If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll probably already know how much I love food and recipe competitions and last summer I gave you some tips for entering recipe competitions (ignore the competitions at the end of the article, they closed ages ago now but the tips are still valid) that you may find useful while entering recipe competitons.
I thought you might be able to draw some inspiration from some photos of my own winning recipes.
Roast rack of lamb with tomato and raisin relish, souffléed potato patties and a warm green bean vinaigrette. This won me a day at the Waitrose cookery school - and one of the other winners was Superlucky Di herself. The competition was run by Casillero Del Diablo wines.
Spiced lamb with Pastawheat. This won me a wonderful cookery course in Italy, from Merchant Gourmet foods - and my recipe was published as a recipe card and sent out to all their mailing list.
"Jamie salad"- we call it this because it was inspired by a peach, mozzarella, rocket and Parma ham salad in one of Jamie Oliver's books, but I have taken his idea and run so far with it that this version is all my own. It won me a beautiful salad bowl from a weekly competition that was run on the Lurpak Facebook page.
Finally, another competition that only asked for a photograph, the "Star Salads" competition from Apetina . I entered this twice - and won a hamper of salad making equipment both times. There were seven prizes a week to be won. Here are my winning photos - the first is a salad of Apetina, beetroot, broad beans and mint and the second a variation of a classic Greek salad, but with watermelon added to give it a sweet, tangy kick.
The lovely photos I used today were taken by my husband, a very talented gardener who grows much of the veg and salad that we eat. If you would like to see more of his photos, including lots of stunning ones of the garden, have a look at his blog, Mark's Veg Plot where you will often see posts about what we have been cooking and eating.
Now I must dash...... somebody tweeted a link to a blog post about Pesto Bread this morning and it sounded so scrummy that I had to make some right away. And from the smell of things, it's just about ready to come out of the oven!