Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Friday, 26 August 2011

As some of you may know, my brother Gareth is a fellow foodie and Masterchef contestant. Last year he took part in American BBQ competition in Penslyvannia and this weekend - despite the predicted hurricanes in New York he is off to take up the challenge again. This year the preparation has been far more serious with recipe testing and endless planning - see the emails below - I have no idea what half the things being referred to are - not sure what a "fatty" is but I like the sound of it!!!! And are they going to BBQ the cigars? And why is curly parsley so essential and what are they going to do with the Christmas tree lights???? I guess these are things I may never know the answer to! Anyway this little picture shows my brother's dessert entry for the competition (I take some credit for the suggestion of these cakes so I do hope they win) - BBQ orange marmalade drizzle cakes - scooped out orange skins filled with orange cake batter, wrapped in foil and baked on a BBQ. This has been practised over and over to perfect the recipes except they have been practising indoors by cooking in a saucepan filled with coals and foil (how my brother's wife Amy puts up with this I don't know) - I do hope it works as well cooked on an actual BBQ! Good luck Team Miles at the competition this weekend - hope you win a trophey!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Murphy
>Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:50:49
>To: Muzyka, Kenneth F
>Cc: ; Andrew
>Kanemori; Gareth; Bryan
>Subject: Re: Final BBQ Details - List of stuff to bring!
>Drew, I have the Weber kettle for cooking the fatty.

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Michael >> Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:15 AM
>> To: kane
>> Cc: Andrew; Gareth ; Muzyka, Kenneth F; Bryan; Richard
>> Subject: Re: Final BBQ Details - List of stuff to bring!
>> U Ken - do you have one of those pop up tailgate canopies like we
>> used last year?
>> On Aug 25, 2011, at 9:33 AM, kane wrote:
>>> Bryan - make sure you get curly parsley and not flat leaf... I f'ed
>> that one up one time and don't want to see it happen to you.
>>> I have not washed my shirt from last year, hopefully it brings us
>>> good
>> luck!
>>> -Drew
>>> ------Original Message------
>>> From: Michael
>>> To: Andrew Kanemori
>>> To: Gareth
>>> To: Kenneth F
>>> To: Bryan
>>> To: Richard
>>> Subject: Final BBQ Details - List of stuff to bring!
>>> Sent: Aug 24, 2011 10:02 PM
>>> Hey all! Sorry I'm a bit slow getting this out this year. Been
>>> traveling all this week...
>>> So, we have a BBQ competition to win. Here's how we're going to do
>> it...
>>> Getting there:
>>> We should be in the same spot as last year. Address is: 400 E
>>> Jackson St, New Holland, PA 17557. Google Maps:
>>> Gear/Equipment:
>>> At bottom is a list of things that folks should bring. Not too many
>>> surprises - we've all talked about most everything there. Most
>>> important are the things marked 'All'. That is, we need as many of
>>> these things as we can get! If you have it, bring it. We need it!!!!
>>> Thanks everyone! See you on Friday!!!
>>> -M.

>>> ALL:
>>> Beer
>>> Sleeping bags/Foam Pads
>>> Team Shirts from last year if you have them Water Coolers
>>> Flashlights
>>> BRYAN:
>>> Dixie cups
>>> Munchies
>>> Soda
>>> Ice
>>> Plastic Tablecloths
>>> Fresh Parsley
>>> KEN:
>>> Cigars
>>> Picnic Table
>>> Quates, ladder toss
>>> Garden hose and nozzle
>>> Rope light/Xmas lights
>>> DREW:
>>> Radio and tunes
>>> Sleeping Tent
>>> The Big Fatty
>>> Gore Tex
>>> Small tailgate table
>>> Team Shirt Materials
>>> Dessert Entry
>>> Left-handed smoke shifter


Tracy said...

The curly parsley is for presentation. They put the meat in a polystyrene box on a big bed of the stuff.

I have spent waaay to many hours watching Food Network Challenge which is why I know the answer to that.

Good luck to them :-) Go Team Myles :-)

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