Michael Caines

A few weeks ago I was asked to create a recipe that would be suitable for a uniformed professional to celebrate the launch of the Uniform Foodies App.  I made a Warm Goat’s Cheese Salad with Walnut Soda bread, and got chosen as one of three finalists to cook for Michael Caines MBE, the Michelin starred chef who is the face of the Uniform Foodies app as well as writing the recipes for it. I have to admit I was a mixture of excited, and absolutely terrified to be cooking for such a talented chef…little old me who just cooks for her children…

This is me looking terrified: Photo courtesy of Michael Caines. He tweeted, ” Looking a little nervous but Nova starting to work her magic starting with her bread Me

But I did it!

Michael seemed to genuinely like my dish too.He even said he wants to use my dressing recipe.

Goats Cheese Salad and Walnut bread

Along with two other bloggers Alida and Vicki,  we had what turned out to be a fun cook off.

94lemon chicken

It was lovely to meet Vicki from The Freefrom Fairy who made a delicious Malai Kofta Curry, I am definitely going to trick my sons into thinking they’re eating meat with this dish. My mouth is watering thinking of it.

The Freefrom Fairy

I also met Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen who cooked a tasty Mediterranean Lemon Chicken Salad with Rosemary New Potatoes. My daughters have put in their order for this dish! I could not get enough of those lovely potatoes.

My Little Italian Kitchen

Alida’s dish was Michael’s favourite though and she will now be heading off to Michael’s restaurant Gidleigh Park in Devon for what promises to be a fab meal and night away!

Uniform Foodies Michael showed us our recipes on the Uniform Foodies App which was very exciting, along with a quick browse at all the other recipes that Michael has created for it. So for just 69 pence you can get 15 of Michael’s recipes.

In the end after all my nerves I had a great day, Vicki and Alida were lovely and Michael was very easy to chat to and didn’t laugh at my dish at all…phew!

Check out Vicki’s post about the day which has a great video on it that she made whilst Michael was announcing the winning dish.

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8 thoughts on “Cooking for Michael Caines MBE

  1. Wow, what an experience. Well done 🙂 All three dishes look amazing!

    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:39 am
    1. Thanks very much…yes what an experience…I am still pinching myself! 😀

      Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm
  2. Sounds like a brilliant day, well done you!!

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:02 am
    1. Thanks Lauranne, it was very surreal.

      Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
  3. Ah, it was a great day! Seems like a distant and not quite real memory now! It was so lovely to meet you. I love your blog and hope we keep in touch…after all I have a lot I can learn from you and your son! Thanks for the links back to my blog!

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm
    1. I know it was a while ago now…It’s been chaos here what with the end of term. Thanks Vicki, I will definitely be coming to you for ideas too. 🙂 X

      Posted on July 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm
  4. Lovely post Nova. What a day that was! And what a fab dish you prepared.
    I did make soda bread recently and I was so pleased you can actually made delicious bread in a short space of time. Perfect if you run out of bread in the house but don’t want to head to the shops.
    It was lovely meeting you and Vicky!
    Take care xx

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm
    1. Thank you Alida, that’s great that you made soda bread. As I said it’s perfect for me as I am so unorganised! Great to meet you too..and we must meet up for coffee soon? x

      Posted on July 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm