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Waitrose web series update: filming's over, but we need your culinary questions and know-how

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GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Aug-09 12:24:38

As you may already know Waitrose are producing a six-episode web TV series, which will be launching on Mumsnet in September, with two of our very own Mumsnetters starring in the videos, alongside Waitrose nutritionist Moira Howie and executive chef Neil Nugent.

The two-day shoot has now taken place and the filming for this part of the web series is 'in the can'.

However, we still need your top tips and recipes for the web series and as well as any questions you might want answered.

The topics are listed below and each links to a discussion on Talk. Please feel free to add your comments, tips or questions to as many topics as you like.

Everyone who contributes to any of the threads will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 Waitrose vouchers.

Here are the topics:

Family cooking - how can you cater for different generations and fussy eaters in the same meal? What's your top tip for taking the stress out of Sunday lunch?

The lost art of baking - do you have a secret family recipe that has been handed down through generations? Or a school cake sale/kids birthday party no-brainer?

Everyday dishes - making the most out of your weekly shop. Do you have a fail-safe dish in your repertoire that you always fall back on?

Delicious and nutritious - how can you achieve a balanced diet in your cooking for the week? Do you have any favourite "substitute" ingredients e.g. celeriac instead of potato?

The ultimate dinner party - what's your secret weapon that amazes at dinner parties? How can you be the perfect hostess but still manage to enjoy yourself?

Special occasions (aka putting on a spread) - have you ever catered for large numbers of people? Do you have any ideas for nibbles that are more exciting than chopped up carrots and a tub of hummus?

Thanks and good luck!

MNHQ

EachPeachPearMum Fri 07-Aug-09 15:08:26

how do we know who was selected for filming?

dididotherightthing Fri 07-Aug-09 15:14:43

Is this the Bridget Jones spoof? I was up for that for real!

MyNameisJane Fri 07-Aug-09 18:33:35

EachPeach - I was one of them.

EachPeachPearMum Fri 07-Aug-09 19:14:04

Jane... are you a namechanger? [dim emoticon]

MyNameisJane Fri 07-Aug-09 19:45:20

Yes, I've been around for a while under a few names. I'm not a prolific poster.

MyNameisJane Fri 07-Aug-09 19:48:09

The Waitrose people (Moira and Neil) were lovely, and the crew were really nice.

tatt Fri 07-Aug-09 22:44:00

I'd like to know why my nearest Waitrose has hardly any food suitable for those with allergies - even some fruit in jelly wasn't safe!

With so many people now having allergies and even more thinking they are intolerant I'd like to see some recognition of needing to cater for people with different dietary needs. There is a good recipe (not mine) for boiled chocolate cake listed on mumsnet allergy section, they could feature that.

enprovence Sat 08-Aug-09 22:40:08

We have coeliac in the family and I have to say from Waitrose to Lidl, Tesco to M&S all allergens are clearly noted on the packets. All big supermarkets have a section those with dietary needs, from ready made to basic cook ingredients, its all there.
What are your allergies?

EachPeachPearMum Sat 08-Aug-09 23:45:17

Also- the ocado website lets you select dietary needs and only brings up foods that meet your criteria eg dairy free gluten free etc

tatt Sun 09-Aug-09 08:43:22

family problems - nut, lentil, soy milk but not cooked soy. Have had lactose problems and have children visiting who are coeliac and dairy intolerant. So we cook from scratch a lot.

Websites where you can find what food is safe are precious little use if there is little on sale in the supermarket. Our nearest Waitrose has far less that I can buy than Sainsburys.

However that wasn't really the point - if they are doing a programme about baking and another about substituting foods I'd like to see them include an allergy free cake and suggestions for substitute ingredients for allergies. It's not rocket science, merely an indication that they have some care for their potential customers.

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