09 February 2011

Win a copy of Cookery School
















Cookery School is a new cookery programme airing daily on Channel 4. It stars Michelin-starred Richard Corrigan and food writer and chef Gizzi Erskine, who work with 6 amateur cooks each week. Each day the students have to master 3 dishes in the hope of making it through to the final.

If you have missed the show so far, you can catch up on 4od or on You Tube. I have missed it on tv so far, as I am at work when it is on, but I watched the episode where they make Lemon Posset on You Tube and It looks like a great show.

I picked up a great tip whilst I was watching the students making their desserts. If you need to cool down a dessert really quickly, pop the bowl in a bigger bowl that is filled with iced water and salt. The chemical reaction makes the water even colder for a really quick chill.

Here is Richard's recipe for the Lemon Posset and what he says about it.

Richard: "I really rate this pudding. Who wants a crème brulée when you can have a posset? They are just so English; they always make me think of the north of England in particular. Possets date from medieval times when they were hot milk drinks curdled with ale and considered both a remedy for colds and an aid to good sleep. I love the way the punchy, refreshing smell of lemon translates on to your hands as you make this dish. When you’re zesting the lemon, keep your hand on the top of the lemon because the grater is very sharp; it does enjoy meeting fingers"

















Richard Corrigan's Lemon Posset

Ingredients

600ml double cream
140g caster sugar
Grated zest and juice of 2 unwaxed lemons


For the butter shortbread

255g plain flour, sifted
170g salted butter, diced and kept cold
125g caster sugar, plus extra to dust


Method


1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas mark 3. Heat the cream and sugar to scalding point, not boiling, in a small saucepan. While still on the heat, whisk in the lemon zest and juice and bring to the boil for 30 seconds, whisking all the time.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and put to one side for the posset mixture to cool. When cool, pour into 4 small (150ml) glasses, then refrigerate until set. This should take around 30 minutes.

3. To make the shortbread, whizz the flour, butter and caster sugar together in a food processor, until the mixture comes together. Alternatively you can do this with your hands by rubbing the mixture together between your fingertips and then lightly pressing it together to form a ball – don’t overwork the dough at this stage. Turn out on to a sheet of non-stick greaseproof paper and roll out to ½cm thick using a floured rolling pin. Using a 5cm round pastry cutter, cut out rounds of dough and carefully transfer to a baking sheet lined with more greaseproof paper. Sprinkle with some extra caster sugar and bake in the preheated oven for 10–15 minutes or until lightly golden. Once out of the oven allow the shortbread rounds to rest for 10 minutes.

4. Serve the posset chilled, accompanied by the warm shortbread.

Serves 4

I have one copy of the Cookery School cookbook which ties in with the series, to give away to one lucky reader. The book is designed to be a written cookery school. You simply work your way through the chapters, gaining skills as you go. Now I know you are all great cooks anyway, but I also know you love food and cookery books, so I know you will be tempted.

If you would like to win a copy of the cookbook, then simply leave a comment. If you don't have a blog, then be sure to leave your name and email address. This competition is open until 10am on Sunday 27th February 2011. Unfortunately this competition is only open to readers living in the UK.

Disclosure Statement: I received this book free from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

63 comments:

  1. Wow! These shows are on You Tube, that's great news. Ever since I left UK I miss these Cookery shows a lot. Lemon Posset looks simply amazing. Although I watched lots of recipes from Richard Corrigan at the moment the one which attracts me a lot is this lemon posset.

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  2. Brioche donuts filled with apple compôte


    has to be a dessert
    (russell hide)jademariehide-comp@yahoo.co.uk

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  3. :-( I can't take part in the competition then

    That said I really like Richard Corrigan... he was on Great British Menu a while ago, wasn't he? Came across as a lovely guy!

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  4. I really like the look of Gizzi's Black sticky ginger bread - rich and dark, the way it ought to be. You shouldn't have got me looking at all those delicious recipes :)

    givinganswers [@] googlemail [dot] com

    @happyfox

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  5. Your programmes is making me put on weight!! I have a diiner party at the end of the month so I will try and make the lemon posset for it as I have never tried one before. It could all go horribly wrong, but it makes a good talking point doesn't it? :O)
    Ply them with wine... that's what I say.

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  7. Sorry, I'm rubbish at this - will try again!

    I've just stumbled across your blog whilst looking for new veggie ideas to boost my (becoming more) limited repetoire - feel inspired already!

    thanks for the giveaway too - great blog!

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  8. This looks like it could be fun. I'd work my way through, talking to myself pretending I was in Julie & Julia :p

    Katie xox

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  9. My creaking shelves protest but I say one can never have enough cookbooks. :)

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  10. Oh Jacqueline, This is so kind of you and how How can I resist an opportunity to win a book than can give me some insight into the cheffy world.

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  12. I never know how Gizzi manages to look so glam while she's cooking!

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  13. Wish I lived in the UK to enter your contest! This dessert looks delicious! I love lemon anything!

    If you need a break stop by for some more dessert. LOL!! It's decadent!

    I've enjoyed my visit today!

    Mary

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  14. I have been watching this programme and particularly love the puds and desserts. I'm going to try Richard Corrigan's Lemon Posset because it includes the grated zest of a lemon, which I usually leave out.

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  15. I can't enter, but I'm loving that possett, Jacqueline!

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  16. Id love to enter this comp! I love your blog!

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  17. I love to hear about a new cooking show. I'll definitely be catching up on 4od.

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  18. I LOVE COOK BOOKS! And this one sounds fab fab fab!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Maggy

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  19. I LOVE COOK BOOKS! And this one sounds fab fab fab!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Maggy

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  20. I love your blog & all the recipes, everything looks delicious!
    I would love to win this book
    Helen
    @jessies_online
    http://jessiescrazykitchen.blogspot.com/

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  21. Ooo, I do like a nice lemon posset. One of my favourite desserts actually even though I've never made it. Think I'll have a go now I have a recipe!
    I love this show & really want to win this!
    @notsuchayummum

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  22. Fabulous idea for a cookbook! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. I love down to earth cookery books like this that are really easy to follow and create delicious dishes.

    I would like to enter :-)

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  24. please enter me! You can never have too many cookery books, this looks great

    @ashlallan

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  25. Ohh didn't know Gizzi was doing a new show. If you haven't already you should check out her other books- they're full of recipes you use over and over. I hope i win to add to my collection.
    Thanks for the giveaway :) xx
    @medsdemon

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  26. Please enter me

    I would love to win a cookbook.I love cooking for my family


    szmarzena@yahoo.co.uk

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  27. Really nice competition, thanks for running this. Really love to cook up some cool stuff :)
    lordswood@blueyonder.co.uk
    Andrew

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  28. I enjoy Gizzi and Richard's contrasting styles, and would love to win this exciting book! Thanks

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  29. Cookery books that teach the basics are the best!

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  30. Such a simplistic dessert that I am sure tastes fabulous. I have always been a big fan of Richard Corrigan and have been to his London restaurant.

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  31. My secret vice - cookery books! This one looks so different, would love to add it my collection.

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  32. Your blog looks great - and that dessert, so delicious. I'd love to enter your comp for the book please! Email: fluffyblueberry@gmail.com Name: Natalie Holland. Thanks :)

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  33. One more cookery book couldn't hurt. Maybe this will be the one...

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  34. Alistair RichardsonFriday, 25 February, 2011

    My teenage daughter is really getting into cooking now and this book may be just the inspiration she needs.

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  35. Would love to win this - please enter me into the competition.
    laurastewardcomp@hotmail.co.uk

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  36. would love to win this, please count me in

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  37. I'd love to win this

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  38. I do a lot of baking for home and my sons School charity events, always looking for new ideas, this books sounds great..x

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  39. Love to win a this cookbook so that I can improve and vary my cooking.

    Thank you for the giveaway

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  40. I would love to win this, please include me.

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  41. Id love to win this i am a bit of a cookbookaholic!

    Helen

    freyamae2000@yahoo.co.uk

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  42. Wow what a great giveaway! I recently blogged about Gizzi Erskine and her cookery book 'Gizzi's Kitchen Magic' and I adore her, so this would be an awesome prize :)
    Slowly building up my cookery book selection too!
    Great blog

    rebeccajlsk@gmail.com

    xo

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  43. Great prize, would come in really handy, I have just started blogging about food

    http://catchingupwiththeclarkes.blogspot.com/

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  44. I love shortbread but never realized how easy it is to make i will be trying this tomorrow!

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  45. I just LOVE FOOD!!! & of course cookery books!

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  46. I can't believe there's a cookery show that I've been missing! Must catch up - and mark it in the TV mag so I won't miss it. Anyone who has seen my blog recently will know about my cookery book collection - my life story is defined by my books!
    I'm @janesgrapevine on Twitter

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  47. Gizzi, most people are competent. You should try and see Corrigan's point of view when he is looking for genius!

    arabellabazley at gmail dot com

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  48. Great giveaway. Count me in! Much thanks. @xcrossthepond

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  49. I didn't know about that chilling method. Looks like there is always something new you can learn about cooking....

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  50. I'd really love to win.
    I'm so bad at just sticking to recipes I know.

    Sandy Hallett

    sandy.bunny@hotmail.co.uk

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  51. I love spending time in the kitchen cooking with my kids

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  52. i love the recipes and as a vegan there's actually something for me to cook, and it inspires me to cook for my non-vegan family. keep it up nmmnmnnm

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  53. Yes Pleasey lemon of squeezey!

    acc@sanger.ac.uk

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  54. Recipe looks great! Got lemons in this weeks veg box, and i've been wondering what to do with them. This might be it!

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  55. This would be superb for my daughter who is just starting to cook for her boyfriend.

    I am @beachrambler on Twitter

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  56. Love the show...would love to win the book!

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  57. sounds yummy! Please enter me into the competition! @racheletitley

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  58. My fiance and I have just bought our first home and we're slowly doing it up before we move in. I'd love for this book to be in my kitchen cupboards as a great guide to yummy meals to start us off on our new life together!

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  59. love the programme and have recorded the rest of the series so I can watch it when I get home from work. Brilliant and inspirational. Sheila
    brady@quantum4545.freeserve.co.uk

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