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

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

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

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

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

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

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

snoworneahva Wed 13-Mar-13 09:33:35

Could do the noodles - I'd be too tempted to make additions to the other recipes. smile

laptopwieldingharpy Wed 13-Mar-13 11:30:06

snow am sitting on my hands trying not to "embellish" the recipes grin

snoworneahva Wed 13-Mar-13 14:11:28

See that's the thing - I look at the recipes and I'm not convinced about them even before I start...depends who your target audience is. But the lack of onion or garlic? If I was so short of time that I couldn't fry a bit of onion or garlic I'd buy Dolmio and I never buy that stuff! Think this may not be the best project for me! smile

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 14-Mar-13 12:43:49

Snoworneahva - would you do the 'Pot noodle' please?

Laptop - if you think recipes need embellishing - add it to your feedback, it's all taken into account!

Chipthefish - what would you like to do?

UnChartered Thu 14-Mar-13 12:46:56

snow there are lots of different recipes with varying levels of <ahem> input

i've done a few, some have been inedible, some are now regulars chez UnC

it's worth sticking around IMO

snoworneahva Thu 14-Mar-13 13:05:31

On the case - will consider embellishing if needed. wink

hackneybird Thu 14-Mar-13 15:09:45

Do you still need any help? I'm off work atm so could do with a project!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 14-Mar-13 16:02:04

Yes please hackneybird - if you look back to my post above from Monday - we're still looking for someone to try the spicy pasta sauce - and we'd like all those recipes tested by two people ideally.

hackneybird Thu 14-Mar-13 21:44:40

Ok Catherine, when do you need it tested by? I can do it early next week if that helps?

laptopwieldingharpy Thu 14-Mar-13 23:41:42

Am done! and also tried the spicy tomato sauce…..

snoworneahva Fri 15-Mar-13 07:27:45

I think I can test the pot noodles on Saturday, where can I get the feedback form from?

jish Sun 17-Mar-13 10:52:14

I would love to test them.
I write a food blog and I imagine it would be great fun.
Check out my food blog

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Mar-13 10:26:53

Hi Hackneybird - soon as really. If you could do it today/tomorrow that'd be very useful.

Snoworneahva - here it is - I'll also PM you with it.

snoworneahva Mon 18-Mar-13 10:41:43

Catherine - the link works just fine - will make the noodles tomorrow.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Mar-13 12:28:11

Snoworneahva - thanks!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Mar-13 12:30:14

Two more recipes up for grabs - both hopefully fast dishes you can make in under 15 minutes.

egg-fried cauli rice

stir-fried turkey with red peppers

Who would like to test them for us this week?

laptopwieldingharpy Mon 18-Mar-13 13:39:44

the egg fried cauli rice sounds absolutely delicious. reporting back this weekend!
I can already say I will shave the cauli with a knife rather that blitz as the consistency would just not be grainy enough otherwise.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Mar-13 14:07:14

<wonders how one would shave a cauli with a knife>

snoworneahva Mon 18-Mar-13 20:53:30

Laptop I make cauli rice at least once a week, blitzing it in the food processor works well - you need to use the pulse function and don't over load - better to do two batches. Hth.

EstoyAqui Mon 18-Mar-13 20:55:58

Can I try the egg fried cauli rice?

laptopwieldingharpy Tue 19-Mar-13 03:42:47

thanks snow will pulse away then.
grin catherine try!……nothing like a bit of creative shopping to calm down after a long day!

laptopwieldingharpy Tue 19-Mar-13 03:59:38

If anyone is interested… my 2 versions of cauli "rice"

Finely chop garlic, parsley, shallot, cornichons & toss into olive oil. You can actually add any other fresh aromatic herb such as tarragon/chervil/coriander.
Dry fry cauli rice in a knob of butter, turn heat off and toss in aromatic olive oil. season with lots of black pepper.
This can also be the base of a cauli rice "taboule" (add chopped nuts, seeds, tomatoes, cucumber etc…..)

chop 1 shallot and a clove of garlic, soften in a little bit of butter+oil & add cauli rice. Remove and reserve.
Toss cumin seeds and black mustard seeds in a little more oil until they start popping, add a dash of tumeric and fold in the cauli rice on very low fire. season and add chopped green chilli and a squeeze of lime if you fancy.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Mar-13 11:57:42

Another recipe that needs testing - this time it's for anyone with a slow cooker.

Slow-cooked beef brisket

Who'd like to have a go?

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Mar-13 14:52:13

EstoyAqui - yes please do!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Mar-13 14:54:54

Still looking for someone to try both the stir-fried turkey (you're very welcome to use chicken if turkey's not your thing) and the beef brisket.

Any takers?

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