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For those that missed our musings on last year’s Home Made Cook of the Year final at Denman College, we’ve captured it on video.
Below you can watch each of the three finalists explain the inspiration behind their dishes.
Why not give them a try yourself?
Yvonne Baily tells us about her dish, Pork with Orange and Ginger
Maria Kuehn fills us in on her dish, Chicken and Coriander Meatballs with Saffron and Courgette Rice.
Sue Wynn explains the thinking behind her winning dish, Andalucian Chicken.
A very exciting day was had by all at ‘Home of the House Proud’ today as several of the team made the journey down to the WI’s Denman College in Oxfordshire for the final of our ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’ competition.
As many of our regular visitors will know, over the last couple of months we have been running a competition with the support of the WI, Delia Online and Diabetes UK to find the country’s best ‘Home Made Cooks’ – budding chefs were asked to send us a recipe and picture of a main meal dish big enough to feed a family of four, but costing less that £7.50 (we are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year after all)!
We received loads of great entries, many of which we have shared with you on ‘Home of the House Proud’ and many of which we’ll be sharing with you over the following weeks and months. From the entries, a shortlist of three recipes were selected and the talented cooks behind each were invited to the WI’s Denman College today to cook their dishes for celebrity chef Brian Turner and leading food blogger Helen Best-Shaw (Fuss Free Flavours). The three short-listed winners were (all three will be showcased on ‘Home of the House Proud’ this week):
Brian was running a cookery demonstration course ‘A Taste of Christmas’ at Denman College today, which was being sponsored by Morphy Richards and our partner Stoves, so the day started with Brian introducing the three finalists to the 100 ladies in the audience and then giving each of them two hours to rustle up their creations in the Denman College Cookery School. Once the two hours had passed, Brian invited the finalists back in to the auditorium where he was joined by Helen to taste the meals and decide on an overall winner.
After deliberations that lasted a good five minutes, we’re pleased to announce that Sue Wynne’s Audalucian Chicken was the overall winner due to its taste, texture and cost (amongst other things), although all three dishes were of a very high standard (hence the five minutes deliberation time!).
Sue has bagged herself a £1,000 Morphy Richards kitchen makeover, a Stoves Mini Range cooker, a Roberts DAB radio and a one day Women’s Institute cooking course for her and a friend – the perfect prize package for any ‘Home Made Hero’!
Over the coming couple of weeks, we’ll be handing out some runners up prizes to nine other entrants that have impressed the judges with their kitchen creations – watch this space!
As well as the pictures above, we’ve also got a load more pictures from today on our Facebook page, click here to have a look.
A huge thanks to everyone that took the time to enter the competition, here’s to ‘Home Made Cook of the Year 2012’!!
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the talented cooks that entered Home Made Cook of the Year. It was great to see that creative, cost effective home cooking is alive and well in the UK.
It’s been a tough judging process but we’ve managed to make a decision on nine runners up, which we’ve announced below.
Each of the runners up have won a Morphy Richards product of their choice up to a recommended retail price of £150, a Roberts DAB Radio and a one day Women’s Institute cooking course for them and a friend
Congratulations to you all! We’ll get in touch with you all individually to arrange your prizes.
Earlier this month, we held the final of our ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’ competition at the WI’s Denman College in Oxfordshire. Along with celebrity chef Brian Turner, we invited our ‘House Proud Innovator’ Helen Best-Shaw (Fuss Free Flavours) to join the judging panel. Helen has since blogged about her time spent at Denman and her role as one of our judges. To read the original post, click here.
Judging Morphy Richard’s Home Made Cook of the Year
As well as being a Morphy Richards Innovator, I was recently asked to help judge their Home Made Cook of the year alongside Brian Turner. The aim was to find Britain’s best homemade dish, that was also bank account friendly costing no more than £7.50 for 4. I am a huge fan of good – and fuss free and affordable – home cooking so I was delighted to be asked.
The event was held at the really rather beautiful Denman College, the home of the WI training college, where they run excellent, but eye wateringly expensive training courses. Apparently the college was bought many years ago by the WI, a shrewd investment I am told for a mere £60K.
Having met the finalists and Brian, I embarrassingly managed to fall over my own feet, and ended up in an inelegant sprawled heap on the floor – all this in front of a room full of WI members who were waiting for Brian’s Christmas demonstrations! Having suitably established my credentials for being a judge, the finalists and I departed to the cookery school for them to cook up their dishes.
Yvonne, Sue, Brian and Maria
The finalists were Sue Wynn with a holiday inspired Andalusian Chicken, Yvonne Bailey with Pork in orange and ginger, and Maria Keuhn with Chicken and Coriander Meatballs with Saffron and Courgette Rice.
With lots of time to cook during Brian’s demonstration there was little pressure and lots of time to chat, amazingly I discovered that Yvonne’s Grandfather lived in the house that is now Foodie Bugle HQ, and home to Silvana. It is a very small world indeed.
With all the lovely smells in the kitchen, I was starving when it came for the winning dishes to be presented to Brian and tasted. All were fantastic and it was a very hard choice, but in the end Sue’s Andalusian chicken won, packed with chicken, olives, onion, chorizo and olives. Delicious a perfect winter warmer and crowd pleaser. Definitely one for the Fuss Free kitchen.
Click to download the finalist’s recipes:
Many thanks to Morphy Richards, Brian, Sue, Maria and Yvonne for a fantastic day, and a huge well done to all three finalists!
For another account read here.
Following our hugely successful Home Made Cook of the Year competition, we thought it would be nice to profile each of the finalists on the blog. Here’s Yvonne Bailey’s story…
Yvonne’s recipe for Pork with Orange and Ginger impressed our panel of judges, beating off hundreds of entries to reach the final of the competition, held at the WI’s Denman College.
A tasty combination of boneless shoulder chops and a sweet orange sauce, Yvonne perfected the recipe over 30 years ago when she was in her first job as a cook.
She decided the recipe would be a perfect entry to the competition as it combines taste with value for money, using cheaper cuts of meat while mainstaining a delicious flavour.
If you’re interested in trying out Yvonne’s recipe, you can check it out below.
Yvonne Bailey – Pork with Orange and Ginger
Here’s the second in our series of blog posts about the Home Made Cook of the Year. This time we profile yet another talented home cook, Maria Kuehn.
Maria, who lives on Greenhill Road in London, entered Home Made Cook of the Year with a recipe for Chicken and coriander meatballs with saffron and courgette rice and impressed the panel of judges so much that she was picked as one of the final three.
A keen cook, Maria had the good fortune of being a winner at the The Observer Food Awards this year, bagging the award for best readers’ recipe.
If Maria’s recipe makes your mouth water, check it out below and give it a try.
Chicken and Coriander Meatballs with Saffron and Courgette Rice
In the final of our series of posts about the Home Made Cook of the Year finalists, we profile the proud winner of the competition, Sue Wynn.
Sue Wynne, who lives in Glasson Dock in Lancaster, entered Home Made Cook of the Year with a fabulous recipe for Andalucian Chicken. A tasty combination of tender chicken thighs, legs and a Spanish olive sauce, the dish was inspired by the food that Sue and her family have enjoyed holidaying in the Adalucian region.
As well as the coveted crown, Sue walked away with a host of foodie prizes including a complete kitchen makeover and cooking course for her and a friend.
This is what Sue said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be crowned Home Made Cook of the year. The standard of the other two dishes was absolutely phenomenal, so I was genuinely surprised when my name was announced on the day.
“It was amazing to meet Brian Turner, Helen and the other two finalists and enjoy such a spectacular venue. I’d like to thank Denman College and Morphy Richards for putting on such a fantastic day.”
If you fancy trying out Sue’s winning recipe, check it out below:
The latest recipe we’ve recieved as part of Home Made Cook of the Year competition is a twist on a classic lasagne recipe.
Sue Hardy’s recipe for ‘Best Ever Lasagne’ is a feast fit for even the hungriest of families.
If you’re looking for meal ideas, why not give it a try tonight.
If you think you can match Sue’s culinary skills, then send us your own home cooked recipe and you could end up cooking for Brian Turner and walk away with a fabulous foodie prize package.
Click here for full details and to learn how to enter.
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4
600ml semi-skimmed milk
25g plain flour
salt and pepper
50g grated mature Cheddar cheese
2.5ml teaspoon mustard
400 g lean mince
2 x medium onions (chopped)
1 x red pepper chopped
1 x yellow pepper chopped
200g mushrooms – sliced
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
100g tomato puree
2 x beef stock cubes
3 x tablespoons of Worcester sauce
2 x tablespoons of English mustard
3 x heaped tablespoons of dried mixed herbs
2 x cloves of garlic – chopped
250g pre-cooked lasagne sheets
Salt and pepper to season
50g mature cheddar
Tablespoon of fresh chopped basil
If you shop carefully you will have enough left to make a tomato and onion salad and a garlic bread baguette
Twin pack of part cooked baguette
2 x cloves garlic chopped
1 x tablespoon of mixed herbs
Cook the baguette per the instructions on the packet Remove from the oven Slice diagonally Mix the butter, chopped garlic and herbs and carefully press in between the slices Wrap in tin foil and bake for 4 minutes Serve whilst hot – tear and share
Christmas has come early with the latest recipe that’s been submitted for Home Made Cook of the Year.
If you haven’t entered yet and think you’ve got what it takes to be a home cooking hero, then check out full details here.
Here’s Michelle Platmans recipe for Pauper’s Christmas Dinner – we think you’ll agree it looks absolutely delicious!
2 turkey legs
2 carrots (peeled and cut into rings or rough pieces)
1 garlic head (with the papery skin rubbed off and pointed top cut off)
1 large onion (peeled and cut into slices)
2 large jacket potatoes
Any Salmon fans out there? We thought so…
One of the latest recipes submitted as a part of out Home Made Cook of the Year Competition is a deliciously fishy Smoked salmon and Broccoli Frittata.
Think you can do better? If so, then we want to hear from you! Enter the competition here and you could end up cooking for celeb chef Brian Turner and could walk away with a whole host of foodie prizes.
100g broccoli, trimmed
1tsp olive oil
3 x large eggs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
25g smoked salmon trimmings, chopped
1tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1tsp freeze dried)
100g fresh lettuce
4 xlarge tomatoes
1 x Cucumber
Through our partnership with the WI, Delia Online and Diabetes UK, delicious recipe entries have been flooding in from around the country. If you didn’t know already, our short-list of three ‘Home Made Cooks’ will have to prepare their tasty entry for Stoves ambassador and celeb chef Brian Turner, with the winner walking away with an envious prize package!
Over the next few days, we’re going to bring you bang up to date with the entries that we’ve received so far. Today’s highlighted entry is from Tamsin Ballard and is for a Roasted Vegetable Risotto Cake.
For the roasted vegetables:
1x Red pepper
1x Red onion
150gx Cherry tomatoes
1x Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1x Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt
For the risotto:
1x Tbsp olive oil
1x Onion, finely chopped
1x Love garlic, minced
300gx Arborio rice
1Litre x Vegetable stock
50g x Grana padano, grated
Fresh basil leaves
For the cake:
125g x low-fat mozzarella
Fresh basil leaves
In total this recipe costs £6.20 including a side salad and serves 4. With the salad, each serving provides 2 of your 5 a day
Over the last couple of days, we’ve had a great entry to our ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’ competition from Mrs Jill Wade (from Surrey). Jill has sent us a recipe for her favourite Turkey & Pasta Bake with Roasted Vegetables & Rustic Wholemeal Bread; you can see the entry below. The recipe came to £7.50 and Jill read about ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’ in Diabetes UK’s latest edition of Balance.
100g x Wholemeal Bread Flour
100g x White Bread Flour
100g x Seeds & Grains Granary Bread Flour
2x Tsp Dried Yeast
2x Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
2x Tbsp Sunflower Seeds
2x Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1x Tsp Salt
300ml x Warm Water
Poppy Seeds to Decorate
500g x Butternut Squash
4x Medium Parsnips
4x Medium Carrots
½ x Red Pepper
3x Red Onions
8x Garlic Cloves
Sunflower or Olive Oil
Rosemary Sprigs (from garden)
Salt & Pepper
Paprika to Sprinkle
300g x Penne Pasta
1x Red Onion
300g x Unsmoked Bacon Rashes
350g x Turkey Breast Fillet
2x Tbsp Plain Flour
Fresh Thyme (from garden)
1x Stock Cube
25g x Butter
300ml x Skimmed Milk
75g x Grated Cheese
1x Slice (or crust) Wholemeal Bread (made into breadcrumbs)
This weekend is your final chance to enter ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’, to find out how you could cook your favourite dish for celeb chef Brian Turner and walk away with a kitchen full of the latest gadgets, click here.
We’ve had some truly amazing entries to our Home Made Cook of the Year competition, from hearty slow cooked stews to light, mediterranean favourites, so thanks to all who took the time to enter.
Our judges were faced with a tough decision, but in the end, three recipes stood out from the crowd. We’re proud to announce the three lucky finalists as…
These three talented cooks will be battling it out for the coveted Home Made Cook of the Year crown this coming Monday at Denman College. Each will cook and present their dish to celebrity chef Brian Turner, who will make the all important final decision.
We’ll update you with a full report on the final on Monday evening, so stay tuned!
At the beginning of this month, we launched our Home Made Cook of the Year competition to search for the nation’s brightest and best home cook.
We’re looking for homemade heroes to cook, photograph and submit their most delectable main meal recipes, working with a budget of £7.50 or under.
The top three shortlisted cooks will be invited to attend the Women’s Institute’s Denman College and cook their dish for celeb chef Brian Turner and the winner will walk away with a £1,000 Morphy Richards kitchen makeover, a Stoves Mini Range cooker, a Roberts DAB radio and a one day Women’s Institute cooking course for them and a friend.
Our partners Delia Online are supporting the competition and are now promoting it through their website. Click here to check out their competition page.
Make sure you check out this fantastic entry to our Home Made Cook of the Year competition, in which we’re inviting the UK’s homemade kitchen heroes to submit their most delicious home cooked recipes.
Simply send us a recipe for a dish that costs no more than £7.50 and can feed a family of four. If your dish impresses our panel of judges enough, you’ll be invited to cook for celeb chef Brian Turner at the WI’s Denman College and could also walk away with a whole host of foodie prizes (click here to get the full lowdown on the competition and how to enter)
Thanks to Caroline Grant for sending us her wonderfully wintery Beef Cobbler recipe. Why not take a look and give it a try?
900g (2lb) Stewing Beef, trimmed
600ml (1 pint) Beef Stock
1 x Onion
2 x Large Carrots
6 x tbsp Oil
2 x tbsp Flour
1 x tsp Salt
1 x tsp Pepper
1 x tsp dried mixed herbs
1 x Cobbler
225g (8oz) Flour
225g (8oz) Cheddar Cheese
25g (1oz) Butter
2 x Eggs
2 x tbsp Milk
1 x tbsp Parsley
Today we’re showcasing another great homemade recipe that’s been submitted as part of our Home made Cook of the Year competition, in which we’re inviting the UK’s best home cooks to send us their heartiest recipe creations in the hope of winning a host of foodie prizes (click here for full competition details)
This one’s from Andrew Macnamara, who proves that you don’t need meat to create a hearty, filling, winter meal. Check out his recipe for Vegetable Charlotte below, which cost him £4.85 to make and feeds a family of four.
1 x loaf of wholemeal medium sliced bread
½ block of butter
1 x large onion
1 x red pepper
1 x yellow pepper
1 x courgette
2 x medium potatoes
1 x red chilli
1 x clove of garlic
¼ x tsp ground cumin
½ x tsp Cajun seasoning
Salt and pepper
Also required 4 oven proof bowls/mugs
Our Home Made Cook of the Year competition is becoming ultra competitive and the entries have been flooding in this week.
If you rate your home made cooking skills, then why not submit your favourite recipe and you could end up cooking for celeb chef Brian Turner and walking away with a prize package to suit even the most seasoned of cooks. Click here to learn more about the competition.
The latest winter warmer that we’ve received is a Cheesy Penne and Broccoli Bake. Thanks to Melanie Booth for this one. Have a read of her recipe below and give it a try at home.
280g dried penne
280g broccoli, cut into florets
40g plain flour
500-600ml semi-skimmed milk
½x tsp white pepper
150g cheddar, grated
1 x tbsp wholegrain mustard
Optional: Green salad as a side dish
To enter the ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’, submit your recipe here (including an original photograph of the dish).
The dish must be a main meal, feed a family of four and cost no more than £7.50 to prepare. Although the main meal must cost less than £7.50, ingredients such as salt and pepper (‘seasoning’) don’t have to be included within this cost. When uploading your entry, please state where you heard about the competition at the end of the recipe field and how much your dish cost to prepare.
The cook that rustles up the food that Brian judges as the best will not only walk away with the prestigious title of ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’, but will also bag themselves a £1,000 Morphy Richards kitchen makeover, a Stoves Mini Range cooker, a Roberts DAB radio and a one day Women’s Institute cooking course for them and a friend – the perfect prize package for any ‘Home Made Hero’!
For inspiration, check out some of the entries to the competition that we’ve received so far!
For a chance to win the Roberts Radio, all entries must be received by 10:00am on Monday morning (31st October 2011) when one lucky entrant will be selected at random
If you haven’t entered our Home Made Cook of the Year competition, there’s still time. If you impress your friends and family with your home made cooking skills, then we want to hear from you.
You could end up cooking for celebrity chef Brian Turner and walk away with a fantastic foodie prize package. Click here to get the full low down on the competition and how to enter.
Below is one of the latest entries to the competition – a fab recipe for Savoury Red Bread Pudding sent in by Maggie Simmons. Have a read and give it a try this week.
6 x thick slices good white bread
4 x med eggs
250 ml whole milk
1/2 x tsp paprika
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
2 x tbp olive oil
150g cooking chorizo, in chunks
1 x onion, diced
1 x large tomato, in chunks
2 x cloves garlic, minced
squirt of tomato ketchup
59g grated strong Cheddar
Several weeks ago we launched our ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’ competition and since then entries have been flooding in. If you are talented in the kitchen and your family and friends love your home made food, we want to hear from you!
Simply send us a recipe for a delicious dish that costs no more than £7.50 to make and can feed a family of four. If your dish impresses the judges, you could be cooking for celebrity chef Brian Turner at the WI’s Denman College and also be walking away with a whole host of goodies, click here for more information.
A big thanks to Debbie who blogs at the ‘Country Heart and Home’ for sending us her recipe for a delicious Twisted Cauliflower Cheese, here’s Debbie’s recipe:
1x Large Cauliflower
8x Rashers of Bacon (optional)
8x Spring Onions
400ml Creme Fraiche
200g Mature Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
1x tbsp Whole Grain Mustard (optional)
Ready Roll Puff Pastry
1x Egg, lightly beaten
The total cost of this dish is approximately £7, but could be cut down if the bacon is omitted and home grown vegetable are used.