Sunday, 30 January 2011

Jamie at Home and a free prize draw ...


I am delighted to have been approached by the PR guys at Jam to review the 'Jamie at Home' DVD series this week. I'm a Jamie Oliver fan, but didn't watch all of this series on the TV when it originally aired. The reason I've been asked to review the entire Jamie at Home series, is that The Sun newspaper is running a promotion 5th - 11th February. There's a token to collect each day to receive a free DVD, each DVD has two Jamie at Home episodes on and there are just six to collect, 12 episodes in total. The tokens are instantly redeemable in Tesco on the day of print too.

I love the styling of this series, with the music, drawings and journal effect and of course Jamie Oliver's house with garden to die for, although I do feel a bit cheated that he has a gardener, which is more my jealousy than anything! I must admit that I was a bit worried when I start watching episode one, Jamie goes out shooting rabbits! But it is a traditional meat, one that has gone out of favour in this country. I'm not sure however I could cook and eat it, but do agree with him, we do need educating about meat in this country, especially game, that grazes on natural grass and as long as it is shot by experienced gamekeepers and not as a sport. These animals have a far better life than the chicken that we freely eat without knowing its provenance.

By the second recipe, venison with dauphinoise potatoes, I am drooling and wishing I wasn't watching on an empty stomach. Episode two, pastry, something I rarely make, has me mentally promising to make it this week after he cooks the most amazing pie, and I rummage for paper and pencil to start writing down the recipes and shopping list, thank goodness I can press pause! The vegetables from his bountiful garden are what this series is all about, even stinging nettles in the field are used in a recipe, oh how I dream of growing veg on that scale, he pulls them up and cooks the most delicious meals straight from the garden. Not only does he have me wanting to cook he has me once again searching the property websites for a house with a decent garden to be able to grow our own food! This series is fab, full of lots of easy recipes to make at home for the whole family, I would recommend it!

The best thing about this promotion and the real reason I agreed to do the review, is that I have been given a set of the six DVD's to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment below by midnight on Thursday 3rd February and on Friday 4th February, I will draw a name out of a hat and announce the lucky winner! Please note that the six DVD's come in cardboard sleeves.

This review and competition is sponsored by www.twitter.com/TheSun_Buzz and the Sun Newspaper.

I endeavor to keep this blog free from advertising, but from time to time I will admit to being seduced by a product or brand with which I share values and beliefs, such as Jamie at Home. I will always make it clear if a post has been sponsored. 

18 comments:

  1. Like you I didn't watch the entire series, but the ones I did watch I enjoyed. I think he's lost a little bit of his "spark" that used to make him fun to watch - but he's still passionate about food and I have already used a couple of recipes. Would be interested in seeing all the programmes - as a friend has just offered me some Dorset venison and I haven't a club what to do with it! :)

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  2. I love cooking and this would be a great gift to receive :-)
    Daniela

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  3. Oh I loved this series - although I too missed quite a few. Jamie's venison and dauphinoise potatoes recipe (or dolphin nose potatoes as they are known in my house!) was the inspiration for a delicious Christmas dinner with friends! This would be a welcome addition to my DVD collection!

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  4. loved it and missed far too many too, the joys of being a Mama.
    what a wonderful offer
    love & luck to all x

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  5. Lucky you, I love Jamie's cooking and miss watching UK TV. Xx

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  6. Adore this series, my favourite of Jamie's.

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  7. is this open internationally? i did not see this series but love jamie oliver and what he stands for. ;)

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  8. I have never seen this series but love Jamie Oliver and would be so excited to win!

    www.ourbrokenroad.blogspot.com

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  9. I haven't seen this series either - I'm currently addicted to Jamie's 30 minute meals. Watching Jamie on a Sunday afternoon (whilst being on a diet)is my way of indulging without the calories finding their way to my hips! It's like food porn for someone who's still trying to be good after being a bit naughty over Christmas! :o)

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  10. I love this series if I get a chance to watch it too. I've seen maybe half of it, but with small children, you do tend to see bits of it! I'd love to win a copy of the series!

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  11. I love the Jamie at Home series! His devotion to his garden and cooking seasonally is wonderful to watch.

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  12. And who says blogging isn't fun!!! Love it!!!

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  13. If this is international I would love in the drawing as well. Jaime is one of my hero's!

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  14. I really like Jamie Oliver and have recently wrote about on my blog,too.I love his 30 Minute meals but haven't watched this series.Thanks for the chance :)

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  15. Ooo would be fab to win the DVD's! Have only seen a couple...

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  16. If I ever see reruns of this series I watch them - I loved the garden design, the quirky illustrations and most of all the recipes. Ooh, all my appendages are crossed.

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  17. What a grand reason to leave a comment for!

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  18. How fantastic! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

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