Monday, April 21, 2014

What's in Your Picnic Basket?

Is it picnic weather yet (still?) in your corner of the globe? We are opening up our Nigel Slater cookbooks and online recipes to find out...


What's in Your Picnic Basket?!?

Wherever and however you 'picnic'--whether at the beach, on the porch or lanai, in a park--or, if the weather where you live isn't quite picnic-worthy--maybe it's a blanket on the living room floor..., there is sure to be an easy to 'port' Nigel recipe that is right for you!  

Just make sure you use a Nigel Slater recipe from online or one of his books and be sure to post it by Sunday, April 27th

Please remember to link a thumbnail image of your dish and don't forget leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

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If you didn't get a chance to experience last week's Potluck, stop by and check out the fabulous dishes everyone made!


Monday, April 14, 2014

April Potluck!



 It's Potluck Week! 

Choose any Nigel Slater recipe you like, or if you prefer take the opportunity to revisit any one of our previous nine IHCC chefs:

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay

That makes for a veritable smorgasbord of English, American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern and "modern Australian" recipes to choose from.

To join in just post and link your April Potluck dish from any one of our IHCC chefs by Sunday, April 20th.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Fit For A Brit theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the glorious British dishes everyone made.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fit For A Brit!

Fit for a Brit

Whether you imagine something as simple as strawberries and cream (who could imagine Wimbledon without it?), or full on roast beef with yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings, this week we're cooking up classic British dishes with our new IHCC chef, Nigel Slater.

So get those cookbooks out or look at any of the appropriate online sources, choose any Nigel Slater recipe that you think would be Fit For A Brit!, and post your dish by Sunday 13 April.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image below, and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Welcome Toast to Nigel Slater theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the wonderful dishes everyone made.


Monday, March 31, 2014

A Welcome 'Toast' to Nigel Slater!

It's time to welcome our newest IHCC Chef...

Nigel Slater!

"No matter how bad things get, it's impossible not to love someone who made you toast. Once you've bitten through that crusty surface, to the softer underneath and tasted the warm salty butter, you're lost forever."--Young Nigel Slater, Toast



Time to make a dish to welcome Nigel! You don't have to welcome him with toast, or even a drink to toast with--you can welcome him with any dish you want. Just make sure you use a Nigel Slater recipe from online or one of his books and be sure to post it by Sunday, April 6th

Please remember to link a thumbnail image of your dish and don't forget leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

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New to IHCC?  Need help linking up? Check out our Welcome page. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you didn't get a chance to see how we said goodbye to Donna, check out the Catch Ya Later Donna Hay post and check out the fabulous Donna dishes and roundups!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Catch Ya Later Donna Hay!


It's so hard to believe our six months with Donna Hay are coming to an end this week!  Donna certainly excels at simple fuss-free food and I think we can all agree it's been a very pleasant six months.  As we say Catch Ya Later Donna Hay, feel free to make any dish you've been wanting to make, and/or, share a roundup of your favorite Donna Hay dishes.  

Make and post your Catch Ya Later Donna Hay dish, and or recipe roundup, on or by Sunday, March 30th.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.
Next week, we will be welcoming in our new chef, Nigel Slater!! Hooray!! Changes will be taking place to the IHCC site this week as we transition over to our new chef.  

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our March Potluck theme, be sure to click on the links and check out all the glorious potluck dishes everyone made.

**photo credit: donnahay.com.au

Monday, March 17, 2014

March Potluck!

Oh, yes ... we all love a Potluck around here!

IHCC Potluck Badge

And, what's not to love, when Potluck means not only do you get to choose the recipe, but you also get to choose the chef.

That's right, choose any donna hay recipe you like, or if you prefer take the opportunity to revisit any one of our previous eight IHCC chefs:

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi

That makes for a veritable smorgasbord of English, American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern and "modern Australian" recipes to choose from.

To join in just post and link your March Potluck dish from any one of our IHCC chefs by Sunday 23 March.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Eating of the Green theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the glorious green dishes everyone made.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Eating of the Green! (+ New IHCC Chef Announcement!)

If the wearing of the green on St. Paddy's Day is considered good luck--then the
Eating of the Green must mean you will be very fortunate (and healthy) all year long!


This week we are celebrating Donna Hay recipes that are green or feature or use green-hued ingredients. 
 
There are plenty of gorgeously green foods to choose from so pick your favorite and post it by Sunday, March 16th

Please remember to link a thumbnail image of your dish and don't forget leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up? Check out our Welcome page. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you didn't get a chance to see the fabulous noodly dishes everyone made for Noodles, Noodles, Everywhere! last week be sure to click on the links and check out all the fabulous pasta concoctions that everyone made.

***The Votes Are In!***

As you can see from the poll on the side bar, popular U.K. cook and author Nigel Slater has been selected as our next IHCC chef starting March 31st! (Themes for the first 5 weeks are on the sidebar!)

Original photo from The Guardian

His website sums up his cooking style so well, we had to share it:

Author, columnist, diarist and broadcaster, he remains very much an amateur cook. Nigel is not a chef and has no restaurant or commercial connections. His food is understated, handcrafted home cooking that is easy to accomplish and without a trace of what he affectionately calls 'celebrity cheffery'. He is not fond of fussy food and prefers simple suppers made with care and thought. He believes that making something good to eat for your self or for others can lift the spirits in the way little else can.

"There is something quietly civilizing about sharing a meal with other people. The simple act of making someone something to eat, even a bowl of soup or a loaf of bread, has a many-layered meaning. It suggests an act of protection and caring, of generosity and intimacy. It is in itself a sign of respect." 

If you don't know Nigel yet, you can start checking out his many recipes at the three links below:

Kitchen at www.nigelslater.com
  
Happy Cooking!

Looking Forward to seeing how you are Eating of the Green this week!