Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • Plum Baby Cookery School - Recipe Development

    Anyone heard about the Baby Food diet?  This hit the headlines last year with Hollywood A listers losing shed loads of weight by eating baby food.  After a weekend of recipe development for Plum Baby Cookery School this concept now doesn't seem as bizarre as it did last week.

    On Tuesday I meet the Mummy bloggers who are runners up in the Plum Baby Cookery School competition and will be recreating this dish from scratch.  I've also been playing with some of the purees to see if I can incorporate them into every day dishes, well, why should babies have all the fun?

    Yesterday I made fruit muffins incorporating some of the fruit purees and reducing the amount of butter from 75g to 25g, the muffins were amazing, lovely and moist and no one in my household realised they were reduced fat.  That is, until I told them and their reaction was "oooh that means I can have two then" - no it doesn't, the concept of reducing the fat is that you have one and enjoy it, if you have two that defeats the object.

    This morning it's Sweet Cape Curry with Beef, I thought I'd try if before shooting off to the gym and then to the supermarket in case there are any ingredients I'm missing. So I tried it, the initial taste is 'it needs salt', but that's only because as an adult I'm used to adding salt to my food, babies don't have salt as it's very bad for them, they don't need it and if we never had salt we wouldn't miss it.  By the third mouthful I didn't notice the lack of salt, it was delicious, anyway I've just eaten the lot - for breakfast, couldn't stop, it really was yummy.

    I now understand why the baby food diet could catch on, Plum Baby Taste Adventures range is just as good as the tubs of ready to heat curries and noodles that are in the fridge section, lower in fat, all organic and this one's 96 calories a tub, with 5 pounds left to go before I hit the beaches in Lemnos in 2 weeks I may well try it.  Possibly a new niche for Plum Baby, we'll see.



  • Plum Baby Cookery School competition


    I'm thrilled to announce that I'm hosting the Plum Baby Cookery School and my co-ambassador is Celebrity Chef Rachel Allen.

    The competition has now been extended to 5.30pm on 12 June to get cracking if if you would like to take part in this amazing opportunity.

    Plum Baby will be opening their cookery school doors to some very privileged parents and babies to learn all about the weaning journey, take part in cookery lessons and become the stars of Plum's new weaning videos, a guide to help parents across the country sort out their weaning worries.  For details how to enter this amazing competition click on Plum Baby to take you to their website but hurry the competition closes on Tuesday 12 June at 5.30pm.

  • Cookery Classes

    I run classes for children and adults through my cookery school, Splat Cooking.  The classes are run in my farmhouse kitchen, there are a maximum of 12 children, 9 teenagers or 6 adults, this is a good number that I can get around my kitchen table.  The cookery school is AGA and Induction hob based but don't worry if you don't have an AGA as I go through the standard oven temperatures and it's an opportunity to play with an AGA first hand if you've fancied one but never had the opportunity to test drive one yourself.

    Every adult class begins with homemade cakes and freshly brewed tea and coffee, if the weather's good we'll have this in the garden overlooking the mill pond, so there is time for introductions for me to get an idea of everyone's level of experience.  Then it's down to cooking.

    The classes range from classic cookery and lunch for workshops such as Thai, Indian, Chinese, Molecular Gastronomy, Middle Eastern to specialist baking and icing courses such as Fantasy Cupcakes, Yeasted Dough, Posh Cookie Icing and Royal Cupcakes.

    Children and teenagers are taught through my Saturday Morning Cooking Club and longer holiday clubs, it's a badly kept secret that the children make the same recipes as the adults, they don't make quite so many in the same time.  I believe that children should make exactly the same recipes and I don't do 'children's food' with faces a such like as I think the we should all eat the same food and eat together with everyone helping to prepare and serve the food as a family activity.

    the classes I teach are based in Princes Risborough, our other cookery schools operate in Silverstone, Salisbury and Devizes.


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