chats on when I am at work? So not fair.

Loved the Hairy Dieters series.

My question is have you lost anymore weight or some crept back on?

SESthebrave Sat 15-Sep-12 14:12:47

Fantastic to have you both on for a web chat smile

My question is could you recommend a recipe or two that will be quick and easy to make, as I have a 3mo DD, but that will help my DH with his health issues whilst being something he will enjoy. He has high blood pressure, high cholesterol,borderline diabetes and is overweight. He is trying to lose weight but loves his carbs.

Thank you smile

milk Sat 15-Sep-12 15:41:46

The Hairy Bikers grin

What is your favourite comfort food?

jchocchip Sat 15-Sep-12 17:18:13

Just ordered the book, enjoyed the program. Are you still cycling and do you eat extra when you exercise a lot?

vnmum Sat 15-Sep-12 18:01:58

My question is: What is your favourite sausage from the range at Mainsgill? (My mum works there and has served Si a few times smile)

reastie Sat 15-Sep-12 19:04:32

Great. Loved watching the hairy dieters series recently - very inspirational, especially as I'm trying to lose weight at the minute too (over 2 stone down.....but 3 to go hmm ).

I'd like to know how much weight have you now both lost (looking fab btw grin ) and if you are still keeping to the meagre 1300 kcals you were limited to during the show and if so then how on earth do you do it ?

We've been eating your skinny recipies, dead good.

QUESTION: What are your favourite bodily noises?

We all love you age 5 to 45.

GOLDdebka Sat 15-Sep-12 21:40:44

Favourite bodily noises????? HA!! grin

I have watched a lot of your lovely TV series , I especially liked the Bakeation .
I've looked for a book of the series , and haven't seen one . Is there one ?

But my real question is the same as I asked Lorraine Pascale ..

My dream TV show would be a celebrity version of The Great British Bakeoff , would you take part , if you were asked ?

mummybare Brazil Sun 16-Sep-12 09:28:20

Hi Si and Dave! I loved your Hairy Dieters series, as did my husband, who would like to lose a few stone pounds, but is addicted to sausages. So my question is: is there a way of cooking a tasty sausage alternative at home with less fat and salt, without using any fancy machines?

Also, is there a book to accompany the series? I'm sure my hairy dieter would be delighted to find it in his stocking if there is.

Thanks guys!

FleeBee Sun 16-Sep-12 10:02:07

Hello Hairy Bikers I missed your dieting series which sounds like it was brilliant.
I love rich creamy food and cheese, not great I know. Can you make delicious food by avoiding these ingredients? Please say you can!

ChoccyJules Sun 16-Sep-12 10:49:19

Hello Dave and Si,

My question is about white bread. We read that it has bad GI and therefore affects weight. My favourite 'meal' of all time is freshly baked crusty white bread with butter. My favourite comfort meal is white toast and butter. Am I doomed or is there a tasty, healthy alternative with that unashamedly 'white bread' taste? (I have three stones to lose :-( )

reastie Sun 16-Sep-12 11:49:31

golddeb - trust you to lower the tone grin

goingcuckoo Sun 16-Sep-12 14:33:07

Hi, we're all big Hairy Biker fans in this house, and have all the cookbooks so far!
My question is as you're cooking such great food all day every day, do you ever just go home and think "can't be bothered with cooking" and put your feet up?!
I bet you live on baked beans on toast and Pot Noodles really, don't you... [grin}

goingcuckoo Sun 16-Sep-12 14:34:53

Argh, emoticon fail - meant to be a big cheesy grin at the end of that sentence! grin

BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Sun 16-Sep-12 16:18:44

Sadly I will miss this one as well, as I have to go to work. Damnation that I didn't marry a wealthy man ...

peggyblackett Sun 16-Sep-12 17:19:19

Why no tour visits to the south west? Please come and tour here! smile

savemefromrickets Sun 16-Sep-12 19:32:32

I've recently bought a Cobb which has revolutionised our camping cooking. What's the best thing you've ever cooked on one?

Badvoc Sun 16-Sep-12 21:23:12

Hello Si and Dave
My question is:
If you had done something very bad and were on death row (god forbid obv) and you had to pick your last meal, what would it be?
Thanks!

tethersend Sun 16-Sep-12 23:28:19

I love you guys.

Thanks to you I've lost a stone in a month.

But there's one searing question I just have to ask:

Where the actual fuck do you get those little oval foil pie dishes? I've lost the will to live trying to find them.

herecomesthsun Mon 17-Sep-12 03:16:54

What are your top tips for keeping weight off once you've lost it please?

pinkdragonfly18 Mon 17-Sep-12 09:35:36

I am egg intolerant and really struggle trying to find good recipes that don't contain egg. Please do you know of fruit cake recipes that I can used for everyday and in particular for a Christmas Cake. Also, is it possible to make royal icing without egg white. Yours eggstremely gratefully!

BurningBright Mon 17-Sep-12 09:41:21

I love your food and really enjoy trying new recipes, but I don't have a very receptive audience. My daughter (aged 6) is reluctant to try anything new and greets all efforts to encourage her to widen her food repertoire with great suspicion.

Any idea on how I can get her to try new foods so that we can sit down together and eat the same meal instead of me eating something delicious and her eating chicken sodding nuggets again?

maltamoose Mon 17-Sep-12 09:42:14

Hi Si & Dave,

I'm a massive fan of your show and think you are both amazing chef's,Iv seen you visit many many places around the world. Do you have any plans to visit Malta as this is where I live and would the chance to meet you both in person and see you cooking live.

Many Thanks

Donna

P.s Congrats on the dieting you r doing fab.

Hen1959 Mon 17-Sep-12 09:51:03

I just love them , all i want to know is , when they gonna do à tour in the Netherlands
I sure hope they will think about it.

HopelessinNL Mon 17-Sep-12 10:01:50

Hi...
Just want to say we really love your diet book. Both my partner and I have lost over 6 kilos each and it's still dropping grin... What I'd really like to know is when will there be another diet book and if your not going to write another how can I adapt the recipes in your other books?
btw.. I wrote a blog about our experience using your diet book and was accused of being on commission wink. I wish I was, there is a whole communitie of expats here in the Netherlands eager to jump onto the Hairy diet !!!

Solo Mon 17-Sep-12 10:10:07

Helloooo!! grin Quick question for Dave!

Dave, do you happen to remember going over to the Isle of Man in 2007 and meeting a biker in Heysham (big chap, glasses)? it was bucketing down (you were moaning about the weather!) with rain...you were talking to said biker about bikes and you asked for a go on his (on the island I understand), and he said...you disappeared for an hour on it grin and loved it! it was a BMW 1200 I think; you thought it was something smaller. Anyway, Chris says hello! and we are coming to see you both in Dartford in February.

Love, love, love The Hairy Bikers!!! I'm a biker too!!!

Oh yes! love to watch you both cook too and you are looking fab ~ keep it up.x

BellaOfTheBalls Mon 17-Sep-12 10:30:53

Hello Si & Dave!

Just wanted to add my general adoration. I came to see your tour in Salford a few years back and was really inspired. I have your perfect pies book and the breakfast pie recipe is a firm family favourite (although we find it seriously improved by frying some mushrooms with the onions wink)

We have two young children and my husband doesnt get in till late. Inevitably this can mean I end up cooking two, occasionally three separate meals in the evenings. Have you got any recommendations for anything that can be made for the children in the early evening then quickly jazzed up for us once the wine is open the children are in bed?

comixminx Mon 17-Sep-12 10:31:43

Hello! I don't watch much telly normally (though currently am breastfeeding hence am rather chained to the sofa) but when I do catch one of your shows I really enjoy it. I really like the way you are two ordinary northern blokes doing stuff that is typically done by posh southerners grin.

What would you recommend in the way of an easy cook snack or light meal suitable for someone spending a lot of time on the sofa breastfeeding? Something that it's worth always having around, like toast and jam, but more substantial.

Ciske Mon 17-Sep-12 10:41:08

Hi guys! I absolutely loved your Bakeation show, and quite a few of your European recipes have become household favourites here. Are you planning to go back on the road?

sparkle12mar08 Mon 17-Sep-12 10:42:24

Hi Si & Dave! I made your Bier rocks from Bakeation to take to a beer festival recently and they were gorgeous!!

My question is this - since the end of Hairy Dieters filming how are you finding maintianing your weight? The intro to the book talks a little worryingly of 'not dieting forever' and 'now we know we can drop the pounds when we want to' - does this not strike you as a recipe for yo-yo dieting rather than a change in general lifestyle and cooking habits, which would surely consolidate weightloss and make it much, much easier to maintain?

Love, love, love all your books btw!

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Mon 17-Sep-12 10:59:27

We love you here too. My 4 year old son pointed at a picture of Dave on one of your books and said 'he looks like my Daddy' grin His Daddy is hoping to be a hairy dieter too wink

Does Si actually like cycling? Didn't think he looked too keen on the programme!

Katisha Mon 17-Sep-12 11:35:43

Our whole family watches the shows - DSs (12 and 10) very keen.

I have a question about telly cookery programmes - there are always chefs heading off to foreign parts and cooking the local specialities and presenting them to the locals.

Do you think, as we speak, that the UK is full of French/Swiss/Dutch/German/whatever television chefs showing the people of Melton Mowbray how to make a pork pie, or the locals in Neath how to make a bara brith etc? I'd like to see those programmes!

2xMummy Mon 17-Sep-12 11:36:51

Can the HBs provide a short list of the top ingredients that I should keep in my kitchen in order to cook flavourful and healthy meals for the family. Note: hearty meals as I have twin boys age 11 who 'eat for England' as an Olympic sport.

Poledra Mon 17-Sep-12 11:45:19

Quick question - how do I make nice bread in my breadmaker? I don't have time/the muscles for kneading (nor do I have a hairy Geordie on hand to do it for me, like some people!). My husband complains that the breadmaker bread is too sweet and dry. Do you have a fail-safe recipe?

PS Please note I was on this thread first - just took some time to think of my question!

Chopstheduck Mon 17-Sep-12 11:47:06

I'm loving the Hairy Dieter's tv series and bought the book with good intentions of losing some weight, but THEN the Mississippi Adventure started on Good Food and the diet has flown straight out the window!!

I sat and watched the game last night with a HUGE Po' Boy filled with salad, remoulade and fried shrimp. I blame you! grin

My question is, will there ever be a book for the Mississippi recipes? I have the iPad app, but it's just not the same!

Eve Mon 17-Sep-12 11:48:59

Do you get groupies and rude Propositions since you've been on TV?

What do your wives think?

imabiker Mon 17-Sep-12 11:52:44

hi guys when are you coming back to shropshire if at all and can i ride with you guys if i past my test before then lol trouble is i aint got a beard does that matter lol. Also would just like to say you two are honest to goodness cooks with proper food and im coming to see you in wolverhampton in november looks like a good show.

northender Mon 17-Sep-12 11:55:09

Hi. My son (11) and I have watched loads of your programmes together and really enjoyed them. What is your favourite area of the UK from a food perspective? I'm thinking of small producers/regional food rather than restaurants etc

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Sep-12 11:56:52

Great to see so many questions in for the Bikers. If you haven't already entered, it's the last chance to enter our facebook comp with the bikers to tickets to see them live. Comp closes after the webchat

Bladderama Mon 17-Sep-12 12:01:12

You two are inspirational cooks!

What cookbook has inspired your cooking the most?

MissPricklePants Mon 17-Sep-12 12:09:24

Just wantes to post to say I am a huge fan! All your recipes I have tried have been great and enjoyed by me and my dd. This may have been asked but what are staple foods in your food cupboards?? Oh and your hairy dieters book is on my christmas list!

Can I just say a very embarrassed 'sorry' please to Si and Dave. They came to Carlisle to book-sign at Xmas in 2010. I was the pathetic idiot who kept saying 'this is so exciting. Isn't this exciting? I'm so excited' while you both signed your lovely Xmas cook book for me. I am deeply blush, I promise I won't do it again grin. Can I just say you are both as lovely as you appear on TV, and very well done on the fantastic weight loss!

Hi Dave & Si
I was very disappointed that you didn't join in the dancing on Sunday Brunch yesterday! Would you ever consider going on Strictly Come Dancing? I reckon you would be great movers grin and I and many others would love to see you on it.

<please say yes!!>

QueenFuri Mon 17-Sep-12 12:21:36

oh I love the hairy bikers Si's my favorite A question um in what country does your favorite meal from and what's your no fail recipe for someone like me who can't cook?

magicstar1 Mon 17-Sep-12 12:23:43

I'm a biker too and I've put on loads of weight :-( It's affecting my ability to ride the bike...do you find it easier to ride the bikes now that you've lost the bellies?

CastielsTrenchcoat Mon 17-Sep-12 12:25:48

Hi, just wanted to say we love you guys in our house and you inspired my DS (4YO) to get into cooking with me. Loved your Bakeation. Would you consider doing a trip to Abruzzo in Italy? No tv chefs ever cover that region and it's special to my family, as well as having the nicest, kindest people and amazing food. I think you guys would do it justice and you guys would bring much needed tourism if you did a show there.

FoofFighter Mon 17-Sep-12 12:38:24

Well done on losing weight and shaping up, are you finding it hard to maintain it what with your job being on food?

FoofFighter Mon 17-Sep-12 12:40:44

Oh and come back to Elgin soon please! You were outside my (EX!) husband's work, he knew I was a huge fan, knew you were there filming and didn't phone to tell me sad angry Just learn how to say Moray properly first grin

WYorksLass Mon 17-Sep-12 12:43:28

Which country do you think has the tastiest food?

fallenempires Mon 17-Sep-12 12:47:44

Hi Si and Dave!!
Firstly congratulations to you both on your impressive weightloss.
Does this now mean that you've both re-ordered those knitted shorts in a smaller size?wink

littleshebear Mon 17-Sep-12 12:53:06

Hi, just wanted to say how much we all enjoy your programmes, I sit down and watch them with all my children 19,17,14 and 9 and we all love you to bits.The Bakeation was the best, I was so sad when it finished! Having said that, I loved the dieters programme too, the highlights being Dave saying "Hellfire," when the calorie count was revealed and the run round Dave's garden when something was in the oven.(Highlight of the Bakeation was the Norwegian programme dressing up- I laughed until I could hardly breathe.)I also really liked the less typical hairy bikerish moments eg when Si revealed his childhood struggles with weight- very moving.

I do have a question though although really posting to tell you how much we all as a family love your programmes and appreciate your sense of humour! (And the recipes too.) Sorry if it has already been asked, but what are your tips to maintain your weight? You seem to have been on a very low calorie allowance for your size, do you still calorie count now or is it a case of restricting certain foods?

scottishgirl242 Mon 17-Sep-12 12:54:05

I live in Kazakhstan (not through personal choice!) and only found out about your programme recently. I downloaded your book and have tried many recipes, enjoying them all. I have FINALLY managed to find leeks in a suspect bazaar so I'm giving the skinny beef lasagne a go tomorrow.

Anyway, my question is about bay leaves. I notice that you use them in many of your recipes and they are impossible to buy here. Not really knowing much about them, why are sometimes such a key ingredient?

Thanks and love your work!

Which country has the most nicest foods and which country did you enjoy visiting the most?
I love you programme and have really enjoyed baking your pie recipessmile

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 12:59:58

Si says: Hello, looking forward to hearing all your questions and answering as many as possible.

Hi!
<excited>

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:00:40

hello you lovely mumsnetters, Dave here. Thanks for having us today. We've just taken off an hour from rehearsing our new stage show to have a cuppa and a gas with you. Keep 'em rolling in...

GOLDdebka Mon 17-Sep-12 13:01:00

Ooo ooo!! They're here!!

<excited>

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:01:16

loflo

Si will you marry me? grin

Yes, when do you fancy? Spring or winter wedding? I don't like summer it makes you sweaty in your leathers.

McKayz Germany Mon 17-Sep-12 13:01:25

Hello!

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:02:05

pumpkinsweetie

Which country has the most nicest foods and which country did you enjoy visiting the most?
I love you programme and have really enjoyed baking your pie recipessmile

dave here, the nicest food was in India, mostly vegetarian, but the best time we had of our lives was in Argentina. Fantastic motorcycling down to Patagonia. Mississippi wasn't to shabby either! Still got the hangover.....x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:02:18

MrsKwazii

Ooh, hello. What do you think of Vic and Bob's impressions of you?

Si says: We love it, it's really flattering and they're good lads

ditas Mon 17-Sep-12 13:03:01

a question for Dave, have you ever met Delia?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:03:25

scottishgirl242

I live in Kazakhstan (not through personal choice!) and only found out about your programme recently. I downloaded your book and have tried many recipes, enjoying them all. I have FINALLY managed to find leeks in a suspect bazaar so I'm giving the skinny beef lasagne a go tomorrow.

Anyway, my question is about bay leaves. I notice that you use them in many of your recipes and they are impossible to buy here. Not really knowing much about them, why are sometimes such a key ingredient?

Thanks and love your work!

Leave them out - doesn't really matter. Just add a few nice mixed herbs and happy cooking! - Dave. x

This is so exciting, I'm so excited!! grin blush

Welcome Si and Dave.

Galena Mon 17-Sep-12 13:04:12

Love the Hairy Bikers!

We're trying to raise money for my gorgeous 3yo daughter to have a lifechanging operation. Could you possibly donate something signed to auction off at our charity night and auction? smile

McKayz Germany Mon 17-Sep-12 13:04:28

My 3 year old Dylan just wants to say Hi to Si and Dave. He's now watching your Mississippi show

thebestisyettocome Mon 17-Sep-12 13:04:44

Hello Dave and Si. DP and I loved your Hairy Dieters show and we've ordered the book which hasn't yet arrived from Amazon Your lovely blokey approach to dieting has really inspired DP to diet and he's already had some success smile

I don't really have a question but I wanted to say how lovely both your families looked. Si, your two boys came across really well; a credit to you and your wife and Dave, your wife and step-daughter are hilarious in the way they constantly tease you. I loved how they call you 'Meyers.'

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:05:15

littleshebear

Hi, just wanted to say how much we all enjoy your programmes, I sit down and watch them with all my children 19,17,14 and 9 and we all love you to bits.The Bakeation was the best, I was so sad when it finished! Having said that, I loved the dieters programme too, the highlights being Dave saying "Hellfire," when the calorie count was revealed and the run round Dave's garden when something was in the oven.(Highlight of the Bakeation was the Norwegian programme dressing up- I laughed until I could hardly breathe.)I also really liked the less typical hairy bikerish moments eg when Si revealed his childhood struggles with weight- very moving.

I do have a question though although really posting to tell you how much we all as a family love your programmes and appreciate your sense of humour! (And the recipes too.) Sorry if it has already been asked, but what are your tips to maintain your weight? You seem to have been on a very low calorie allowance for your size, do you still calorie count now or is it a case of restricting certain foods?

Dave - we're keeping the weight off and the simple solution is weigh yourself once a week. if it starts to go up, eat less. We both own scales for the first time in our life. We've eased up a lot and are in "maintenance" mode - we enjoy our food and rein in a bit if we need to. Our book actually helps us too - hope it's helping you.

imabiker Mon 17-Sep-12 13:05:42

Si and Dave my daughter wants to know are you doing book signings when you come to wolverhamptom in november

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:06:00

McKayz

My 3 year old Dylan just wants to say Hi to Si and Dave. He's now watching your Mississippi show

Hello Dylan! Hope you're enjoying the show! Dave x

WYorksLass Mon 17-Sep-12 13:06:02

I have bad morning sickness at the moment and can't face lunch...what would you tempt me with?

mum2twoloudbabies Mon 17-Sep-12 13:06:22

Hi I am currently going through the pies in the Perfect Pies book haven't made one that I haven't liked yet! But my favourite has been the fresh lemon tart (DH it was the chicken, ham and leek) but what's your favourite?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:06:57

Galena

Love the Hairy Bikers!

We're trying to raise money for my gorgeous 3yo daughter to have a lifechanging operation. Could you possibly donate something signed to auction off at our charity night and auction? smile

Contact Tim at James Grant Management and we'll do our best to help with something. Hope your little girl is ok. Dave x

scaree57 Mon 17-Sep-12 13:06:59

Coming to see you on tour in Leamington end of October with my mum, never been to see a foodie show on stage before so just wondering what to expect?

Not a question, but Dave, I've had 2 rude dreams about you. Your wife is a lucky lady! grin Love your programmes and will be trying so e of your recipes from the dieters book this week. Keep up the good work boys x

Galena Mon 17-Sep-12 13:07:29

Thank you. smile Wonderful people. smile

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:07:38

charmed6266

Hi Si and Dave smile

Love your shows and recipes!

My question is: what is your earliest memory of cooking, what were you making and was it edible?

Will look forward to see you in Birmingham smile

My first memory of cooking was soup and sandwiches of the assembled throng of me mam and her mates,, delivered with a flourish on a hostess trolley not easy for a 6 year old to get through the door. All my family are really good cooks so I for me great creative food was always part of my growing up.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:08:01

WYorksLass

I have bad morning sickness at the moment and can't face lunch...what would you tempt me with?

best not go for kippers and custard then! I bet me and Si could make you feel better with a nice comforting cottage pie. Failing that, toast and marmite always hits the spot. Hope you feel better and it'll be worth it in the end, Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:08:49

oopslateagain

Our family all love the Hairy Bikers, the tour comes here in March and we have tickets! grin

I love that you make normal, everyday food that we can all serve our families without anyone giving it the hmm look and asking "What's that?"

My question - what is your favourite "comfort food"?

Si says: Bacon sandwich and hot cup of tea.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:08:57

Hotcoffeeisamemory

Not a question, but Dave, I've had 2 rude dreams about you. Your wife is a lucky lady! grin Love your programmes and will be trying so e of your recipes from the dieters book this week. Keep up the good work boys x

Excellent! hung like a horse too - have you seen the Norway Bakation show??
love Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:10:19

mum2twoloudbabies

Hi I am currently going through the pies in the Perfect Pies book haven't made one that I haven't liked yet! But my favourite has been the fresh lemon tart (DH it was the chicken, ham and leek) but what's your favourite?

Si says: Chicken and mushroom pie, steak and ale pie, corned beef and onion, pies are for life not just for the weekend. Brings a whole new meaning to something for the weekend.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:10:48

scaree57

Coming to see you on tour in Leamington end of October with my mum, never been to see a foodie show on stage before so just wondering what to expect?

It's not just food, it's a proper evening's entertainment for all the family, from tango dancing to escapology (honest!) and a lot of tales you've never heard before - AND we'll be cooking up a couple of tasty meals which some audience members can come up and sample. People have said they don't know what to expect but we always deliver and it's a mad night out. Look forward to seeing you. Dave x

beingginger Mon 17-Sep-12 13:11:31

Hi guys, have you been watching great british bake off? who do you think will win?

Ha ha Dave, the Norway one was my favorite, not least as Take on Me was played during the show! A-ha are my favourites, love anything to do with Norway! Anyway, now you've replied to me, I need to fan myself! grin

vole3 Mon 17-Sep-12 13:11:43

Really looking forward to seeing you in Norwich in November.
What ingredient have you discovered since you started your new slimmer selves that you hadn't used before?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:12:12

WYorksLass

I have bad morning sickness at the moment and can't face lunch...what would you tempt me with?

Si says: If you have morning sickness get up in the afternoon having made mad passionate love to take your mind off it in my humble opinion, it worked for me.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:12:15

mum2twoloudbabies

Hi I am currently going through the pies in the Perfect Pies book haven't made one that I haven't liked yet! But my favourite has been the fresh lemon tart (DH it was the chicken, ham and leek) but what's your favourite?

chicken, ham and leek was my favourite too but the steak and kidney pudding is a blinder! On the pudding front, the chocolate tart takes some beating. Dave x

ElephantsOlympianParty Mon 17-Sep-12 13:12:38

Greetings!

I have an excess of borage in the garden. What's the best thing to do with it?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:13:38

vole3

Really looking forward to seeing you in Norwich in November.
What ingredient have you discovered since you started your new slimmer selves that you hadn't used before?

Agave nectar! It's a natural sweetener in the health sections of supermarkets, it's low cal and doesn't taste of chemicals. great for smoothies.
also fat free yogurt as a marinade, works great and doesn't make you fat. Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:13:58

ElephantsOlympianParty

Greetings!

I have an excess of borage in the garden. What's the best thing to do with it?

Get off your face with Pimms! Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:14:10

Snorbs

Big fan of your show; your enthusiasm and delight in cooking really shines through and I find it really inspiring!

An important question:- out of all the bikes you've ridden in the programmes, which has been your favourite?

Si says: The great thing about motorcycles is the wheels that are under your bum at any one given time are the best thing yyou ride buit we really enjoyed riding the KTMs in the Bakeation show.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:14:42

beingginger

Hi guys, have you been watching great british bake off? who do you think will win?

Fab show and for us, Mary Berry's always the winner! Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:14:48

Si says: Quick note - RachelMumsnet's typing and her spelling is pants.

lubeybooby England Mon 17-Sep-12 13:15:14

Hello grin a question for both:

What's your favourite lower calorie meal? Was there something you cooked that left you astonished that it was a lower calorie or lower fat meal?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:15:24

imabiker

Si and Dave my daughter wants to know are you doing book signings when you come to wolverhamptom in november

Not as such but we'll be making sure we have some signed books at all the theatres. Dave x

ElephantsOlympianParty Mon 17-Sep-12 13:15:48

Dave - thank you. Pimms all around it is then! When I can I expect you?

TeaTowelQueen Mon 17-Sep-12 13:16:07

Hi Bikers! I get to watch your programmes because my hubby likes to see what you're riding (and he quite likes your recipes too of course...) What are your favourite bikes to ride on your adventures?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:16:58

lubeybooby

Hello grin a question for both:

What's your favourite lower calorie meal? Was there something you cooked that left you astonished that it was a lower calorie or lower fat meal?

all of our curries. Never thought we could make meals to genuinely taste as good as the takeaways but we managed it. The korma is lovely for a softy curry - and the Jalfarezi is my favourite. There are no calories in flavour!
Go Asian for a flat belly.!
Dave x

TeaTowelQueen Mon 17-Sep-12 13:17:09

Damn, some-one beat me to it

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:17:28

ditas

a question for Dave, have you ever met Delia?

Si says: Yes, we have. We got drunk with her at Norwich football club and she's a thoroughly good lady. She's totally lush.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:18:10

fallenempires

Hi Si and Dave!!
Firstly congratulations to you both on your impressive weightloss.
Does this now mean that you've both re-ordered those knitted shorts in a smaller size?wink

some things don't shrink with a diet...... (anyway, it was a pair of socks, sadly!) Dave x

WYorksLass Mon 17-Sep-12 13:18:45

You're welcome to come and cook me cottage pie anytime!

Marmite on toast is a genius idea, why didn't i think of that? Thanks :-)

QueenFuri Mon 17-Sep-12 13:18:49

I thought that said she was a total lush! Must learn to read properly.

fallenempires Mon 17-Sep-12 13:18:58

grin

catsmother Mon 17-Sep-12 13:19:08

Hi guys,

Cheeky question .... when on your travels, do you bike all the way between locations every time, or, (^whisper^) are there other forms of transport involved ?

Love all your shows and books - have never had a recipe go wrong from them which is more than can be said for some.

HopelessinNL Mon 17-Sep-12 13:19:28

Hi
Are there an plans for a second Hairy Diet book? My partner and I have lost 6 kilos each and converted half the expats in Breda(Netherlands). However, we're rotating all the recipes now and would love some new tips..

Thanks

lubeybooby England Mon 17-Sep-12 13:19:41

Oh thank you thanks I had a feeling curry might be the answer - brilliant grin

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:19:54

TeaTowelQueen

Hi Bikers! I get to watch your programmes because my hubby likes to see what you're riding (and he quite likes your recipes too of course...) What are your favourite bikes to ride on your adventures?

I love the KTMs we had on Bakation - we rode about 8,000 miles on them and I loved the bike as much at the end in Spain as at the start in Norway. At home I also have a Suzuki Hayabusa, a Moto Guzzi California and Si has a custom chopper (especially on a Friday) and an Aprillia Caponade. Dave

goingcuckoo Mon 17-Sep-12 13:19:59

Which country have you enjoyed visiting the most on your travels?!

Actually, I have thought of a question, if it's not too late.
My 10 year old son will not eat fruit or most veg. Any tips on getting him to eat any? No problems with my other 2 children, just my 10 year old.
Thank you.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:21:07

catsmother

Hi guys,

Cheeky question .... when on your travels, do you bike all the way between locations every time, or, (^whisper^) are there other forms of transport involved ?

Love all your shows and books - have never had a recipe go wrong from them which is more than can be said for some.

90% of the time, we ride all the miles. occasionally schedules on't allow us to do the full journey but very rarely. Dave. x

TeamEdward Mon 17-Sep-12 13:21:43

What would be your "Last Request" meal?
I think mine would have to be my mum's roast beef dinner...

spababe Mon 17-Sep-12 13:21:46

Today is Meat Free Monday' so I'd love to know what your favourite vegetarian dish is?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:22:00

pumpkinsweetie

Which country has the most nicest foods and which country did you enjoy visiting the most?
I love you programme and have really enjoyed baking your pie recipessmile

Si says: The great thing about travel and food is that each individual country we visited has got something to offer and the culture of food within each nation is a great mirror of the character and personality of the any one given region or state, so it's really hard to say. Argentina was amazing because of the parisha (barbecue), the vege cuisine in India, the diversity and freshness of the food in Vietnam and Namibia was an interesting mix of cuisines.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:22:12

Hotcoffeeisamemory

Actually, I have thought of a question, if it's not too late.
My 10 year old son will not eat fruit or most veg. Any tips on getting him to eat any? No problems with my other 2 children, just my 10 year old.
Thank you.

Try making some real fruit jellies and the old trick of disguising veg in bolognaises and cottage pies etc. And if his teeth aren't falling out, don't worry too much. Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:22:28

TeamEdward

What would be your "Last Request" meal?
I think mine would have to be my mum's roast beef dinner...

Sushi! Dave. x

catsmother Mon 17-Sep-12 13:23:00

Thanks Dave .... you've just settled a long standing argument for me .... which I won !

TeamEdward Mon 17-Sep-12 13:23:14

I didn't have you pegged as a sushi man, Dave!
grin

WYorksLass Mon 17-Sep-12 13:23:43

Hehe, thanks Si, was that an offer?!

I'd get up in the afternoon if i could. As it is though, my 13 month old son is already trashing the living room as i type!

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:23:45

spababe

Today is Meat Free Monday' so I'd love to know what your favourite vegetarian dish is?

Dave - masala dosia - a rice leavened pancake from south India, stuffed with potato curry, served with spicy vegetable gravy and coconut chutney. Love it! Dave x

goingcuckoo Mon 17-Sep-12 13:24:07

Oh, I LOVE sushi! Good call smile

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:24:14

TeamEdward

I didn't have you pegged as a sushi man, Dave!
grin

I'm like a cat with a tin of whiskas! Can't stop once I start......x

Princesslovelyboo Mon 17-Sep-12 13:25:06

Hi I have a deaf/blind teenager who really wants to get into cooking, he has just started his GCSE years and has taken food tech. He would really like to specialise in Pastry (goog job really, he is a nightmare with a knife), what basics shoud he master, and what equipment should he never be without? Are there any tips you can give him?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:25:48

HopelessinNL

Hi
Are there an plans for a second Hairy Diet book? My partner and I have lost 6 kilos each and converted half the expats in Breda(Netherlands). However, we're rotating all the recipes now and would love some new tips..

Thanks

Wer're thinking about it but meanwhile, in our new book out in Feb we have incorporated a lighter section for exactly that reason. We're blown away by the success of the diet book and we'd like more recipes for ourselves too! Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:25:53

spababe

Today is Meat Free Monday' so I'd love to know what your favourite vegetarian dish is?

Si says: my favourite vegetarian dish is spaghetti with garlic, pepperonccino (chilli) and new olive oil - a really simple dish but with the finest of ingredients, a magnificent titillation on your palette.

spababe Mon 17-Sep-12 13:26:27

thank you

Mooniebeamie Mon 17-Sep-12 13:26:31

Hi Hairies - We think you are awesome Thank you for producing such down to earth honest shows. Here is my question - Are you going to be anywhere near the south coast about May time? My brother and his lovely girl Juliet are getting married and they would love to invite you - you wouldn't have do anything just be there. I know you probably get a million people contacting you like this but I just thought it was worth a try as they are your biggest fans. Thanks for your time - vive le beard!
Kate

CMOTDibbler Mon 17-Sep-12 13:26:57

Hi guys, have you ever thought about taking a crack at some allergy friendly baking ? I love the shows, but you do so much I can't eat, and it would be ace to even see you do gf pastry and bread. Which is often vile.

For both of you, what foods don't you like? (am in a roll now, may become journalist)

snigger Mon 17-Sep-12 13:27:40

Hello Hairy Bikers, I'll try not to fawn over you too much (is there too much?grin)

Challenge - I have all the usual root veg, a vast assortment of herbs and spices, a hunk of cheddar, some plain yoghurt, a chicken, some bacon, and some hake in the fridge.

WWYD?

<<idly passing on the responsibility for DH's hmm face if he doesn't fancy the sound of tonight's dinner>>

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:28:18

FoofFighter

Well done on losing weight and shaping up, are you finding it hard to maintain it what with your job being on food?

That's what got us into trouble in the first place. But we have managed to break bad habits. No more nocturnal room service club sandwiches, especially if we're not really hungry. We still enjoy the occasional blowout but we make up for it later. Weigh in once a week - that's the key. We had a quiet day yesterday but a sushi feast on Saturday night. Dave x

Thankyou xx

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:28:34

fallenempires

Hi Si and Dave!!
Firstly congratulations to you both on your impressive weightloss.
Does this now mean that you've both re-ordered those knitted shorts in a smaller size?wink

No, that seems to have got larger for some reason and I have a fully uninterrupted view of me nethers and the good thing about knitted pants is that they shrink in the wash.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:28:57

TheHairyBikers

fallenempires

Hi Si and Dave!!
Firstly congratulations to you both on your impressive weightloss.
Does this now mean that you've both re-ordered those knitted shorts in a smaller size?wink

No, that seems to have got larger for some reason and I have a fully uninterrupted view of me nethers and the good thing about knitted pants is that they shrink in the wash.

That was Si by the way

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:29:38

Hotcoffeeisamemory

For both of you, what foods don't you like? (am in a roll now, may become journalist)

tripe - tastes of wee! My father used to eat it raw soaked in malt vinegar. I can still see it now squeaking against his bakalite dentures. Horrible! Kingy loves it.
Dave x

goingcuckoo Mon 17-Sep-12 13:29:47

What dish would you recommend for this household - husband vegetarian, and I can't eat eggs or milk!
What meal would keep us both happy? (Kids happy with anything, really smile

MsThinksTooMuch Mon 17-Sep-12 13:30:14

Hi Si and Dave,

My daughter is off to university this week. It will be her first time living away from home and I want her to eat properly.

As you've cooked all over the world, with sometimes very limited space and equiptment, what would be your top kitchen gadget to send her with?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:31:04

QueenFuri

oh I love the hairy bikers Si's my favorite A question um in what country does your favorite meal from and what's your no fail recipe for someone like me who can't cook?

You can't go wrong with pasta with olive oil, garlic and chilli or with a jar of pesto.
My favourite meal is a curry or sushi. Anything Asian, really. Dave. x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:31:20

FleeBee

Hello Hairy Bikers I missed your dieting series which sounds like it was brilliant.
I love rich creamy food and cheese, not great I know. Can you make delicious food by avoiding these ingredients? Please say you can!

Si says: Yes, buy the Hairy Dieters Book - the recipes within are based on great taste and great flavour and are great dishes on their own but they happen to be less calorific due to the lack of oil and butter in them.

SESthebrave Mon 17-Sep-12 13:31:25

I'd like an easy, quick and tasty recipe that is also healthy for my DH who is borderline diabetic, overweight and has high blood pressure.

As an aside, he's v disappointed (being an irish man) that the place on your tour nearest us, is on St Patrick's Day! We'll have to book tickets for another date grin

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:31:50

MsThinksTooMuch

Hi Si and Dave,

My daughter is off to university this week. It will be her first time living away from home and I want her to eat properly.

As you've cooked all over the world, with sometimes very limited space and equiptment, what would be your top kitchen gadget to send her with?

One good knife, a chopping board and a big frying pan with high sides and a lid. She can get up to all sorts of mischief with those. Dave x

Blatherskite Mon 17-Sep-12 13:32:39

Hi, I've managed to lose 3 stones this year and am determined to keep them off. My problem is that a lot of low calorie recipes up the flavour in otherwise bland recipes with chilli - which I'm allergic to! - what would you recommend as an alternative?

and (sneaky second question) is there a lot of chilli in your book? I really want to get it but am worried that I wouldn't be able to use half of the recipes

scaree57 Mon 17-Sep-12 13:33:15

Will you be releasing a dvd along side the dieters book?

Skoggy Mon 17-Sep-12 13:33:27

Hello Si and Dave!!!

Oh what I would have given to have been in Grainger Market on your weight in days on your diets shows! I love you guys! (I'm in S.Tyneside).

Anyway, to my question. I'm an avid baker and, having just returned to the UK after living in Sweden for the last 4 years, I've got a passion for Scandinavian baked goods. I loved the Bakeathon show and have your book.

I was wondering: Whats your favourite sweet treat? Mine is a nutty meringue roll called a Budapestrulle (in Swedish) Its gorgeous!

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:34:02

SESthebrave

I'd like an easy, quick and tasty recipe that is also healthy for my DH who is borderline diabetic, overweight and has high blood pressure.

As an aside, he's v disappointed (being an irish man) that the place on your tour nearest us, is on St Patrick's Day! We'll have to book tickets for another date grin

Really, anything from our diet book will do the trick because every recipe cuts down the fats and sugars because that's how we lose weight. We're now both off our blood pressure tablets because of the change in our diets.
And hopefully you can find another night to come and see us on tour somewhere not to far away. But he can't drink Guinness on St Patrick's night if he's overweight, so you might as well come and see us!
Dave x

My mum can't take wheat, dairy or alcohol and is diabetic.

I can rustle up main meals when they visit but can you suggest what I can make her for desert?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:35:17

UnlikelyAmazonian

What are the three kitchen utensils or implements each of you cannot be without? (eg I have a sort of bowl scraper thing I use every time I make a cake).

Secondly, I am desperate to build a wood-fired pizza oven in my garden as they look wonderful. Have yuou ever used one and is it a good idea? I love cooking and making home-made pizza especially - and I think i could cook other things in it too??

Many thanks and I love your television shows. UA

Couldn't live without a griddle on the stove at home and I use it all the time. I have a barbecue in the garden and I couldn't live without that. My knives - I have a great set of knives that are really precious to me. The other thing I couldn't do without is a knife sharpener - there's nothing worse than a blunt set of knives. The best kitchen implement that's ever been invented is the potato peeler.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:35:17

Skoggy

Hello Si and Dave!!!

Oh what I would have given to have been in Grainger Market on your weight in days on your diets shows! I love you guys! (I'm in S.Tyneside).

Anyway, to my question. I'm an avid baker and, having just returned to the UK after living in Sweden for the last 4 years, I've got a passion for Scandinavian baked goods. I loved the Bakeathon show and have your book.

I was wondering: Whats your favourite sweet treat? Mine is a nutty meringue roll called a Budapestrulle (in Swedish) Its gorgeous!

My favourite sweet treat is our pear and walnut frangipane tart from our bakation. Glad you enjoyed the show. Dave. x

GentleOtter Mon 17-Sep-12 13:36:27

A question for Si which has been tormenting me for a year.

Was it your good self that I saw outside the Crieff Co-op last summer? Because if it was, sorry I did the entire omg you are a star thing.blush

But you are.x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:36:40

JammySplodger

My mum can't take wheat, dairy or alcohol and is diabetic.

I can rustle up main meals when they visit but can you suggest what I can make her for desert?

Si's wife and son are both diabetic. They both love the jely recipe in our diet book, made with diet lemonade, Elderflower cordial and fresh berries. it looks like a champagne jelly and it's about 25 calories a time. Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:36:54

ExasperatedSigh

On the flipside to UA's question, what utensil or kitchen gadget have you found totally overrated/unnecessary? Will be interested in your answer to this as one of the reasons I love your shows is that they really demystify the cooking process. You look like normal people making everyday food but doing it really well, which is the ultimate in aspirational telly for me grin

Big fan here, keep up the good work guys smile

Si says: Well, I've never really understood the need for a egg slicer.

snigger Mon 17-Sep-12 13:37:03

Pear and walnut frangipane tart ..... dribble....

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:37:27

scaree57

Will you be releasing a dvd along side the dieters book?

Funny enough, yes. We're just sorting it out now. I would imagine the BBC will repeat the shows too.
Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:37:49

Skoggy

Hello Si and Dave!!!

Oh what I would have given to have been in Grainger Market on your weight in days on your diets shows! I love you guys! (I'm in S.Tyneside).

Anyway, to my question. I'm an avid baker and, having just returned to the UK after living in Sweden for the last 4 years, I've got a passion for Scandinavian baked goods. I loved the Bakeathon show and have your book.

I was wondering: Whats your favourite sweet treat? Mine is a nutty meringue roll called a Budapestrulle (in Swedish) Its gorgeous!

Si says: Creme Caramel - can not wack it

Thank you! That sounds really tasty, will give it a go!

Galena Mon 17-Sep-12 13:38:35

(Can I just quickly say how fab your management company are! 25 minutes from first email to something being put in the post for us. Thank you so much, You guys rock!)

nannieteapot Mon 17-Sep-12 13:38:48

Hi I ran into you at Bowness filming for the dieter shows..thank you for posing pic looks great..I too have now lost 3 stone.. love the shows.. I want to know do you ever get on each others nerves.. lol thank u xx

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:38:57

Blatherskite

Hi, I've managed to lose 3 stones this year and am determined to keep them off. My problem is that a lot of low calorie recipes up the flavour in otherwise bland recipes with chilli - which I'm allergic to! - what would you recommend as an alternative?

and (sneaky second question) is there a lot of chilli in your book? I really want to get it but am worried that I wouldn't be able to use half of the recipes

I would say just leave the chillis out - the chilli police won't get you. Make sure the food is seasoned properly, maybe use more herbs and steer clear of the spices. And I think you'll find lots of good recipes in our diet book. Dave x

MsThinksTooMuch Mon 17-Sep-12 13:39:10

Thanks Dave- feel a bit faint at the thought of her weilding a sharp knife- thank god I won't be there to watch!

Well done on the weight loss too- you're both looking great.

Pinkforever Mon 17-Sep-12 13:39:19

Not really a question as such but just wanted to say that my dh and I loved your baking across europe series-sadly I have developed an obsession with making a perfect Sachertorte so have put on a few pounds-I may have to buy your diet bookwink

Okay I do have a question-do you still eat cakes and whats your favourite? x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:40:23

Princesslovelyboo

Hi I have a deaf/blind teenager who really wants to get into cooking, he has just started his GCSE years and has taken food tech. He would really like to specialise in Pastry (goog job really, he is a nightmare with a knife), what basics shoud he master, and what equipment should he never be without? Are there any tips you can give him?

If he's interested in pastry, buy him a marble slab for rolling pastry and the key to great pastry is to handle it as little as possible, prepare the pastry in a cold part of the house and buy him some pastry cutters if he can't handle a knife.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:40:25

Chopstheduck

I'm loving the Hairy Dieter's tv series and bought the book with good intentions of losing some weight, but THEN the Mississippi Adventure started on Good Food and the diet has flown straight out the window!!

I sat and watched the game last night with a HUGE Po' Boy filled with salad, remoulade and fried shrimp. I blame you! grin

My question is, will there ever be a book for the Mississippi recipes? I have the iPad app, but it's just not the same!

I know, can you imagine how tricky it was for us to film that show when we were on the diet! I'm glad you're enjoying the app - we felt it was good to give something away for nothing, to say thank you to everyone. No plans for a book just yet, so you may need to wind up the printer! Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:40:50

TheHairyBikers

Princesslovelyboo

Hi I have a deaf/blind teenager who really wants to get into cooking, he has just started his GCSE years and has taken food tech. He would really like to specialise in Pastry (goog job really, he is a nightmare with a knife), what basics shoud he master, and what equipment should he never be without? Are there any tips you can give him?

If he's interested in pastry, buy him a marble slab for rolling pastry and the key to great pastry is to handle it as little as possible, prepare the pastry in a cold part of the house and buy him some pastry cutters if he can't handle a knife.

Sorry blush - Si said that (RachelMumsnet)

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:41:41

Ciske

Hi guys! I absolutely loved your Bakeation show, and quite a few of your European recipes have become household favourites here. Are you planning to go back on the road?

We're just talking to the BBC now about what we're doing next. We're like kids in a sweetshop deciding where to go next year and we can't wait to hit the road. Lots of great ideas we've come up with and let's see which ones the BBC like best. Dave x

sparkle12mar08 Mon 17-Sep-12 13:42:20

Bier rocks rock! Best recipe in Bakeation!

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:42:28

LaVitaBellissima

Did you both just give up drinking? I find that's the only way I lose weight smile

Si says: Yes, we did, but it has to be part of the calorie counting regime. giving up drink alone will lose you weight but isn't sustainable for any sane individual.

WilfSell Mon 17-Sep-12 13:42:28

Do you ever, you know, get hair in yer food?

grin

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 17-Sep-12 13:42:55

YOU'RE NOT COMING TO NOTTINGHAM? shock Why? Are we not good enough for you? {sobs}

GobblersKnob Mon 17-Sep-12 13:43:11

Hello Si and Dave grin

I was lucky enough to see you both two years ago at Harvest at Jimmy's Farm. Would you like to see more food based festivals in the UK to get more people excited about food and cooking?

We are all huge fans in this house, The Hairy Dieters was brilliant.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:43:17

comixminx

Hello! I don't watch much telly normally (though currently am breastfeeding hence am rather chained to the sofa) but when I do catch one of your shows I really enjoy it. I really like the way you are two ordinary northern blokes doing stuff that is typically done by posh southerners grin.

What would you recommend in the way of an easy cook snack or light meal suitable for someone spending a lot of time on the sofa breastfeeding? Something that it's worth always having around, like toast and jam, but more substantial.

Did you know I was the face of Cumbrian breast feeding a few years ago?......anyway, enough about that campaign...
Take a big pot of our low cal minestrone soup and when you feel hungy, stick a mug in the microwave. Healthy satisfaction in every sip!
Dave x

TigerFeet Mon 17-Sep-12 13:43:33

I work in food manufacturing (some of my colleagues have met you - I was off that day boo sob wail) - are you planning to launch any more of the Hairy Bikers label food? Si's Mam's Cottage Pie is a huge favourite in this house. I bet it isn't Hairy Dieters friendly though.

CamperWidow Mon 17-Sep-12 13:43:43

Hi guys!

Like most Moms I am a bit short on time and use my slow cooker alot, but it sometimes ends up looking like the same old sludge!
Got any tips or favourite recipes for this???

Thanks!

WilfSell Mon 17-Sep-12 13:44:07

Ps, I was in a restaurant once having lunch with my mum (Pecks, in Congleton, as it happens) and you rocked up. You were being little darlings. Your producers on the other hand were being all, er, TV and Important. wink

HopelessinNL Mon 17-Sep-12 13:44:08

I've been cooking all your diet recipes on a camping stove, they tastes wonderful but take forever to cook. Is it safe you freeze the recipes? I'm mainly thinking of the curries which are the easest to cook with the camping stove?

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:44:20

LadySybildeChocolate

YOU'RE NOT COMING TO NOTTINGHAM? shock Why? Are we not good enough for you? {sobs}

Are you sure we're not on the second leg of our tour, after Christmas? We love Nottingham - green tights and Robin Hood! Kingy's a gorgeous Maid Marion.
Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:45:43

CamperWidow

Hi guys!

Like most Moms I am a bit short on time and use my slow cooker alot, but it sometimes ends up looking like the same old sludge!
Got any tips or favourite recipes for this???

Thanks!

mutton works great in curries in a slow cooker. Use a variety of colourful veg too - like green and red peppers.
Sometimes one pot wonders look a bit dull but make up for it in flavour.
Green stuff added in at the last minute will spruce it up a treat. Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:45:55

TodaysAGoodDay

Can I just say a very embarrassed 'sorry' please to Si and Dave. They came to Carlisle to book-sign at Xmas in 2010. I was the pathetic idiot who kept saying 'this is so exciting. Isn't this exciting? I'm so excited' while you both signed your lovely Xmas cook book for me. I am deeply blush, I promise I won't do it again grin. Can I just say you are both as lovely as you appear on TV, and very well done on the fantastic weight loss!

Si says: Thank you for your lovely words and support it means a great deal to us when people like you turn up to the events and make it a special day for Dave and I as well as everyone else. And never be embarrassed about your enthusiasm for life and the people around you. Love Si x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:46:12

WilfSell

Ps, I was in a restaurant once having lunch with my mum (Pecks, in Congleton, as it happens) and you rocked up. You were being little darlings. Your producers on the other hand were being all, er, TV and Important. wink

we'll sack 'em! Dave x

Surfdogs Mon 17-Sep-12 13:46:20

Hello Love your stuff ,Are you planning a visit down under at any stage ?

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 17-Sep-12 13:46:45

I looked on your site, you're in Derby, Mansfield, but it doesn't mention Nottingham. The Sheriff isn't going to be happy! grin {runs off to check again} Ds has said you can come and have tea with us (he means supper).

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:47:24

Hotcoffeeisamemory

Not a question, but Dave, I've had 2 rude dreams about you. Your wife is a lucky lady! grin Love your programmes and will be trying so e of your recipes from the dieters book this week. Keep up the good work boys x

Si says: You need to get out more !

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:47:41

TigerFeet

I work in food manufacturing (some of my colleagues have met you - I was off that day boo sob wail) - are you planning to launch any more of the Hairy Bikers label food? Si's Mam's Cottage Pie is a huge favourite in this house. I bet it isn't Hairy Dieters friendly though.

Funny enough, we're working on a few ideas now. And don't forget that although we have lost weight, we've always said there's no harm in a bit of what you love. Just keep a balance if you're fat. Our cottage pie is great. Dave x

Mansfield? I missed that! Nothing good ever happens here, how exciting!!!

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:48:26

Surfdogs

Hello Love your stuff ,Are you planning a visit down under at any stage ?

working on it! We love Australia and Si often visits. We're looking at bringing the tour there next year and it would be grat to film there. it's just finding the time...Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:48:40

Surfdogs

Hello Love your stuff ,Are you planning a visit down under at any stage ?

Si says: Yes, I will be there for the first part of December. I am completely in love with Australia and the Australians.

CamperWidow Mon 17-Sep-12 13:48:55

Thanks, I just need to make it look better to get it into my Toddler! Maybe need a big bag of spinach on hand for the final flourish!

(Goes off to ring everyone she knows to tell them the Bikers answered her question!!!!!! grin)

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 17-Sep-12 13:49:32

Nope, you're not visiting Nottingham. sad

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:49:37

EsmeWeatherwax

Dear Si and Dave, I loves you both and I can't wait to go see you in Glasgow in November...going all fangirly even!

So, are you both long haired rock types? What's your favourite music/bands? Nothing to do with food, but I wanna know!

Oh, and you're rabbit casserole from the second mum's know best book is fantastic!

Scorpions! Absolutely. Seen them 6 times this year. Si likes Let's Buy Happiness!
Dave x

Hotcoffeeisamemory
Not a question, but Dave, I've had 2 rude dreams about you. Your wife is a lucky lady! Love your programmes and will be trying so e of your recipes from the dieters book this week. Keep up the good work boys x

Si says: You need to get out more!

Ahhh, Si, you're just jealous! wink

MNhoneydragonHQ Mon 17-Sep-12 13:50:46

Just want to say I love your Chickrn Paprikas recipie, it's a regular hit in this house.

Now if you could just steal and publish a recipe for Dunstable doughnuts I'd die a happy woman wink

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:50:52

ChoccyJules

Hello Dave and Si,

My question is about white bread. We read that it has bad GI and therefore affects weight. My favourite 'meal' of all time is freshly baked crusty white bread with butter. My favourite comfort meal is white toast and butter. Am I doomed or is there a tasty, healthy alternative with that unashamedly 'white bread' taste? (I have three stones to lose :-( )

Just give it up until you've lost the weight and think of it as a sabbatical. Funny enough, we've lost the taste for butter. Stick to brown until you've shifted the pounds. That's the simple truth. Then you can enjoy a bit when you're slimmer - but be bet you won't want it then. Dave. x

<swoons>

Galena Mon 17-Sep-12 13:51:43

Hotcoffee I'll have Si if you don't want him! grin

ditas Mon 17-Sep-12 13:51:50

I'm a big fan from Sydney Australia, do you have any plans to visit Australia?

LISAB1980 Mon 17-Sep-12 13:51:55

hi i just wanted to say lookin forward to seeing u both when u visit Llandudno, wil u be cooking any local recipes on your tour ?xxx

Blatherskite Mon 17-Sep-12 13:52:11

Thanks Dave x

Surfdogs Mon 17-Sep-12 13:52:21

Please try as I would love to see a show live and we have some beautiful produce here and fantastic seafood every state has something special to offer . I hope to see you in our back yard soon smile

QueenFuri Mon 17-Sep-12 13:52:48

Galena Si's mine

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:52:54

storminabuttercup

A few years ago we came to see the theatre tour in wakefield, it was brilliant. I also have loads of your books, I've never had a failure with any recipes. <sucking up>

But my question is, what would you recommend for a three course meal that's good hearty British grub. I'm planning a dinner party and would love to say 'oh si and dave' suggested this menu blush

starter - scallops served on a ring of caramalised granny smith apple and black pudding.
Main - crispy belly pork (unless you are dieting!) servied with mustard mash and spinach.
Dessert - champagne jelly with english strawberries.
As much British cheese as yoru pocket and diet can afford!
Enjoy. Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:53:23

catsmother

Hi guys,

Cheeky question .... when on your travels, do you bike all the way between locations every time, or, (^whisper^) are there other forms of transport involved ?

Love all your shows and books - have never had a recipe go wrong from them which is more than can be said for some.

Si says: 90% of the time we ride country to country. On Bakeation, we covered 8000 miles on the motorcycles and the other 10% is down to the logistics of moving a film crew from one place to another and sometimes it isn't possible in the time frame that's allocated to ride the bikes.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:53:42

LISAB1980

hi i just wanted to say lookin forward to seeing u both when u visit Llandudno, wil u be cooking any local recipes on your tour ?xxx

we're going to different locations every night and will use local produce all the time but can't promise to change the menu for every town. Dave. x

Galena Mon 17-Sep-12 13:54:08

Actually QueenFuri I think he accepted loflo 's proposal earlier on... <sighs>

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:54:08

Galena

Hotcoffee I'll have Si if you don't want him! grin

I don't! Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:54:17

Dave and I think all you lovely gorgeous scrumptious mumsnetters are a right set of ravers

LISAB1980 Mon 17-Sep-12 13:55:55

thanks for answering my question, c u in november xx

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:56:04

northender

Hi. My son (11) and I have watched loads of your programmes together and really enjoyed them. What is your favourite area of the UK from a food perspective? I'm thinking of small producers/regional food rather than restaurants etc

Outside of our home counties, which we know and love, I would say lincolnshire and Carmarthanshire (I know I've spelt that wrong). They are amazing foodie destinations. Dave x

Surfdogs Mon 17-Sep-12 13:56:26

We are a pretty happy bunch and love to have visitors glad you love it here

Have MNHQ given you some nice biscuits today?

CamperWidow Mon 17-Sep-12 13:56:42

Thanks for nswering my question, my Mom is well jel!!!!! grin

See you in Derby!!!!

QueenFuri Mon 17-Sep-12 13:56:47

<pouts>

CamperWidow Mon 17-Sep-12 13:57:09

Ooh!!!!

What's your fav biscuit?????????

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:57:17

dottyaboutstripes

I laughed so much when I came to see your tour that I had bellyache for hours grin
I absolutely loved your meals on wheels initiative, it was so heartwarming to watch - so I wanted to ask how all of that is going. Will there be a follow-up at any point?

glad you enjoyed the show. Yes Meals on Wheels was a show we were very proud of and it had a very positive effect. The improvements we instigated are still working and the Japanese Government even came over to see how we did it, so the benefits were far and wide.
Dave x

Thank you for answering our questions and taking time to join us!

Galena it's a deal! wink

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:57:42

ditas

I'm a big fan from Sydney Australia, do you have any plans to visit Australia?

Si says: I have an enormous soft spot for Australia and Sydney and have had some fantastic dinners out with a plethora of fantastic ingredients and amazing chefs who have created a fantastic cuisine and reputation and I also love Womens weekly magazine.

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:57:49

CamperWidow

Ooh!!!!

What's your fav biscuit?????????

Abbey Crunch. Hard to find nowadays. Long gone but greatly missed. Kingy's a devil for a Garibaldi.
Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:58:31

JammySplodger

Have MNHQ given you some nice biscuits today?

lovly butties and popcorn but bit short on the biccies. All the girls are following our diets! Dave. x

Thanks guys, you've been wonderful x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 13:58:58

Hotcoffeeisamemory

Thank you for answering our questions and taking time to join us!

Galena it's a deal! wink

It's a great pleasure - you're a feisty bunch of girls. Dave x

shirl1962 Mon 17-Sep-12 13:59:32

Hello Si & dave, looking forward to seeing you both next month. If you could cook anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
What would you cook?

dawntigga Mon 17-Sep-12 13:59:43

squeezing in at the last minute:

the best kitchen in the world or every single motorcycle you ever wanted.

hmmmRangesOrMikuniFlatSlidesTiggaxx

swoons

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 14:00:11

LaVitaBellissima

Did you both just give up drinking? I find that's the only way I lose weight smile

we did for a month to shift the pounds and then we counted the alcohol with the calories, like everything else. I still have a couple of nights off a week. Dave x

thebestisyettocome Mon 17-Sep-12 14:00:32

Dave. You're the best thing to ever come out of Barrow in Furness grin

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 14:00:49

shirl1962

Hello Si & dave, looking forward to seeing you both next month. If you could cook anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
What would you cook?

At home in my own kitchen, where I scarcely am just now. I'd cook loads of seafood. Dave x

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 14:01:26

thebestisyettocome

Dave. You're the best thing to ever come out of Barrow in Furness grin

oooh you flatterer. Nuclear subs and Emlyn Hughes too, don't forget...Dave. x

CamperWidow Mon 17-Sep-12 14:01:39

<swoons> Two questions!!!! And I got the biscuit one!!!!!! grin

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 14:01:43

About biscuits - Si says: My favourite biscuit is a home made ginger biscuit dunked to a point of collapse in your tea, then placed in your mouth so as to facilitate the sucking of said tea out of the body of the biscuit. You are left with the chewy core of said biscuit. A gastronomic delight in any language no matter what your best biscuit preference is.

Aren't they being good to you! Maybe I'll at least pretend to get popcorn instead of a double pack of bourbons on the next shop.

Glad you've had a lovely time here and thanks for answering so many questions!

Surfdogs Mon 17-Sep-12 14:03:01

Good night thanks for the chat but its way pass our little Aussie bed time here
Sweet dreams

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 14:03:13

well you lovely ladies, time for us to go now. And no, we don't get hair in our food or cornflakes in our beards!
Thank you for having us - we've had a lovely time and feel free to tweet us on @hairybikers or check out our website or facebook. We're pretty good at replying when we can and always good for photos.
Enjoy the rest of the day, back to rehearsals for us.
Love Dave xx

TheHairyBikers Mon 17-Sep-12 14:03:18

Si says: Ta rah for now and thanks very much - I've had a lovely time sat with Rachel who was slightly dyslexic but did great biscuits in tea.

ishchel Mon 17-Sep-12 14:03:38

hmm when are you coming come back to the NE and spend some more time cooking with us?

feetheart Netherlands Mon 17-Sep-12 14:03:52

Quick one that you might not have time for - are your shows suitable for children. If DH and I come without the children (age 6 and 9) there will be a riot smile

raphanius Mon 17-Sep-12 14:04:05

will you be doing any more healthy lifestyle stuff like hairy dieters?

Bye, you're both lovely!

<waves>

thebestisyettocome Mon 17-Sep-12 14:05:40

Weren't they great? Dave has a fabulous 'turn of phrase.' He should write a novel smile

Bye <waves>

McKayz Germany Mon 17-Sep-12 14:07:40

Thank you Hairy Bikers and MNHQ for getting them to do a webchat. My DS2 is so happy they said hello to him.

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 17-Sep-12 14:08:33

Come back soon smile

That was great! grin

Chopstheduck Mon 17-Sep-12 14:14:09

I missed following it live, but that was great!

OhNoMyFoot Mon 17-Sep-12 14:17:00

I am literally the only one whose question wasn't answered? sad sniff a book might make me feel a little better sniff

Mine wasn't either sad

TheCunningStunt Mon 17-Sep-12 14:41:23

My question wasn't answered...I don't think! Not read properly yet though...great chat though!!

Saltire Mon 17-Sep-12 15:09:53

Mine wasn't. Mine never are though, I do live in hope grin

cocolepew United States Mon 17-Sep-12 15:20:00

Ohh aren't they nice smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Sep-12 15:54:36

Sorry if your question didn't get answered - there were SO many and believe me they did work hard throughout the hour to get through as many as poss. Hope you enjoyed the webchat anyway - we had a raucous hour at MNHQ - do look out for the pics of their visit on Facebook.

Congratulations to milk who has won a pair of tickets to not only see the Hairy Bikers live, but to join them on stage and be cooked for by them shock. We'll be in touch by PM with more details.

If you're interested in booking tickets for the tour, please go to www.hairybikers.com/tour

tethersend Mon 17-Sep-12 15:59:46

Mine neither- am doomed to hunting for foil pie dishes for all eternity.

Lovely blokes though.

McKayz Germany Mon 17-Sep-12 16:08:25

Rachel are they as funny in real life as they are on their shows?

tethers I've seen them in poundland before. Failing that if you're ever in North Notts there's a shop in my village that sells all sorts of random stuff and I'm sure they sell them smile

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 17-Sep-12 16:35:37

That was ACE thank you Si & Dave..

instead of a fantasy dinner party I have a fantasy cul-de-sac please will you come and live next door!

CastielsTrenchcoat Mon 17-Sep-12 17:29:43

OhNoMyFoot saltire and tethersend mine not answered either. sad it's like being at school and not getting picked.

mum2twoloudbabies Mon 17-Sep-12 17:58:37

feetheart I wouldn't have taken children to the one we went to, they got a bit blue unlike on tv although there was a youngster in front of us maybe 8/9. Lots of adult humour.

5inthebed Mon 17-Sep-12 19:34:04

Forgot this was today, gutted!

Fab interview though.

My dad helped Dave a few years ago when he crashed his bike on the little bridge by Asda in Gosforth, and I stalked Si around Costco last year grin

loflo Mon 17-Sep-12 20:09:16

Si says he'll marry me grin - you are all of course cordially invited to be bridesmaids wink

Tethers, poundshop my dear. <realises this may not be as good as a reply from si and dave>

Can't remember who asked about taking kids to see the stage show, when I went to see it the other year there were a few rude comments but nothing that kids would pick up on IMHO. smile

I luff si and dave me, loved dave's x's. (and noone slated him for it) wink

Poledra Mon 17-Sep-12 21:38:56

Now look, I was on this thread very very first (after RachelMumsnet) and did my question get answered? No it bloody didn't. And I love the Hairy Bikers and have all their cookbooks and we even had Hairy Bikers' chilli for tea tonight.

'Snot faaaiiiiirrrrrrrr <throws DD3-style tantrum>

tethersend Mon 17-Sep-12 21:45:02

Oh no, I want the little oval deep ones in the book.

DOOMED.

sharonstoned Tue 18-Sep-12 11:39:03

...get a shave!!!.x

milk Tue 18-Sep-12 14:33:08

Thank you so much grin

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