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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

BBC Good Food Show with Miele!

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I must be one of the luckiest food bloggers around! Due to other commitments, I had missed out on Miele's St. Patricks Day experience back in March, but this was an invitation to go the Summer BBC Good Food Show on a Saturday and I was free! After my fabulous experience last November with Miele, I was really looking forward to going, and it didn't disappoint.

On arriving, we were met and looked after by 3 Miele/Forever Better representatives, who I would like to say a big thank you to, and especially Steph, for all her hard work that went into organising the day.
It was brilliant getting to meet these other food bloggers:
Jules - Domestic Goddess in Training
Celine - Black Salt
Jan - What Do I Want To Cook Today
Naomi - Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried
Sylvie - A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit
Sunita - Sunita's World

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A food demonstration by Simon Rimmer

First stop was the Summer Kitchen demonstration by Simon Rimmer. It's interesting to hear the patter and see what the chefs are cooking. I would be extremely nervous, cooking in front of a massive, hungry, foodie audience - but Simon was cool, calm and very funny as he demonstrated his 3 dishes, steak tartare, a fish dish and banana tarte tatin.

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Simon cooked steak tartare

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And fish

Next up was a coffee stop behind the scenes, and a photo opportunity with the top chefs as they relaxed before their turns on the various stages.

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Seeing the gorgeous Gino D'Acampo, Simon Rimmer and the Hairy Bikers, backstage

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Hairy Bikers on stage

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Gino D'Acampo's turn

After lunch, we had time to wander around the stands before we met up at the Miele stand to see the latest in fabulous kitchen appliances.

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Look at those faces - that is serious kitchen appliance envy, from Anne, Naomi, Jan and Sylvie

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Gorgeous kitchen hob, complete with retracting salamander. In the right side of the photo is a fabulous wok cooking zone - the photo below shows the way the hob is indented to hold the wok.

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Steam ovens

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Range of ovens

Now for the most nerve-wracking and exciting part of the day! All the food bloggers got to cook at the brand new Miele Cookery Experience. Our presenter was Sophie Michell and we made steamed Thai scallops and Thai lemon sole - which was stuffed with crab, then steamed and served on top of a spicy mango salad. The food was from the sponsor Sainsbury's, and it was all cooked on beautiful Miele appliances, including the new steam ovens. We even got to sit down and eat the food at the end!

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The kitchens all laid out, ready and waiting...

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Side view of the kitchens

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The lovely Sophie Michell showing us what to do

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Jules and myself, slicing the mango (thanks for taking the photo Steph!)

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Phew, Jan is smiling - she's so laid back!

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My Thai lemon sole, stuffed with crab, then steamed and served on top of a spicy mango salad

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Sunita's gotta do what a food blogga does best!

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Myself, Anne, Jules, Sylvie, Jan and Sunita - at the end of a super day!

Time for goodbyes and a last look around the show. The traffic was kind and I was home at a reasonable hour, and of course I took my new Miele cookbook to bed, food porn at its best!

Thank you again Steph and the Miele team for a wonderful day out!

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As there are lots of photos, I'm going to do a round-up of some of the food stands and their products in the next post.

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♥Rosie♥ said...

This sounds such a great day out and how lovely to meet other foodie bloggers too nic :0)

Jan said...

Fantastic post Nic!
So good to finally meet you - it was one great day thanks to Miele!

Finla said...

I saw in sunitas place that you guys had a wonderful time.
Like i said to her i am jealous.
If i was there and i was so close to Gino my heart would be pumbing in high speed :-)

Deeba PAB said...

How fabulous. GOOD FOR YOU Nic. I'm envious as hell. You guys had a GRAND time. Thanks for sharing it. You wrote it out beauituflly. I could almost see myself in the frame slicing mangoes next to ya!! Maybe Steph cut me out...LOL! Must hav ebeen fun catching up with the other UK bloggers too...WAY TO GO!!

Naomi Devlin said...

Wow! Well done for getting all those fab photos. I'm still lusting after a steam oven, but I think I may have to be content with a tray of water in my fan oven until my Miele fairy god mother arrives!

x x x

Jules said...

Lovely to meet you on Saturday. Lovely report. Look at my concentration on cutting that mango!

Sylvie said...

Nic, it was so nice to finally meet you and all the other great food blogging ladies.

Shaheen said...

It looks like it was a wonderful day, and you got to meet other food bloggers.

Thank you for sharing. I so love the photographs and many of the recipes on your blog.

sunita said...

It was great to finally meet you too, dear Nic. Yes, I too wish we had more time to talk;the day flew by too quickly.

Snooky doodle said...

wow what a nice experience . I m so jealous! Glad you enjoyed it though.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day with old friends and new:D

chow and chatter said...

what fun happy for you

Anne said...

Lovely write-up Nic, was great to meet you again x

Cynthia said...

I read on Sunita's blog about what a great time you all had! Great stuff!

Katie said...

Wow sounds like a fantastic day. I'm so jealous you got to meet so many amazing chefs and to actually get to cook with them - wow!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time!
Lucky you!

Celine said...

What wonderful run-down of the day! Your dish looks absolutely, professionally delicious - I think they should get you to host the stage show next year! xx

diva said...

WOW. i missed it as well because i was busy but i'm loving that u went to the summer one. woohoo. love the pics. it looks like so much fun! x

Nic said...

Rosie - it was wonderful!

Jan - great to meet you too!

Happy Cook - my heart was thumping... just a little, LOL!

Deeba - wish you could have come too!

Naomi - thank you. I'm lusting after that oven too!

Jules - great to meet you too, your mango is wonderfully sliced!

Sylvie - wasn't that fun?!

mangocheeks - it is always fun to meet other bloggers. Would love to meet you too one day!

Sunita - not enough time to gossip, ha! Hope we can get together again sometime.

Snooky doodle - it was great!

Valli - nothing better....!

Chow and Chatter - wish you could have popped over too!

Anne - thank you, and lovely to see you again.

Cynthia - it would be a long way for you to come, maybe one day...

Katie - it was quite exciting!

Sophie - we did have a great time!

Celine - aw, thanks! I prefer to stand at the back and out of the way!

Diva - maybe you might get to go to the next one???

Dragana said...

What a fabulous day for you! I'd love to experience something like that, and to meet some of my fellow bloggers. Maybe the next time I'm in England!

Katiecakes said...

Argh, I love to see what food bloggers look like. I'm so very nebby!

Katie xox

LyB said...

Nic, it is so nice finally see you! I wish there were food shows like that over here, or at least some kind of way food bloggers could meet. I'll have to think of something, I guess. ;)