17 Aug 2009

My first giveaway!

Since the release of Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache I've been lusting after Harry Eastwood's newest venture into healthy baking. I'd go into borders, pull up a stool and drool longingly over the beautiful photography and the mouthwateringly delicious cakes for hours. Eventually I thought enough was enough, after all I was starting to get funny looks from the staff. I bought the book and have poured over it ever since. Mere days after my purchase a friend tells me they have acquired a free copy and would I like it. Naturally I thought of you, dear readers. And here we have it, my first giveaway. A brand new copy of Harry's beauty of a cookbook, Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache.


You have 2 ways to enter, first of all I'd like you to leave a comment telling me of the most unusual ingredient you have, or would like to bake with and how you would use it. If you want to leave a link to a specific blog post I'd love to see.

Secondly, tell someone about the give away. Tweet it/blog it/yell it from the roof tops, whatever you want just make sure leave a comment letting me know what you've done. And don't forget to link it back to this post ;) The winner will be chosen at random from a generator so enter twice, once with your ingredient and once with your promotion of the giveaway to maximize your chances.

This competition is open to EVERYONE (I rang the post office and found it wasn't as expensive to post to the USA as I first though, the website lied) only and will run till August 24th. Winners will be announced Tuesday 25th of August!

Good luck guys :D

55 comments:

Owen's Mom said...

...sniff... wish I lived in the UK! The cake pic from the book looks delicious. I am going to see if this is available in the US. Thanks for calling my attention to it. :)

Katiecakes said...

Haha, I'm so sorry but when I priced the shipping to America it cost more than the actual book.

You should deffo check it out. Harry uses a variety of veg in her cakes so you can diet and eat cake :)

Katie xox

Janice said...

How kind of you to offer this book, it looks fabulous. I do love a cookbook that you can really read, not just cook from IYSWIM!

I have a blogpost that might interest you, you can see it HERE

I'll blog your giveaway on both my blogs so hope you get some extra traffic :)

Janice said...

oops forgot to tell you about unusual ingredients. I have made a chocolate and beetroot cake.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

This looks like a fantastic book, Katie, and how sweet of you to do a giveaway! I love my UK cookbooks and recipe sources. As for unusual ingredients, I'm pretty much drawing a blank. I do love to put black pepper in my spices when I bake, and I always thought the Coca Cola cake was odd (made that one long ago)

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I'm back to tell you I re-tweeted your giveaway!

Jenny said...

Well, I put salt in EVERYTHING which some people find strange! I think the oddest ingredient I've baked with is parsnip, it works in a similar way to carrot cake.

The Bahens said...

I can't actually think of anything super odd that I've baked with. But the chocolate cakes with mayonnaise always gross me out a little and I have to talk myself into eating them. Even though I love chocolate cake and I love mayo...just not together! I've eaten Ostrich before. Does that count?! It was delicious, by the way!

Annie said...

I totally just put your giveaway on my facebook page. I would love to win this book! Thanks!

Jenny said...

I made a dish with dill in it last week. I guess dill isn't really that odd, but for some reason I didn't make the connection between dill and pickles! Ha! So when we took a bite it was like "OH!!!"

Thanks for the giveaway!

Choclette said...

I saw this book in shop when I was visiting London recently and have been pondering buying it. A lovely idea to give it to one of us.

I regularly use fairly unusual ingredients in my cakes and have tried several different types of flour - quinoa flour being one of them. I want to make a chili chocolate cake, but haven't got around to that one yet. My blog on cooking with chocolate is:
http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/

Mary Teresa said...

Oddest ingredient that I'd love to bake with...Probably beer. Lol. They have some great flavored beers out there thing's like cherry and blueberry. Yum!

Mrs. G said...

That sounds like a great book. I think lavendar would be good in cake. I've heard it being in chocolate but not cake.

Frieda said...

Um, unusual ingredient? I'm a timid baker/cook, but I love to bake anything bread related. I'm not great at making/baking cakes, so a book would definitely be helpful!

HanaĆ¢ said...

The strangest ingredient I've used in baking would have to be cayenne pepper. I used it to make "hot brownies" and I also used it to make "spicy peanut brittle" (hubby's favorite). When I tell people, everybody finds it weird until they try it. Then they love it and want more, ha ha.

Thanks for doing the giveaway, Katie. That book looks wonderful.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hmm... I'm pretty unadventurous with baking, it seems, reading other's comments! The weirdest thing I want to bake with is zucchini! Can you believe it! Somehow, the thought kinda puts me off, but I realllly want to try it!

Sarah said...

Beet root powder. I attempted to make a red velvet cake without food coloring, and used beet root powder. It was not good. I'm going to tinker with it some more, though, because I think my proportions were off...

nutmegnanny said...

What a great giveaway! My fingers and toes will be crossed I win;) The most unusual thing I made was a vinegar pie. It actually tasted great but the idea of a vinegar pie freaked me out at first.

Flourchild said...

Katie I will tell everyone on my blog about your giveaway! Thank you. If I could pick any ingredient to cook with it would be the worlds most exspensive chocolate I could possibly fine! I would proubably make brownies or cake with it.

Karin said...

So I don't live in the UK but I'll comment on this anyway... I made brownies with black beans in them last week (from Heidi Swanson's blog 101 Cookbooks). I also have tapioca flour I bought to make pao de queso, which I haven't gotten around to using yet...

Joby said...

The cover on the book is making me drool, would love to delve into the pages.
The ingredient I must try is a chocolate cake with chilli powder. I have tried a Chicken Mole in a mexican restaurant in London with chocolate added to savoury, so sure the sweet way round would be good.

I also would love to try a cake with courgette as I believe its as moist and sweet like carrot cake.
Thanks
Following.

Lauren said...

Vital Wheat Gluten! It can be used to greatly improve bakery products. It is the gluten in wheat flour that is responsible for the chewy feature of bread. It is a functional protein that provides additional qualities to the dough when used in baked goods. Wheat flour contains some natural gluten but often not to the extent desired. Many baked goods benefit from the addition of vital wheat gluten. The effect on the bread is remarkable. *Use 1 Tbsp in your next bread recipe!!

Rosy said...

Hey Katie,

I have to say, I was so disappointed not to get to do the truffles this week - my book only just arrived today! Silly amazon... I really love earl grey truffles, although I guess they're not that unusual, but also desperately wanted to see how infusing the cream with cardamom worked out - huge fan of cardamom in sweet things and figured it could be interesting! I will give it a try soon and post about it, I promise! R x

Rosy said...

ps I've also done a blog post to publicise! http://www.rosylipsandlavender.com/2009/08/katiecakes-first-giveaway.html

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

I made cookies once and used baby food as an ingredient - I think it was sweet potatoes maybe. It grossed my brother out & he still asks me today if I have added any baby food to my cookies before he eats them :)

spike. said...

That book looks fun! I dont know about an unusual ingredient- it's not exotic but I've always wanted to make one of those cakes with coca cola in it. Cheezy american invention but...

I'll link to your contest on my next blog post! so fun

Angela said...

How about - Cold Mashed potatoes - to make Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties
* 1 cup mashed potatoes
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons melted butter
* 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
* 8 cups icing sugar
* 8 (1 oz) squares plain chocolate
* 2 tablespoons softened butter
DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, salt, butter, and peppermint extract. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar; mix in enough to make a workable dough, between 6 and 8 cups.
2. Knead slightly, and roll into cherry-size balls. Flatten balls to form patties. Arrange on sheets of wax paper, and allow to dry overnight.
3. Place chocolate and softened butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Dip patties in melted chocolate, and let cool on wax paper.

Angela said...

How about - Cold Mashed potatoes - to make Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties
* 1 cup mashed potatoes
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons melted butter
* 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
* 8 cups icing sugar
* 8 (1 oz) squares plain chocolate
* 2 tablespoons softened butter
DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, salt, butter, and peppermint extract. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar; mix in enough to make a workable dough, between 6 and 8 cups.
2. Knead slightly, and roll into cherry-size balls. Flatten balls to form patties. Arrange on sheets of wax paper, and allow to dry overnight.
3. Place chocolate and softened butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Dip patties in melted chocolate, and let cool on wax paper.

Angela said...

Posted a link on my blog here
http://angalmond.blogspot.com/2009/08/weird-and-wonderful.html

Jessi said...

The strangest I've encountered in my own kitchen was probably this set of pasta that 'looked' like spaghetti, but when it was cooked, it was actually hollow, so you could blow through it, etc. It was impossible to "slurp" the stuff, but hilarious to watch the kids try.

georgiaface said...

I tried to make a chocolate and beetroot cake but to be honest, failed. Instead of having the beetroot in the mixture I really wanted to have a layer at the bottom, but I can't get it to work. And Ste would never eat it. Sigh.

See I need a book like this to prevent my failures.

However, aside from cakes, I use dark chocolate in everything I make that involves beef. Literally everything. If I'm going for chinese flavours I'll use a square of lindt dark choc with ginger, if it's chilli, I use half a bar of chilli chocolate.

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

You are starting out with a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win.
The most unusual ingredient in my pantry is saffron (although I'm used to it since childhood). I love it, and only a tiny pinch is needed to bring out a whole new world of flavor.
I've also tried bacon & chocolate (surprisingly better than it sounds); truffle oil, olive oil, and garlic ice creams; and chili chocolate. I love to at least try new flavors and new ingredients, to experiment, even if it turns out I didn't like them or I prefer the traditional versions better. It's wonderful when I find something I love or when I'm pleasantly surprised.

Jenna Z said...

The most unusual ingredient I have in my kitchen is probably Ener-G egg replacer. It's really a pretty good solution for baking without eggs, I believe it's made with tapioca.

Sarah said...

I posted a link to your giveaway on my blog:
http://blueridgebaker.blogspot.com/2009/08/twd-applesauce-spice-bars.html

Nina said...

I really don't think that I bake with unusual ingredients. I tend to stay away from things that I know that my friends wont like - which is anything healthy. haha. matcha powder? It's unusual because its like instant green tea powder, but it's really good to use for green tea flavored things. like cupcakes and cookies!

♥Rosie♥ said...

What a great Giveaway Katiecakes!! I would just L-O-V-E to own this book!! Thank you for the chance to win :0)

My ingredient would have to be beetroot because I have been pondering on making a red velvet cake without all the red colouring. Hopefully the beetroot would stain the sponge enough and with veggies included it’s got to be healthy don’t you think ???

Hilary said...

I just came here from UKFBA. You have the sweetest blog! I don't bake with a lot of 'strange' ingredients but I had planned to make a sweet avocado cheesecake for a Daring Bakers challenge, then chickened out and went with pumpkin. I would still like to incorporate avocado into the sweet kitchen somehow!

mangocheeks said...

Hi Katie,
I came over for a nose from Tinned Tomatoes.

Well I have cooked with what I think are unusual ingredients in baking such as cola, lemon thyme, courgettes, beetroot, avocado, butternut squash and more recently a parsnip and rosemary cake.

But last year, my mother gave me some precious Gold Leaf paper to decorate my wedding cake, which I never used. I am looking forward to making either an autumnal walnut cake; or a luxurious chocolate cake, both with a touch of bling bling.

mangocheeks said...

Hi Katie,

Just writing to let you know Ihave posted about your give away on my blog. Now you know how much I want to get my mitts on that book

http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/08/unusual-baking-ingredients.html

Jennifer said...

What a great giveaway, Katie!!! :)

My most unusual ingredient...hmmm...everyone seems to think that the mashed potatos in my donuts are strange but let me tell you...amazing!!! I blogged about it here: http://maplencornbread.blogspot.com/2009/07/tato-nuts.html

jillbert said...

The book sounds great! The most unusual ingredient I've used in baking is potatoes, which are used in a Chocolate Potato Torte. It's a very dense chocolate cake, and you'd never know there were potatoes in it if you were eating it. It's not at all healthy!

apparentlyjessy said...

Ooooh so I can join in now!? Awesome!
I would like to try the mayonnaise chocolate cake I have seen circulating the blogging world, one day I will pluck up the courage!

Reeni♥ said...

The most unusual ingredient I've baked with recently is green tomatoes. And they were so delicious mixed into corn muffin batter.

Reeni♥ said...

I tweeted it for you!
http://twitter.com/CinnamonSpice

Nora said...

Hi Katie, I've sent you a little award - go and see my blog! Does that increase my chances in the giveaway!? My unusual ingredient is apple butter and I plan to make some sticky apple butter biscuits.

Heather said...

I would love to try and bake with flowers or flower extract.


http://www.heatherskitchenconcoctions.com/

Natural Mama Reviews said...

this book looks great- i bake with veggies a lot: pupkin, squash, carrots, beets, etc.. My husband thinks its odd, but they all taste yummy when baked up with sweet stuff.

Kaitlin said...

Probably truffles. Not that they're a strange ingredients but I don't think they're in most people's pantries. My boyfriend brought me some back from a trip to Italy.

Tracey said...

What a fun giveaway Katie! I've not heard of this book but it sounds wonderful. It's not terribly unusual, but I've always wanted to bake with matcha powder, if for no other reason than it's pretty green color :) I'd probably make cupcakes.

Katie said...

I've been dying to get my hands on this book! The most unusal ingredient I have is some ground liquorice root. I got it from a chinese supermarket and haven't decided how to bake with it yet.

Swee San said...

i hope its not too late.
i'd love to incorporate miso or kim chi in cakes / dessert. That would really put a kick!

junyl6 said...

Hi Katie - I'm desperately hoping it's not too late to throw my bid in!! (It's gone midnight our time.. but umm, not across the rest of the blogosphere..!!) I gave a shout out and offered my 'unusual ingredient' pick (Mochiko - Japanese glutinous rice flour) here: http://sweettherapie.wordpress.com/
so have a look if you've got a spare moment some time..
I've been dying to get my hands on Harry Eastwood's book so I'm crossing my fingers that your random generator will throw out my name!
See you next sunday for SMS xxx

junyl6 said...

Hi Katie! Hope it's not too late to get my bid in!! (It's gone midnight in the UK.. but er.. not across the blogosphere!) I posted a shout out and offered my pick for most unusual ingredient (Mochiko - a Japanese glutinous rice flour) here:
http://sweettherapie.wordpress.com/
So have a look if you get a spare moment some time!
I've been dying to get my hands on Harry's book so I'm crossing my fingers that your random generator will throw out my name!!
See you next sunday for SMS
XXXX

notmicrowavesafe said...

I'm probably too late for the giveaway, but this is such a fun question I'll comment anyway. I think the oddest ingredient I've ever baked with was maybe coconut flour, in a cookie recipe from Elyse. Aside from that, my tendency to throw ground flaxseed into baked goods is probably pretty odd!

Anyway, thanks for throwing the giveaway, what a sweet idea!

Fit Chick said...

The unusual ingredient I have is Leaf Lard and I just got it today! It is pure lard, no off taste, like the stuff in the red box. It is supposed to the the "bees knees" for pastry and such. Can't wait to use it.