Monthly Archives: June 2012

BritMums Live 2012 Meet and Greet

BritMums Live is this weekend and here are a few bits of information about myself so you can recognise  me at the conference. I hope to see you there!

For other attendee’s information, please see Stepford Wifey blog.

Name: Jo

Blog: and

Twitter Id: @Jos_Kitchen and @Jos_Nursery

Height: 5ft

Hair: Shoulder length brown hair

Eyes: Brown

Likes: chocolate, coffee, wine, my Kindle, good food and great company

Dislikes: snoring, ironing and not having enough time to blog!

Win a Riso Gallo Hamper

Following on from my BBC Summer Good Food Show ticket giveaway, I am pleased to let you know that I now have a hamper from Riso Gallo to giveaway. Riso Gallo is one of the oldest rice-growing companies in Italy with over six generations of expertise. The Riso Gallo story started when founders, Mr Frugone and Mr Preve, established the first factory on the waterfront in Genoa in 1856 to export imported paddy rice to South America. Their success and increasing experience in the field soon encouraged the company’s founders to turn their attention to the Italian crops and thus the Genoa factory was moved to Robbio in the Pavia region. In 1943, at a time when rice was still being sold loose, Riso Gallo was the first to market packets with a brand name and soon after Riso Gallo was exporting to the UK and beyond

In the hamper, there is a selection of Riso Gallo rice, a cooking timer and an apron. To be in with a chance of winning this lovely hamper, you just need to follow the instructions below:

  1. Like Jo’s Kitchen on Facebook
  2. Like Riso Gallo UK on Facebook
  3. Leave a comment below telling me you have done both
  4. If you are not on Facebook, please leave a comment below telling me your favourite rice recipe.
  5. The closing date is Monday 18th June 2012 at 5pm BST.

Good Luck! :-)

PS: If you are going to the BBC Summer Good Food Show, don’t forget to say hello to Riso Gallo UK team on Stand F144

This competition has now closed. The winner will be announced asap 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only 1 entry per person
  2. The competition will close at 5pm on Monday 18th June 2012 BST
  3. The winner will be chosen by and will be contacted via email as soon as possible after the competition has closed.
  4. The competition is open to UK residents only
  5. No automated entries allowed
  6. The prize will be delivered by Riso Gallo UK once the winner’s contact details are confirmed.
  7. Any questions or queries, please email

Winner of Riso Gallo Hamper

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the hamper is comment no. 7. Marie, I have sent you an email. Please send me your address as soon as possible and I will get the hamper sent to you. Thanks to everyone for entering :-)

Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge!

Last week as a pre event to the BBC Summer Good Food Show, I was invited to take part in the Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge in the kitchens of the NIA. I was joined by friend and fellow Midlands foodie James Day of Eat The Midlands to take up the challenge and try and cook a 3 egg omelette as fast as we could. James was against Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant in Harbourne and I was against Simon, Head Chef of the ICC and NIA.  Saturday Kitchen regular and Birmingham local Glynn Purnell was in charge of proceedings and judging our creations.

I was up first and it is much harder than it looks on Television. I never had to break eggs so fast in my life. The time went by in a blur. I did my best to make an omelette, not scrambled eggs but it was very hard in the time frame. Simon who I was up against had already done 3 challenges that day and being a professional chef, had it down to tee. I did not get chance to season mine or add any cheese in but Simon’s was perfecting seasoned and I would of been very happy to eat his for breakfast any day of the week. Mine was slightly medium rare in the middle but the outer bits were edible at least. Glynn did the taste test and declared mine to just about be an omelette (he was being generous!) and announced my time. My time was 47.77 seconds which is not bad for a first attempt. I think I could beat it if given the opportunity again.

James was up next and I enjoyed taking a break and watching him have a go. His time was slightly better than mine but he had a practice that morning while I didn’t. It was fun to watch and I now have a greater appreciation for the chef’s who do it every Saturday morning on the show.

You can watch Saturday Kitchen Live at the BBC Summer Good Food Show featuring the Omelette Challenge and Food Heaven and Hell and guest chefs including Glynn Purnell and Tom Kitchin.

Many thanks to Ginny for inviting me to take part in the omelette challenge. I had a fantastic time! :-)

Giveaway: 3 pairs of tickets to the BBC Summer Good Food Show

I have been given 3 pairs of  tickets for the BBC Summer Good Food Show at the NEC from 13th- 17th June to giveaway to 3 lucky Jo’s Kitchen readers. These tickets are valid for every day of the show except the Saturday. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post before Noon on Sunday 10th June 2012 BST. Good luck everyone and I hope to see you at the show. I will be there on Thursday 14th June.

This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winners are announced below

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only 1 entry per household
  2. The competition is open to those who live in the UK only 
  3. The competition will close at Noon on Sunday 1oth June BST.
  4. You must be able to get to NEC for the show between 13th – 17th June (excluding Saturday 16th June)
  5. The 3 winners will be chosen by and will be contacted via email on Sunday afternoon. If you do not reply with your address by Monday morning, another winner will be selected and contacted.
  6. The tickets will then posted out by first class recorded post on Monday 11th June to ensure you receive the tickets before the show begins.
  7. No automated entries
  8. Please see here for the terms and conditions from the BBC for the tickets
  9. Any questions, please email

I am pleased to announce that the winners of the 3 pairs of tickets are: Erin, James and Emily. Please email your address to me as soon as possible and I will get the tickets posted out to you tomorrow. Thank you to everyone for taking part :-)

River Cottage Rocks! #4: Baking Bliss

I am pleased to announce that Charlotte of Charlotte’s Kitchen Diary is hosting River Cottage Rocks! #4. She has chosen the theme of Baking Bliss so I cannot wait to see what you all come with. Thanks to Charlotte for hosting and happy baking!

PS: I am looking for someone to host the next challenge if you are interested. Please let me know :-)

Afternoon Tea At Hotel La Tour

Last week, Thomas and I had a Mummy and Son day in Birmingham. We did some shopping, had a general look round and finished the day with Afternoon Tea at Hotel La Tour. I loved Hotel La Tour when we visited for Stuart’s birthday so jumped at the chance when I was welcomed back to sample the Afternoon Tea.

We were warmly greeted by the staff and taken to our seats in the bar area. I was offered a drink of Prosecco or Earl Grey Tea Bellini. I decided to play it safe and have the Prosecco, however I was given a try of the syrup that they use to create the Bellini with. It was pure Earl Grey. Very delicious!

On the top level there were smoked salmon sandwiches, coronation chicken sandwiches and ham sandwiches. These were accompanied by rarebit with slices of toasted sourdough bread and cucumber wraps. I though all the sandwiches were volley but my favourite was the coronation chicken. It was creamy but not too spicy and had good chunky pieces of chicken in it. The cucumber wraps were a bit boring for me and did not really have much taste. However the rarebit sauce and sourdough bread was sensational. It was thick and creamy and full of yummy cheese, beer and apple. I could eat it by the bucket load!

On the middle level, there was scones topped with freeze dried strawberries with strawberry jam and clotted cream. I love scones and these were fine examples of them. Crispy and lightly golden brown on the outside and light and fluffy in the middle. I gave a tiny bit to Thomas to try and he liked them too.

On the bottom level, there were mini Eton Mess, Walnut Whips, Mini Jaffa Cake puddings and treacle tarts. The Eton Mess had some of the lightest meringue I have ever tasted and melted in the mouth. The mini Jaffa Cake puddings were a smaller version of the pudding I had when I went the first time. The only change was that the chocolate was in the middle.

Hotel La Tour is generally considered to be a business hotel however they are very welcoming to families too. The staff were very kind to Thomas while we were there. A highchair was already provided at the table when we arrived (as I had told them I would be dining with a baby) and they have clean changing facilities located in the disabled toilet, a short walk from the restaurant. My one tiny complaint is that the highchair is much too big for smaller babies and children. Thomas did ok in it but I did have to watch him all the time in case he slipped out.

Afternoon Tea at Hotel La Tour costs £15.95 per person and is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Thank you to Sue and everyone else at Hotel La Tour for making the afternoon tea so enjoyable. We hope to be back soon :-)

I received a complimentary afternoon tea as part of a press preview event. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own

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