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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 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

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

Alambil 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?


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

MummyBtothree Wed 15-Jan-14 18:15:19

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.

flatbellyfella Wed 15-Jan-14 19:05:06

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?

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