Monday, 1 August 2011

Random Recipes #7 - Back to Basics - and a book give-away

as July slips languorously into August like a weary hill-climber slips into a warm bath, so Random Recipes slips into its seventh month..!

and it looks as though I will be without my kitchen for at least another two weeks although we're coping quite well, with many friends and neighbours offering up their kitchens for our use, plus I always have the Gunby kitchen to fall back on... but I still can't bloody wait!

so this month, because I'm going back to basics with my new kitchen, plus I had many comments from new and old followers alike saying that you had no time last month and you'd love to take part this month,  so I thought we'd all go back to the beginning of the challenge and go with the original classic challenge...

... line up ALL your cookbooks

... give them a shuffle

... close your eyes and pick one book randomly

... close your eyes again and open the book at a random page

... cook that exact dish

... DO NOT CHEAT (you're only cheating yourself etc.. blah blah blah)

obviously you can do any of the above in any which way you choose... I know a lot of you have too many cookbooks to take down from the shelf but come-on, surely they're all due for a good dusting and re-shuffle anyway...?

and this month i'm giving away a fabulous prize to the MOST random of recipes... the lovely people at Pan Macmillan have given me a new copy of the recently re-published classic The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan, this is the ultimate bible on Italian cooking and is globally praised by many food writers and chefs... the new cover art is beautiful, well worthy of a place on any of your shelves... oh and this giveaway is open internationally, so no excuses!

usual rules apply, email me at with a link to your recipe, include a link back to my blog in your post as well as the Random Recipes logo.... and yes, you have to take part to be in with a chance of winning the book.

eat and of course, enjoy!



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