The Big Family Cooking Showdown putting our favourite recipe to the test

The Big Family Cooking Showdown putting our favourite recipe to the test

Have you seen the BBC 2 cookery programme, The Big Family Cooking Showdown? It’s hosted by Nadiya of Bake Off fame and Zoe Ball and sees families sharing their recipes while competing against each other. Honestly, I’d love to live in some of their homes if that’s the kind of food they serve up at tea time! It’s such a fun watch and a must for any foodie, my kids love snuggling on the sofa and watching it with me. I especially love it being centred around familial culture and multigenerational cooking. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the big glossy cook book that ties in with the series sharing the recipes and also some exclusive ones from one of the judges, Rosemary Shrager.

There are plenty of easy and repeatable recipes alongside some more complex show stoppers for special family occasions, in short my kind of cookbook. I’m always on the look out for recipes to add to my midweek repertoire so I was  keen to get stuck in and try the recipes for myself and put them to the ultimate test with my mini critics.

 

I’ll hold my hands up and say that Mexican food in it’s various (probably fairly Anglicised) forms is a big hit in our household, and is one of my fail safes that I turn to if I’m stuck for something to make for the family or even for hosting others. Whether it’s a huge pot of chilli or fajitas or even stacked nachos, in our eyes it’s all good. When flicking through The Big Family Cooking Showdown cook book it’s no surprise that I was drawn to a taco recipe, with an interesting twist.

Smoked Chilli Pork Tacos with Apple and Avocado Salsa

I made the base of the sauce in my Nutribullet (fresh coriander, green chilli, smoked paprika, allspice berries, chipotle paste, cider vinegar and lemon zest) and oh boy, it packs a punch! 

The vegetables and spices are softened and then the pork mince is added to brown before putting in the paste and passatta.

A very delicious green apple and avocado salsa accompanies the chilli, it’s supposed to have green chillis in too but as this was a meal for the whole family I adapted the recipe and chose to cut those out.

My youngest girl added grated cheese to hers, the recipe recommends Manchego but she prefers cheddar 😉

I added Oatly, an oat based creme fraiche to cool down the chilli for the girls. It’s really scrummy and perfect for vegans or those who like myself and my eldest girl, have a dairy intolerance. 

We ran out of tacos (thanks to someone raiding the pack the night before!) so in the end the mister and I ate extra out of bowls topped with the salsa and creme fraiche.

It was absolutely scrummy and a big hit with all of us, it even one around the tiny meat hater of the family so that’s a big win in my eyes! I loved the different textures and how complimentary the flavours all were. If you did want to make this a vegan meal, you could easily just swap out the pork mince for the vegan Quorn mince.

This cook book is full of fantastic family recipes that are perfect for midweek meals and also for entertaining wider family or for special occasions. I’ll definitely be trying out the Falafel Wraps with Home-Made Hummus, Swedish Meatballs with Dill Mash and so many more. It will be another staple family cookbook for my shelf for sure.

Fancy taking a look for yourself and trying out some of the recipes I’ve mentioned? Well, it’s your lucky day because I’ve got two copies to giveaway! Just enter below..

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Good luck!

 

 

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119 Comments

  1. September 13, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Looks fab Morgana! I’ve entered – and I’ll also be looking up the tv show 🙂 x

  2. Tracy Nixon
    September 13, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    A roast beef Sunday dinner!

  3. clair downham
    September 13, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    roast dinner thankyou

  4. Tracey Peach
    September 13, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Our favourite family meal is beef stew we put whatever veg is left over into it so it tastes different every time we make it 🙂 x

  5. Ashleigh Allan
    September 13, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Either a roast dinner or lasagne

  6. laura banks
    September 13, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    has to be a roast chicken dinner

  7. Kay Sherman
    September 13, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    We love lasagna made with turkey mince so it’s a bit healthy

  8. Kim Neville
    September 13, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    We all like Lasagne with salad and french bread

  9. Fiona
    September 13, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    A nice roast dinner with all the trimmings!

  10. Jen A
    September 13, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Love homemade lasagne – great comfort food!

  11. Julie Henderson
    September 13, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    bangers and mash

  12. Kat B
    September 13, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Roast chicken dinner

  13. Emily Clark
    September 13, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Spaghetti bolognese!

  14. hannah igoe
    September 13, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Tuna pasta bake – winner every time!

  15. Lorraine Little
    September 13, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Cottage pie.

  16. Caroline H
    September 13, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Homemade pizza always goes down well.

  17. Suzanne
    September 14, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Lamb stew with potato and carrot mash.

  18. melanie stirling
    September 14, 2017 / 12:15 am

    Homemade lasagne.

  19. Danielle Spencer
    September 14, 2017 / 1:02 am

    Cottage pie

  20. Phil Darling
    September 14, 2017 / 6:53 am

    Beef stew and Herby dumplings all the way guys

  21. Ren Taylor
    September 14, 2017 / 7:49 am

    we sometimes have a big fry up with chips bacon sausage egg tomatoes baked beans for dinner and the kids love the novelty lol x

  22. Chrissy Harris
    September 14, 2017 / 8:14 am

    We love a roast dinner and also lasagne

  23. stuart hargreaves
    September 14, 2017 / 8:28 am

    HOME MADE ONION SOUP ONIONS CARROTS PASTA CHICKEN STOCK BLACK PEPPER GINGER

  24. rebecca heys
    September 14, 2017 / 9:16 am

    we love spaghetti Bolognese! lots of cheese and lots of mess

  25. Alice Johnson
    September 14, 2017 / 10:23 am

    It’s got to be homemade stew!

  26. Helen Tovell
    September 14, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Roast chicken and all the sides

  27. Susan Hoggett
    September 14, 2017 / 10:30 am

    My family love a roast pork dinner with Yorkshire puddings and apple sauce

  28. iain maciver
    September 14, 2017 / 11:01 am

    steak and ale pie and chips

  29. Alice Dixon
    September 14, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Sunday roast dinner with trimmings followed by a crumble and custard

  30. Suzanne Jackson
    September 14, 2017 / 11:23 am

    chilli con carne

  31. Nina C
    September 14, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Can’t beat a roast chicken dinner!!

  32. Peggy rossiter
    September 14, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Still a traditional roast dinner!

  33. Ray Becker
    September 14, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Spaghetti bol

  34. Jo Carroll
    September 14, 2017 / 11:55 am

    My fave family meal to eat is the Sunday Roast but the ones that get the most interaction are Pizza or Spag Bol. x

  35. amy bondoc
    September 14, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    my favourite family meal is lasagne

  36. Annabel Greaves
    September 14, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I love a roast chicken dinner

  37. Frances H
    September 14, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Monday Pie on a Sunday.

  38. Mark Cameron
    September 14, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Sunday dinner!

  39. leanne weir
    September 14, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Has to be spag bol!

  40. laura stewart
    September 14, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    sticky lemon chicken with noodles x

  41. Jessica Barber
    September 14, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Pasta bake!

  42. Solange
    September 14, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Roast lamb with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and mint sauce.

  43. Fozia Akhtar
    September 14, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Roast dinner with all the trimmings

  44. Melissa Lee
    September 14, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    A risotto always goes down well in our house

  45. Michelle Smith
    September 15, 2017 / 12:01 am

    Roast chicken dinner

  46. sarah rees
    September 15, 2017 / 9:18 am

    cant beat a good roast dinner

  47. Sarah Rees
    September 15, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Ours is spagetti bolognese

  48. Sheena Batey
    September 15, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Macaroni cheese

  49. Lindsey Smith
    September 15, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    BBQ Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

  50. lynn neal
    September 15, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Seasonal vegetable curry!

  51. Jo McPherson
    September 16, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Paella or a roast dinner

  52. claire Glace
    September 16, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Spicy chicken Fajitas………..many thanks

  53. Jade Hewlett
    September 16, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Cottage pie

  54. September 16, 2017 / 11:50 am

    Probably just spag bol as it’s so easy and I’ve trained the moody teen to do it perfectly too

  55. Lorna Ledger
    September 16, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Chilli Con Carne!

  56. james miller
    September 16, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Home made moussaka

  57. Keith Hunt
    September 17, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Thai green curry

  58. September 17, 2017 / 10:26 am

    at this time of year it has to be a roast dinner x

  59. Amy J
    September 17, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I love chicken fajitas!

  60. Sarah Pybus
    September 17, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Spicy pulled pork in brioche buns

  61. Naila
    September 17, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Our favourite family meal is homemade pasta with garlic bread, yummy

  62. Reija Such
    September 17, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Roast chicken

  63. Lisa Pond
    September 18, 2017 / 12:30 am

    Can’t go wrong with a spaghetti bol, yum yum

  64. Donna S
    September 18, 2017 / 9:55 am

    cottage pie 🙂

  65. Richard Eldred Hawes
    September 18, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Roast Rib of Beef cooked on the bone with all the trimmings for a lovely Sunday Lunch

  66. Stevie
    September 18, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I love my dad’s schnitzels with jersey royals.

  67. Iris W
    September 19, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    A suday roast dinner with yorkshire pudding or beef stew and mashed potato

  68. Mary H
    September 20, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Can’t go qrong with a veggie roast dinner with all the trimmings.

  69. Andrea Upton
    September 20, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Homemade Lasagne

  70. Rich Tyler
    September 21, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Can’t beat a big roast dinner with all the trimmings

  71. Claire C
    September 21, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Cottage Pie

  72. Sarah Carter
    September 22, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Our favourite family meal is a classic Sunday roast with all the trimmings

  73. Michelle Ferguson
    September 22, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    A lovely roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinner

  74. Alex telford
    September 22, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Fish pie

  75. Jasmine Johns
    September 23, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    At the moment were all really loving tuna steaks with sweet mash potato and asparagus wrapped in parma ham with some parsley sauce. Yum Yum!

  76. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    September 23, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Veggie pesto pasta

  77. Mary Heald
    September 24, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Tuna and cheese pasta bake is love by all the family

  78. Caroline Blaza
    September 24, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    My family love Sausage Casserole x

  79. Carole Nott
    September 26, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    a roast dinner

  80. sheri darby
    September 26, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Vegetable lasagne

  81. jenna rothen
    September 26, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    roast chicken dinner

  82. Laura S
    September 27, 2017 / 1:14 am

    We all love my mother’s recipe of biscuits and gravy, such a classic for our family!

  83. francis lee
    September 27, 2017 / 11:43 am

    You cant beat a Sunday roast chicken dinner

  84. carol boffey
    September 27, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    a roast chicken dinner

  85. Chris Fletcher
    September 27, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I love meals where you get to construct something and share the bits so something mexican like tacos or fajitas is ideal! Although we always end up fighting over the best bits!

  86. alice lightning
    September 27, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    the sunday roast with all the trimmings always go down well

  87. Gillian Hutchison
    September 27, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I love a roast with all the trimmings….but if you asked the kids it would be Macaroni cheese which they would happily eat every night

  88. michelle thompson
    September 28, 2017 / 7:31 am

    we love homemade lasagne

  89. lorraine kirk
    September 28, 2017 / 7:46 am

    A traditional roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings.

  90. Alison Barker
    September 28, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Spaghetti bolognaise.

  91. Ruth lee
    September 28, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Bangers and mash

  92. Laura Muir
    September 28, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Either a roast dinner with all the trimmings or spaghetti Bolognese!

  93. Chris Bell
    September 28, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Chilli con corne, its a big tasty hearty meal that is super filling and simple to do!

  94. September 28, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    JErk chicken

  95. Lisa Wilkinson
    September 28, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Cottage pie

  96. Nikki Thomas
    September 28, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Our favourite is a Mexican meal with tacos and fajitas and lots of fillings and toppings

  97. Cristina
    September 29, 2017 / 8:20 am

    You can’t beat Spaghetti Bolognaise!

  98. Fiona Johnstone
    September 29, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Lasagne is always a favourite

  99. Tammy Neal
    September 29, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Spaghetti bolonasie

  100. sarah parker
    September 29, 2017 / 11:57 am

    spag bol 🙂

  101. Karen R
    September 29, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    The old classic – Spag Bol xx

  102. Lucy Robinson
    September 29, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    We love lasagne, salad and garlic bread.

  103. Catherine Gregory
    September 29, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I love a chilli con carne and rice

  104. Amy Lambert
    September 29, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    corned beef ash

  105. dana
    September 29, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    roasted mediteranean vegetables

  106. Emma Davison
    September 29, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Lasagne

  107. Clare Martin
    September 29, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    My favourite is a roast

  108. Claire Little
    September 29, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    macaroni cheese

  109. ellie spider
    September 29, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    chicken and sweet potato curry

  110. Adrian Bold
    September 29, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    I love Sunday Roasts, in particular pork.

  111. Natalie Crossan
    September 29, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Lasange xxx

  112. ben robb
    September 29, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    IRISH STEW

  113. Victoria B
    September 29, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Roast beef dinner

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