Can I give you my new cook book?

I need a quick favour and to encourage you to say yes, I’ve decided to give away a brand new hard copy of my cook book next Saturday, the 1st October…a lovely way to start your autumnal cooking season.


Yep, it’s normally £11.99 value of recipes, tips and background info and someone reading this is going to win it. Will it be you?

Here’s the deal:

  • Help me get my cook book to number 1 on Amazon
  • Please grab yourself a Kindle copy for absolutely NOTHING! Yep, you read this correctly…NOTHING! For a very limited time though so scoot over to Amazon today or tomorrow and get yourself a copy
  • And leave a testimonial – then your testimonial and name will go into a hat to be drawn on Saturday 1st

In order for my cook book to become an official “Bestseller” on the Amazon Kindle platform, I need to have real customers with real sales and real testimonials posted on the Amazon website. What’s surprising is that it doesn’t take a million orders to become a best seller. By my estimates if just 50 people buy my latest Kindle ebook (a purchase does include a free copy), it will probably top the list of cook books.

Will you help me?

What’s a better way to motivate you to help me than create an “ethical bribe” so you and a few other readers will buy my new Kindle ebook for absolutely nothing (very limited time offer so hurry). And, if you like it, rate it 5 stars.

I don’t know if only 2 people will do this favour for me or 100 people, but the odds of you winning the cook book are better than the lottery. Probably about 1 in 30…that’s great odds!

On Saturday 1st October, I’m going to take all the testimonials directly from the Amazon book page. Then, I’m going to put them into a hat and I’m going to randomly pull out the winner of the new cook book.

Then, I’m going to have the new cook book posted to your home or preferred location, no matter what country you live in…just for getting yourself a copy of my cook book in it’s Kindle format and writing a nice testimonial.

Oh, remember if you don’t win, you still get to keep your downloaded Kindle version of my cook book and the opportunity to read a really great cook book which you probably want to own anyway. And, after this promotion, I will raise the price back to retail price.

I know I’m being very greedy by asking you to spend a few minutes getting your very own copy of my Kindle cook book. You could just write a testimonial on Amazon even if you don’t own the Kindle cook book. But there’s a logic behind my request.

Book buyers are given more credibility than non-buyers. If you write a testimonial on a book you don’t own, Amazon doesn’t think it’s very credible. But if you actually buy it (a purchase does include a free copy) with your Amazon account, they think it’s highly, highly credible and place your testimonial higher on the page. This helps new people discover and believe “Food to Love Cook Book: From dawn ‘til dusk recipes” is a great introductory book.

So if you are willing to help get my new cook book in Kindle version a best seller…use the link here:

“Food to Love Cook Book: From dawn ’til dusk recipes”

Please buy it (a free Kindle copy during this very limited time does count as a purchase) and post your testimonial before Friday 30 September 2016 so I can enter you into the prize draw.

Thanks, fellow foodies, and here’s to a fab Autumn of cooking,


Tangy Mushrooms, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mackerel Risotto

I love risotto! It’s quick and oh-so-easy to make…and did I mention it costs pence to make? A big pan of risotto will make a handsome and delicious evening meal for four people or serves ample portions for two with cold leftovers thrown in containers for tomorrow’s lunch.

Originating in Northern Italy, this rice cooked in a broth dish can consist of anything you have in: from fish (fresh, frozen or canned, any variety suits this dish), through to meats of any description and then on to vegetarian versions. This truly is a dish of variation – and you can concoct any variety you happen to have the ingredients for.

Here, I’m creating a tangy fish, tomatoes and mushrooms version. And for those following gluten free and dairy free diets this simple, traditional Italian starter dish makes a very delicious meal that won’t inflame any food intolerances*.

Usually a high starch white, round rice is used with one such example being Arborio rice. In this instance, and being mindful that rices such as Arborio can be relatively high priced, I tend to use a cheap “basics” white rice, having thoroughly washed it beforehand in salted water and then numerous rinses to make sure it is clean before cooking with it.


Serves 4

1 onion (peeled and finely chopped)

A glug of olive oil (optional: sunflower or a healthy choice oil)

200g white rice (thoroughly washed and rinsed)

2 tins of mackerel (optional: in spicy tomato sauce used here)

80g mushrooms (peeled, washed and sliced)

100g sun dried tomatoes, sliced

1000ml vegetable stock (made from a stock cube)

1tbsp tomato puree

Salt and pepper to season


  • In a large frying pan, heat the oil until it starts to spit on a medium heat.
  • While the oil is heating, make the vegetable stock as per the instructions of the stock cubes you are using. Set aside.
  • Next, add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until it begins to look opaque in appearance. Now add the rice and swirl the rice around and into the chopped onion and oil. If need be and to stop the ingredients from sticking to the pan, add a little more oil or a splash of boiling water. Fry the ingredients for a few minutes until all are covered in the glistening oily liquid.
  • Turning the heat down to a low simmer, add the mushrooms, tomatoes and mackerel, and stir these into the onion and rice mixture. The tomato puree can be added now, too.
  • You are now ready to start to add the vegetable stock a little a ladle at a time. Stir the ingredients regularly so as to enable the rice to absorb the stock and when the stock looks to be absorbed, add more of it. Keep this going until all of the stock is used. You are aiming to achieve a thick broth-like consistency for the final look of the dish.
  • Once this broth-like consistency is reached, the rice should be cooked. Taste it: is it cooked? If not, add a little more liquid as you’ve used the stock by now by simply adding a little boiling water and cook until the rice is cooked. Cooking time will depend upon the rice you are using so check the packet instructions for the timing.
  • Serve on warmed dinner plates or in bowls, and season.

I used rice that cooked in 10 minutes which made this a super quick meal to make. And as the rice was from a “basics” range, it was extremely affordable, too.

And you can quite literally use any combination of ingredients when making a risotto: I’ll be bringing you a few more such examples soon.

Some people might add butter and flakes of a strong cheese such as Parmesan at the latter stages before serving but I don’t: I’m a healthy eating advocate and the dish already has fats in it from the oil. Our bodies need “good” fats in moderation – unsaturated fats – to operate so aim to incorporate some into your daily food intake. But, as with all fats, it contains calories so be aware of this fact and choose healthier options that can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. More details can be found on the National Health Service website at:

For more easy-to-make recipes and inspired food ideas, then follow this blog here and keep up-to-date with Ms Love Food on Twitter. Facebook and Mumsnet are websites you’ll find me on, too – so keep looking for tasty recipes coming!

* Do check the food labels to make sure you are fully aware of what each ingredient includes before using it within your recipe.

One MORE Day ONLY as Thanks!

We’re so excited … and we just can’t hide it …

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Seriously, fellow foodies: we are very excited, thrilled and humbled to find our new book ‘Food to Love Cook Book: From dawn ’til dusk recipes’ is a Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon! Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

By way of a massive BIG “Thank You!” from Love Food UK’s HQ, we’ve decided to extend the time you can grab a copy for FREE – yep: FREE, absolutely NOTHING – for one more tiny, little, wee day…so you have today to get your hands on your very own copy and find out why this new book has made it to be a Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon.

You see, at Love Food UK’s HQ we’re on a mission: to share our love of food with as many people as possible. So please tell your friends and family about this extra special offer that will end today…

… the clock is ticking … tick, tock … so HURRY!

Get your FREE copy of our new book “Food to Love Cook Book: From dawn ’til dusk recipes” NOW – while you still can for FREE! And happy cooking, eating and enjoying food, fellow #foodies!

Sharing our love of food,

Dawn and Andrew

Co-Authors of ‘Food to Love Cook Book: From dawn ’til dusk recipes’ available on Amazon

Love Food UK can be found all over social media as well as @Love_Food_UK