Saturday, 16 April 2011

Winning two cookery books

For those of you who follow me regularly, you will know that I had a winning streak at the beginning of this year and in a matter of a few days, I was the lucky recipient of three awards from fellow bloggers.  My first win was two cook books, courtesy of Linda from My Type of Cooking, but due to her very busy schedule, they were only posted later; they arrived just after I had left for France, but Nigel brought them over with him on the plane when he came over yesterday for a short holiday. 

I am absolutely delighted with the books and the recipes are so simple that my mind is already  in overdrive!!  I had suggested that Nigel went on a cookery course, when he eventually moves here to France.  I had already decided that  with both of us retired, the kitchen was going to be shared between us........   Now having seen these two books, the recipes are so simple, and so clear, maybe the cookery course starts with these books.  I say that Nigel needs to go on a cookery course, but I might add that when he puts his mind to it, he can in fact cook a fantastic Boeuf Bourguignon.  One problem though, it takes a huge amount of time and there seems to be much more washing up than when I get in the kitchen! Nigel says it is a complicated Robert Carrier recipe, and RC obviously had a large staff to do his washing up!
These are the two books that Linda sent to me and they are her two latest publications.
In Linda's own words, "I write cookbooks. Which means I eat, breathe, and dream about food! I love to create recipes that are quick and easy, using just a few ingredients."
She also has a popular cooking segment in the States, on the Passion Radio Network, called “Fast Food Fridays” and she co-hosts an afternoon drive-time show with her husband called "The Cross Connection"
Linda. I certainly hope so.

Two recipes that took my eye on a first quick look

If you are even remotely interested in cooking and you have not seen Linda's blog My Kind of Cooking, I suggest that you go along and take a look at her fantastic recipes and great tips.

Thank you so much Linda, for drawing my name to win this fantastic prize; I will treasure both books and I really appreciate them.

64 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing about this win. The cookbooks and the food in them look delicious and I'm sure Nigel and others of us can benefit from the simplicity of the recipes. I'm up country right now as mom had to suddenly go into hospital. She seemed to be doing better when I visited but i'll be here for a few days more so it will be a little while before I can check out the links. Thank so much! Enjoy your time with Nigel.

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  2. Hi Dianne! Lucky you for winning those books! How is France by the way? Happy cooking!
    PS: Rather let the husband do the washing up and you cook!

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  3. Very well done Diane.
    Mr& Mrs TK x

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  4. Congratulations! Cookbooks always inspire me! I'll drop in and say hello to the author. Thanks for the introduction.

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  5. Phew....Diane, I thought you won something again! haha.... Those books are beautiful. I'm sure you enjoyed reading it.
    Have a great weekend, dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  6. Bonjour Diane !
    Congratulations for the books !!!
    Have fun with the cooking!
    Have a nice weekend !!!
    Amitie

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  7. Thanks for showing us your winnings Diane. Happy Cooking in your French kitchen.

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  8. Congrats for winning the giveaway. Those two cook books loks lovely and I will check out Lindas blog. Thanks for pointing her out :)

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  9. Joyful I am sure you will enjoy the site as there are so many easy recipes. Hope your mother gets well soon. Diane

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  10. Leisl, no I am determined that one cooks one day and one the next, I am not living in the kitchen when both of us are here. I always do the washing up as Nigel is very tall and leaning over the sink gives him a back ache, he does the drying though. We had a dish washer in S.A. but have no room for one here!!! France is fantastic :-) Diane

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  11. Hi Steve, I really had a lucky run, thought the lottery or euro millions might be next but it never happened!!! Diane

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  12. Rosaria, I am sure you will enjoy Linda's blog it has some fantastic recipes on it. Diane

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  13. Hi Kristy, no that was the three wins, no more LOL. Still waiting for the lottery win though LOL Diane

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  14. Thanks Magda, we plan on a quiet weekend after all the activity of the last month or so! More to come about that. Diane

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  15. Thanks Dolly, love my French kitchen but I eat too much when Nigel is here!!!! Diane

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  16. Hi Starlight, thanks for the visit. If you love cooking you will love Linda's blog it is great. Hope the knees improve soon Diane

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  17. Congratulations Diane, you are so lucky on these kind of stuff hehehe. You deserve it!

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  18. I try to bring home a cook book from my favorite places; consequently I have dozens and dozens. I more or less use them for inspiration or as a guide, but I love them even if I don't use them as they are intended. Lucky you for being a winner of such a great prize. I'm going to check out Linda's blog.

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  19. That's a wonderful gift from a dear friend. I am glad that the cook book reached safely to you. We are looking forward to see lots of pictures and your experiments with the recipes in your blog! Congratulations!

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  20. Hi Diane - I'm sure you're going to have mush fun trying out these recipes - even just looking at the photos is fun.

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  21. Because I don't get Great joy in cooking I really like the idea of quick. Congrats on this new cooking course for Nigel. ;)

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  22. Lovely books you've got. Looks nice.:-) Hugs Stina

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  23. I just love collecting cooking books-especially with receipts from different counties:)

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  24. chubskulit, yep I had a really lucky run and won some really lovely things. Diane

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  25. Deb that is an interesting concept bringing a cook book back from places you visit. You always have great foody memories :-) Diane

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  26. Sailor I am looking forward to experimenting but part of the challenge will be finding ingredients that are similar to the American ones that we do not get here!! Diane

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  27. Dianne you are right, they are lovely books to just look at and read. Diane

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  28. Gaelyn, I thought a cooking course for Nigel was a great idea and luckily he is keen to try! Long may it last:-) Diane

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  29. Stina they are lovely books and I am looking forward to trying the recipes out. Diane x

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  30. Ola we also love recipes from different countries and all the different flavours. Diane

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  31. I love cooking with friends... and miss it since my dear fellow hates being around me in the kitchen... he says I am a menace. I agree... I'm a whirling dervish, sounds like we have something in common.

    How nice to get books that you like...you will have a lot of fun cooking from them!

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  32. Lucky girl! I bet you will have fun cooking recipes from your new cookbooks.

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  33. well done, and those books do look amazing! Loved your earlier post with updates on blossoms, birds, sunsets etc!

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  34. I am sure you and Nigel will enjoy many happy hours in the kitchen trying out these recipes.

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  35. lostpastremembered I have to admit my kitchen (no matter how big) is not big enough for two when I get in there. The plan is though that I will not be in there when Nigel is!!! :-) Diane

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  36. Pam I am looking forward to trying the recipes out, they look easy and fun. Diane

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  37. Hi Karen, thanks for your visit and the kind comments. Hope to see you back soon. The books are great but as I say the challenge is to track down some of the American ingredients! Diane

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  38. Linda they look really nice quick and simple recipes, I am looking forward to trying them out. Diane

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  39. It sounds as though you are already enjoying the books. It would be wonderful if Nigel could share kitchen duty with you. I hope you enjoy the short holiday together. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  40. I love getting new cookbooks (although I have never won any yet!) These look like great additions. Cant wait to see what you make with them.

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  41. Mary they are lovely books and yes I also hope that Nigel will share kitchen duty when we are finally together here full time :-) Diane

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  42. Brittany I am also looking forward to trying the recipes. I need to go shopping though as I need ingredients that I do not have in the house. It is going to be fun trying them out. Diane

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  43. Congratulations Diane, how lovely. I hope you both get to meet as well. :-)

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  44. Hi Diane, lovely books. Lucky you! 2 years ago I sent Clive on a 5 day cooking holiday to La Ruches in the Vienne run by Mark and Nina. It was wonderful and they are a great couple. Try googling them but I fear they may have moved on to Italy by now. If not, I recommend the holiday/course highly for Nigel.

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  45. Diane that was my third bit of luck :-) the other Diane

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  46. Hi Froggy, it would be good to meet up. Think I will be meeting another blogger of Easter :-) Diane

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  47. Craig thanks for the tip, I will look into it. Diane

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  48. What a wonderful prize! I do hope you really enjoy them.

    Michael stays out of the kitchen. He is hopelessly incompetent. He is, however, a great cleaner, so I let him have that position whenever he covets it!

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  49. Sounds like you have won some really good cookbooks. Awesome! Enjoy! Always with a glass of wine in your hand. Cheers.
    Velva

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  50. Congratulations Diane! It is a wonderful news that a winning streak follows you to France :)

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  51. Thank you Diane, for all the lovely comments! You are such a sweetheart! I hope this fall when we are traveling in Europe, we can connect and meet each other.

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  52. So Nigel can cook. Men make more of a mess but hey if they can cook go for it. I think when someone else cooks the food taste better. Congrats on the winnings.

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  53. Marjie, The books are great gifts and I am more than happy with them both. Nigel gets better in the kitchen all the time. Diane

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  54. Velva, thanks, the wine is good here and cheap :-) Cheers Diane

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  55. Olga I think my winning streak is now over, I am still hoping that the lottery may come up though :-) Diane

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  56. Linda it was a pleasure to write this post. Yes it would be great if we could meet up. Diane

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  57. Becca you are right, food always tastes beter when somebody else has cooked it LOL. Diane

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  58. Congrats! Linda has a wonderful blog. She won award from me, and I have to say she deserve that award.

    I'm new to your blog. I have spent some time looking around your blog. Nice blog. I'll be back to visit.

    Christine

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  59. Diane, Luck you on winning the cookbooks, more lucky when Nigel gets better at cooking and cook for you.

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  60. Christine's Pantry, you are right Linda's blog is fantastic. Diane

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  61. Quay Po Cooks you are right, it will be great when Nigel does more cooking! He is though cooking today as we are having a barbecue LOL. Diane

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  62. Love my slow cooker, I use it for pot au feu and for cooking my old chickens, 12 hours of cooking and the oldest of chickens becomes a tender meal, I've also used it for rabbit, I love eating rabbit.

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  63. Half Acre Farm. My slow cooker gets used for so many things, it will be interesting working my way through the recipe book. Diane

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