Competition: Win an adorable penguin mug and jug designed by artist Helen Russell

Today on Eating Covent Garden, it’s competition time. It’s your chance to win a fabulous penguin jug and mug designed by artist Helen Russell.

They are so adorable – just like the penguins themselves who I had the great good fortune of communing with last year in Antarctica. Maybe the most beautiful creatures on this earth

It seems like penguins make life better, well they certainly enhanced mine. So take advantage of this chance to have some of your very own at home. They’ll certainly add a bit of joy to your days.

The prize

One large penguin stack jug worth £20.

One penguin parade mug worth £10.99.

All products are bone china and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Find out more about Helen’s fabulous designs at helenrussellcreations.com

Competition: penguin stack jug

The penguin stack jug is bound to make you smile

Competition: jug

The stylish penguin jug

How to enter

1 In which of these regions are there no penguins to be found?

A South Africa

B Antarctica

C South America

D The Arctic

2. Follow Helen Russell on Facebook by clicking on the link and also on instagram at @helenrussellcreations.

3. And finally. Follow eatingcoventgarden on Facebook by clicking on the link.

Competition: penguin parade mug

The cutest of penguin parade mugs

Competition: penguin parade mug

Your tea’s bound to taste better from this lovely mug

Terms and conditions

And finally.

Importantly, you will only be entered into the competition if you complete all three of the steps above.

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 28 October 2018 at midnight.

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

The winner will also 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 stunning apron and tea towel from Victoria Eggs

Your chance to win

It’s competition time and today I have a wonderful London-inspired prize to give away – I just love this London bus repeat apron and tea towel from Victoria Eggs.

Competition: Victoria Eggs

The delightful apron and tea towel in their London bus design

All her products are inspired by a love of all things British and there’s a great range of colorful homewares for you to choose from. Guaranteed to brighten up your life. So don’t wait any longer, enter now for your chance to win a prize which will make all of your time in the kitchen more enjoyable.

Competition: Victoria Eggs

Get cooking wearing your vibrant new apron

Competition: Victoria Eggs

Close up on the myriad buses

The prize

A London bus repeat apron and tea towel  valued at a total of £33

How to enter

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

What colour is a classic London bus?

A Red

B Green

C Black

2. Sign up to Victoria Eggs newsletter by visiting their website  or Facebook page  by clicking on these links

3 Like eatingcoventgarden on Facebook by clicking on the link.

Terms and conditions

You will only be entered into the competition if you complete all three of the steps above.

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 24 June 2018 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 classic BBQ Masterclass

It’s summertime, and the barbecues are being dusted off. Well, as soon as it warms up anyway! I know I can’t wait to get my Char Broil BBQ and Smoker going. Bring on the alfresco entertaining!

There’s so much you can do with the versatile CharBroil Big Easy – it’s the UK’s first three-in-one barbecue which you can roast, smoke and grill in. I produced so many delicious dishes in it last summer and also experimented with the CharBroil Digital Electric Smoker – to my friends delight.

If you love alfresco cooking as much as me, you’ll certainly want to win this amazing prize. You will get to spend a day with UK BBQ Championship Grand Champion Al Harris AKA Dr Sweetsmoke. He’ll talk you through the different techniques you’ll need to master and cook tasty recipes to inspire you and take home to make yourself. Here’s what it’s all about.

Competition: Char Broil

Dr Sweetsmoke will demonstrate tasty BBQ recipes

The prize

A day of grilling, roasting and smoking with expert tutor UK BBQ Championship Grand Champion Al Harris AKA Dr Sweetsmoke.

The hands-on course runs from 10am to 5pm and includes:

Welcome: breakfast, tea and coffee

An introduction to the three key cooking techniques – direct grilling, indirect roasting and smoking.

An overview of what equipment you need – different types of barbecue and smoker, how they work and where to buy them.

Fuel and wood – what makes good charcoal, different types of wood and their flavours.

Barbecue set up – safety, basic knife skills and temperature control.

Barbecue practical skills and recipes – this makes up the main part of the day.

Full Q&A – we will answer all your barbecue queries.

The course will be run at Forty Hall Farm, Enfield, just of junction 25 of the M25.

Lunch will be provided as will refreshments throughout the day and you will receive a pack with all the recipes as well as notes on all the techniques you cover throughout the day.

The BBQ course is run by Craft Food London.

Competition: Char Broil

Learn how to master some delicious new recipes

How to enter

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

Which three cooking techniques will you be introduced to on your course?

A Roasting, smoking, grilling

B Grilling, boiling, frying

C Roasting, smoking, boiling

2 Follow Charbroil on Instagram charbroil_uk and Facebook @CharBroilUK

3 Like eatingcoventgarden on Facebook by clicking on the link.

Competition: CharBroil

Be inspired by exciting new ideas

Terms and conditions

You will only be entered into the competition if you complete all three of the steps above.

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 27 May 2018 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 dinnerware and food storage from dotcomgiftshop.com

Spring is in the air, what a fabulous time of the year…and summer’s just around the corner. Lots of balmy days to look forward to (hopefully) with picnics in the park and lazy afternoons spent chilling in the garden or on the balcony.

And here’s your chance to win some beautiful storage and serving goodies to help make the most of alfresco living.

The new eco-friendly dinnerware and food storage collections from dotcomgiftshop.com are made from sustainable bamboo and are strong and durable as well as being heat, water and stain-resistant. And their beautiful summery designs will add a fresh touch to any home.

Today I’m giving away a set of three beautiful Vintage Apple storage boxes and a lunchbox, ideal for keeping food fresh and making it easily portable, too. And the second prize is from the pretty Desert in Bloom range – a tray and four tumblers perfect for serving refreshing al fresco summer drinks.

Competition: Vintage Apple storage

Vintage Apple set of three rectangular bamboo storage boxes

Competition: Vintage Apple lunchbox

Vintage Apple lunchbox

Competition: Desert in Bloom tray and tumbler

Desert in Bloom tray and tumbler

Competition: Desert in Bloom tumbler

Desert in Bloom tumbler

The prizes

Two chances to win with two wonderful prizes from dotcomgiftshop.com

Vintage Apple set of three rectangular bamboo storage boxes plus a Vintage Apple lunchbox valued at a total of £32.90

Dessert in Bloom tray and four tumblers valued at a total of £34.75.

How to enter

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

What is dotcomgiftshop.com changing its name to?

A Gift shop

B Rex London

C London gifts

2 Follow dotcomgiftshop.com on EITHER instagram OR twitter  by clicking on these links.

3 Like eatingcoventgarden on Facebook by clicking on the link.

Terms and conditions

You will only be entered into the competition if you complete all three of the steps above.

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 22 April 2018 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 £25-worth of Amazon vouchers

Competition: Your chance to win Amazon vouchers

As summer approaches (at least I hope it’s approaching, it’s definitely on the chilly side at the moment), we’re all thinking about our much-longed-for summer holidays. Wherever I go, one of the greatest holiday joys for me is that that time for totally uninterrupted reading. How I love picking up a book and putting it down (or not) when I want to – or even when it’s finished if it’s that good.

Ever since I learned to read as a small child, a magical world opened up to me. I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. Not so great for my social skills, but hey, I was happy. As such a voracious reader, going on holiday could be something of a challenge. A suitcase full of books can be on the heavy side. Of course that’s no longer a problem with my trusty Kindle which goes everywhere with me and is always packed with potentially exciting reads.

Almost as much as I enjoy the holiday reading, I enjoy making my choices. There’s so much on offer and I obviously have my favourite genres. So to get out of that zone of always reading the same type of book, I try to pick at least one that is set in or near the area I am visiting. Sometimes it’s an almost otherworldly experience, like when I read Room with a View in Florence – it felt a bit like I was living a double life in different centuries.

I generally choose novels rather than factual tomes on the area, though of course this is also a good idea – an easy chance to learn – it all seems so much easier to absorb those facts when you’re sitting in the middle of them.

For great tips on picking your perfect holiday book, click on holidaygems.co.uk

And here’s a taster from my past and present reading lists to inspire you. Can you guess where I’m going on holiday this year?

Plus your chance to win £25 to spend on amazon.co.uk – time to stock up on those summer reads.

If you’re still undecided on where you want to spend some time this summer, have a look at www.holidaygems.co.uk

Some past favourites

Room with a View by E M Forster made Florence seem even more magical.

Competition: win Amazon vouchers

A Long Finish by Michael Dibdin added a touch of adventure (and horror) to my trip to Tuscany

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon made Barcelona seem much more intriguing.

Competition: Win Amazon vouchers

Some ideas for this year

Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

The Boy in the Blue Pyjamas by John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers

The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene

 

The prize

£25 of Amazon vouchers to spend on anything you like on amazon.co.uk

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

Which city is Bridget Jones’ Diary mainly set in?

A London

B Madrid

C Hong Kong

D Nairobi

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 21 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.

Find holiday inspiration by visiting www.holidaygems.co.uk

Competition: Win Brushed Gold Coffee Cups

Win Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleur

Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleur

Add a touch of glamour to your morning coffee

I love a good cup of coffee – it’s something to look forward to at the start of each day – and throughout the day now that I think about it! And today I’m bringing you the chance to make coffee time even more enjoyable with these beautiful brushed gold coffee cups from MiaFleur.

They’re made of stainless steel with a luxury brushed gold finish with glass inserts in a double-walled design that helps keep the coffee warm. The perfect way to add a touch of glamour to every sip!

The prize

A set of two La Cafetiere Brushed Gold Coffee Cups worth £29.95.Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleurHow to enter

1.Answer the following question in the comments section on eatingcoventgarden.com

Complete MiaFleur’s motto, Because life is too short to be ……

A. Bored

B. Minimalist

C. Miserable

D. Dieting

2. Follow MiaFleur on Instagram by clicking here.

3. For an extra entry follow MiaFleur on twitter by clicking here.

Brushed Gold Coffee Cups from MiaFleur

Terms and conditions

Competition only for residents of the UK.

Closing date for entry will be Sunday 9 April 2017 at midnight.

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

The winner will be notified by email .

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

The editor’s decision is final.

Find out more about MiaFleur’s stunning range of stylish items for the home and garden by clicking here.