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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.

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!

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."

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


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>

SauceForTheGander Thu 16-Jan-14 18:38:26

I never thought I would develop a hairy biker crush

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

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?.

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.

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

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

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

thanks <hyperventilates> my question got answered, hurrah smile

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

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

flatbellyfella Thu 16-Jan-14 14:49:21

Well done MN . A great hour.thanks

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

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

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

Thank you smile

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

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


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 14:43:42


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

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

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!

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.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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



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!

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


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

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