Sunday, 4 April 2010

A little more trumpet blowing...

For the first time in the history of Just Cook It, you can now read one of my recipes on the BBC Food website.

The roasted lamb rump with spiced date puree, glazed carrots and cinnamon cous cous that I cooked for the critics is available right here. Here’s hoping you like it as much as Jay Rayner et al did.



If you do try the recipe, don’t feel the presentation has to be fine-dining: it can easily serve as a hearty lunch or supper for a hungry mob – a big pile of cous cous topped with pink lamb and glazed carrots then smothered with a sticky lamb gravy. A nice twist on an Easter classic.

If you’ve still not had your MasterChef fill, there is also an interview with the three finalists in today’s Express.

The final starts tomorrow at 9pm on BBC1 with the most incredible on-location challenge that the show has ever featured: cooking breakfast al fresco battling 40 degree heat in a 500 year old mountain top castle. In Rajasthan, India. Oh, and we cook for some royalty, too. Don’t miss it.

40 comments:

racheleats said...

Larding needles crossed that you are our champ (was back in the UK last week so I was glued so to speak and very proud)
Fine sounding recipe.

racheleats said...

Larding needles crossed that you are our champ (was back in the UK last week so I was glued so to speak and very proud)
Fine sounding recipe.

Dave said...

I am so incredibly frustrated over the complete inability to watch any of this unfold thanks to the damned BBC's insistence on restricting online content to the UK only.

Nevertheless, here's to your continued success as I bow in honour of your awesomeness.

Foodycat said...

I'm so excited about that recipe - I thought your date concoction that it was sitting on sounded really good and I was going to ask if you'd share!

neil said...

superb recipe and a worthy finalist.

Kavey said...

I did think this dish looked scrumptious! :) Well done on being on the beeb!

Rose said...

oh i was on the edge of my seat!! you are inspirational rose x

Jan said...

Well done you!!!

Jan said...

Me again - you HAVE to win - I've said so on Facebook and put a link to this blog!

Linda said...

Hello Alex,

Great blog. Will definitely try out some of your recipes.

I really enjoy watching this year's Masterchef. So much tension and skill! And your smile just lights up the screen!

I will be rooting for you to win!

The best of luck from Holland,
Linda

Faerynuff said...

Good Luck!

Tristan said...

Before I hear the results, (five more minutes) Just to say, well done! You've truly got talent and creativity combined, and look forward to reading your future recipes.

Ċ½iupsnelis Druskos said...

Well done, Alex! At the end of the dayt, you're all winners! :)

nekje drugje said...

I loved your pithy comment about victory being "icing on a cake", but you don't mind losing because you "still have a cake". Fantastic. Can I steal it? :) Congratulations, of course, very well done, and all the best. Oh: and I think I would love your blue cheese ice cream.

Lena said...

Well done Alex, you were an amazing contestant on Masterchef and your recipes are fresh and innovative, wish I could try them all!

Congratulations, you are so talented and I look forward to hearing about the great opportunities that are ahead of you.

sarah at secret housewife said...

Have just finished watching the Master Chef final.My commiserations to you - but I thought you were lovely in defeat and I was sad for you as I had followed your progress avidly from the heats.Good luck with your future cooking adventures - I will certainly follow your blog from now on.Sarah

English Mum said...

Congratulations, we loved the programme and were rooting for you. The start of big things no doubt. Not The winner but A winner definitely. Big hugs xx

Aledys Ver said...

Hi Alex!
I wanted to congratulate you on your smashing performance on Masterchef. I just saw the final and even if you didn't win the first place, I think you did a stunning job! This was the best final ever on MC.
All the best for your career.
Regards from The Netherlands!

Gemma said...

Just watched the final and spotted the name of your blog. Think this seemed to be the closest final yet so congratulations, I was completely in awe of everything the three of you were doing - looking forward to seeing what you do next.

Michael said...

Watching the Masterchef final as I'm typing this. I'm at the final judging round and I was so indignant after hearing John and Gregg's comments on your dessert that I had to come here and say something.

I don't think your dessert concept was off at all! I had a lovely dessert of the same pear-caramel-blue cheese-walnut combination at Simon Radley's (rising 2*) just last week and I thought it worked brilliantly. Especially the blue cheese. (Although the blue cheese was sprinkled on top of a pear delice, the ice cream was walnut.)

Loved watching you on Masterchef, keep cooking! Will check out the rest of your blog now :)

Neith said...

maaaaaaaaaaaaan!!
those were mindblowing dishes!!

congrats for all the good job.

we wish we could have eaten some of your food.

Best of Luck for the future!

Burning Reels said...

Lovely blog Alex. Was a great final with three genuinely exciting chefs - best of luck for the future.

tina.pastore said...

well done on masterchef alex!
i hope you don't give up of the dream of being the chef of your own restaurant, because it's more than clear that you're capable of that.
good luck and all the best!

David Edwards said...

An awesome final... three very worthy finalists and a gnats whisker between you all... disappointing but gracious in defeat... inspired cooking all the way...

Well done...

PS so when does your book come out?
PPS Fancy any fish? - all forms caught :D

Lynne Rees said...

Hello, Alex - commiserations on not getting the final prize on Masterchef last night, but buckets of congratulations for the joy and inspiration you must have given to so many people over the past weeks. I've been glued to each episode, rooting particularly for you and Dhruv, and becoming more and more impressed by your skill and sincerity. I'm sure your journey with food will continue to be an adventure and pleasure for you and the many people who will follow it. And thank you for this blog too. All good wishes.

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

Congratulations on making the top 3 finalists on Masterchef. The skills you have developed are amazing and though the title this year may not be yours - I'm sure the experience is opening lots and lots of new doors.

Well done - and three cheers to your sucess.

Caroline said...

Congratulations on reaching the final and cooking so brilliantly. You were my favourite finalist and I loved your use of offal, the public should embrace it more readily!
Are you considering opening your own restaurant? If so, I will be there on opening night!
Well done again

Phillip Dews said...

Hey Alex.

Great blog buddy. Me and my lou was on the edge of our seets last night in the final. Am sorry to see you lose out though.

I always said to Lou over these past weeks you would get to the final and perhaps win. I was deffo rooting for you buddy but it seems the best man won. Fair play to him hey!

Looks like you will still have to carry on writing for now. By the way me and you are in the same game. well kinda. I am Phillip a 30 somthing blogger from Birmingam just to let you know!

Was just wondering if you have thought about going down the self hosted blog route yet? if so then let me know I can really help you out!

let me know if you open a resturant anyway so we can pop down.

All the Best

-Phillip

Paulinho said...

What ho old bean,

Just adding to the congrats (although from not nearly as exciting an international a base as most of the rest!).

Was super to see you doing so well, and the very best of luck for the future (are Granite's rumours of a restaurant venture really true?)

Keep up the good work,

Paulo (Davies)

Cynthia said...

Yaayyy! Congratulations!

Katie said...

Just found your blog through glimpsing it on the masterchef final - fantastic!

Many congratulations of doing so brilliantly in the competition and I'm sure you will soon have many other exciting things in the pipeline.

I'll be back to read what you get up to and more importantly...what you're cooking.

JimmyC said...

Unlucky, was willing you to win. All the best for the future I am sure all three of you will do well.

farawayme said...

Fantastic final, I had no idea who would win!

Your food is always beautiful and I am so glad I finally found your blog!

Keep cooking, you can easily fulfil your dreams because you have bags of talent!

Hillary Short said...

Congratulations on your achievements. I loved watching your different approaches to cooking with meat. Keep us posted on where you go from here

Foodycat said...

Many congratulations on a stellar performance! I thought your dessert looked lovely - but then, I've had a blue cheese pannacotta rejected by my mean husband, so I understand how divisive it can be.

Meanwhile, Charlotte is absolutely gorgeous! You are a lucky man.

Polka said...

Hi Alex,

First of all well done!
It did cross my mind to take an advantage and join the Masterchef but probably won't do this.
Just found your blog and must say it's amazing!

All the best for the future!

Becci said...

Congrats on everything and good luck. You give us food bloggers hope for the future. When my blog grows up, I want to be just like you ;)

Belgravia wife - sort of said...

Hi there I am sure you are utterly inundated at the moment but I wanted to say how much everyone here at Belgravia Towers was rooting for you on Masterchef ! We are a total foodie household and my three children - 8, 6 & nearly 3 love growing, preparing and cooking food. It's one of my great joys as a Mother. I think your blog and website are terrific well done. Very best of luck for the future.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Superb job on Masterchef Alex, I managed to completely miss most of the show, but the last 2 episodes. You did great.

Helen said...

Congratulations on getting so far in Masterchef! You did really well - right to the end! I'm sure good things will follow. Well done on recipe on the BBC too.