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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Please Help Send Me To Turkey!

Ainsley Harriott SoupSearch

Last Wednesday, I was invited to London along with four other bloggers to take part in a cookery competition. Ainsley Harriott Foods is looking to develop a new flavour of internationally-inspired soup, and they have five possible countries in mind: Argentina, Japan, Spain, Turkey, and Vietnam. Our names were drawn from a hat to match each one of us to a country. There was a box of surprise ingredients from each country, and we were challenged to cook something suitable. In twenty minutes. With Ainsley himself - who is just as cheerful in real life as on TV, and didn't seem to mind at all that I was treating him like my skivvy (um, sorry about that).

I was really thrilled to get Turkey as "my" country, as my dad has just bought a house there, and when we visited last year I really loved the cuisine. It seems to be a great country for vegetarians, with loads of wonderful fresh produce on the markets. My cooking box contained a butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onions, red pepper, a tin of chickpeas, dried apricot pieces, fresh mint, and couscous.

Ainsley Harriott SoupSearch (London)

We also had access to a store cupboard full of basic ingredients, herbs, and spices. Oh, and half an hour of Ainsely's help in the kitchen! After requesting a few extras (such as sumac and flat leaf parsley) I was ready to go with the following dishes I'd planned:

Ainsley Harriott SoupSearch

There's a short video over on the Facebook page - and more importantly, voting! The blogger with the most votes will get an expenses-paid trip to explore the country whose cuisine they cooked, uncovering more tastes and traditions. Back in the UK, the winner will have the chance to develop a new soup for the Ainsley Harriott range, based on the flavours they discover on their trip. I'd so love to do this - not just the trip (though it would be wonderful, of course, to get to visit a different area of Turkey), but getting involved in the whole process of developing a soup for commercial sale. I promise to blog it every step of the way!

So please (pretty please?) help me out by clicking across to Facebook and voting to send me to Turkey!

If you're in the UK, you can also enter to win a weekend in Marrakesh, just by voting.

You might also be interested in checking out the other lovely bloggers in the competition. Regardless of who wins, we had an amazing day together:


Elizabeth said...

That looks so delicious.

I will vote for you.

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rosaria williams said...

You'll win!

Rachel said...

Facebook links gave me "Page Not Found" results, or I'd definitely have voted..

Charlotte Klein said...

OMG!!! Of COURSE, Rachel! How incredibly exciting! Can I vote for you every day? Will tweet about this now. XOXO and congratulations for being in the running. So very neat!

A Cuban In London said...

I just voted for you. Wish you luck.

Greetings from London.

PS: If FB gives you a "page not found", refresh your browser, it will come uo. That's what happened to me the first time.

Bibliomama said...

Happily. Your recipe sounds awesome.

Mike Harvey said...

Good luck with your quest. I'd love to vote for you but I'm one of the few people in the world who isn't on Facebook and has no intention of joining.

belleau kitchen said...

good luck Rachel... may the best recipe win and god willing, they send us all away!!!

mycookinghut said...

Good luck!!

Stephanie V said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you. I've always wanted to do some kind of competition like that. And to get a chance to create a soup recipe. Well soup is just the best food in the world. I love your recipes and I know you'll have wowed them.
I'm off to FB right now!

DMS said...

How exciting! I will vote for you! Looks like some good food. :)

Savvy WorkingGal said...

I'll be voting. Good luck.

Ashley said...

Hi Rachel, just stopping by to say thanks for comment on Supremely Divine Life. I am following now and I also voted for you to win. How exciting!!! I wish I could get the chance to be a part of something so amazing some day. You're awesome!!!


LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Of course I will what a wonderful opportunity. We loved everything about Istanbul when we were there earlier this year.

Kate / Pennello Lane said...

How exciting!! Heading over to vote for you! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, by the way, I only just found your comment now... somehow it got trapped in the spam filter! Good luck with the contest!

Stephanie said...

Of course I will vote for you!! How amazing!
Just did! Best of luck:)

PS Following you now too!

Aspgriswold said...

That looks SO good. You've got my vote. :) Coming by from sharefest!

de engineur said...

the finish product looks really tempting. All the best to you!

How do i cast my vote?

BECKY said...

Hi Rachel, I know I voted and/or Liked you on facebook. Are we allowed to do that more than once? When will you know if you won?!

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