Giveaway – Win! Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Birmingham

Win! Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Birmingham
Courtesy of Magimix

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary of the iconic Food Processor, Magimix are giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Winter. The event, which runs from the 28th November to the 2nd December 2012 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, is one of the tastiest events of the Winter food calendar.

Come along to stand T100 where the Magimix team will be promoting the launch of their NEW Cuisine Système 5200XL Premium. Equipped with more functions than ever before, it’s the most multifunction Magimix food processor yet and, with its extended 20-year guarantee, is built to last.

In addition, a visit to the Magimix Cookery Theatre is sure to get your festive taste buds tingling and inspire you to produce perfect Christmas creations in your own kitchen as Top Celebrity Chefs and Cookery Schools showcase the range during a series of mouth-watering demonstrations.

To be in with a chance of winning tickets to the show on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th, Friday 30th November or Sunday 2nd December, simply answer the following question:

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Mat Follas Chocolate & rosemary mousse

We made this recipe at the Masterchef Masterclass the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC recently. Mat was assisted by Edd Kimber at the Masterclass. The recipe gives a little twist to the basic chocolate mousse with a hint of rosemary as flavouring.

Serves 4

200ml double cream

1tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

3 eggs, separated

100g dark chocolate (72% cocoa or higher) broken into small pieces

1. Heat the cream in a pan with the rosemary over a low heat until just beginning to simmer. Do not allow to boil.

2. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. When cook, chill in the fridge for 20 mins.

3. Pass the cream through a sieve into a bowl and whisk to soft peaks.

4. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. (Don’t do this too early as the egg whites get runny after a while)

5. Melt the chocolate in a pan set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Stir in the egg yolks. (At the show, we used Miele’s amazing steam oven to melt the chocolate which worked a treat.)

6. Fold in the whipped cream, then carefully fold in the egg whites.

7. Spoon into serving dishes and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.

Mat Follas Chocolate and rosemary mousse

Mat Follas Chocolate and rosemary mousse

Read about our Masterchef experience here.

The BBC Good Food Show – Masterchef Challenge

The Good Food Show is a massive showcase of food and drink producers held in the massive hangar at the NEC in Birmingham. The Masterchef Challenge was added to the show recently as a crowd puller and a way to further promote the Masterchef brand.

Miele, the sponsors of  the Masterchef Challenge invited some bloggers to join in the fun, which was to include a Masterclass with  Matt Follas, a cookalong with Alex Rushmer and Dr Tim Kinnaird and to top it all, to compete in the Masterchef Invention Test. After conferring with some twitter friends, they convinced me that it would be fun so I signed up.

The day began on the train to Birmingham with @memalee and @fussfreeflavours. MiMi was saying how people were practising and memorising recipes prior to doing the challenge, but I was totally unprepared, didn’t have any ideas for recipes and thought it too late so I would have to wing it.

The NEC was heaving, didn’t know there were so many ardent foodies around. It also became really obvious that we weren’t serious enough foodies as we didn’t bring our wheelie bag and miscellaneous Good Food Show merchandise.

Challenge #1, the Rosemary Chocolate Mousse Masterclass with Matt Follas of Wild Garlic fame

I had no idea we would be doing this on stage with an audience, slightly scary. He was ably assisted by our new best friend Edd Kimber (@theboywhobakes) who recently won the Great British Bake Off. Backstage, we were given a recipe to prepare ourselves and were led out to our work stations and to meet our sous chef. Then we had to go backstage again while Andi Peters did his bit to warm up the crowd before we were led out again, in single file.

Masterchef Challenge Masterclass Matt Follas Edd Kimber
Masterchef Challenge Masterclass Matt Follas Edd Kimber

We kicked off with instructions as per the recipe but as they were waffling so much, I wasn’t paying much attention of instructions. We were supposed to be watching the screens in front of us to see what the pros were doing but the camera was roaming the crowd and not showing what Edd or Matt was doing in front of us. At this point, I started to do my own thing, which ends up with some underwhipped warm cream, resulting in a very runny mousse. Looked pretty but although not succesful it was rather yummy. Get the chocolate mousse recipe here.

Masterchef Challenge BBC Good Food Show

Challenge #2 – Cookalong with 2 other Masterchef finalists Alex Rushmer and Dr Tim Kinnaird

These two make a great double act and had the audience in stitches for this cookalong. We made Alex’s Duck Breast with pickled cucumber and spiced tobacco caramel and Tim’s Spicy Hot Chocolate but without the biscuits as there wasn’t enough time.


Masterchef Challenge BBC Good Food Show Alex Rushmer Dr Tim Kinnaird

As before, Andi was waffling away while Alex was slowly explaining the cucumber pickles. Again, I wasn’t paying much attention as we couldn’t really hear what they were saying. I started cutting up my cucumber into circles instead of batons as Alex was doing. Well, too late, I couldn’t uncut them.

Then we used the gloriously sharp Kin Knives to score the duck breast and fried it skin side down. Wasn’t too sure about the right heat as the duck fat kept spitting but saved in a nick of time from burning. We also made the really clever Spicy Tobacco Caramel that Alex created, yes that is using real tobacco as a flavouring. The caramel smelt amazing, especially with the cinammon, cloves and star anise. You can recreate this with this Duck Breast recipe.

Secret Ingredient -Tobacco (Photo by Meemalee)
Secret Ingredient -Tobacco (Photo by Meemalee)

MiMi's beautifully pink duck breasts (Photo by Meemalee)
MiMi’s beautifully pink duck breasts (Photo by Meemalee)

Masterchef Challenge BBC Good Food Show Alex Rushmer Dr Tim Kinnaird
MiMi and Helly’s finished dish

Masterchef Challenge BBC Good Food Show Alex Rushmer Dr Tim Kinnaird

In between sessions, we went to see Sarah at Bray’s Cottage for some of her amazing Pork Pies. If you haven’t tried her Onion Marmalade Pork Pie, you haven’t lived. You can buy them online here.

Bray's Cottage Pork Pies

We also dropped by to taste Dr Tim’s lovely multi coloured macarons. We scoffed down the passion fruit macarons really quickly so didn’t get a chance to take a pic.

Tim Kinnaird's macarons

Tim Kinnairds Gold Brownies
Tim Kinnairds Gold Brownies (photo by Meemalee)

Lunch at the Masterchef Restaurant

A short respite from cooking, we had a bite to eat the Masterchef Restaurant where all the dishes are recipes of previous Masterchef participants. The kitchen was a bit confused which meant we had to wait ages for main courses but the food when it arrived was fab.

Masterchef Restaurant at the BBC Good Food Show
Salmon Ceviche by Andi Peters

Masterchef Restaurant at the BBC Good Food Show
Dandelion Salad

Masterchef Restaurant at the BBC Good Food Show
Monkfish and Butternut Squash Fondant Lisa Faulkner

Masterchef Restaurant at the BBC Good Food Show
Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini Chris Gates

Masterchef Restaurant at the BBC Good Food Show
Poached Pear with Masala Chai Ice Cream Dhruv Baker

The highlight of the day was still to come, the dreaded Masterchef Invention Test.…cont’d

The Masterchef Invention Test – I won!

I’ve never entered a cooking contest before and I unthinkingly agreed to participate in the Masterchef Challenge Invention Test at the BBC Good Food Show thinking it would be fun do a bit of cooking with the Masterchef guys in a fabulously well equipped Miele kitchen.

I didn’t realise how ill prepared I was until  @meemalee and @fussfreeflavours were discussing tactics and how other people had memorised recipes.

The hour dawned and the contestants were trooped out to our workstations to check out the ingredients which were :

  • pork fillet
  • butternut squash
  • sage
  • basil
  • aubergine
  • ginger nuts
  • a pear
  • bag of prunes

What can you make with this lot? Pork and prunes something?

We then got a few minutes backstage to concoct something edible  out of this lot.  Ideas and recipes were flying around the room, at least in our corner with some help from Mimi and Edd. The only thing I could do quickly was to do just make some sort of Asiany stir fry with fried rice. On the bright side, there was not time to get nervous or worried about looking like an idiot or cooking in front of an audience and the Masterchef judges and mentors.

Masterchef Invention Test

As we kicked off, 30 minutes seemed like ages. We each had a sous chef to help and mine was very handy in helping me fetch more crockery and implements. She soon got bored and insisted on helping me chop up some ginger for my throw everything in dish. On watching the videos after the event, I realised that I didn’t hear a thing the presenters said througout, except for the time checks,  as I was so busy just getting on with it.

Alex Rushmer, Tim Kinnaird and Dick Strawbridge were the mentors who would decide on which dish would get into the finals. Dick kept telling me to add chillies as John likes it hot, so I did.

Tim checking out Pippa's sugar

Tim checking out Pippa's sugar

Alex checking out the pork stir fry

Alex checking out the pork stir fry

(Photos by Meemalee)

I can try and recreate the recipe here but can’t guarantee the results. (Health Warning)

Spicy Stir Fried Pork with Egg Fried Rice Recipe

Step 1 – Cook some rice, bring to boil and leave on low heat for 10-12 mins.

Step 2 – Slice up the pork into thin slices for the stir fry, add soya sauce, dash of port ( or any other availabel alcohol like rice wine or sherry), corn flour and sliced ginger to marinade. Also cube some of the sliced pork fillet for the fried rice.

Step 3 – Peel and slice the butternut squash into bite size pieces. I sliced it very thin to cook a bit faster.

Step 4 – Chop up garlic to taste, I did about 4-5 cloves for both the dishes.

Step 5 – Julienne loads of red chillies for the pork dish

Step 6 – Slice some onions, as much as you like to give the dish a bit more bulk and flavour

Now for the cooking:

1. Heat some oil in a frying pan, fry the garlic with a pinch of salt, don’t brown. Add the onions and the marinaded pork. The pan is at the highest possible heat setting. Add in the butternut squash and the chillies. Keep stirring and add some water which will create the sauce as there is cornflour in the mix. Keep tasting it to adjust flavourings. Add 1tsp of sugar and some black pepper.

2. In another pan, heat oil, fry garlic, add pork cubettes. Fry till pork is cooked. Add the rice and stir to mix evenly. As there was nothing green I could add to this for some colour, I had to add some chopped chillies. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as required. At the end, make a well in the rice and break in an egg. This was a small one portion serving so one egg is enough. I usually add a dash of soya sauce to the egg and scramble it into the rice. When the egg is cooked, serve.

Stir fried pork and garlic fried rice

Stir fried pork and garlic fried rice

3 finalist were chosen by the mentors and I was the 1st one picked. Both John and Greg the Pumpkin really liked it, even though the finished product was really hot. Next came Pippa with her lemony cheesecake and thirdly was a couple who made 2 dishes.

As they deliberated, they announced that since the judges could do what they wanted, we all won.


Masterchef Invention Test Dick Strawbridge

Masterchef Invention Test Dick Strawbridge, thanks for the tip Dick.

Masterchef Invention Test

Masterchef Invention Test - The Winners

Masterchef Invention Test - The Winners

It was such a fun day out with lots of fun people, filled with all sorts of foodie escapades. Thanks to Miele for the invitation to such a fun day. Bring on the next cooking competition.