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Live lunchtime webchat with Tana Ramsay, 1-2pm, Monday 13 October

(149 Posts)
GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Oct-08 12:32:39

Tana will be online in half an hour to answer your questions about cooking and food for families, her new recipe book and anything else culinary you're burning to ask her. See you then...

ItsAllaBitNoisy Sat 18-Oct-08 09:44:55

Seems like a nice lady. smile

Lol at LTH getting her mixed up!

matildax Thu 16-Oct-08 16:44:27

i disagree thedullwitch,
i think she was very pleasant, and answered peoples questions accordingly.
imo she is just a everyday 'normal' mum similar to all of us.
can i ask, what exactly were you expecting??? hmm

TheDullWitch Thu 16-Oct-08 14:37:02

God, that was boring. She doesn't have an original thought in her head, about food or anything else!

muppetgirl Tue 14-Oct-08 10:11:40

whoops, wrong thread
sorry all



muppetgirl Tue 14-Oct-08 10:10:21

Alice - I learned to crochet whilst heavily pregnant with Hen and became a one woman blanket making machine. You can do it whilst watching telly, listening to the radio etc. Crochet would be the best girlie to help as to which books, patterns ect as all I can do is rows!

If she likes psychology I have all the Ou's last years books for my introducing psychology course (dse 212) if she fancies them. She can do a bit of learning whilst in bed. (I realise this may not be her bag but they are there if she'd like them x)

I like floria's ideas though, she has the voice of experience grin Sorry to hear of your rubbish night's sleep floria. I agree with the moving Alex back into your room. If dh complains then maybe he should go and sleep in Alex's room!!

Well, having the family round was lovely but they do have a completely different routine to anyone I've ever met. My nephew is 3 (4 in Jan) and goes to bed around 10-11pm this is so he sleeps in till 9-10 the next morning as my sil doesn't like to get up early hmm great when you're at home but when you stay at someone else's house I though it was etiquette to join in with whatever the house routine is? Ollie was being crippled by the late nights as he goes to bed at 7pm everyday (including Christmas day -blush nasty mummy!) he still got up at 6am in the morning as he's just wired that way. We took both boys to Warwick Castle -Nephew hasn't ever seen a castle - and it was a bit of a trauma as our nephew doesn't turn round to his name (at all -how weired?) so you have to go and chase after him as he doesn’t seem to even acknowledge you're there and he won't hold your hand, all of this we didn’t know till we got there!! I got firm and gave him choices 'Hold auntie Muppet's hand or we'll leave the gift chop, oh you won’t? Right, off we go....' and funnily enough he held my hand! He doesn't eat regular meals as my brother and sil don’t have a routine so he can get up and have 2 mouthfuls of muesli and that will last him till 2-3 in the afternoon. He’s certainly changed a lot since the last time we saw him…

Lovely boy but never been told no and has never had expectations in terms of his behaviour, eating etc so he does what he wants, when he likes. Have to say though, they had great fun and got on like a house on fire. Ollie loved him in his room and was sooooooooo excited when he arrived. Will go over to see them next year.

My brother looks well but is stressed about a deal with his company but then he’s always like that so nothing changes grin

Just off to study in the tidy kitchen whilst Henry naps. I am looking at the Strengths and weakness of the three theories of identities…..

Love to all

Ps I know Tana Ramsay’s favourite colour as I asked her on mnet yesterday you know!!!!! I did act like donkey from Shrek as I said ‘Pick me! Pick me!’ in a bit of a desperate way blush here is the link if you fancy a giggle

[[ ramsay-1-2pm-monday-13 here]

Gobbledigook Mon 13-Oct-08 18:52:25

ROFL LTH! You are funny!

MamaG Mon 13-Oct-08 18:15:14

LOL at LTH grin

ladytophamhatt Mon 13-Oct-08 18:04:25

XXXX =what she said, not any four letter swearwordgrin

ladytophamhatt Mon 13-Oct-08 18:03:39

Humpf, I actually blushed in RL when I realised my mistake.

I could feel my cheeks burning....hwo mad is that??

Still, its pretty cool to get parenting advice from Mrs Ramsey. I'll tell all my friends that Gordans wife said XXXX to me.

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Oct-08 17:08:59

Hi, those of you who were around for this will know it came to an abrupt end because Mumsnet went into a mini-meltdown.

Tana asked us to post the following:

Thank you so much for all your questions – can’t believe there was a technical hitch and I did not get to all of you, would love to do it again. Tana x

and sent through some answers to earlier questions.

Mabanana: Tana, does Gordon want more babies still? Are you planning to oblige?
Tana: He would love more – never say never...

Mabanana: What's your favourite restaurant (not one of Gordon's!)?
Tana: Dexter’s on Bellvue Rd near home – great for the kids on a Saturday lunch and right on the common so they can go on their bikes. Fab burgers and milkshakes.

tortoiseshellWasMusicaYearsAgo: Does it REALLY REALLY annoy you that you aren't allowed to use your husband's really expensive cooker? And does he ever actually cook for the children?
Tana: I think he may have said that for the hype. "His" kitchen is actually our family kitchen and used by me everyday! Yes, weekends he loves to cook for the children.

ahundredtimes: I bought Real Family Food in Sainsbury's one week as I am sick to death of the food I've been cooking for years now. Lots of the recipes were a bit ambitious I thought, for the end of the day after work and a bit ambitious. Does your new book have simpler fare? We all loved the honey mustard chicken.
Tana: The new book has recipes that are a little more advanced for the children - introducing different tastes etc, but still easy to prepare. Many can be marinated/partially prepared in advance. Hope this helps x

TheUnsinkableMB: Tana, how quick are you at chopping veg? Cos I get annoyed when Gordy and other sleb chefs say cooking from scratch is quick and easy, it takes me ages to chop a load of veg! So being a single parent...2 min microwave rice...done!
Tana: No, I am SO slow at this and Gordon always covers his eyes when I am chopping as it always looks unsafe! Takes me an age as well x

Miyazaki: Did you have ANY involvement with writing the cookery book bar the photo shoot and your name on the cover?
Tana: Yes, they are all devised at home by me, when I need inspiration my mum is a great home cook and we will discuss different ideas. I cook every evening for my children and the three books contain recipes they always enjoy. Hope this helps.

Cadelaide: Hi Tana, I would really like to know whether Gordon swears around the children like he does on TV.
Tana: Of course he doesn't – home is a relaxed environment - work is busy and stressful and he is under pressure.

ahundredtimes: Tana, sometimes I feel that cook books like yours - and others - make me feel bad because I haven't time to whip up some eggy bread and yoghurt dipping in the morning, or make my own bagels. What do you think to that?
Tana: I think you are a normal mum who is busy and has full hands – don’t beat yourself up over it – we all have our guilt concerning our kids be it time / cooking / whatever it may be! Mine is lack of knowledge on homework front – thank goodness for the internet, I have forgotten all I ever learnt at school!

Cadelaide: Hey Tana, what are your kids' birthday celebrations like? Do you do it yourselves? Is the food all themed and arty or do they get party rings and sausages on sticks?
Tana: They get sandwiches, crisps, sausages, typical party food with variety to cater for all the children there – the only arty bit is the cake! I love their parties and the cakes are the best bit to make decorated depending on the current favourite theme x

*The OriginalFabio*: Tana - how did you really feel when Gordon decided to put a load of livestock in your back garden? Did you have to look after them youself or did somebody else come around and see to them? Did they smell?
Tana: Yes they did smell, thank goodness for nice neighbours. Was a great project to do and the children really loved it and learnt about where meat really comes from (not just appearing on the supermarket shelf) and how to look after animals. Would not want it full time!

cupoftea: here's a question - what would recommend for a packed lunch?
Tana: Wholemeal sandwich with ham / cheese & salad, fruit, muffins/ flapjack, chopped veg, yoghurt, or if you have time a pasta salad.

LittleBella: My question is, why does Gordon not change nappies? Is it because he thinks cleaning up shit is women's work? Do you agree with him?
Tana: I was more than happy to change them – I was lucky enough to be able to stay at home as a full time mum when the children were babies. I was totally regimental with the kids' routine (having 4 of 3 and under I had to live by routine) and loved the fact that when Gordon was home he could totally enjoy the fun side.

Dinny: Can you confirm how tall Gordon is as dh thinks he is 5 foot 8 (after dh was interviewed by him in the street for F Word) and I am sure he must be taller. thanks!
Tana: Gordon is 6ft 2” – hope that clears up the discussion!

whomovedmychocolate: Okay here's a question. Do all the other kids want to come home to tea with your kids and if so, have you ever given them Gregg's sausage rolls and fruit shoots?
Tana: The kids always have friends home for tea – they eat whatever is on the menu that night and yes it is home made!

MARGOsBeenPlayingWithMyNooNoo: Tana - have any of your children developed fussy eating stages (like only eating orange food) and how did you get through it? (we're currently coping with a rice with everything saga at chez margo). Also, you bake with your little ones, don't you? Do you have to bite your tongue when they make a mess in the kitchen? (I find it very hard to get enthusiastic about cooking with my children for this very reason and for the lack of a dishwasher too.) And my last question... what's your favourite kitchen utensil and why?
Tana: Favourite utensil is my microplane grater. Yes, I find the mess hard to deal with too and tend to only do it at the weekend. They did all have fussy stages but we got through it by not giving up! It does come to an end.

Tillyscountsmum: I read that GR didn't want to be at the birth of his dc's because he was concerned that it would put him off having sex with you in the future ? Is it true ? If so, did you mind? Who was your birthing partner/s instead of GR ?
Tana: I did not want anyone other than essential doctors/ midwifes there and was more than happy to do it on my own so no, I did not mind!

Saturn74 Mon 13-Oct-08 16:52:29

I heart you, LTH.
Nothing to be embarrassed about. smile

DarrellRivers Mon 13-Oct-08 15:56:09

Aha LTH, I thought it was nice that you kept asking her about her children, she probably enjoyed talking about them rather than her cooking grin

ladytophamhatt Mon 13-Oct-08 15:44:55


I'm such a dooofus.

I totally got the celeb wrong.

I read the name as Tania wotsit, the child taming woman.

Ohhhh the shame.

Thanks anyway though, it goo dto know even celebs have annoying kids.

Saturn74 Mon 13-Oct-08 14:46:16

Thanks, Tana.
You did good. smile

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Oct-08 14:44:21

Tana actually answered a few more questions but couldn't post them cos BigTech broke everything so Gerry'll pop em up in a minute.

Thanks to all for their questions and thanks very much to Tana for coming along and staying so long.

TanaRamsay2008 Mon 13-Oct-08 14:13:41


Cod recipe, as it is such a meaty fish great for pies and goujons - as it is slightly over fished Hake is just as good.

Also, Favourite family dish of the moment is Lasagne, but could change by tea time tonight....

Tana x

muppetgirl Mon 13-Oct-08 14:13:26

ooo can I also ask..

Tana, how would you incentivise a child that doesn't like sticker, will say 'oh, I won't have the chocolate bar then and is sarcastic about the naughty step...? My ds 2 is 4.7.

PuzzleRocks Mon 13-Oct-08 14:12:41

Thanks Tana. smile

mankymummy Mon 13-Oct-08 14:11:19

Tana you didnt say whether Gordon has an unattached twin brother for me?! grin

TanaRamsay2008 Mon 13-Oct-08 14:11:11


I cook for Gordon everyday like I am sure you have to for your family! Do think I am lucky in the fact that he loves the kids leftovers - He LOVES my cooking of course x

Curly hair product - anything from TIGI, I love their stuff, and blowdry straight with a small brush x

muppetgirl Mon 13-Oct-08 14:10:04

Thanks Tana

You're a good sport....x

TanaRamsay2008 Mon 13-Oct-08 14:08:40


My favourite colour is purple x

PuzzleRocks Mon 13-Oct-08 14:08:07

I didn't get an answer sad. Tana hates me! I'm switching to Jools Oliver.

Dear lord did I just say that? Shoot me quickly someone.

Tana - your hair is fantastic. I have a curly haired daughter, what product do you recommend?

TanaRamsay2008 Mon 13-Oct-08 14:07:04


I think they are all capable of going through this stage, one of mine spent a good few months being so confrontational and I really had to be firm but fair. Sometimes they really push out all the stops but you have to remember they all find comfort in boundaries and need to know the limits.

Whilst understanding their frustration you have to be firm and not come across as a pushover - it does eventually end and you will get your son/daughter back to being the one you enjoy being around!

Hope this helps,


ImNotOnline Mon 13-Oct-08 14:05:42

I didn't get an x sad

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