Thursday, 1 March 2012

Random Recipes #14 - lucky number 17



... i'm down in that there London this week and things are looking rosy... in my other life as a persuader we have won a lovely bit of business that should see us nicely through the year with a big event on in October... so it was out of the apron and wellies and into the sharp suits to meet clients... we also got the chance to go and see the new David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy which was breathtaking... I also had the best turkey, bacon and egg club sandwich in a little greasy spoon on Brewer Street... all these fancy new-fangled restaurants have no idea how its done...


... on to this months Random Recipes and to celebrate going into my second year I have a double book give-away for you all... the lovely people over at DK Books have kindly given me a copy of Mary Berry's Supper For Friends and Mary Berry's Kitchen Favourites to give to 2 lucky winners... that's one book for each winner... all you have to do to be in with the chance of winning is take part in this months challenge...

... which is brought to you this month by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog... so if any of you have an issue, the blame is firmly laid on her shoulders....

... I asked her to count her cookbooks and then randomly select a number... she chose to ignore this and go for her lucky number 17... which is where you should look now... very simply count your cookbooks from left to right and stop at number 17... and its from this book you should randomly select a recipe...

...being in London I cannot tell you what my selection is, so it's going to be as exciting for me as it is for you...(I know!!) but go an count now and tell me your book... i'd love to know!

so the rules are simple:

1. randomly select cookbook number 17
2. randomly open the book at a random page
3. cook the EXACT recipe on that page
4. do NOT cheat... you are only cheating yourself... blah blah blah...
5. write up the whole thing on your blog, linking back to my blog and use the logo too
6. email the link to me at dominic@belleaukitchen.co.uk
7. and finally... as a mark of respect to your cookbook authors bank balances, please don't copy the recipe verbatim into your blog... change it up a little, encourage others to purchase the book... maybe add a little link to Amazon...

I will pick a winner at random from the entries... good luck and happy random recipe selecting!

30 comments:

  1. Love it Dom, you have an evil streak in you ;-) Gave me a much needed laugh. Now regretting that number 17, I don't have 17 chocolate books - eek. Think I might be really adventurous, stick to the rules and hope I can find a chocolate recipe in whatever book comes up :-S

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You could always add some chocolate Choclette, you have proven it can be done with savoury dishes now :)

      Delete
  2. Just counted along and was very pleased to land on Leon Baking & Puddings. Opened the book and didn't get what I was expecting. I suppose that is what the challenge is all about.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dom!!! I'm in...
    Have a nice day in London!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ooo, I haven't done one of these before . . . what's the deadline?

    ReplyDelete
  5. I alphabetized my cookbooks and counted to 17... Now, I am excited to see what flips open! :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. as an update for you all... I am home now and my 17th Book is What to Eat Now by Valentine Warner... very exciting!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well I'm having a good laugh to myself. Book no 17 is 'Preserved'. All I can say is thank heavens it hasn't opened randomly at the smoking chapter as step 1 is building your own cold smoker!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. 17 is the BW's favourite number - perhaps I should introduce him to Chele. Actually, no, wait, that's a stupid idea, she's a much better cook than I am!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't have that many cookbooks so I included the recipe cuttings at the start of my shelf and ended up on 'Baking with Homepride Flour', my oldest cookbook - I know the recipes in it work well so I'm hoping I'll get something good!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sorry I didn't get to see you while you were down here BUT I did enjoy speaking to you on the phone, as always, and I'm making a diva demand right now, that next time you're in town, you let me know in advance and we book in some time to catch up in person.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Have a great day in London - was excited to see this next challenge. Counted to 17 and took down "Seasons" by Donna Hay - one of our Aussie favourites. Oooh this is going to be good!

    ReplyDelete
  12. My 17th book is At Elizabeth David's Table. My random page is quite a challenge for me since I am a home cook in training. Excited to see how it turns out and taste.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh I've got another corker, I'm definitely landing on my feet with these challenges. Most of my books are stacked wherever there's spare floor but I do have one long shelf where they go the right way for the purposes of this challenge, so I counted that and got "Take A Vine-Ripened Tomato" by Julie Biuso, a well-known food writer in NZ. It's never been used so far but it will be now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Will have to look out for Julie has not followed her before.

      Delete
  14. How fabulous to see the Hockney exhibition. I was supposed to go the other week but unfortunately had to postpone. My random 17th book is Kitchen by Nigella. I haven't used this book yet but it was one of my bargains at £4.99 from Oxfam and in pristine condition. I have most of her other books and enjoy cooking from them, so it will be good to random recipe from here. GG

    ReplyDelete
  15. Everyone has more than 17 cookbooks? ):

    ReplyDelete
  16. Well, as a "first-timer" I've just counted along the bookshelf and cannot believe my luck -Claudia Roden's Arabesque. How lucky am I? I shall leave the choosing of a random recipe until tomorrow - then go shopping.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Can't believe you are a first timer! Looking forward to a little bit of Arabesque - hope its something sweet - you are so good at that.

      Delete
  17. Oh dear! "Cuchina & Famiiglia" ... and the recipe? Ossobuco con Verdurine e Funghi ... good thing I have a month for translation!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Love Ossobuco - can't wait to see what you make.

      Delete
  18. Just catching up with this. My #17 book is Betty Crocker Cookbook which I brought back from the states. My recipe is Chicken Marsala, couldn't be better! well done on the big contract.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Ohhh, what a lovely prize Dom- right, I'm off to stack up me cookbooks. And very pleased to hear your happy news re: work

    ReplyDelete
  20. Got the book.. I'm going back to my roots: Sri Owen's Indonesian Food. I cannot wait.

    ReplyDelete
  21. GREAT prize, and I am IN of course, I am off to count my books........

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh no! I've got to make something from 'Made in Italy' by Giorgio Locatelli; the book that's so intimidating that I've only ever used it for a salad dressing recipe! Scared...

    ReplyDelete
  23. Have really dropped lucky with my number 17 so I am in, thanks to Choclette. xxx

    ReplyDelete

please leave a comment

ShareThis

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails