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Join The Hairy Bikers for webchat on Thursday 16 January between 1.45 and 2.45pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Jan-14 17:00:06

Si and Dave last joined us back in 2012 and they're back at MNHQ this Thursday (16 Jan) between 1.45 and 2.45 pm to answer your questions. Since their last visit they've shed a few pounds between them - and furthermore managed to keep the weight off. The secret of their success has been shared in their book, The Hairy Bikers Eat for Life and this month they have launched their very own Hairy Bikers diet club.

Everyone who joins the chat on Thursday or posts a question to the Bikers in advance will be entered into a draw to win a copy of the book and a month's free membership in their club.

johnworf Tue 14-Jan-14 11:56:28

Hi Si and Dave. I was looking through your diet book only yesterday and was in two minds as to whether to buy it. I'm diabetic (T2) and wasn't sure if all the recipes in there were suitable for those watching their carb intake. I'm hoping so as the recipes I saw looked fab and I'd love to try them out.

On the subject of books, are you bringing a further recipe book out in the future? Could I ask for a few more desert recipes if so? smile Oh, and possibly some party or occasion food? Sorry, not asking for much am I? wink

johnworf Tue 14-Jan-14 11:57:32

That would be dessert and not desert .....no gritty sand thanks blush

Rooble Tue 14-Jan-14 12:02:13

I haven't got a question, but need to say that I LOVE both the books (not a big one for fan mail, so feel privileged!!). Other dieting websites etc tend to have pretty bland and boring recipes, so I ended up having teeny portions of what I'd normally make, but have been doing your recipes for a week and the whole family is loving it! So thank you!

shizk Tue 14-Jan-14 14:47:12

I am also a big fan of both your books, and your lower fat alternatives to family favourites but still with full flavour are a hit in our house. I follow the diet club on Twitter and enjoying seeing posted pictures of recipes as I know that mine look similar so I'm doing the right thing, my question to is as I've never been a member of a diet club what is different about yours that I should consider joining?
Keep up the great work
Shirley

eragon Tue 14-Jan-14 17:48:05

oh, your diet paprika chicken is a family favourite here!

nice to find some recipes that fit in with our family allergies!

have you got a recipe for a egg/nut/milk free cake pls?

ItsATIARA Tue 14-Jan-14 17:52:08

No questions, but love the books. Highly recommended and for the person who asked about low carbing, they're pretty good for low (but not zero)carb recipes - loads of handy hints for veggie substitutes for potatoes/rice/pasta/pastry and really useable hints if only one of the family is dieting.

thesoupdragon44 Tue 14-Jan-14 18:49:53

Hello I have just been told I need to add more fibre into my sons diet, so as a family is there an easy recipe you can recommend?

ControlGeek Tue 14-Jan-14 18:58:10

Hi Si and Dave, you've both done amazingly well on your weight loss and keeping it off. Obviously you've had to think long and hard about what recipes would help you lose weight. How did you go about making sure you still packed in loads of flavour, especially for the fakeaways, given the reduced fat content?

PS MrGeek and I have been fans of yours for years and he is going to be SOOOOOOO jealous when I tell him about this webchat! grin

Banffy Tue 14-Jan-14 19:12:26

Hi Si and Dave, massive fan here grin I love you two, you seem so down to Earth and fun! You have both inspired me to start shifting the lbs with your show and fab books. I've only made two recipes so far (yesterday and today) and I can already tell they're going to be firm favourites here (the chicken cordon bleu and the chicken and veg pot pies). They are absolutely delicious and no one can believe that they are low in calories! So thanks for that smile

Anyway, I don't have a great question to ask because I just wanted to tell you how much I love you grin But I was wondering- what is your number one favourite thing to eat? (doesn't have to be healthy wink)

Thanks smile

LewisFan Tue 14-Jan-14 20:14:40

No questions - just wanted to say a MASSIVE (arf) congratulations on your weight loss. Thoroughly enjoyed watching the show about it and have your first book.

I am on a huge weight loss journey and taking the very first steps: I've lost 9lbs so far (only 10 more stone to go - yes really!)

Thanks for the great food; who knew leeks work just like pasta sheets!!

Oh, I've thought of a question: HOW did you figure the substitutes out? Wherever did the idea of using leeks instead of pasta even come from! I am not creative enough, I don't think...

MarmaladeBatkins Tue 14-Jan-14 20:25:33

Hello chaps!

Can I start off by thanking you both for making weight loss do-able? I've been using your first book for well over a year and know a lot of the recipes off the top of my head, they've become such favourites. And they all use real ingredients, which is great. The chicken korma is honestly the best one I have ever eaten! (And I've eaten a lot blush ) flowers

Having been on the dieting treadmill for, erm, a lot of years and having been a member of two well-known slimming clubs, what would you say to sell it to someone like me, who might be disillusioned with paying to lose weight? Surely, the key is eat less, move more. But then if it were that simple, there wouldn't be so many of us struggling with our waists... What is different about your diet club?

smile

MakingEveryDayCount Tue 14-Jan-14 22:20:51

Hi, just like to say that we're a huge Hairy Bikers fan household, and own all the books! eagerly awaiting the new one at the end of this month to add to the collection smile
I like the Hairy Dieter's book as it's no nonsense, good grub that doesn't make you feel like you're living on rabbit food and gets you healthy at the same time!
As a mum who's always dashing around and needs to lose weight, what's your favourite suggestion for easy, quick healthy lunches that don't take too much faff and preparing?
Kind of a quick prepare and go dish! smile

catsmother Wed 15-Jan-14 10:15:47

Hi Si and Dave!

One of our absolute family favourites is what has come to be known in this house as "Hairy Biker Nuts" .... I don't think that is the official recipe title (it's the chilli and honey one) grin ... I double, treble, quadruple the quantity of nuts etc because they're so irresistible and get eaten very quickly.

But I know nuts are very calorific. Could you suggest something I might be able to substitute in this recipe for a lower calorie nibble ? (though macadamias are hard to beat!)

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 15-Jan-14 16:02:16

Hello Si and Dave smile

I love watching you guys on tv!

My question is- I really get bored of doing the same stuff with potatoes. The usual wedges or roasties or mash.

Have you got an interesting and tasty potato recipe? I apologise if this makes it difficult but please , one with no cream or cheese or milk.

Thank you smile

Reastie Wed 15-Jan-14 16:11:23

Hellooooooo lord bikers of hairyness.

I vividly remember watching your original hairy dieters series whilst feeling completely miserable about my weight and desperately wanting to lose weight. Fast forward and I'm now sitting here over 7 stone lighter and I can actually keep up with my daughter and run up the stairs without being out of puff (simple pleasures and all that).

However, chocolate is my huge weakness. I was wondering what your food weakness is that you can never say no to and how you manage to resist eating too much of it. A calorie free chocolate pud would be fab too please thanks wink

ShoppingismyNemesis Wed 15-Jan-14 16:27:30

Hello you lovely pair! First things first, thank you for both books. I love good food and cooking and we almost exclusively use the Hairy Dieters books for our family meals.

My question is; are you planning on bringing another diet cookery book out in the near future? I need more recipes! And, how do you come up with the recipes, because low fat and great taste are usually not a natural pair in my experience smile.

Mouseface Wed 15-Jan-14 16:35:20

Hello Bikers! smile

I was wondering if you have any suggestions for low carb eaters like myself who want something lovely and comforting for these cold, dark evenings, that maybe I can eat with my husband and daughter too?

At the moment we're eating a lot of our meals separately as I'm not eating pasta or rice at all and have only just started to reintroduce potatoes into my diet.

I tend to have my largest meal (salads with prawns, chicken, pork strips, tuna etc) at around 1.30 - 2pm but find I'm not hungry later when it's dinner time, around 7 - 7.30pm

Any yummy pudding ideas would be most welcome too! grin

Well done on the book and weight loss to you both.

Thank you in advance if you answer my question smile

milk Wed 15-Jan-14 16:40:07

No question, but I won a copy of your last book on MN and wanted to say how much I love it grin Thank you again smile

Hi Si & Dave, can I firstly say my hubby & are are HUGE fans of yours!!!!. Between us we have lost 8 stone since September and still have a bit to go. We have achieved this by descovering 'bulgur wheat' and have been using it mainly to bulk out chilli's and curries as we like a bit of spice!. My question is, have you got any other recipe ideas for using bulgur wheat?. Thanks in anticipation smile

aristocat Wed 15-Jan-14 18:23:55

Hellooooo Si and Dave smile another huge fan here! Love seeing you on TV as you are so likeable.

My favourite recipes include your fakeaways - a genius of an idea. My question is whats next for you both and will we see you on the small screen soon? Also if I may ask, which country's cuisine is/are your favourite?

Thank you smile

DurhamDurham Wed 15-Jan-14 18:47:06

Oooh looking forward to the webchat.
I actually got a kiss off Mr King in Manchester at a book signing.!He was lovely and although the people with him were trying to hurry us along Si and Dave were more than happy to pose for a photo ( or five, in my case!)
I work in Gateshead, not too far from the Hairy Bikers stomping ground but never clapped eyes on them until a weekend in Manchester.

Mckayz Wed 15-Jan-14 18:51:46

Hi. Another huge fan here. Well the whole family is, you said hello to my son Dylan on the last chat.

I was wondering if you each have a personal favourite book? I love the Mums Know Best book. My husband and son Dylan love your Curry book and my eldest son Freddie loves your pie book.

I was very pleased to see a healthier version of Pan Haggerty in the new diet book.

Hi Si & Dave, lets get away from food talk, as I worked the last 13 years in a Hospital Patients kitchen. As a life long biker,like you two, once it's in your blood you are as one, with bikers everywhere you go, Do you agree? Could you give me a rundown of bikes you have both loved & not loved? My all time favourite I have owned, was a Dunstall 650 SS Norton. Safe riding boys.

Another Question , Will you be in the Isle of Man in TT week ?
brew cake

frankincensemydear Wed 15-Jan-14 19:29:33

Again we love your currys from both books in our house. I would love just a diet curry book!

Last night for tea we had the tuna and ratatouille and enjoyed the coriander seeds addition to the sauce.I think the key is the lack of blandness that so many lower calorie recipes fall into. Your recipes work and are suitable for those of us who love our food. I don't feel deprived at all and look forward to eating my meal. Thankyou for doing another book.

My question is what recipe has surprised you the most by subsituting for a healthier option(s),but tasting better than anticipated?

FairPhyllis Wed 15-Jan-14 19:32:46

Hi Dave and Si

I want to say thank you SO much for your brilliant Hairy Dieters book and series. My mum and I both watched the series when it was shown last January, and we bought the book and used it as part of our weight loss strategy. We've both lost a few stones since and feel so much better. Your book is simply THE best guide around to eating what I would call "normally" while losing weight.

My question is, do you have any other clever substitution ideas up your sleeve? (We love the pizza dough for making pie crust idea and do it regularly!)

DulcetMoans Wed 15-Jan-14 20:54:21

How exciting! To echo most o these comments, also love you guys and the books. Have lost 5stone and still another one to go but did damage over December so will take longer than Id like.

Anyway, I would ask about lunches when working. A lot of your lunches, whilst looking delish, aren't suitable for an office as there isn't the proper equipment to prepare or store. We have microwaves and a fridge and a kettle - what can I have that is more exciting than a ham sandwich?

professorpoopsnagle Wed 15-Jan-14 21:24:08

Hello,

I won't be able to join in the live chat as I will be at work but I will have made your beef and ale casserole in the morning and it will be ticking over nicely in the slow cooker as you read this. I am only starting to get the hang of my slow cooker and would love to see more recipes with adaptations for it.

MissRee Wed 15-Jan-14 21:47:59

Hello! Love you on the telly smile

Just ordered Hairy Dieters so have no food related questions but...

Just how hairy are you???grin

ScienceRocks Wed 15-Jan-14 22:03:19

Hello hairy bikers. With your emphasis on healthy eating, would you ever consider trying to transform hospital food into something more nutritious and tasty than the current stodge? The nhs would thank you.

SpottyDottie Thu 16-Jan-14 07:39:02

I loved the Hairy Dieters and bought the books but I'm slightly disappointed that there is a fee to join the diet club that's been created. Why not carrying on making great telly and inspiring us with the recipes?

JittabugsKaren Thu 16-Jan-14 09:17:02

Hi, if there was a time when the sugars were really calling, what snack did you reach for instead ?

JustGettingOnWithIt Thu 16-Jan-14 09:52:28

Really impressed with what you've done for helping blokes of a certain age in particular, to address food weight health issues, without having to lose out.
Lots of my friends are from either bike or music industry, all high octane living.
Most of them male, middle aged and too well padded, to many suffering the effects of carrying too much weight for the lifestyles, sadly there’s been a few ‘body say no’ funerals too. I’ve ended up in a wheelchair so exercising it off is less of an option, and keeping an eye on calories is now a boring necessity.
Trying to talk about habits and how we use ‘food as love’ or consolation eating has been made a lot easier, thanks.

I reckon you’re missing a trick though. There’s a huge market for veggie recipes/combined cookbooks, if you know how to deal with not having blood (what gives meat dishes flavour and body) as an ingredient.

I used to have a stall at Kent with a side outlet providing filling veggie food for an awful lot of very big and hairy bikers so they could avoid the rip of hamburger lot and spend the difference on my bike products.
Back then veggy was often a dirty word in those circles, and tbh calories were something we added for weekend energy!
It’s a challenge but I know it can be done, balancing out high calorie ingredients against low for good appetising healthy results.

Male friends all want it in a book with pics and pre sorted for them.

In a financial downturn it’s not only a health/weight/lifestyle market but a financial one too. Can be marketed separately or combined, spin offs abound.
Anyone for a two wheeled veggie food of the world tour? (gis a job, I’ll trike the banger for it!)

So have I sold you it, and 'official question'; can I get you thinking about hale and hearty, tasty, but lower calorie veggie food and not just a couple of recipes in a meat filled book, (like everyone else) because the time is so right?

Hi, really excited about the diet club as I'm a big fan of your books and have loads of weight to lose! grin

Like the others in my situation (constantly breastfeeding an 8 week old baby) I'm craving sugary carby foods, especially in the early hours of the morning. Would you recommend trying to avoid these altogether, or try to cut back on other meals to still have biscuits to get through the night feeds?

Please can you include lots of calorie free biscuit recipes for the diet club, cheers! biscuit

I also have no question but have your curry book and it is really fantastic. I have hundreds of cookery cooks but come back to this again and again. I have also bought a copy for my brother and a friend. Well done guys and thanks smile

Awkwardsis Thu 16-Jan-14 10:11:54

LOVE the hairy bikers. Dp and I bought the dieters cookbooks before Christmas as we've been happily chowing down on everything in sight (love, innit) and have the extra pounds to show for it. I love that the recipes are really no different from a regular cook book, it all looks yum and its not holier than thou.
My question is, what was your lightbulb moment that made you want to change your eating habits? And how did you deal with it if you slipped up along the way? Dp really struggled last week because he was letting himself go hungry, he had a bad day on Sunday and thought sod it. I've been trying to get him to see that one days slip up doesn't mean you can't get back on the wagon, but perhaps a tip or two from his favourite bikers might help smile

birdsong1 Thu 16-Jan-14 11:11:57

I loved your series and seeing you both shrink before my eyes - Bravo you!! I saw your book yesterday and it looks wonderful.
My question is how did the family react to your recipes - I am the one in our household who needs to shed the pounds and inches not the men in my life -my eldest son is living back at home - 25 and skinny as they come - and my chap has a physically demanding job and enjoys a good plateful after a hard day's work smile

Solo Thu 16-Jan-14 11:31:42

Hi Hairy Bikers from a not so hairy lady biker
grin<<<------don't smile whilst riding bikes or you get flies stuck in your teeth!!
Big fan here, got several of your books and saw you at the Orchard last year too! (got the mug, didn't get the tee shirt)

I have used Sabatier knives for more than 20 years now and have converted many people to my way of thinking. My question is do you have a favourite brand of knife?
Also, I have recently been introduced to The Pampered Chef Stoneware and rate it big time. Have you tried it? if not, you should!! no, I'm not on commision or anything like that; but I do think it is worthwhile trying it out if you haven't already smile

<Always wear a helmet!>

Lemonylemon Thu 16-Jan-14 11:56:20

No questions from me, but just to say that the Lemon family peeps are HUGE fans (DS 16, DD 6) and myself (a bit older).

DS bought your curry cookbook for me for Christmas - haven't got round to cooking any of them yet - but the Korma is first on the list!

We were watching a re-run of your Mississippi tour. DS thinks that the ribs are to die for and I'm under orders to cook them on the BBQ in the summer smile

Hi bikers - loved the Bakecation series - all those lovely breads and beers etc. What was the most astonishing 'new' bread you found on the travels? How can we encourage more artisan bread to be sold / bought / home baked? Do we need all this red tape about being approved - why not allow home bakers to sell their stuff - very low risk and I think those that do it as a passion take far fewer short-cuts.

Will you be doing another ride?

antimatter Thu 16-Jan-14 13:06:06

I also would like to see a vegetarian version of The Hairy Dieters book.
I cooked Spicy Bean and Vegetable Stew from your book and replaced creme fraiche for Coconut cream. It was fab!

I am sure you have enough up your sleeve to make it happen this year smile

WireCat Thu 16-Jan-14 13:43:49

Afternoon Dave & Si! Love your books. As soon as I can get motivated, I will be using your books to start my healthy eating. Can't call it a diet or I will want to trough chocolate cake.
What really motivated you boys to start dieting?

A

WireCat Thu 16-Jan-14 13:44:15

Random A! ^

LESuffolk Thu 16-Jan-14 13:44:22

Love what you both do. Thanks for the great Germany episode too of oyur European series.

In your opinion what is the next culinary 'fashion' going to be? And if you could only eat one national cuisine, what would it be? (English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish are all disqualified!)

Last year we had the Peruvian food fashion.

I would like it to be Austrian as their patisserie is incomparable and fits in with the whole resurrection of baking.

What do you think?

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:45:43

Hello mothers! It's wonderful to be back on Mumsnet. We've had a lot of exciting things happening since the last time, so crack on with the questions –we'll do our best! x

johnworf Thu 16-Jan-14 13:46:17

grin

tess1982 Thu 16-Jan-14 13:47:01

hi si and dave....... my partner has recently had to completely change his diet due to blood pressure, and a hernia.....so we are using the dieters books for recipes but taking all the salt etc out..... so we can both loose weight with a healthy diet and exercise..... but and this is my question.... what can would you recommend for the whole family to sit and eat together.... i have a 1 year old boy, a four year old girl and a fussy 17 year old stepson and we like to sit together at a weekend and eat and talk...... but we end up making three of four different meals...... thanks xx

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:47:35

frankincensemydear

Again we love your currys from both books in our house. I would love just a diet curry book!

Last night for tea we had the tuna and ratatouille and enjoyed the coriander seeds addition to the sauce.I think the key is the lack of blandness that so many lower calorie recipes fall into. Your recipes work and are suitable for those of us who love our food. I don't feel deprived at all and look forward to eating my meal. Thankyou for doing another book.

My question is what recipe has surprised you the most by subsituting for a healthier option(s),but tasting better than anticipated?

Funnily enough, we've got a surprise for you - only yesterday we were trying out our new range of low-calorie sauces which are coming out later this year. And I've gotta tell you - they're fantastic!

Love Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:48:01

Solo

Hi Hairy Bikers from a not so hairy lady biker
grin<<<------don't smile whilst riding bikes or you get flies stuck in your teeth!!
Big fan here, got several of your books and saw you at the Orchard last year too! (got the mug, didn't get the tee shirt)

I have used Sabatier knives for more than 20 years now and have converted many people to my way of thinking. My question is do you have a favourite brand of knife?
Also, I have recently been introduced to The Pampered Chef Stoneware and rate it big time. Have you tried it? if not, you should!! no, I'm not on commision or anything like that; but I do think it is worthwhile trying it out if you haven't already smile

<Always wear a helmet!>

Kin knives are our favourite Japanese and they're absolutely 'kin sharp, you'll have you 'kin fingers off. And actually, I have some of the Pampered Chef stoneware at home which I use for casseroles and curries. It's good stuff! And I always wear a helmet... Especially in the kitchen!

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:49:18

WireCat

Afternoon Dave & Si! Love your books. As soon as I can get motivated, I will be using your books to start my healthy eating. Can't call it a diet or I will want to trough chocolate cake.
What really motivated you boys to start dieting?

A

We were fat and on tablets! Not very rock n' roll - but true...

Love Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:49:44

tess1982

hi si and dave....... my partner has recently had to completely change his diet due to blood pressure, and a hernia.....so we are using the dieters books for recipes but taking all the salt etc out..... so we can both loose weight with a healthy diet and exercise..... but and this is my question.... what can would you recommend for the whole family to sit and eat together.... i have a 1 year old boy, a four year old girl and a fussy 17 year old stepson and we like to sit together at a weekend and eat and talk...... but we end up making three of four different meals...... thanks xx

Crispy chicken in Hairy Dieters book one is mine and my family's favourite. It's a chicken breast, you dip it in fat-free yoghurt, then roll it in breadcrumbs, herbs, parmesan cheese and then bake it. You can whole chicken breast, it tastes like fried chicken and is under 300 calories. All my family love it! Even a chicken nugget obsessed teenager! Thanks, Dave x

mumsbe Thu 16-Jan-14 13:51:01

Hi
I have a terrible sweet tooth do you have any low fat recipes for desserts? I need to loose 2 stone but seem to be stuck
Thanks
Debs

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:51:58

johnworf

Hi Si and Dave. I was looking through your diet book only yesterday and was in two minds as to whether to buy it. I'm diabetic (T2) and wasn't sure if all the recipes in there were suitable for those watching their carb intake. I'm hoping so as the recipes I saw looked fab and I'd love to try them out.

On the subject of books, are you bringing a further recipe book out in the future? Could I ask for a few more desert recipes if so? smile Oh, and possibly some party or occasion food? Sorry, not asking for much am I? wink

Most of the recipes are very very useful if you need to cut down on sugars. The good thing is if you lose weight it’s going to help your type 2 diabetes no end. We would love to bring out some more books if people are going to buy them and we’ll work on more dessert recipes, but we have to watch the sugars! Just to say, have you tried using agave syrup – it’s great and doesn’t do any harm. Keep a look out in the diet club for more recipes.

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:52:01

flatbellyfella

Hi Si & Dave, lets get away from food talk, as I worked the last 13 years in a Hospital Patients kitchen. As a life long biker,like you two, once it's in your blood you are as one, with bikers everywhere you go, Do you agree? Could you give me a rundown of bikes you have both loved & not loved? My all time favourite I have owned, was a Dunstall 650 SS Norton. Safe riding boys.

Another Question , Will you be in the Isle of Man in TT week ?
brew cake

My wife won't let me go to the TT since I broke both my arms when I came off! My favourite bike is the KTM 990 Adventurer, which I bought after we finished filming Hairy Bikers Bakation. My favourite bike I've ever had was a very rare Heskith – there's no such thing as a bad bike! Although Korean choppers leave a lot to be desired... Ride safe, Dave x

tess1982 Thu 16-Jan-14 13:52:49

thanks so much!!!!!! i have to admit me and my fella LOVE the spanish bake in the first book.... its what i make whenevr friends come to eat and it goes down so well!!!!!!! thank yo so much for the response and i look to forward to watching you both again soon on the tv!!!! x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:52:55

milk

No question, but I won a copy of your last book on MN and wanted to say how much I love it grin Thank you again smile

Thanks very much. The good thing is, it's a book to be used time and time again. Hope you enjoy it! Dave x

cryhavoc Thu 16-Jan-14 13:53:18

Hi. My husband and I are massive fans of yours - I always say that I have never had a Hairy Bikers recipe go wrong, and I have made LOTS.

We watched you in Argentina on an old episode we'd recorded last night (as I said, we're huge fans) which looked amazing. My question is which is your favourite place that you have visited to cook - both for the biking and the cooking?

johnworf Thu 16-Jan-14 13:53:20

Eyes peeled on diet club. Never heard of agave sugar but off to see where I can buy it. Thanks grin

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:53:49

MissRee

Hello! Love you on the telly smile

Just ordered Hairy Dieters so have no food related questions but...

Just how hairy are you???grin

Changes as the years go on... Hair gets less, nose and ears get more! Afraid that's life! Dave x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:54:40

eragon

oh, your diet paprika chicken is a family favourite here!

nice to find some recipes that fit in with our family allergies!

have you got a recipe for a egg/nut/milk free cake pls?

If you like that, have you tried our paprika cooking sauce? It’s brilliant, it’s just what’s in the recipe but we’ve done the graft.
Will have to do a bit more investigation for the cake-free cake. Love Dave xx

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:54:59

[quote LewisFan]No questions - just wanted to say a MASSIVE (arf) congratulations on your weight loss. Thoroughly enjoyed watching the show about it and have your first book.

I am on a huge weight loss journey and taking the very first steps: I've lost 9lbs so far (only 10 more stone to go - yes really!)

Thanks for the great food; who knew leeks work just like pasta sheets!!

Oh, I've thought of a question: HOW did you figure the substitutes out? Wherever did the idea of using leeks instead of pasta even come from! I am not creative enough, I don't think...[/quote]

Huge congratulations on your first steps to a new you! As you may or may not know, have a look at www.hairybikersdietclub.com as we've set up a Dieter's Club with all the tools to help you lose weight - we've even got a special offer via Mumsnet: if you and a friend diet together for three months with the club, you get a 45% discount. Dave and I found it incredibly helpful to have the support of one another while embarking our weight loss journey.

The very, very best of luck. If we can do it, you can!

Lots of love, Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:55:23

ItsATIARA

No questions, but love the books. Highly recommended and for the person who asked about low carbing, they're pretty good for low (but not zero)carb recipes - loads of handy hints for veggie substitutes for potatoes/rice/pasta/pastry and really useable hints if only one of the family is dieting.

Thanks very much for your support. It’s true – the books are a guide and you’re obviously welcome to use them and to change them to suit your own diet.

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:55:32

LESuffolk

Love what you both do. Thanks for the great Germany episode too of oyur European series.

In your opinion what is the next culinary 'fashion' going to be? And if you could only eat one national cuisine, what would it be? (English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish are all disqualified!)

Last year we had the Peruvian food fashion.

I would like it to be Austrian as their patisserie is incomparable and fits in with the whole resurrection of baking.

What do you think?

I predict the next culinary fashion will be Korean, especially their KFC (Korean fried chicken!). I could live forever on Thai food. And of course, Austrians kind of invented baking. The wonderful thing is in our country, we get the best food from all over the world. Love Dave x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:55:47

MissRee

Hello! Love you on the telly smile

Just ordered Hairy Dieters so have no food related questions but...

Just how hairy are you???grin

Very, but neat wink

Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:55:51

ControlGeek

Hi Si and Dave, you've both done amazingly well on your weight loss and keeping it off. Obviously you've had to think long and hard about what recipes would help you lose weight. How did you go about making sure you still packed in loads of flavour, especially for the fakeaways, given the reduced fat content?

PS MrGeek and I have been fans of yours for years and he is going to be SOOOOOOO jealous when I tell him about this webchat! grin

The thing to remember is that there are no calories in flavour, and as passionate cooks, we worked hard to keep lots of flavour but less fat in the recipes. On the subject of the Fakeaways, later in the year, we’re going to bring out some Fakeaway cooking sauces – same ingredients as the recipes but the hassles done for you. Many thanks, Dave x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:57:00

cryhavoc

Hi. My husband and I are massive fans of yours - I always say that I have never had a Hairy Bikers recipe go wrong, and I have made LOTS.

We watched you in Argentina on an old episode we'd recorded last night (as I said, we're huge fans) which looked amazing. My question is which is your favourite place that you have visited to cook - both for the biking and the cooking?

Thailand comes pretty close to the top, although we've had some wonderful experiences. Thailand is as big as France, and the food is as varied and regional as France. Believe me, the motorcycle ride from Bangkok to the North is heaven on earth. Dave x

LESuffolk Thu 16-Jan-14 13:57:45

Thanks for that.

I pootled round S Korea on a mobylette so hopefully will see you do the same (but on a bigger bike!).

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:58:28

DulcetMoans

How exciting! To echo most o these comments, also love you guys and the books. Have lost 5stone and still another one to go but did damage over December so will take longer than Id like.

Anyway, I would ask about lunches when working. A lot of your lunches, whilst looking delish, aren't suitable for an office as there isn't the proper equipment to prepare or store. We have microwaves and a fridge and a kettle - what can I have that is more exciting than a ham sandwich?

The key to eating healthily is to plan it. There are numerous recipes that Dave and I have designed in both Hairy Dieters books that you can prep the night before and take to work. They are quick, simple and really tasty. It may take a little bit more work - but don't forget you're investing in yourself and a new you. So really, it's gotta be worth the effort - hasn't it?

Lots of Love, Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 13:58:37

Gileswithachainsaw

Hello Si and Dave smile

I love watching you guys on tv!

My question is- I really get bored of doing the same stuff with potatoes. The usual wedges or roasties or mash.

Have you got an interesting and tasty potato recipe? I apologise if this makes it difficult but please , one with no cream or cheese or milk.

Thank you smile

Yes! I love hedgehog potatoes. You know the ones where you cut loads of slits on the top, roast it in duck fat, and wherever you get a slit it opens up like a hedgehog's back and goes crispy. It's old-fashioned and a bit naff but they're lovely.

WireCat Thu 16-Jan-14 13:59:52

Thanks for the reply x

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 16-Jan-14 14:00:15

Old fashioned and naff is right up my street grin

Thank you smile I will definately give that a go!!!

cryhavoc Thu 16-Jan-14 14:00:31

Great, thank you. Now I'll have to try one of your Thai recipes...

mrst1209 Thu 16-Jan-14 14:01:18

Helloo!

So I love everything you do! Every recipe I've ever made from your books have all worked...not that they wouldn't but I find they are simple to follow and everything tastes amazing unlike some of my attempts at recipes from other books!

I do a lot of baking and try all sorts of new things with my kids for lunch, dinner and dessert but I've always found breakfast a bit boring! I flit between cereal and toast with the occasional bagel never anything too exciting. I was wondering if you had any ideas that could make breakfast time a bit more interesting that is also quick and simple?

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:01:22

LewisFan

No questions - just wanted to say a MASSIVE (arf) congratulations on your weight loss. Thoroughly enjoyed watching the show about it and have your first book.

I am on a huge weight loss journey and taking the very first steps: I've lost 9lbs so far (only 10 more stone to go - yes really!)

Thanks for the great food; who knew leeks work just like pasta sheets!!

Oh, I've thought of a question: HOW did you figure the substitutes out? Wherever did the idea of using leeks instead of pasta even come from! I am not creative enough, I don't think...

Well done with the weight loss! You've still got a long way to go, but take heart. A mate of ours has just lost 15 stone in one year. 33 stone to 18 in 12 months, it's changed his life! We have lots of mad ideas for food - most don't work, but those that do (like the leeks!) can become family favourites. The ideas come by sitting down and experimenting. Try the leek dish with courgettes - comes out a bit like moussaka. Good luck! Dave x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:01:33

antimatter

I also would like to see a vegetarian version of The Hairy Dieters book.
I cooked Spicy Bean and Vegetable Stew from your book and replaced creme fraiche for Coconut cream. It was fab!

I am sure you have enough up your sleeve to make it happen this year smile

Well - you gorgeous individual - the low-calorie sauces that we have on the marketplace at present are almost all vegetarian. So, instead of adding the meat protein to the sauces, add vegetables or a vegetarian substitute instead.

Lots of love, Si x

izaakjeff Thu 16-Jan-14 14:03:05

Good Afternoon to you both
I live in France with my family, here they are not really into healthy or veggie foods so no quorn, tofu etc. 2 teenage boys who I try to sneak healthy food into, any suggestions please?

Thanks for your reply boys, Could you not take your good lady with you to the bikers Mecca .?

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:04:17

Solo

Hi Hairy Bikers from a not so hairy lady biker
grin<<<------don't smile whilst riding bikes or you get flies stuck in your teeth!!
Big fan here, got several of your books and saw you at the Orchard last year too! (got the mug, didn't get the tee shirt)

I have used Sabatier knives for more than 20 years now and have converted many people to my way of thinking. My question is do you have a favourite brand of knife?
Also, I have recently been introduced to The Pampered Chef Stoneware and rate it big time. Have you tried it? if not, you should!! no, I'm not on commision or anything like that; but I do think it is worthwhile trying it out if you haven't already smile

<Always wear a helmet!>

My favourite brand of knife is Kin - they are quite expensive, but fantastic preparation knives. As everyday knives, in my kitchen at home, I use Global knives.

I have tried Pampered Chef - and it's great!

Thanks very much. Love Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:04:31

Reastie

Hellooooooo lord bikers of hairyness.

I vividly remember watching your original hairy dieters series whilst feeling completely miserable about my weight and desperately wanting to lose weight. Fast forward and I'm now sitting here over 7 stone lighter and I can actually keep up with my daughter and run up the stairs without being out of puff (simple pleasures and all that).

However, chocolate is my huge weakness. I was wondering what your food weakness is that you can never say no to and how you manage to resist eating too much of it. A calorie free chocolate pud would be fab too please thanks wink

In our new book, we've actually got low calorie chocolate mousse. My food weakness is cheese - that's often a diet breaker. If I need to drop a few kilos, I just can't have cheese in the house. But there's nowt wrong with a bit of dark chocolate! Just lay off the milky stuff. Cheers, Dave.

Solo Thu 16-Jan-14 14:04:32

grin Whoop, whoop!! thanks HairyDave for the answer/s. <goes to google Kin knives>

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:04:58

Rooble

I haven't got a question, but need to say that I LOVE both the books (not a big one for fan mail, so feel privileged!!). Other dieting websites etc tend to have pretty bland and boring recipes, so I ended up having teeny portions of what I'd normally make, but have been doing your recipes for a week and the whole family is loving it! So thank you!

Well thank you very much for your kind words of support Rooble - the whole point of whatever we do is that it should be accessible to all members of the family because - first and foremost - it's great food that happened to be less calorific!

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:05:08

flatbellyfella

Thanks for your reply boys, Could you not take your good lady with you to the bikers Mecca .?

I did do, but she doesn't want to visit me in hospital again!

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:05:46

thesoupdragon44

Hello I have just been told I need to add more fibre into my sons diet, so as a family is there an easy recipe you can recommend?

I’ve got a corker! I have it every single morning - it is - oat bran with a handful of raisins and a handful of sultanas. It's a porridge-like breakfast but is a really, really good source of fibre - I swear by it.

Lots of love, SI

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:06:45

catsmother

Hi Si and Dave!

One of our absolute family favourites is what has come to be known in this house as "Hairy Biker Nuts" .... I don't think that is the official recipe title (it's the chilli and honey one) grin ... I double, treble, quadruple the quantity of nuts etc because they're so irresistible and get eaten very quickly.

But I know nuts are very calorific. Could you suggest something I might be able to substitute in this recipe for a lower calorie nibble ? (though macadamias are hard to beat!)

Yes - use almonds instead. Macadamias are a highly calorific nut. But nuts, like almonds, are a great source of fibre and calcium - so keep eating the nuts, keep smiling - but dump the macadamias!

raindaisy Thu 16-Jan-14 14:07:32

Good afternoon Gentlemen, what would you say are the main staple cupboard ingredients for healthy eating that can be made into a meal quick

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:07:33

DurhamDurham

Oooh looking forward to the webchat.
I actually got a kiss off Mr King in Manchester at a book signing.!He was lovely and although the people with him were trying to hurry us along Si and Dave were more than happy to pose for a photo ( or five, in my case!)
I work in Gateshead, not too far from the Hairy Bikers stomping ground but never clapped eyes on them until a weekend in Manchester.

Well thanks very much - and I enjoyed the snog!

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:07:40

izaakjeff

Good Afternoon to you both
I live in France with my family, here they are not really into healthy or veggie foods so no quorn, tofu etc. 2 teenage boys who I try to sneak healthy food into, any suggestions please?

Make pasta sauces with pureed vegetables. Work on the flavour and spices and you can hide the veggies quite effectively. Some recipes, like our low calorie chicken korma, there's no cream, but the texture is done with pureed onions. You're going to have to become a tofu smuggler - you might end up a Quorn-star! Good luck, Dave x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:08:29

JustGettingOnWithIt

Really impressed with what you've done for helping blokes of a certain age in particular, to address food weight health issues, without having to lose out.
Lots of my friends are from either bike or music industry, all high octane living.
Most of them male, middle aged and too well padded, to many suffering the effects of carrying too much weight for the lifestyles, sadly there?s been a few ?body say no? funerals too. I?ve ended up in a wheelchair so exercising it off is less of an option, and keeping an eye on calories is now a boring necessity.
Trying to talk about habits and how we use ?food as love? or consolation eating has been made a lot easier, thanks.

I reckon you?re missing a trick though. There?s a huge market for veggie recipes/combined cookbooks, if you know how to deal with not having blood (what gives meat dishes flavour and body) as an ingredient.

I used to have a stall at Kent with a side outlet providing filling veggie food for an awful lot of very big and hairy bikers so they could avoid the rip of hamburger lot and spend the difference on my bike products.
Back then veggy was often a dirty word in those circles, and tbh calories were something we added for weekend energy!
It?s a challenge but I know it can be done, balancing out high calorie ingredients against low for good appetising healthy results.

Male friends all want it in a book with pics and pre sorted for them.

In a financial downturn it?s not only a health/weight/lifestyle market but a financial one too. Can be marketed separately or combined, spin offs abound.
Anyone for a two wheeled veggie food of the world tour? (gis a job, I?ll trike the banger for it!)

So have I sold you it, and 'official question'; can I get you thinking about hale and hearty, tasty, but lower calorie veggie food and not just a couple of recipes in a meat filled book, (like everyone else) because the time is so right?

All of the issues that you've highlighted are always on the top of Dave and I's agenda because we want to make good food accessible to all, no matter what your budget. We strive to cater to everyone's needs - hope that helps!

Lots of love, Si x

P.S. If you're into music - here's a band for you from Newcastle - they're called Let's Buy Happiness, you'll really enjoy them, I'm sure!

shelley72 Thu 16-Jan-14 14:08:47

We love watching the hairy bikers. On the last series spent my time wishing I had Si' s kitchen and Dave's dog!

Anyhow would your book tempt into losing my baby weight? Baby is now 6 months and still not back to normal. How can I stop myself wanting to eat biscuits and cake all the time? Can't keep using feeding the baby as an excuse! What 'clicked' for you and made you decide to eat more healthily?

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:09:07

raindaisy

Good afternoon Gentlemen, what would you say are the main staple cupboard ingredients for healthy eating that can be made into a meal quick

Our cooking sauces are great for this. They have a long shelf-life, and basically as long as you've got them, you can add your protein of choice and will end up with a very tasty, quick, nutritious meal (and no graft!). Dave x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:11:49

shelley72

We love watching the hairy bikers. On the last series spent my time wishing I had Si' s kitchen and Dave's dog!

Anyhow would your book tempt into losing my baby weight? Baby is now 6 months and still not back to normal. How can I stop myself wanting to eat biscuits and cake all the time? Can't keep using feeding the baby as an excuse! What 'clicked' for you and made you decide to eat more healthily?

What clicked for us and stopped us eating those cakes and biscuits was seeing an all over body scan of our bodily composition. I was 40% fat, Si was 42%, most of it hanging round my heart. It was a real wake up call - that and a 49" waist! That was enough motivation to stop the picking. Good luck and congratulations on your baby. Dave x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:12:45

NigellaPleaseComeDineWithMe

Hi bikers - loved the Bakecation series - all those lovely breads and beers etc. What was the most astonishing 'new' bread you found on the travels? How can we encourage more artisan bread to be sold / bought / home baked? Do we need all this red tape about being approved - why not allow home bakers to sell their stuff - very low risk and I think those that do it as a passion take far fewer short-cuts.

Will you be doing another ride?

The culture of baking in the UK is alive and well when it comes to cakes and biscuits. However, I absolutely agree that we should continue to raise the profile of the many gifted artisan bakers that we have in the UK. I'm sure you will agree, there is nothing better than artisan or home-baked bread.

I think TV shows can help raise the profile, but I think what would be better is to break down the bureaucracy that people face when selling their products. Long live the village fair, county show and small bakeries!

Hope that helps. Lots of love, Si x

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 16-Jan-14 14:13:25

Ooh ooh I love you guys! grin

I love the regional stuff you do, going round the country making gorgeous regional dishes with local ingredients. Are you doing any more travelling again soon? Last time you came to Suffolk you visited Jimmy Butler and his pigs in Blythburgh. That's just up the road from me!

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:14:38

mrst1209

Helloo!

So I love everything you do! Every recipe I've ever made from your books have all worked...not that they wouldn't but I find they are simple to follow and everything tastes amazing unlike some of my attempts at recipes from other books!

I do a lot of baking and try all sorts of new things with my kids for lunch, dinner and dessert but I've always found breakfast a bit boring! I flit between cereal and toast with the occasional bagel never anything too exciting. I was wondering if you had any ideas that could make breakfast time a bit more interesting that is also quick and simple?

See our cookbooks! We're great fans of crumpets at breakfast time - no butter, but toasted served with fat free yoghurt and berries. Try it, it's really good! Or how about a breakfast salad? Roast off a truss of cherry tomatoes, serve on a bed of watercress, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a couple of lean rashers of bacon and a poached egg on top. Will be under 300 calories. Hope this helps. Love Dave x

MarmaladeBatkins Thu 16-Jan-14 14:15:16

Oh and if you do anything else like the Bakeation again, please come to the Black Country! No-one ever seems to mention our faggots and peas! sad

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:16:05

thesoupdragon44

Hello I have just been told I need to add more fibre into my sons diet, so as a family is there an easy recipe you can recommend?

Baked beans are a salvation! And now the bean companies put less sugar in, they're healthy too. Half a can of beans, a slice of wholemeal toast, two slices of lean boiled ham –it's my low calorie version of pork and beans for breakfast in the morning. Beans are the future. Love Dave x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:16:11

clare8allthepies

Hi, really excited about the diet club as I'm a big fan of your books and have loads of weight to lose! grin

Like the others in my situation (constantly breastfeeding an 8 week old baby) I'm craving sugary carby foods, especially in the early hours of the morning. Would you recommend trying to avoid these altogether, or try to cut back on other meals to still have biscuits to get through the night feeds?

Please can you include lots of calorie free biscuit recipes for the diet club, cheers! biscuit

The best thing to do is seek advice from a nutritionist because you will need to eat more while breastfeeding, and to be honest, Dave and I aren't qualified to give you specific dietary advice during your breastfeeding program. The simple fact of the matter is - we're not equipped to breastfeed, so it would seem wrong to advise you otherwise! But we're really pleased that you're excited about the Diet Club - it's ram-packed full of great recipe ideas and guidance.

Lots of love - and congratulations on your new arrival! Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:16:56

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme

Ooh ooh I love you guys! grin

I love the regional stuff you do, going round the country making gorgeous regional dishes with local ingredients. Are you doing any more travelling again soon? Last time you came to Suffolk you visited Jimmy Butler and his pigs in Blythburgh. That's just up the road from me!

Yeah, and Jimmy's wife cooked us a shoulder of pork –she is the Goddess of Crackling - give her my love! Dave and Si x

izaakjeff Thu 16-Jan-14 14:17:23

thanks for that Guys, will give it a whirl!

DayZ Thu 16-Jan-14 14:17:26

Hi Si and Dave,

My two young daughters love to cook with me but one cannot have wheat, so we have been trying some of your curry recipes - I made the Biryani on Sunday and we all loved it.

Do you have any tips/recipe ideas for good, flavourful but non-spicy meals which aren't necessarily curries?

Thanks.

LondonBirdLucy Thu 16-Jan-14 14:18:32

Quick question; what would you recommend as a show stopper main meal for the family. My son has asked for something special for his 6th birthday. Im thinking a crusty pie. What our your thoughts. Thanks big fan here smile

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:20:15

NigellaPleaseComeDineWithMe

Hi bikers - loved the Bakecation series - all those lovely breads and beers etc. What was the most astonishing 'new' bread you found on the travels? How can we encourage more artisan bread to be sold / bought / home baked? Do we need all this red tape about being approved - why not allow home bakers to sell their stuff - very low risk and I think those that do it as a passion take far fewer short-cuts.

Will you be doing another ride?

Two of our best discoveries was bread that we cooked- in Norway we made a really easy rye bread that was fantastic, and in Germany, we made a loaf of potato bread that was really soft and comfy. Recipes will be available free on the BBC website. In Carcassonne in France, we had the most amazing French bread. It was a sour dough french stick that had been left to prove for 48 hours. It was a bread-gasm! Dave x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:21:46

LondonBirdLucy

Quick question; what would you recommend as a show stopper main meal for the family. My son has asked for something special for his 6th birthday. Im thinking a crusty pie. What our your thoughts. Thanks big fan here smile

You can't go wrong with a proper shepard's pie - cooked slowly until it's lovely and golden and crusty. Then, for his birthday cook him our black forest gateaux - a real one! Recipe available free on the BBC website. Wish him a happy birthday. Love Dave x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:22:08

Awkwardsis

LOVE the hairy bikers. Dp and I bought the dieters cookbooks before Christmas as we've been happily chowing down on everything in sight (love, innit) and have the extra pounds to show for it. I love that the recipes are really no different from a regular cook book, it all looks yum and its not holier than thou.
My question is, what was your lightbulb moment that made you want to change your eating habits? And how did you deal with it if you slipped up along the way? Dp really struggled last week because he was letting himself go hungry, he had a bad day on Sunday and thought sod it. I've been trying to get him to see that one days slip up doesn't mean you can't get back on the wagon, but perhaps a tip or two from his favourite bikers might help smile

In the first instance, Dave and I had health issues around being overweight. We had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and were on medication - that really was our lightbulb moment. The whole point of the Dieters' Cookbooks was to create recipes that, first and foremost, tasted great and were good nutritional food, that happened to be less calorific. The best tip I can give you for getting back on the wagon is not to beat yourself up too much about falling off in the first place. As long as you are disciplined and get back on to your weigh loss winning ways as soon as possible, a sustainable weight loss and lifestyle change is only possible if you change your attitude towards food, and treat yourself every now and then - but only when you arrive at your ideal weight. Otherwise, it will be a fad rather than a lifestyle change.

Hope that helps. Love to you both, Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:23:37

DayZ

Hi Si and Dave,

My two young daughters love to cook with me but one cannot have wheat, so we have been trying some of your curry recipes - I made the Biryani on Sunday and we all loved it.

Do you have any tips/recipe ideas for good, flavourful but non-spicy meals which aren't necessarily curries?

Thanks.

Firstly, with curries, just leave the chilli out. Most Asian food is great and wheat free which will help both daughters. We have just come back from filming for three months in Asia, and really if you have a wok and a chopper there are so many dishes you can cook! You can't go wrong. Italian food too is fantastic. If you like rice don't forget nice risottos! Hope this helps, love Dave x

DinoSnores Thu 16-Jan-14 14:24:21

How do you manage to stick to making healthy choices when you both do so much travelling?

The programme with Roy Taylor was great. I work in this field so found it particularly interesting, even if seeing Prof Taylor in flares was a bit disturbing! wink

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:24:41

MarmaladeBatkins

Oh and if you do anything else like the Bakeation again, please come to the Black Country! No-one ever seems to mention our faggots and peas! sad

Have done faggots and peas and also pork scratchings! And your beers not bad either! Bostin! Love Dave x

Solo Thu 16-Jan-14 14:25:48

Thanks HairySi to you too!
I have Googled Kin knives...I will stick with Sabatier! grin Those Kin knives are way beyond my 'kin budget!!

MarmaladeBatkins Thu 16-Jan-14 14:26:21

Oh I remember the pork scratchings! You were in Wolverhampton, I think, which is my hometown. Hope you had a pint of Banks's!

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:26:50

DinoSnores

How do you manage to stick to making healthy choices when you both do so much travelling?

The programme with Roy Taylor was great. I work in this field so found it particularly interesting, even if seeing Prof Taylor in flares was a bit disturbing! wink

Sticking to healthy choices when you're travelling is a nightmare. We both tend to read labels so we don't fall into the 600/700 calorie sandwich trap! Also because we're prone to putting weight on we really do have to be careful. Roy Taylor was amazing. He turned our lives around, and what's wonderful is that he managed to touch a lot of other people as well. We think he walks on water, and he can wear flares whenever he wants. Back to travelling, take a packed lunch. Bon voyage! Dave x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:27:21

Solo

Thanks HairySi to you too!
I have Googled Kin knives...I will stick with Sabatier! grin Those Kin knives are way beyond my 'kin budget!!

They're not 'kin cheap are they!?

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:29:18

SpottyDottie

I loved the Hairy Dieters and bought the books but I'm slightly disappointed that there is a fee to join the diet club that's been created. Why not carrying on making great telly and inspiring us with the recipes?

Dear Dottie,

Thank you for your kind words about our programs and please rest assured, we will continue to inspire you with our travels and recipes. Please do have a good look at the Dieters' Club, we have invested our personal time in collating a hugely extensive and diverse database and we employ a team of people to both manage and support the members of the club during their weight loss journey. We are very competitively priced in comparison to other organisations, and Dave and I are incredibly committed and passionate that the service we offer is the very best out there, much the same as our approach to programming.

We fully appreciate that it may not be for everyone, but we will continue to encourage as many people to join as we can. We believe in the service Dave and I and our team have worked so hard to create.

Keep watching. Thanks for your support! Lots of love, Si x

teaandcustardcreams Thu 16-Jan-14 14:29:28

Hi,

Dave, just wanted to say you were my dad's favourite to win on Strictly! The question is: are there any low fat snacks you'd recommend to get me through a working day?

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 16-Jan-14 14:29:57

I love the Hairy Bikers <sighs happily>

Solo Thu 16-Jan-14 14:30:12

No, they aren't! was shock <<---like that!
Could buy a new Arai for the price of two Kin knives!!!

JustGettingOnWithIt Thu 16-Jan-14 14:31:06

Thanks for the band recommendation. smile

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:31:20

Banffy

Hi Si and Dave, massive fan here grin I love you two, you seem so down to Earth and fun! You have both inspired me to start shifting the lbs with your show and fab books. I've only made two recipes so far (yesterday and today) and I can already tell they're going to be firm favourites here (the chicken cordon bleu and the chicken and veg pot pies). They are absolutely delicious and no one can believe that they are low in calories! So thanks for that smile

Anyway, I don't have a great question to ask because I just wanted to tell you how much I love you grin But I was wondering- what is your number one favourite thing to eat? (doesn't have to be healthy wink)

Thanks smile

My number one favourite thing to eat is shellfish. I adore it in all its varied shapes and forms. I am very lucky where I live in that I have access to some of the best seafood in the country so I enjoy a trip down to the fish quay on a regular basis.

Lots of love, Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:31:33

We've got a perfect offer for Mumsnetters. You can join the Hairy Bikers' Diet Club with a friend for a limited time only. Head to hbike.rs/mumsnet
As we found out, dieting with a mate helps so much. You'll both lose more weight, and when times are hard, you'll always have somewhere to turn. If you haven't got any mates, you can always email us... Or turn to Mumsnet!

vickyob1978 Thu 16-Jan-14 14:32:05

hi si and Dave just like to say, we watch everything you guys do and I have both your recipe books and as we speak your Hungarian goulash is cooking in the oven we had fish cakes yesterday and your Korma tomorrow, I'm hoibg with your help I can shed the six stone I need to lose, kids love your meals and enjoy helping me prepare them, so thank you xxx ;-);-);-)

WireCat Thu 16-Jan-14 14:32:18

You know what, I am simply going to do it. Dinner is already planned, chicken pie. But from tomorrow, I am following your recipes Si & Dave.
No one else can do this, but me.

x

You answered my question! Thank you grin

Have been rewatching your hairy dieters series as it's been being reshown at silly o clock in the morning on the food channel!

(Perhaps watching cooking shows all night is not helping with the cravings)

DayZ Thu 16-Jan-14 14:33:01

Thank you for answering, I hadn't thought of risotto's but they shall be perfect as we all love rice (and fish) - prawn risotto here we come!

x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:34:05

ControlGeek

Hi Si and Dave, you've both done amazingly well on your weight loss and keeping it off. Obviously you've had to think long and hard about what recipes would help you lose weight. How did you go about making sure you still packed in loads of flavour, especially for the fakeaways, given the reduced fat content?

PS MrGeek and I have been fans of yours for years and he is going to be SOOOOOOO jealous when I tell him about this webchat! grin

We spent hours upon hours in a test kitchen with our team working on the mantra that it was good food first that happened to be less calorific, and we're very, very pleased with the result. Hope you are enjoying the fruits of our labour!

Hello MrGeek - I'm talking to you missus!

Lots of love, Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:34:32

teaandcustardcreams

Hi,

Dave, just wanted to say you were my dad's favourite to win on Strictly! The question is: are there any low fat snacks you'd recommend to get me through a working day?

Marmite rice cakes – they hit the spot! And bananas. Failing that, just do the dancing and you can eat what you want! It's that simple energy equation... Keeeeep dancing!

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:36:39

vickyob1978

hi si and Dave just like to say, we watch everything you guys do and I have both your recipe books and as we speak your Hungarian goulash is cooking in the oven we had fish cakes yesterday and your Korma tomorrow, I'm hoibg with your help I can shed the six stone I need to lose, kids love your meals and enjoy helping me prepare them, so thank you xxx ;-);-);-)

Wishing you all the luck in the world. You obviously love good food! Hopefully you can continue to enjoy good food and lose weight. What about giving our Diet Club a shot? Either do it by yourself, or we have got special deals to join up with a buddy! Best of luck. Love Dave x

shelley72 Thu 16-Jan-14 14:37:02

Ooh thanks for the reply <excited squeal>. Off on school run now so will miss the end of the chat sad

CMOTDibbler Thu 16-Jan-14 14:38:15

I love cooking from your diet book (and I lost 3.5 stone last year), and love the idea of fakeaway sauce.

Have you ever tried making gluten free bread? I have to eat gf and the bread side of things is dire

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:38:25

Mckayz

Hi. Another huge fan here. Well the whole family is, you said hello to my son Dylan on the last chat.

I was wondering if you each have a personal favourite book? I love the Mums Know Best book. My husband and son Dylan love your Curry book and my eldest son Freddie loves your pie book.

I was very pleased to see a healthier version of Pan Haggerty in the new diet book.

Our new Asia cookbook comes out on 30th January, and we're very excited about that! And on February 13th, we transmit the Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure on BBC2.

One of my favourite books that I must have read three or four times is 'From Holy Mountain' by William Dalrymple.

Lots of love, Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:39:08

clare8allthepies

Hi, really excited about the diet club as I'm a big fan of your books and have loads of weight to lose! grin

Like the others in my situation (constantly breastfeeding an 8 week old baby) I'm craving sugary carby foods, especially in the early hours of the morning. Would you recommend trying to avoid these altogether, or try to cut back on other meals to still have biscuits to get through the night feeds?

Please can you include lots of calorie free biscuit recipes for the diet club, cheers! biscuit

Be kind to yourself while you're breastfeeding. There's loads of time to get yourself sorted after that. Try to keep the lid however on overeating and join our club when baby's on solids! Love Dave x

Mckayz Thu 16-Jan-14 14:40:05

Thanks Si. I love Asian food so will certainly be getting the book and watching the series.

FrauSnowball Thu 16-Jan-14 14:40:41

Hi Si & Dave,
Not really very diet related, but next time you drive through Oberkirch on your bikes you should stay a little longer...we have some fantastic restaurants and my mother in law Hildegard can show you another great Black forest gateau. P.S a low fat curry recipe book would be awesome!

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:43:42

shizk

I am also a big fan of both your books, and your lower fat alternatives to family favourites but still with full flavour are a hit in our house. I follow the diet club on Twitter and enjoying seeing posted pictures of recipes as I know that mine look similar so I'm doing the right thing, my question to is as I've never been a member of a diet club what is different about yours that I should consider joining?
Keep up the great work
Shirley

The big difference about our Diet Club is it's ours, and it's all about food. That means Si and I take great pride and care in it's content and our members. Also, we've got a forum, that's mutually supportive and also a lot of our recipes that are exclusive to the club. We know times are hard, so we know our prices very competitive. There are plenty of tips and tricks to get you on your way, and exercise programmes too. Give it a go – you might love it! Best wishes, Dave x

SiTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:46:05

Mouseface

Hello Bikers! smile

I was wondering if you have any suggestions for low carb eaters like myself who want something lovely and comforting for these cold, dark evenings, that maybe I can eat with my husband and daughter too?

At the moment we're eating a lot of our meals separately as I'm not eating pasta or rice at all and have only just started to reintroduce potatoes into my diet.

I tend to have my largest meal (salads with prawns, chicken, pork strips, tuna etc) at around 1.30 - 2pm but find I'm not hungry later when it's dinner time, around 7 - 7.30pm

Any yummy pudding ideas would be most welcome too! grin

Well done on the book and weight loss to you both.

Thank you in advance if you answer my question smile

Yes! Go and buy both Hairy Dieters books. They're on a bundle offer with The Book People - and they're full of fantastic tasty recipes for all the family to enjoy. And apart from anything else - buy them while they're cheap!

Lots of love, Si x

DaveTheHairyBikers Thu 16-Jan-14 14:46:18

It's been lovely chatting. We have to go now! It's two years since we were here last, and we hope it's not another two years before we meet again! We wish you all the love and luck in the world. Without mothers, we wouldn't be here! Dave and Si x

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 16-Jan-14 14:47:21

Thank you smile

Solo Thu 16-Jan-14 14:49:04

Thank you both! bye bye...Ride Safely!x

Well done MN . A great hour.thanks

Solo Thu 16-Jan-14 14:50:15

Were'nt you here early last year or late 2012?!

Reastie Thu 16-Jan-14 14:50:53

thanks <hyperventilates> my question got answered, hurrah smile

LESuffolk Thu 16-Jan-14 14:55:20

What a pair of really good guys. Loved this webchat.

ItsATIARA Thu 16-Jan-14 15:01:31

I wonder if they're thinking of selling a ready made version of their sauces grin. Very on message, but frankly if the sauces taste like the ones in their books then they're welcome to my money.

Faeriedieter Thu 16-Jan-14 15:03:28

Any thoughts on bringing out a Hairy Dieters food range for the supermarkets, to help those of us following the diet from your books? I love the foods but find it hard to cook for one when the recipes are for 4 or 6 people?.

SpottyDottie Thu 16-Jan-14 16:17:26

im sorry I missed the live thread as at work but they answered my question! (even if it was a bit cheeky) smile smile

I never thought I would develop a hairy biker crush

Mouseface Thu 16-Jan-14 19:53:11

<faints>

I got an answer! smile

Thank you so much Si, and for the little 'x' too grin

<goes off to The Book People and orders said books>

FruitOwl Fri 17-Jan-14 12:20:21

Oh I am gutted I missed this! Just answered the question on another thread "How do you like your men built?" with "Like a Hairy Biker."
wink

BitOutOfPractice Fri 17-Jan-14 12:26:26

Awwww I missed this

Just bought the second hairy diet book and I'm already a fan. Pan hegarty for dinner tomorrow.

Thanks guys for the great recipes!

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