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Gino’s Italian Escape next series 2

Gino D’Acampo (well know with Mel from Let’s do Lunch) is back with series two of Gino’s Italian Escape. (Series One details here…)


Series 2 Episode 1

8:00pm, Friday 5 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes

New series. Gino D’Acampo travels to Florence, where he prepares tagliata with courgette and goat’s cheese salad, and a dessert of apple poached in red wine with amaretti biscuit cream.

Watch Episode One Gino’s Italian Escape on iPlayer

Chef Gino D’Acampo sets off on another tour of his home country, this time exploring the north of Italy. In the first edition he examines the food that has shaped the city of Florence, beginning by tackling the bistecca alla Fiorentina – a thick and juicy steak – before preparing sliced T-bone with a colourful courgette ribbon and goat’s cheese salad. He then heads to the town of Prato, sampling a pastry chef’s speciality brioche buns with an aromatic, creamy filling, and conjuring up his own dessert of apple poached in red wine with amaretti biscuit cream.





Series 2 Episode 2

8:00pm, Friday 12 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes

Gino D’Acampo’s next stop is Venice, where he takes a trip on a gondola with a local countess to find out about a type of Venetian tapas called cicchetti, before creating his own ciabatta-based platter, featuring courgette and fennel with capers, prawns on chilli mayonnaise and breaded cod on lemon mayonnaise. The chef then heads out of the city to the nearby island of Burano, where he participates in a highly unusual method of cooking risotto.

Series 2 Episode 3

8:00pm, Friday 19 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes

Gino D’Acampo explores the gastronomic region of Emilia-Romagna. In a part of Italy famous for its cured meats, the chef is amazed to find an ancient cellar packed with prized culatello, including one reserved especially for Prince Charles. He then buys a wedge of Parmesan cheese and uses it to enhance a colourful dish of fried aubergine, tomato and mozzarella, topped with basil and olive oil dressing. His culinary quest continues in Modena, where he samples some of the world’s finest traditional balsamic vinegar and prepares chicken and pancetta served with asparagus and cherry tomato salad.

Mary Berry: Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect step by step 100 recipes

The latest addition to Mary Berry’s cookbook repetoire…. Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect…

Yes a strange title I think, but we are provided with 100 exciting new recipes and the concept behind the unusual title is that Mary is explaining the Keys to Perfection.

So for each recipe Mary identifies important things to be aware of – so we don’t miss the crucial part required to get guarantee best results.

Backed up with simple step-by-step instructions.

Recipes include:

  • the secret to crisp pork crackling
  • melt-in-the-mouth salmon
  • how to bake a feather-light cake
  • a super-crunchy crumble topping

To read more and see reviews and book prices have a look at Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect

Thanks all, remember enjoy the creativity of cooking, each meal you make is unique!

Saturday Kitchen James Martin BBC One TV Saturday 13 April 2013 at 10.00 am and recipe links

James Martin hosts Saturday Kitchen on BBC1 TV Saturday 13 April 2013 at 10.00 am.

Guest this week are Clare Smyth and Paul Ainsworth.

Clare Smyth is amazing, a Northern Irish chef who is currently Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Clare was the first female chef to hold three Michelin stars. She has worked in The Fat DuckThe Waterside InnGidleigh Park and The French Laundry.

Paul Ainsworth at No 6 Padstow, read about Paul and his work.


Last weeks guests, 6 April 2013, Jason Atherton and Daniel Clifford, and comedian Julian Clary.

Jason Atherton is the excutive chef of Gordon Ramsey’s Maze restaurantlocated on the Grosvenor Road, London. There is the new Maze Grill, with restaurants in  New York and new outlets due in Dubai, Melbourne and Doha. Jason was the first British chef to study a full set at Spain’s famous El Bulli restaurant. He has worked under the tutelage of Pierre Koffman, Nico Ladenis and Gordon Ramsay as Executive Chef at Verre in Dubai.

Read about the cookbooks: Gourmet Food for a Fiver and Maze

Daniel Clifford hails from Canterbury and has experience as a chef in restaurants all around the UK. His time spent in France was six months at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Back in the UK he then worked under Marco Pierre-White. In 1998, Daniel took over Midsummer House in Cambridge.

Recipes from 13 April 2013:

Click to access previous episodes’ recipes

James martin’s cookbooks:

Food Glorious Food A search for Britain’s best home-cooked recipes Wed 27 Feb latest

Food Glorious Food, searching for the ultimate recipe, started Wednesday when we join Carol Vorderman, judge Loyd Grossman, with Tom Parker-Bowles, Stacie Stewart and Anne Harrison as the taste testers, in this new exciting nine episode cooking show.

Watch Food Glorious Food Wednesdays at 8.00pm on ITV.

Food Glorious Food is the search for Britain’s best home-cooked dish, that one superb recipe from the people of Britain and have the chance to have the recipe developed for sale in M&S. A new cookbook will accompany the series.

To read about the new cook book UK edition, see – Food Glorious Food: The Official Cook Book from the ITV Show Containing over 100 of the Nation’s Favourite Recipes (Cookery) and to compare book costs and see where to  buy  Food Glorious Food: The Official Cook Book from the ITV Show.

To see reviews and buy the book click for Canada and the USA.

This new show is the brain child of Simon Cowell, of X Factor fame, where recipes are submitted for the judges – taste testers consideration. Winners of regional heats are then put forward for semi-finals to eventually two that are cooking in a grand final.

The winner will receive £20,000 and a recipe for sale in M&S. Profit from sales of the meal will be given to charity!

Should be good fun! Enjoy!

Articles about the new show in the Daily Mail:

Recipes from the new series from the Daily Mail:

The new book Food Glorious Food cover:

Read the reviews and see more about the UK edition of  Food Glorious Food: The Official Cook Book from the ITV Show Containing over 100 of the Nation’s Favourite Recipes (Cookery) published 23 February 2013, with 256 pages and over 100 recipes from those featured on the TV show.

Episode One: Malvern 27 February 2013
So off we go with the first episode showcasing family recipes from Wales and the Midlands, providing recipes including:

  • sausages in milk
  • classic Welsh cawl
  • Staffordshire oatcakes

In the program the judges will award a rosette if they consider a dish to to be worthy.

We start with Anne Harrison who tries the sausages in milk, blindfolded! No rosette.

Then Pheasant Papikash judged by Loyd Grossman and and yes he awards a rosette.

Then a series of cakes and meringues, not up to a rosette.

Tom then samples the teashop owner’s (Nadine and Andrew) Nan Sandwich pudding cake.

Next Sonia’s Tipsy Tart – Loyd gives a rosette and one for a curry next.

River stir fry is presented to Loyd – but he is not impressed.

No rosettes from Anne yet, so will Terry’s oatcakes do the trick? Yes!

Two contestants present a cawl, which one will win? Tom has to decide,both are so good, they each get a rosette.

Dragon pie is amazing with a chilli bite.

Then a real treat from the students of the Star Bistro – Pimms Summer fruit Jelly. These disabled students are amazing and emotional to watch what these kids can do.

The four judges each then reduce their choice to one from the rosettes awarded.

Tom (Cawl), Stacy (Pimms), Loyd (Paprikash) and Anne (Dragon pie).

Now the four contestants meet up at FGF Judges HQ to create their dishes again to be tasted by Tom, Stacy, Loyd and Anne with only one going through.

Who will win?

Winner:  Star Bistro Pimm’s Jelly

Read more about the first episode in the Radio Times

Episode Two: Devon 6 March 2013
The families from the south-west of England meet in Devon for a place in the semi-finals.

To come:

Episode Three 13 March 2013

Episode Four 20 March 2013

Episode Five 27 March 2013

Episode Six 3 April 2013

Episode Seven Semi-Final One 10 April 2013

Episode Eight Semi-Final Two 17 April 2013

Episode Nine The Final 24 April 2013

In Canada read more Food Glorious Food: Family Recipes for the Nation’s Favourite Dishes (Cookery) sorry, kindle edition for Canada only.

In the USA Food Glorious Food: Family Recipes for the Nation’s Favourite Dishes this Kindle edition USA only.



The Hairy Bikers Cookbooks – a list

A list of the Hairy Bikers cookbook and links to reviews etc…

Prolific pair – what energy these two have!

Good Morning food

Did you know Good Morning on ITV have an excellent food section on their website? Each time a recipe or guest chef appears on the TV show you can find the recipe under the food tab at Good Morning food.

Some very well known personalities and chefs have appeared on the show. Never mind Philip Schofield or Eamon Homes having a great time – Eamon is so droll dear help Ruth.

Guests recently include – Gino D’Acampo, Tom Parker-Bowles, Phil Vickerey, Rusty Lee, Mark Sargeant, Rosemary Schrager to name a few. Recently the Hairy Bikers were cooking you might like to check the link out to see their Veggie recipe on Good Morning.

Here are some recipes from the show:

Tom Parker-Bowles and Spaghetti with meatballs
Gino D’Acampo and Mushroom and pea rissoto
Marcus Bean Beef fillet with wild mushrooms
Rustie Lee Gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free pancakes
Phil Vickery Simple potato-topped beef casserole
Lime and chilli marinated tuna steaks

Some very nice recipes, particularly like the tuna steak with lime and chilli.

Gordon Ramsay’s cookbooks – a list also USA Canada and UK links

For everyone Gordon Ramsay’s cook books:

A list of Gordon Ramsay’s 20+ cook books for the UK.
Amazing man, the real chef!!

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 100 recipes to stake your life on cook book – watch TV episodes recipes full guide  with UK, USA and Canadian links

In the USA a selection of his best cook books:

In Canada:

Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian USA TV episode and recipe links

Watch the wonderful chef Giada De Laurentiis in her Everyday Italian series on Cooking channel TV.

Next episode: Roasting Show on Feb 8 at 2pm

A whole pork loin meal, with figs and port, roasted fennel with Parmesan cheese.


Read more and see a recipes for hazelnut pie.

Then: First time dinner party on Feb 9 at 8am

More amazing recipes, Linguine with chicken ragu. Endive and Frisee Salad with Blood Oranges and Hazelnuts, Italian egg soup and Macerated Berries with Sweet Mascarpone Cream.


Who is Glada de Laurentis? Read about Giada’s career and how she made it to a worldwide renown celebrity chef. Did you know Giada was born in Rome?

Season 8: click links for recipes and episode guide

Season 7:

  • Beach Party
  • Foods that refuel
  • Games night
  • Girl’s night in
  • Spicy comfort
  • Romantic dinner
  • Wedding shower
  • Personal Day
  • Meaty Italian meals
  • The lighter side of Italian
  • Meet and mingle
  • Light and healthy seafood dishes
  • Personal chef
  • Wine tasting party
  • Italian fast food
  • Everyday desserts
  • Easy weekend entertaining
  • Pasta potluck
  • Sinful vegetables
  • Stress free Italian

In the USA – Giada’s cookbooks – read more about Giada’s recipes…


USA Cookery store

In the UK –

In Canada –

Great  food……..

Food & Drink new BBC2 TV series 8.00 Monday 4 Feb 2013 with Michel Roux Jr

Food & Drink new BBC2 TV series 8.00 Monday 4 Feb 2013 with Michel Roux Jr and Kate Goodman (watch again – see link below)

The Food and Drink series returns, remember Jenny Goulding who with Chris Kelly, Michael Barry and her good friend Oz Clarke presented the series for 18 years?

Our new hosts are the Master chef presenter and Michelin-starred chef – Michel Roux Jr and Kate Goodman.

Program 1: Tom Kerridge British Food Recipes – 4 Feb 2013


From the BBC:

1/6. Michel Roux Jr hosts the revival of the show featuring recipes, tips and discussions on the latest food trends. In the opening edition, he and resident drinks expert Kate Goodman are joined by guest chef Tom Kerridge to create the perfect roast. Restaurateur Oliver Peyton explains why he thinks that British produce needs to be celebrated much more than it is and author and broadcaster Stefan Gates tries to convince people to eat grubs.

Read more at the Radio Times – Food and Drink episode 1

Missed this episode? Available on BBC iPlayer – watch Food and Drink Tom Kerridge British food


Program 2: Mary Berry Baking – 11 Feb 2013

2/6. Michel Roux Jr and drinks expert Kate Goodman are joined by The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry, and together they create the perfect afternoon tea. Food writer William Sitwell sings the praises of sliced white bread, and chef and broadcaster Rachel Khoo celebrates the patisserie in Paris.

Read more at the Radio Times – Food and Drink episode 2

More about Mary Berry at Home including recipe links and read about Mary Berry’s Baking skills and the great British bake off

Watch again on iPlayer: Food and Drink – Mary Berry – Baking

BBC Two Food and Drink episode 2


Program 3: Jun Tanaka – Street Food – 18 Feb 2013

3/6. Michel Roux Jr and drinks expert Kate Goodman are joined by chef and entrepreneur Jun Tanaka to create the perfect burger. MasterChef judge Monica Galetti shares her secrets for getting children to eat healthily, while William Sitwell reveals his problems with the street food phenomenon.

Read more at the Radio Times – Food and Drink episode 3

BBC Two Food and Drink episode 3

Michel Roux Jr Recipes from the master chef free booklets Sunday Telegraph Feb 2013




Michel’s new paperback with 200 recipes –

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