Mama OWL Blog: WIN The Family Kitchen Cookbook

WIN The Family Kitchen Cookbook

Thursday, 3 October 2013


Regular readers of my blog will know how much effort I put in to my family's mealtimes - from the weekly meal planning to my new found enjoyment of Bento style lunchboxes. I also encourage and teach the children to be able to cook and bake for themselves, and make sure that we eat our evening meals together as a family whenever we can. To me, mealtimes are as important as what you put on the plate and they are worth taking time over & thinking about. I'm not talking whipping up a 3 course meal every evening, and like everyone else we have an emergency bag of chips in the freezer or sometimes we grab a takeaway but I try my hardest to give them the best that I am able to.

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to review the Family Kitchen Cookbook by Caroline Bretherton (RRP £25) published by DK.com. As part of my Autumn Bucket List I have added wanting to 'try new recipes' so this was perfect for us, the first thing I made using the book was a delicious fruit crumble!

Every parent knows that when it comes to feeding a family, cooking a delicious meal is just half the battle as you grapple with shopping, menu planning and trying to please everyone. More than just a recipe book, Family Kitchen Cookbook offers practical advice on tackling all those daily concerns to help you transform the way you manage your kitchen and cook for your family and friends. 

This book is my new kitchen bible. Containing more recipes than I think I could ever cook as well as tips on shopping, meal planning, batch cooking & freezing and making the most of leftovers, there is almost nothing that the Family Kitchen Cookbook doesn't cover.
There is something for everyone including some great ideas for teatime treats and tips for when you have unexpected guests, in addition to a section about party food which is fabulous for me with the amount of birthdays we celebrate in a year in our house.
Each recipe is written in detail with step by step instructions and a beautiful photograph of the mouthwatering end result. I know I am gushing but I am genuinely impressed by what this book has to offer and we have enjoyed some delicious treats as a result of our efforts using these recipes - last weekend we made our own pizzas for dinner and then enjoyed a delicious cinnamon apple pie for dessert afterwards, with apples picked from the neighbour's tree (we had permission, there was no scrumping going on!).
The Family Kitchen Cookbook is a great addition to my library and one that I will refer to again and again, this week's meal plan consists almost entirely of recipes from the book. There are some great practical tips & ideas for last minute desserts and meals too, when the kids asked for a dessert after our roast dinner I had a quick look at what I had in the cupboards & managed to present them with a treacle sponge in less than half an hour (despite the fact that one of them smashed my pudding basin & I still haven't replaced it) which went down a treat with some custard.
DK UK would like to offer one lucky reader of my blog the chance to WIN a copy of the Family Kitchen Cookbook!

You do not need to have a blog to enter or leave a comment on this blog, simply use the name/URL or 'anonymous' option from the drop-down list, and please make sure that your name is in your comment if you use these options.
  • Competitions are open to UK residents only.
  • The giveaway ends on October 31st 2013.
  • All entries will be verified before the winner is announced.
  • If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.
  • The winner will receive their prize directly from DK.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
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188 comments:

  1. I love making Sunday dinners - especially roast beef with Yorkshire puddings!

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  2. Caribbean Chicken with rice and salad

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  3. Our fav family meal are pulled pork sarnies, with home-made BBQ Sauce and home-made slaw with a jacket potato. We all help to make this family feast

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  4. I like making beef stew and dumplings.

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  5. We all love stew & it's so easy to make which is a big plus for me

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  6. We all love a proper dinner - meat and loads of veg!

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  7. I make a good old fashioned broth and dumplings when my family visit...I love making it as its so easy all the way from using ham/bacon bones to adding the seasoning!

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  8. I love making a good old fashioned broth and dumplings when my family visit. It's so easy to make all the way from cooking the bacon/ham bones to adding the seasoning!

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  9. sheppards pie

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  10. The weekend roast dinner

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  11. lee_laura_love@hotmail.co.uk3 October 2013 at 10:38

    it is my special shepards pie! Secret ingredients of all the veg i can chuck in!

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  12. Cauliflower Cheese.

    Rachel Craig

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  13. Sunday Roast Dinner

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  14. Has to be chilli cottage pie.

    stacey.tripconey@yahoo.com

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  15. Home made soup

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  16. Diet coke chicken!

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  17. Diet Coke chicken!

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  18. Diet coke chicken!

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  19. I don't do the cooking, hubby does. But the favourite in this house is Pork Schnitzel with Austrian Potato Salad and Austrian Green Bean Salad. Thank God his Austrian mum taught him to cook. It's heaven here.

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  20. stew and dumplings :)

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  21. Homemade pizza and garlic bread.

    @rachiegr

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  22. Spaghetti bolognaise

    AShleigh

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  23. I love making breakfast. It's an opportunity to get my family fuelled up.

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  24. roast beef, yorkshires and veg

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  25. Shepherd's pie topped with carrot & swede mash

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  26. My homemade meat and potato pie

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  27. My signature dish is cottage pie x

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  28. A roast dinner

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  29. Roast Chicken and all the trimmings

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  30. Steamed Steak & Kidney Pudding with our home grown seasonal veg

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  31. BBQ Pulled Pork, Baked beans & Cornbread

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  32. Mozzarella and tomato pasta bake!

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  33. Pizza - made from scratch with everyone getting to choose their toppings.

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  34. A big roast dinner or the standard spag bol!

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  35. Chicken Chasseur :)
    Spencer Broadley
    s.broad@hotmail.co.uk

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  36. Tuna pasta bake or a roast chicken dinner!

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  37. Tuna pasta bake or a roast chicken dinner!

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  38. My pasta bake!! Never gets wasted and am always asked for more!!!

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  39. WE love a spaghetti bolognese in this house :)))

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  40. Beef stew in the slow cooker. Everybody loves it.

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  41. Hmm I love trying new things all the time, although I have to say making healthy home made spelt flour pizza's is going down a treat

    Laura x

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  42. Pam Francis Gregory9 October 2013 at 19:09

    Chicken Madras

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  43. Leek and pasta bake - a great veggie standby!

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  44. I like to cook Shepherds pie =)

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  45. lasagne is a favorite in my house

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  46. Potato and keema rice! Yummy!

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  47. Mushroom Risotto

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  48. Green Thai curry with rice

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  49. I love making potato hash with red cabbage :)

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  50. I like to make lasagne and alter it a bit with different meat or vegetables.
    Sam@happyhomebird

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  51. We like spag bol with garlic bread :)

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  52. Lasagne. Always goes does very well with my family.

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  53. Greek yoghurt melt in the mouth chicken :)

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  54. cottage pie because I know everyone loves it and theres never any waste

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  55. We like doing casseroles and stews as there are lots of little jobs to do and I can pass over the job of throwing all of the ingredients into the pot to the little ones!

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  56. we all love a good tapas night in our house!

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  57. Summer Chilli - Turkey mince instead of beef and green beans instead of kidney beans :)

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  58. Spaghetti Bolognaise

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  59. Cottage pie (if I've got plenty of time) or macaroni cheese (if short of time)

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  60. roast chicken with all the trimmings

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  61. Traditional Lancashire Hotpot

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  62. meatballs and pasta is a fave in our house!

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  63. would have to be eitehr mince beef and dumplings or corned beef pie. not to mention fresh cakes and choc chip cookies.

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  64. Kirstyslow@hotmail.co.uk

    Sunday roast

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  65. Cottage Pie with sweet potato mash topping

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  66. Sunday Raost, especially chicken.

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  67. Corned Beef Hash is a family favourite.

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  68. Home made Chicken curry with rice, home made chapatis and home made onion bhajis!

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  69. Roast chicken with all the trimmings

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  70. Roast chicken with all the trimmings

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  71. Pamela says rissotto

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  72. Vegetarian spaghetti Bolognaise

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  73. sausage cassarole, its easy yummy and great for leftovers! all you gotta do is pop it in the microwave!

    bshorting@ymail.com

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  74. I love making lasagne for my family

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  75. As a family we love toad in the hole with mash and ve

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  76. Steve Miles @Accept_No_Bull29 October 2013 at 22:26

    Chicken curry

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  77. Mmmm toad in the hole with onion gravy and greens x

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  78. Home made Indian Tandoori Chicken

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  79. macaroni cheese and home made garlic bread.

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  80. I love making a tasty roast dinner for my lovely family, complete with all the trimmings :-)

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  81. Macaroni cheese with peas, sweetcorn, chorizo and bits of hot dog in!

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  82. My daughter loves my homemade chicken pie...yum yum!!

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  83. sausage and butter bean casserole in the slow cooker!

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  84. chichkem curry
    lisa ann tebbutt

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  85. favourite in my house is monce, potatoes and dumplings

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