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Jamie Oliver 7 Ways – Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week Hardcover – published 20 Aug

7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week Hardcover 

Jamie Oliver’s new book called 7 ways is just out!

Discover 7 Ways to reinvent each of your favourite ingredients with Jamie’s brand-new, No. 1 bestselling cookbook, featuring 120 exciting and tasty new recipes

Includes recipes from Jamie’s hit Channel 4 TV show Keep Cooking Family Favourites

Jamie has done his research to find out exactly what we, as a nation, love to eat.

He’s taken 18 of our favourite ingredients and created 7 new, easy and delicious ways to cook them.

We’re talking about those meal staples we pick up without thinking – chicken breast, salmon fillet, mince, eggs, potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, to name but a few.

Jamie will share 7 achievable, exciting and tasty ways to cook each of these hero ingredients, requiring minimal time, effort and additional ingredients.

Jamie’s fun, delicious and nutritious recipes include:

· Crispy sweet & sour salmon
· Filo chicken kiev
· Mushroom cannelloni
· Garlic prawn kebabs
· Sticky ginger beef
· Prosciutto pork fillet

With everything from fakeaways and traybakes to family and freezer favourites, you’ll find bags of inspiration to help you mix things up in the kitchen.

Discover 7 Ways, the most straight-forward cookbook Jamie has ever written.

‘Simple, affordable and delicious food designed for all the family’ i

‘Cooking dinner just got easier (and tastier) with Jamie’s brilliant new book 7 Ways‘ Mail on Sunday

 To buy the book, see Amazon: (we receive a small remuneration if you choose to purchase)
7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Get in shape for the summer with @thebodycoach Joe Wicks free in The Mail on Sunday

Recipes – Get in shape for the summer with Joe Wicks @thebodycoach this Sunday in The Mail on Sunday 21 May a free 24 page recipe guide of delicious low-carb recipes free. Based on Joe’s new book he is back with Cooking for Family & Friends, where healthily food can be fun and inclusive for everyone at every occasion. Forget restrictive diets or low-calories, instead get  to spend time cooking for more than one or two people.

Joe Wicks @thebodycoach new look as he strips off for Mens Health magazine July 2017

See the great recipes that are tasty and easy – and designed to keep the whole family lean!

Recipes include: available at the Daily Mail Joe Wicks page

Also included above – recipes from the Daily Mail 28 May 2017 for more recipes from the new book – and the Mail on Sunday for the article on Get lean summer bestselling body coach Joe Wicks

What about exercises? There are none in the book. See Joe’s training videos.

For a choice of offers on the new book at Amazon due 1 June 2017 – please  click to read more about the new book and order a copy of Joe Wicks Cooking for family and friends for half-price.

More of Joe Wicks recipes on Pinterest


Kayla Itsines The Bikini Body 28 day healthy eating and lifestyle guide 200 recipes

Its not all about a Bikini Body as it starts with healthy eating – but fitness is the aim. Choose to be fit, healthy and feel better!

A popular book, you can see Kayla’s 28 Day healthy eating and fitness lifestyle guide on many of the stores’ bookshelves. On picking it up – it really looks good, so I have a copy now to examine and review.

An introduction to Kayla Itsines – a personal trainer and very well regarded on social media: Kayla has developed the world largest online female fitness community, lives in Adelaide (nice!!). The BBG Workout , Eating Guides and the app – Sweat with Kayla are all examples of her success.

The book: well there are quite a few books of this type on release. Each one has a contribution to make to the overall goal of achieving health and fitness. By reviewing each one, I think we should review the approach taken and select the one that we like as individuals and then get to work!

28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide: Kayla Itsines


Who am I / Becoming healthy, confident and strong

Part One

Understanding the 28 day meal plan

Part Two

Recipes for the 28 day meal plan

Part Three

SWAP-OUT recipes

A 28 day beginner workout guide is included

The book begins by discussing how each of us are different and the goals we really should follow when it comes to achieving a healthy bod. For women what is healthy, strength and confidence? The method Kayla uses is explained and how nutrition can be based on food groups and serving sizes.

Training is important, so what types are we to understand and use. Sleep.

Energy, weight, fat-loss are all explained is clear sections with diagrams to show the concept. Macronutrients, carbs, protein and fats, fibre and Micronutrients all discussed and explained. Some excellent work here and great clarity – worth reading and remembering.

That is a problem for me – I get some great idea or advice but need to note it all down or a week or two later I have lost vital information.

Superfoods and meal plans are all here….how to prepare the food, sample menus by photograph. A lot of good ideas here! The rest of the book has pages of recipes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner based on weekly meal plans. Free app access for 7 days.

To complete this fine book, there is a chart of 28 day beginner exercises and a list of the exercises in a glossary.

Thanks Kayla for a really good book, a lot of effort went into its production!!

So check it out and see if it fits with your aims for healthy eating and lifestyle, you might like to read more about the book at Amazon and see some reviews by other readers:

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide: 200 Recipes, Weekly Menus, 4-Week Workout Plan


Similar lifestyle approaches:

For the boys: Joe wicks Cooking for Family and Friends: 100 Lean Recipes to Enjoy Together

Lean in 15 Joe Wicks | Cookbook review food blog – recipes and exercise for a healthy lifestyle

Zanna Van Dijk STRONG 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes Fit Healthy Balanced Body

For a balanced approach to Health and Exercise, to become STRONG and lose weight and belly fat – another interesting book by Zanna Van Dijk called STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body was published just towards the end of the last year (2016).

My new theme for @Cook_BookReview FoodBlog is to research the most current books and ideas that offer the best potential for developing our health, body and mind.

So a really good candidate is STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body – click the link to read more and see offers to buy on Amazon from £5.99.

It seems current trends lead to the conclusion that we need exercise, movement and healthy foods to maximise our potential.

Zanna Van Dijk has come up with the concept of making us strong, by exercise and eating with balance as the core concept.

Book Content:

There are three sections in Zanna’s book:



Considers how best to move, through the most efficient forms of exercise.

Resistance, HIT and preparation, recovery.

A comprehensive list of 80 exercise, with sets and reps to target each of the key body areas, with beginner and advanced sections.


A selection of 40 recipes for the main meals, with sensible, healthy balanced ingredients.

What food is, the need for balance in meals and a number of tips and tricks to enable healthier choices.


Reflection and self-evaluation. 

A very good guide to health, exercise and food to improve your body.

Though as with all books of this type, ask your Doctor for advice before starting any new regime – but with numerous beginners sections – the book is a gentle start to exercise that can transform our physical and mental health.

For the latest see Zanna’s website: Zanna Van Dijk and her Blog: Blog – Zanna Van Dijk

Zanna Van Dijk on Instagram Zanna van Dijk (@zannavandijk) • Instagram photos and videos and on You Tube Zanna van Dijk – YouTube and on Twitter Zanna van Dijk (@zannavandijk) · Twitter and on FaceBook Zanna van Dijk – Home | Facebook

Check out Zanna’s videos to help lose weight and lose belly fat.

My Diet and Fitness Routine for Fat Loss – YouTube

Strong Ep. 2 | How To Get A Flat Stomach – YouTube

The Daily Mail has an article on how Zanna transformed her figure and health an Instagram – FITSPO star.

She is taking the same approach as Shona Vertue – see blog:  Shona Vertue: The Vertue Method A Stronger Fitter Healthier You in 28 Days

Book offer links on Amazon:

STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body

The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days

Food Network Canada Gordon Ramsay watch TV series Ultimate Home Cookery links

Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home Cookery TV series on Food Network Canada. Now showing – started 7 September 2013.

Available each Saturday, rerun each Tuesday 11.00 and 11.30 am EST.

Watch again links Canada.

The new series will develop recipes around Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Starting with breakfast, each episode will follow a day in the life of the Ramsay house as Gordon cooks with his children and then eats with his family.

We see a Gordon Ramsay that we hardly ever see! Gordon is so relaxed, patient and enjoying having fun. The new series will be a fun and family time.

There are 20 episodes of Gordon’s Ultimate Home Cooking each covering a specific area:

  • American
  • Big & Bold
  • Classics With A Twist
  • Comfort Food
  • Food For Friends
  • French
  • Healthy
  • Hearty
  • Italian
  • Light
  • Middle Eastern
  • More Healthy Recipes
  • Party Food
  • Picnic Day
  • South East Asian
  • Special Occasions
  • Street Food
  • The Food I Grew Up On
  • Thrifty
  • Vegetarian

See links to Gordon Ramsay home cookery course at Food Network Canada

Episode Guide Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home Cookery TV 

Episode 1: The food I grew upon 

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking Episode 1 The food I grew up with

The first episode begins with modern versions of the dishes Gordon remembers he loved as a child:

Episode 2: Food for friends

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking Episode 2 Food for Friends

Today we see the best recipes for sharing:

  • a brunch of griddled polenta with roasted tomatoes and goats curd
  • a lunch of salted sea bream
  • Gordon’s son Jack helps him prepare a Roast chicken chickpea stuffing
    and a Hazelnut meringue tower
  • Watch Food for Friends Canada Only

Episode 3: South East Asian

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cookery Episode 3 South East Asian

Today Gordon’s spicing up the food going a bit more exotic by preparing a South East Asian feed including:

  • tangy fruit salad
  • a clam noodle soup
  • banana and coconut fritters
  • son Jack helps make spicy chicken wings
  • Watch South East Asian Canada Only

Episode 4: Big and Bold

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking Episode 4 Big and bold

Today Gordon goes further with bold food, with recipes including:

  • a croissant stuffed with merguez sausages and fontina cheese
  • a spicy Mexican soup
  • eldest daughter Megan helps to prepare a crispy roast duck with black bean sauce and a Spiced banana tarte tatin
  • Watch Big and Bold Canada Only

Episode 5: Classics with a twist

Gordon Ramsay’s 5 Classics with a twist Ultimate Home Cooking

Gordon has many favourite classic recipes and tonight he adds modern twist, as he prepares:

  • a breakfast dish of boiled eggs with anchovy toast
  • eldest daughter also helps him prepare a stuffed rib of roast beef followed by an Eton mess bombe
  • Watch again Classics with a Twist Canada Only

Remember you can read more about Gordon’s new book, Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home  cookbook Canada where book offers are available if you would like to purchase a copy.

Another classic TV series from the Optomen stable, see more at Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking – Optomen International. There will be 20 one half hour episodes.

Episode 6: French 

Gordon Ramsay’s 6 French Ultimate Home Cooking

Gordon Ramsay’s name is synonymous with French cuisine and this is his greatest success and passion. He is preparing wonderful Gallic recipes including:

  • tuna Nicoise salad
  • the help of his youngest daughter Tilly to create a perfect chicken fricassee with sauteed potatoes
  • lavender creme caramel

Episode 7: Healthy

Gordon Ramsay 7 Healthy Ultimate Home Cooking

Gordon Ramsay is also aware of the trends towards healthy food. However, if you cook – according to the guidelines of Gordon’s cuise, then you will be healthy. Remember this when you see the fresh ingredients he selects and the way all dishes are contructed from the basic fresh ingredients. So not only healthy but delicious as well.

Today’s selection of healthy meals, includes:

  • Bircher muesli
  • gazpacho soup
  • teriyaki salmon

Episode 8: Street Food

Gordon Ramsay’s 8 Street Food Ultimate Home Cooking

Outside for a street party and today we enjoy good company and recipes:

  • prawn tostada
  • caramel salted popcorn
  • buttermilk fried chicken

Episode 9: Italian

Gordon Ramsay’s 9 Italian Ultimate Home Cooking

Gordon displays his Italian flair by offering an Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner, including:

  • a fennel sausage frittata and griddled sardines with gremolata
  • son Jack helps prepare crostini, beef pappardelle
  • panna cotta with hazelnut brittle

Episode 10: Party Food Mexican

Gordon Ramsay’s 10 Party Food Ultimate Home Cooking

Spicy Mexican flavours encourage Gordon to offer party food, including:

  • spicy Mexican eggs
  • an orange and coriander-cured side of salmon
  • pulled pork with chipotle mayonnaise

Episode 11: American

Gordon Ramsay’s 11 American Ultimate Home Cooking

Where would we be without our classic American dish? Gordon spends a lot of time in the USA so he should know the best American foods by preparing:

  • eggs, bacon and hash browns
  • Caesar salad and peanut butter and jam cookies
  • daughter Holly helps to cook barbecued beef brisket

Episode 12: Hearty

This episode sees Gordon cook up hearty food that will sustain us on a winter day.


  • Welsh rarebit
  • roasted tomato soup
  • beef and ale stew with mustard dumplings

Episode 13: Vegetarian

Today the wonders of vegetarian home cooking and a breakfast that is meat-free, also a lunch and dinner full of flavour and texture.


  • crunchy pear and granola muffins
  • halloumi, courgette and herb cakes with chilli dressing
  • beetroot and thyme risotto
  • white chocolate and lime mousse

Episode 14: Comfort Food: Thursday 30 October 2013 Channel 4 12.05 pm

The comfort food is designed to fill our need of something just right after a hard day.

Recipes include:

  • spiced baked porridge
  • delicious sausage hotpot
  • potato and beetroot gratin
  • gorgeous apple compote with a creamy whip

Episode 15: Picnic Day

This episode helps us prepare picnic food for a great day out.


  • classic Scotch eggs
  • a giant sandwich known as a pan-bagnat

Gordon’s youngest daughter Tilly is on hand to help with:

  • a delicious prawn and cucumber salad
  • a chocolate and marshmallow fridge cake

Episode 16: Thrifty

Excellent food that doesn’t cost a fortune.


  • cinnamon eggy bread with quick stewed apples
  • a smokey bacon, sweetcorn and potato soup

Episode 17: Middle Eastern

Wonderful yet again with flavour-packed Middle Eastern take on breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recipes include:

  • hummus made with beetroot,
  • lamb koftas
  • lemon and pistachio baklava

Episode 18: Healthy 

Healthy food that we all should be eating.


  • granola for breakfast
  • steamed mussels with cherry tomatoes and pancetta for lunch.

Gordon’s daughter Holly assists with

  • aromatic lamb chops
  • mango sundae

Episode 19: Light 

Light food for those times when we ned totake it easy. Maybe this can be a part of a 5:2 diet?


  • sourdough bread and crushed avocado
  • mackerel ceviche with fennel salad
  • griddled chicken with chickpeas
  • lemon and basil granita

Episode 20: Special Occasions 

Last episode, so on to those special occasions.


  • eggs Benedict with crispy Parma ham
  • grilled lobsters with Bloody Mary linguine

Gordon’s son Jack tackles:

  • cook beef fillet with salsa verde
  • chocolate and pistachio semifreddo


For the UK TV show due soon – recipes links and book details for UK Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home Cooking recipe links Mail on Sunday You mag 15 Sept 2013

New cookbook available in Canada:

Previous book 2012 Ultimate Home Cooking

In the USA:

Our Gordon Ramsay USA products and books page…..


Enjoy the show!

The Incredible Spice Men BBC 2 TV watch again episode guide and recipes

The Incredible Spice Men: this is hilarious cooking fun! Please watch!

#incrediblespicemen, #thespicemen, @cook_bookreview

New Series Jamie’s Comfort Food

A new exciting TV series and cookbook on spices, from chefs Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala with a cook book to support the series The Incredible Spice Men are going to spice up your life. These fine chefs have appeared on programmes such as the Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen, preparing excellent recipes based on spicing up British food.

There  is a friendly banter to carry the program along.

Watch the first show on iplayer

Watch an introduction broadcast on BBC Breakfast: Shake up your dinner plate with the incredible spice men.

The new book The Incredible Spice Men has excellent recipes, but there are sections on different spices:

  • cumin
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • chilli
  • cassia bark
  • cloves
  • pepper
  • coriander
  • star anise
  • cardamom

Recipes include, starters, snacks, fish, chicken, poultry, pork, lamb, beef, vegetables, salads, chutneys, desserts and drinks.

There are 5 episodes in the TV series, watch a sample I loved every lick of it!

Read more about the TV series:

Series 1 – 1. Hastings  Mon 19 Aug 2013 at 20:30 pm

1/5 Ginger and Lime Juice.

In the first episode ‘a dover sole with lime and ginger is cooked – then a traditional fish and chips with a spicy marinade for cod fillets. Slow-cooking pulled pork with cinnamon and cloves, and cinnamon and chilli powderwith vanilla ice cream.’


Watch the first episode The Incredible Spice Men 1 Hastings on BBC iPlayer


Series 1 – 2. South Wales   Mon 26 Aug 2013 at 20:30 pm

2/5 Tony and Cyrus cook with goats’ cheese in Carmarthenshire and visit a Bridgend sweet shop.

In the second episode ‘beginning in the Cothi Valley in Carmarthenshire, Tony bakes a goat’s cheese, red onion and caraway seed tart served with pickled onions flavoured with chilli flakes, lime juice and pomegranate molasses. A family-run toffee business in Bridgend is visited where they put some whole aniseeds into a pan of bonfire toffee.’


Watch the second episode The Incredible Spice Men 2. South Wales


Series 1 – 3. Edinburgh   Monday, 2 September at 20:30 pm

3/5 Tonight the intrepid pair visit Tony’s home of Edinburgh and he makes the traditional Scottish dessert cranachan, but with a twist.

The third episode sees Tony Singh taking Cyrus Todiwala to his home town of Edinburgh, where we see him working the spice men magic with traditional Scottish dessert cranachan by infusing the honey with cardamom and adding a splash of rose water. The pair visit a community cafe where Tony’s mother Kulvinder volunteers, and she shares her recipe for haggis pakoras.


Watch the third episode of the Incredible Spicemen 3. Edinburgh


Series 1 – 4. West Sussex   Monday, 9 September at 20:30 pm

This episode shows Tony and Cyrus in West Suffolk, where they convey the benefits of  rapeseed oil and cook cinnamon, ginger and red chilli chicken wings. At Melford Hall stately home, they spice up afternoon tea. They add a salt and chilli blend to the cucumbers for the sandwiches and a fennel and orange butter cream to fill the Victoria sponge.


 Watch the fourth episode of the Incredible Spice Men in West Suffolk

Series 1 – 5. Somerset   Monday, 16 September at 20:30 pm Last in the series.

Somerset and cider, the lads are about boiling a gammon joint in cider that is infused with cinnamon sticks, red chilli and coriander seeds.

Cyrus cooks a chilli cheese toast extravaganza with beer, egg yolks and for that spicy magic, fresh green chillies and lashings of English mustard.


Links to Somerset recipes

Watch the fifth episode of the Incredible Spice Men in Somerset

New book reviews The Incredible Spice Men



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Rick Stein’s India In search of the perfect curry – new cookbook recipes and video player links

Rick Stein’s India is the new excellent text on curries, written as only Rick can.
Subtitled – In Search of the perfect curry – Recipes from my Indian Odyssey.

Rick Stein sums up all that is special and sumptuous about curries and the Indian recipes he has encountered on his Indian curry Odyssey in this new and beautifully produced curry guide and cookbook. A journey through this exciting and colourful country, it is a sensual and stimulating experience.

We all love a good Curry – some just with onion and chicken, others with creamy sauce and crispy duck…. The variety of possibilities are almost endless  but Rick has – in his unique style – made sense of the complex world that is the Indian Curry.
So what is a good curry? Is it the aroma, the look, or the combination of all these with an expectation of a satisfying meal, that helps us forget about our problems and lifts us to a higher level.

To quote Rick :
‘Whenever I hear the word curry, I’m filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chilli’s, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic. A bowl of dark dal, a green chutney of coriander and mint and a plate with a few sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and sliced onions. When Indians talk of food, they talk about their life. To understand this country you need to understand curry.’

In this adventure Rick discovers 120 recipes by visiting home cooks, street vendors and having had what must have been the experience of a lifetime.

Readers of this book if based in the UK or Ireland will have a concept of curry based on visits to various take away food houses. Perhaps Indian, Thai or Chinese. The first thing Rick helps us with is to see curry from the perspective of the Indian people.

It is not the same as we understand it, a curry is something that can refer to almost any food from the Indian subcontinent.

Rick Stein @Rick_Stein Mexico and California TV and Book September 2017

So where do we start? Rick sets out a number of food types in the book:

  • Dhaba
  • Sabzi
  • Macchi
  • Murgh
  • Gosht
  • Meetha

By visiting various cities Rick samples curries of all types.

  • Punjab – Lamb curry
  • Mumbai – Pau bhaji
  • Amritsar – Butter chicken
  • Pondicherry – Prawn currry
  • Kolkata – Eggs in coconut masala
  • Jaipur – Tandoori dish

Follow the TV series on BBC player and see India in all its colourful glory.

And yes Rick does discover  his favourite curry recipe.

Recipes: please visit the BBC Food website –

Watch red button clips from the episodes

Watch clips from each episode and episode guide

See cookbook reviews and cost information at Rick Stein’s India.



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New TV series Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home Cooking !!




Published: The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good + recipes

The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life now Published, 15 August 2013.

New release:  The Hairy Dieters Good Eating recipes Si King and Dave Myers in Daily Mail

Contents include: (recipes below)

  • The Hairy Dieters are back
  • Breakfast &  Brunch
  • Real food fast
  • Family favourites
  • Meals with mates
  • More fakeaways
  • Food from afar
  • Meals on the move
  • Snacks &  salads
  • Something sweet
  • Along sides
  • What you get for 100 calories
  • Hairy Bikers’ diet club

This new cookbook follows the successful series and cookbook The Hairy Dieters How to Love food and lose weight and is filled with 80 delicious low-calorie recipes.

In this new book the boys give tips and techniques to help us develop recipes that do not add weight but are reduced in calories. A fine collection of diet recipes from the Hairy Bikers at a reasonable price.

To read customer reviews and priced to sell offers: £14.99 to £7 refer to The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (Hairy Bikers).

Background: The boys Si and Dave, realised a year ago that they were heading to an early grave. They had become very much overweight, were taking medication for blood pressure and high cholesterol. So time for a radical change of direction and food was the key.

The original cookbook and TV series led the way – Hairy Dieters – How to love food and lose weight + recipes – What is in the cook book?

So hence the new cookbook – The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (by Si and Dave the Hairy Bikers) which is the follow up recipe cookbook to the first Hairy Dieters series. New recipes that have the calories reduced but not the texture, flavour or healthiness.

See The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers tell the Daily Mail about their new book of recipes and you can read about Si and Dave’s journey to lower weigh, better cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure, in  The Bikers quit life in the fat lane  – Daily Mail

To read more about the new book and see reviews: The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (Hairy Bikers)

Example recipes:



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New TV series Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home Cooking !!

Hairy Dieters Program One How to love food BBC2 tv

Hairy Dieters Bikers Program 1 How to love food and lose weight BBC2 TV

BBC2 New Series – The Hairy Dieters How to Love Food and Lose Weight 1 of 4

To read reviews of the new cook book check out The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight and to see good offers on the new book look for the best offers on The Hairy Dieters cook book.

The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight Kindle download edition

NEW: The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries cook book

This is an honest and thought provoking programme – be prepare for alot of honesty.. you might say humble pie! Seriously, though this is very serious and as we all care for our friends, family but what about ourselves. When young you don’t notice the changes building up because of over eating, but hit 45 and then see high blood pressure and other problems. Life is shortening before us and we delay… Si and Dave realise that food while being their job, it is pleasurable and an adventure. But are they fat?

Read on or watch The Hairy Dieters – clips only for yourself…on BBC iPlayer…enjoy….

Ken Hom and Ching He Huang Exploring China BBC2 Sundays at 8.00pm


The guys with support of the family will try to loose weight and circumference around their waist. Measuring themselves is a laugh, but they are well over the recommended 37 inches for men. A bet of £500 to be able to fit into his favourite jeans, means Dave will have to loose weight big time.
Off to the market office where Si and Dave get weighed and the results is 19st 5 lbs and 17st 11lbs. Wow!!
How did it all happen, was it curry and beer? They both were slim when younger.
In those days money was scarce… so is it due to the fact we are all so well off today and most don’t go hungry – in fact we eat too much? Are we greedy…lazy…I am reminded of the saying “No free lunch”
Les and Muriel family of Dave’s have known him all their lifeained their slim figures and they don’t eat fried food, but grill thier food. Take out more than you put in is the advice from Les.
The boys realise they go back for second helpings and thus put on the weight…eating TOO MUCH!
So off to the University and Hospital of Newcastle and research int fat and diabeties. The effects of blubber on our bodies, i.e. body fat. Visceral fat, fat on the tummy. So Si and Dave have their body fat measured. Dave 38.1% fat…and Si 42% respectively…woops…
The professor at the university provides advice and wants the Hairy Bikers to lose 2 stone in about 3 months.
A return to the old school brings back memeories of some bad times, that perhaps led to the eating habit.

Britain needs to loose weight yet still enjoy cooking and our food.

Off to the dietician and a measure of how mush Dave and Si are actually eating. Opps, the daily average calorie intake for men is 2500, the guys are eating 3,500…1,000 calories for breakfast alone, 2,500 for dinner. Two bottles of wine…..

Well this is very revealing and the guys are stunned.

A visit to Jeff and Jane sees advice from Jeff on how to lower the fat used in cooking.

OK The answer is to join a ladies keep fit club… lots of laughs here, but they guys can’t cope.

The answer is to form a club of their own, a mutual support group to help each other. These friends of Si and Dave are overweight but enjoy their food, so the plan is hatched to find new recipes and try them out on the support group.

First of all is a lasagne with leeks instead of pasta for the layers. Lower fat – less cheese and stronger flavours.

They try it out as a surprise on the support group and chop the calories from 700 to 350.

Next week the search for recipes and the Hairy Bikers become the Hairy Cyclists. Very appropriate today when Sir Chris Hoy and team win gold,well done!! Bradley Wiggins – what can we say, thanks guys.

From previous blog….Watch a clip (while available) on the boys on ITV’s This Morning with Ruth and Eamon Holmes where they rustle up a lemony lamb kebabs and fruity rice salad.

Recipes include:

  • Skinny beef lasange
  • Lemony lamb kebabs
  • Lamb Tagine
  • Peppered Steak with Mushrooms
  • Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken
  • Cajun Spiced Chicken with Potato Wedges
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Chilli Salad Bowl,
  • Lean Lamb Hotpot
  • great selection of curry recipes
  • Salmon with chilli Ginger Sauce
  • Summer Fruit Meringues
  • Chewy Cranberry and Apricot Bites

See Good Food Magazine – September 2012 for recipes

  • Chicken and Ham Tangle Pie
  • Skinny lemon cupcakes with drizzly icing
  • Chicken Jalfrezi

Follow the guys on BBC2,  follow Hairy Dieters via this link and the first episode started this evening 20:00 Thursday 2nd August 2012.

Book offer from Amazon with post free option…

See the Hairy Bikers on their own website and information about their appearance on the One Show, BBC1.

What is in the book?

The Hairy Dieters introduce their new book on You Tube.

Amazon best selling cookbook offers.

Kiko and Ahava Cosmetics..my thoughts..






The Dukan Diet

Diets come and go. The Dukan Diet is a new twist. There is alot of debate about whether a diet – of any kind actually works.

Personally I think a balance of exercise, food control and eating foods that assist in burning off fat is the key.

This new diet follows the studies of Dr Pierre Dukan and is based upon four stages. The first is eating a selection of protein based foods, then adding vegetables, then carbohydrates and finally keeping to a routine of eating protein only – one day a week.

Apparently, the diet became a best seller after Carole Middleton introduced Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge to the diet before her wedding to Prince William.

The book provides more detail and maybe of help to a number of folks. Certainly the feedback is positive.

Follow the link to Amazon for reviews and comments on the dukan diet.

US Dukan Diet reviews here. Reviews give 75% 4 stars or better.


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What about The Abs Diet? This is a wonderful series of books and I think worth a mention. The principle here is to use the properties of the foods we eat to assist is burning off excess fat. Exercise is also used to attain the results required.

You can’t leave out the physical exertion side of things, nothing for nothing as they say.

For USA readers, The Abs Diet or in the UK The Abs Diet.


Another book I have read recently is The Roadmap to 100, The breakthrough science of living a long and healthy life.

So what is the secret to a long life? I think we will all be suprised by the conclusions of the author Walter Bortz, MD.

Have you ever heard of Dr Kenneth Cooper, who wrote the book Aerobics, back in the 1960s? He postulated that exercie was the key to good health and long life.

This is the conclusion of Dr Walter Bortz – keep moving, all the time every day.

In a way it all makes sense, you get back inlife what you have put into it. Exercise and put effort in every day and you will be rewarded.

Hope this all makes some sense, but food, exercise and longevity are all interelated. Starting kids off on the right way early is so vitally important.