Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Giveaway #541 : Win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to BBC Good Food Show Spring (HIC Harrogate 8-10th April) - closed - winners Karl Borowy, Andrew Sales

To (almost) quote the famous Smiths song, it's time for the Foodlovers of the World to Unite ! This year's Good Food Show Spring takes place at the HIC Harrogate from 8-10th April and boasts celebrity talent such as Tom Kerridge, the Hairy Bikers and Paul Hollywood demonstrating their culinary skills and giving their very best cooking tips.

To whet your appetite, I have a lovely recipe from Paul Hollywood to share with you - you never know, you might even get to see him making them on the day !

Paul Hollywood's Cornish Pasties

This is the original portable meal, eaten by Cornish tin miners and farm labourers. The pastry had to be robust to make it portable, and it was quite common to have a savoury filling at one end, sweet at the other. It now has protected status and must be made in Cornwall. The vegetables need to be cut thinly so they almost melt into the meat on cooking, and the crimping is all-important. I was told that you need 21 crimps to make a proper pasty.

Makes 5


450g plain flour
½ tsp salt
115g cold lard, diced
75g cold unsalted butter, diced
About 90ml ice-cold water
1 egg, lightly beaten, to glaze


1 large onion
120g swede
1 large floury potato, such as King Edward or Maris Piper
400g beef skirt
50g butter
Salt and pepper


A 24cm plate (to use as a guide)

1. To make the pastry, mix the flour and salt in a large bowl, add the lard and butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in enough water to make a fairly firm dough, then knead briefly until smooth. Shape into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.

2. For the filling, slice the onion finely; cut the swede and potato into small, thin strips; keep each separate. Cut the beef into small, thin pieces and divide into 5 portions.

3. Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Divide the pastry into 5 equal pieces. Roll each out on a lightly floured surface to a 3mm thickness and cut out a 24cm circle, using a plate as a guide.

4. Scatter a scant layer of swede on the pastry semi-circle, leaving a 1cm border. Add a similar layer of potato, season lightly and top with some onion. Repeat the swede and potato layers, seasoning as you go. Check the pasty will close, then add the beef. Add a final layer of onion, season and dot with butter.

5. Brush the pastry border with a little beaten egg, then close the lid of the pasty, making sure that the edges meet. Press together firmly and then crimp the edges together by pinching all the way round between your thumb and forefinger.

6. Fill and seal the remaining circles of pastry in the same way. Place the pasties on 2 baking trays and cut 2 small slits in the middle of each one. Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Bake for 20 minutes, then lower the oven setting to 160°C/Gas 3 and bake for 30 minutes longer. Best eaten hot from the oven.


The Good Food Show Spring is at the HIC Harrogate on Friday 8 April (9.00am - 5.00pm), Saturday 9 April (9.00am - 5.00pm) and Sunday 10 April (9.00am - 4.00pm). Tickets cost £21 on the door (£22.50 for the Saturday) and under 5's go free. You can also save money by buying them in advance or opting for a Value Ticket (entry from 11am, excluding Supertheatre).

I have a pair of tickets each to give away to two lucky Madhouse Family Reviews readers. (Please note, these are standard tickets and do not entitle you to a seat in the Supertheatre.) Just fill in your entries in the Rafflecopter widget below.

UK only. Closing date : 22/3/16

T & C's : Entries close at midnight on the closing date. Winners will be selected with a random number generator and announced on facebook, twitter and in the giveaway post subject line. Please note, you will be contacted by email and/or twitter and if I haven't heard from you after 28 days, I'll have to pick another winner. Prizes will be sent out by the companies or their PR directly to winners. Madhouse Family Reviews cannot be held responsible for any prizes that go astray !

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  1. I've started to really like Mary Berry x

  2. I really like Simon Hopkinson :)

  3. Brilliant, went last year and it was fab

  4. I love Jamie Oliver, his healthy cooking options are so easy to do at home!

  5. Susan Jane GRay15 March 2016 at 18:50

    The Good Food Show is a definite must. My hubby and I would love to go.

  6. I love MARY Berry, simple, easy to cook at home recipies! Would love to go to the Food Show, thanks for the chance to win!
    helen booth

  7. Nigella is my favourite...proper wholesome food!

  8. I love the Hairy Bikers - good, honest food!

  9. count me in please, thanks for the giveaway! :)

  10. My favourite celeb chefs are the Hary Bikers.

  11. mary berry and her victoria sponge

  12. I love James Martin :)

  13. I love Gino De Campo - not only is he hot, he's funny :)

  14. Jamie Oliver - he just loves having fun while cooking which is important.

  15. My favourite chef is Jamie Oliver

  16. I like James Martin. He's a local lad.

  17. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall... I love that he is so passionate about reducing food waste

  18. Judith Hamilton22 March 2016 at 21:45

    I like James Martin, he uses almost as much butter as I do.

  19. Jamie Oliver