Competition: Win a fabulous amphibious lounger

It’s competition time and today I’ve got something really special for you – and it’s up for grabs no matter where you live in the world. Eating Covent Garden’s going international!

Start dreaming of chilling out on a fabulous lounger from the Waz Outdoor African Summer Range of amphibious outdoor furniture.

These amazing loungers can be moved straight from land to water, so you can relax wherever you want. They are made from high quality materials for a stylish, highly durable product which is also easy to maintain. The inner polystyrene flotation beads mould to each individual’s shape and size for custom-made comfort.

The perfect way to make a statement outdoors and get even more pleasure around and in your pool. Because this lounger floats and can live happily in or out of the water. Every bit of its design supports stylish, luxury outdoor living and hassle free maintenance with the careful choice of quality outdoor materials and its construction.

To find out more about this amazing range of luxurious amphibious furniture visit www.wazoutdoor.com

The prize

One lounger from the African Summer Range worth R6,150 (approximately £345 at today’s exchange rate).

The EPS polystyrene beads are not included but are readily available at www.greatbeanbags.com and your bed can be filled and ready to use for under £50.

How to enter

1 Follow eatingcoventgarden.com by entering your email in the box at the top in the right hand column.

2 When you receive the email (which should be immediately), confirm that you want to subscribe.

3 Like Waz Outdoor on Facebook by clicking here.

3 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

What are the loungers filled with?

A Cardboard beads

B Floating beads

C Plastic beads

D Polystyrene beads

Terms and conditions

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 8 October 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

Beads not included.

The competition is open to entries from anywhere in the world.

Duty may be payable by any winner outside South Africa.

The editor’s decision is final.

Competition: Win a leather passport cover

Competition: Win a leather passport cover

What’s your favourite thing about travelling and holiday time? Do you look forward to walking new city streets, stretching out on a beach with a  Kindle-ful of books, trying out exotic new cuisines or getting an adrenaline rush with high-risk adventures?

I love city breaks and I’m a real beach baby, too. Which made Alicante a great place for a weekend break as it combines the two. The sprawling Spanish city offers a warm welcome, one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, an historic old town, sparkling harbour and wide range of lovely restaurants.

Heavenly San Juan beach in Alicante

Competition: Win a passport cover

Albondigas and Spanish Rose for lunch in the Old Town

I revel in everything about the whole holiday experience, right from the planning stages. Research is part of the joy – and it’s great to have expert help at hand, too. Destination2 specialises in long-haul luxury travel at a range of destinations and at great rates. They compare major airlines, hotels and resorts to find you the best deal.  The perfect way to start making those all-important holiday decisions.

Not sure what you’re looking for from your break? Click here for help in prioritising your needs.

To make your travels easier, today on Eating Covent Garden, there’s a chance to win a stylish passport cover.

The prize

One Undercover Recycled Leather Palm Passport Cover worth £22.25

How to enter

Answer the following question in the comment section of Eating Covent Garden

What country is Alicante in?

A Portugal

B Spain

C Argentina

D Italy

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 2 July 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

Competition: Win a Char-Broil Big Easy barbecue

Competition: Your chance to win a Char-Broil Big Easy barbecue

You’ll no doubt have noticed that I’ve been getting all excited about a new barbecue in my life and trying all sorts of new dishes. Well, I still am, the Big Easy has a lot of tricks up its sleeve – it’s an amazingly versatile piece of cooking equipment.

So I’m thrilled to tell you that you have the opportunity to win one of your very own. Right here on eatingcoventgarden.com

The Char-Broil Big Easy is the UK’s first gas three-in-one barbecue from US barbecue brand leader Char-Broil. It’s gas-fired for convenient cooking and is a smoker, roaster and grill all in one package. It’s perfect for roasts – even for large gatherings as it has the capacity to cook up to 11kgs. And there’s a grill on top, ideal for steaks, chops and salads.

I also love the smoking aspect. You fill the pull-out smoker box with wood chips and while you’re cooking add a smokey flavour at the same time.

Char-Broil Big Easy

The top of the barbecue is perfect for grilling

I’ve created several recipes for you to try on your new Big Easy – should you be the lucky winner – and there’s more to come. Here’s what you can find so far on EatingCoventGarden.

Ideas with Roast chicken

Hot smoked salmon

Roast vegetables

Peri peri chicken legs

Char-Broil Big Easy

Or how about roasting a juicy chicken

You can find out more about the Char-Broil Big Easy by clicking here.

The prize

One Char-Broil Big Easy SRG barbecue with a value of £299.99

Competition: Char-Broil Big Easy

Here’s some inside information on the fabulous Big Easy

How to enter

1 Follow eatingcoventgarden.com by entering your email in the box at the top in the right hand column.

2 When you receive the email (which should be immediately), confirm that you want to subscribe.

3 Like Char-Broil on Facebook by clicking here.

3 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

What three ways can you cook in the versatile Char-Broil Big Easy?

A Boil, roast and fry

B Roast, grill and smoke

C Grill, smoke and boil

D Steam, grill and roast

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Monday 31 July 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

Prize does not include the gas canister.

The editor’s decision is final.

Competition: Win tickets to the Foodies Festival in Blackheath, London

How I love a good food festival. There’s always plenty to taste and a surprising amount to discover. And today I’m giving away five pairs of tickets to the Foodies Festival in London’s Blackheath, one of three in London this summer.

You’ll find a Street Food Avenue where you can feast – I’m heading straight there as I adore street food. You can also learn to bake, watch demos in the Chef’s Theatre, taste wine and listen to live music. There’s even a special area for kids to learn to cook. All while surrounded by loads of delicious foodie choices. One thing’s for sure, no one’s going to go hungry.

The prize

Five pairs of tickets valid for any of the days at the Blackheath Foodies Festival which is on July 7, 8 and 9 2017.

How to enter

1 Follow Foodies Festival on instagram by clicking here.

2 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

How many Foodies Festivals are being held in London this summer?

A Ten

B One

C Three

D Seven

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 25 June 2017 at midnight.

There will be five winners, each winning one pair of tickets.

The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winners will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

Competition: Win a lunch box and wine cooler from Kikkerland

Summer competition

Okay so the sun has come out –  it’s officially summer time and today it’s also  competition time. And I’m giving away the perfect prize for those lazy, hazy picnic days of summer.

I love summer in London. It’s amazing how this magnificent city adopts an alfresco lifestyle – everyone goes a little crazy when the sun comes out! Well, there have been years when that has been a serious rarity. Pavements throng with excited drinkers, barbecues are lit and parks come to life with picnickers.

So I’m very pleased today to be giving away a prize to make your picnicking life better! The Kikkerland wicker print soft lunch box is stylish, lightweight and easily zipped up to keep all your picnic delights safe. And to go with it there’s a matching insulated cooler to make sure you have something chilled to drink while you’re enjoying the sun.

The prize

A Kikkerland wicker print lunch box and wine cooler.

How to enter

1 Follow eatingcoventgarden.com by entering your email in the box at the top in the right hand column.

2 When you receive the email (which should be immediately), confirm that you want to subscribe.

3 Answer the following question in the comment section of eatingcoventgarden.com

What does BST stand for?

A Bright sunny temperatures

B British summer time

C Burning strong temperatures

4 Follow Kikkerland on EITHER instagram OR twitter  by clicking on these links.

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 11 June 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

 Find out more about Kikkerland’s great range of products at kikkerlandeu.com

Recipe book review: Saffron Soul

I love trying out new dishes in the kitchen and what better place to get inspiration than from a beautiful recipe book. I often sit on the floor surrounded by cookbooks trying to decide what to cook for dinner. Seriously, I can while away hours in a little food recipe world.

So I’m always delighted when I have a new book to try. I recently went to the launch of Saffron Soul by Mira Manek and was treated to some of her delightful dishes for breakfast. Most notably, the amazing tofu scramble with numeric and spices, topped with pink peppercorns and served with peppered sweet potato wedges and cumin tossed kale. Never has tofu tasted so good, like a spicy version of scrambled egg!

Mira’s quest in this book is to show us how Indian food can be healthy and delicious at the same time. Her range of vegetarian recipes are inventive, tasty and easy to make once you have all the relevant spices. She explains the importance and health-giving values of the main spices used in Indian cooking. For example, turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, cumin is good for digestion and fenugreek may help control blood sugar levels and cholesterol. And of course they make dishes taste fabulous, too.

I cooked several recipes including the amazing spinach parathas. A recent love of mine – I’d never cooked parathas and was surprised at how well they came out! The cauliflower and pea curry was crunchy and packed with flavour. But my absolute favourite of the dishes I’ve cooked so far is the Gujarati dal, an amazing dish made with yellow split peas and an orchestra of spices.

How to make Gujarati dal

Here’s Mira’s amazing dal recipe. You will note that she says some of the spices are optional – I would advise that you put absolutely everything on the list in as they produce an amazing depth of flavour.

I used yellow split peas which I bought from my local supermarket.

Serves 4-6 as a side dish

The ingredients

200g toor dal, yellow split dal or pigeon peas

1.2 litres boiling water

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

Half tsp fenugreek seeds, optional

1-2 dried red chillis, slit lengthways

2 cinnamon sticks, optional

2 cloves, optional

On quarter tsp asafoetida

10-15 fresh curry leaves

5 fresh tomatoes, chopped or 5 tbsps tinned tomatoes

Half tsp ground tumeric

Half to 1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1.5 tsp sea salt

3 tbsps brown sugar

Handful of coriander leaves, chopped

Juice of 2 fresh limes

The instructions

Rinse the split peas in a sieve under running water until the water is clear, then tip into a saucepan.

Add the measured boiling water and boil for 1 hour on a medium-low heat until the dal is a porridge-like consistency.

With a hand-held electric whisk, whisk the dal so that it becomes completely smooth or blend it in a blender until smooth.

In a large, non-stick saucepan melt the coconut oil, then add the cumin and mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. When the mustard seeds have popped, add the dried red chillies, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add the asafoetida and curry leaves, then the tomatoes and stir for a minute.

Add the ground turmeric, red chilli powder, grated ginger, salt, sugar and coriander to the tomato mixture and stir.

Pour in the blended dal, squeeze the lime in and leave to simmer on a low heat for 10-15 mins until it turns orange-brown.

Taste the dal and add more lime or sugar, as required.

My copy of Saffron Soul is bookmarked with several slips of paper, ready for my next Indian vegetarian feast. This is a book I know I am going to be returning to frequently. And here’s how to win one of your own.

Reader giveaway

The prize

One copy of Saffron Soul by Mira Manek worth £13.20.

How to enter

Tell me what your favourite Indian spice is in the comment section of this post.

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 28 May 2017 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email.

No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable.

The editor’s decision is final.

Saffron Soul by Mira Manek is published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. Out now.

Available from all good retailers. Photography credit:  © Jacqui Small

To find out more, visit www.miramanek.com