Have you heard of the cooking show on BBC TWO called The Big Family Cooking Showdown? It’s hosted by infamous Nadiya from the Bake Off and Zoe Ball. It’s a show centered around families sharing their special recipes while competing against each other. It really zooms in on the amazing aspect of generations of recipes passed down and shared throughout each family. I love that as I have so many firm favorite recipes from my own Great Grandmother and even remember cooking with my Grandmother and her talking about how she learned to cook.
Do you love a new cookbook?
This week a lovely copy of the TV inspired cookbook has landed on my doorstep and I couldn’t wait to try some recipes out and share what I think of it with all of you. There are some exclusive recipes from one of the judges Rosemary Shrager too. At first glance you can see it’s for all levels of chefs. Whether you want to make tacos for a casual family dinner and that perfect golden turkey for Christmas, it’s in there. I love a cookbook that has a variety of expertise we aren’t all master chefs here. As a busy parent, it’s nice to have those quick recipes for rushing weekday meals and those more comfort show stoppers for the weekends or when guests visit.
I am a huge foodie and food channels are my ultimate best friend while I work away during the day at home. They are also great company, now that the house is silent with no more children at home. I am always looking to be inspired to make new recipes as much as get ideas to alter classic favorites in a new light for my kids. I grew up such a picky eater and my siblings were picky eaters too. From the moment my first born started weaning I wanted to introduce a plethora of food options for their palettes. I am happy to say I have two children that will actually try anything at least once for me. You can regularly find me flipping through cookbooks looking for things they may not have had yet just to be sure we have a varied diet.
Try something new for your kids.
Instead of picking one of the more delicious, colorful dessert recipes that would be “oh so beautiful” to photograph for instagram (yes, I know we all think in instagram photos throughout life in everything we do – no, just me?) but for the longest time my daughter has hated potatoes. I thought I would give it one last attempt for her to find a way to eat them. I was hoping the texture being slightly different would help in this recipe.
After boiling the potatoes and peeling them, I quickly used a large grater to create nice potato shavings in a bowl. Softening the onions was a breeze and then mixed it together with some salt and pepper. Then it’s a matter of patting into a buttered frying pan and browning both sides of your Rösti, known to my daughter now as potato pizza.
I envision this served on a Sunday morning with scrambled eggs and bacon on the side or for dinner bet yet accompany it with cheesy beans or gammon. It makes a great side dish to so many varieties of meals. The kids can even get involved and help you make it. What kid doesn’t like helping in the kitchen?
I already have my eye on the quick and easy Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe or the amazing Torta Nera recipe and another potato challenge for my littlest is Baked Bean & Bubble with Squeak Hash Browns. If she likes this Rosti she is sure to love one with hash browns right?
Why not grab this opportunity to get your very own copy. I am happy to announce 2 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a copy of The Big Family Cooking Showdown cookbook. All you have to do is quickly enter the giveaway below, only takes two minutes and there is a chance to gain extra entries every day via twitter so don’t forget to keep coming back and getting more chances to WIN this lovely family cookbook. Good luck! Happy Cooking!
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