Whoever said money can’t buy happiness has never experienced the joy of the arrival of the grinning Berco chaps when they deliver orders from the Yuppiechef online store, what I’ve come to term ‘boxes of happy’, and the sheer thrill of unpacking the treasures they contain.

Although I’d said my husband would draw the apron winner in the Pesto Princess giveaway out of a hat, there were too many entries to fit into any hat in our house, so I put them into my new Le Creuset 4L mixing bowl bought from Yuppiechef during the week.

I had mixed feelings when I unfolded the piece of paper Old Spouse had plucked from the bowl; joy, because a ‘real-life’ friend had won, and dismay that there may be a perception (suspicion?) that I’d somehow ‘rigged’ it. Old Spouse was adamant that I stick to my original rules. And so it is. The winner is Chantelle / JustChef and the wonderfully generous girls at Pesto Princess will be in touch with her to arrange delivery of her apron.

There’s another apron up for grabs this week; just leave a comment telling Pesto Princess why you think you deserve to win it. In the meantime, I’ll scout around for a suitably independent judge to choose the winner next weekend.

Now I’m off to cook oxtail and beans in my new bean pot, ain’t she a beauty?

Oh, but first a cup of tea; because, on this day in 1764 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl, was born. Earl Grey was supposedly given the recipe for Earl Grey Tea by a Chinese mandarin with whom he was friends (and/or whose life either he or another British diplomat saved).


54 Comments Add yours

  1. Just call me Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and ask the food replicator console for a cup of “Earl Grey – hot!” My favorite tea, and I am equally in love with Lady Grey tea – which is the same, except with added lavender. Mmmmmmm. Lovely! (And where else would bergamot belong?)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will definitely keep an eye out for the Lady Grey!

  2. I’ll come and judge. I am completely inmpartial because I think everyone deserves such an apron.

    1. theonlycin says:

      There you go then, we have a judge.

    2. nrhatch says:

      I vote for Sidey!

      But I don’t think it was rigged. I expect the Universe wanted Chantelle to get an apron.

      With a name like Just Chef . . . she was a shoo in.

      1. Cindy Taylor says:

        You must be right, Nancy 🙂

  3. The Berco men must fight to get your deliveries 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      They certainly are a cheerful bunch 🙂

  4. Congratulations Chantelle (turning Shrek-Green)!!!! xxx jan

    1. theonlycin says:

      You still have a chance (two chances actually) to win one yourself, Jan 🙂

  5. That courier guy must have thought WTF? I am going to be famous!!! Should have got his name. Haha.
    Love oxtail, haven’t had it for years!

    1. theonlycin says:

      His name is Lesiba 🙂

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    I love your ‘new Le Creuset 4L mixing bowl’ and the stewpot too! Oxtail – yum!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I went a bit overboard last week and purchased a whole lot of stuff, having great fun in the kitchen this weekend 🙂

      1. Adeeyoyo says:

        Very nice – problem is where to put it all 😦

      2. theonlycin says:

        You have a point, I have now decided I have everything I need.

  7. nzwaa says:

    I know that guy! JOKES….Congrats to Chantelle.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LMAO, you crazy girl!

  8. Congratulations to Chantelle – I am sure she will wear it with pride. Oh oxtail, LOVE oxtail! Your latest purchases look fabulous!
    I’m off to make myself a cuppa.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Happy Sunday, Mandy 🙂

  9. Tilly Bud says:

    What a pretty bowl 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Innit just? I love it 🙂

  10. Tandy says:

    I love your new pot and bowl! Hope you are having a grest weekend 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was super, hope yours was too 🙂

  11. Colleen says:

    Oooooh my. I love your new toys. Im so keen to know how heavy they are Cindy. I would love some but I have one fused wrist and I struggle with heavy bowls and pots…and CONGRATS to Chantelle for winning the apron. I have to say I felt the same way about drawing the knife block at the Indaba….keep thinking that people might think it was rigged but I did it so openly and honestly…but it does bother me! Hugs and enjoy using your beautiful Le Creuset ware xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Colly. The bowls are quite heavy and – being stoneware – I’d be careful if I were you. Maybe the Don could help with lifting in and out of the oven?

  12. Tammy McLeod says:

    Lovely pot Cindy. And thank you for the glimpse into Earl Grey. I hadn’t heard that before.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We live and learn, don’t we, Tammy? 🙂

  13. SuziCate says:

    Now that is a pretty pot! Congrats to the winner!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And good luck to you for the next draw 🙂

  14. granny1947 says:

    I can’t enter,damnit, have never used Pesto in my life!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, you don’t need to have, you just need to state a good reason why you deserve an apron!

  15. slpmartin says:

    Congratulations Chantelle…I’ve never worn an apron in the kitchen myself. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never too late to start, Charles 🙂

  16. I am hopelessly plebeian and can only drink Earl Grey with milk and sugar.
    Hope you enjoy your pot 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m a pleb too, Kate 😉

  17. Haven’t you been having fun, Cin! Congrats, Chantelle. It’s grand that someone in your local circle was the winner.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am having fun, Amy 😀

  18. Your bean pot is really attractive! I once bought a very old bean pot at a garage sale for practically nothing. It was a beautiful antique pot. My sister-in-law made baked beans with Boston brown bread and franks. I made them only one time in my bean pot, but I always cherished the pot. Somehow my bean pot didn’t make it to Texas, and I can’t remember what happened to it. Enjoy your beautiful pot! Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aw, how sad that your bean pot is no longer with you 😦

  19. Congrats Chantelle – you lucky duckie you 🙂
    Lovin’ your gorgeous pot too Cindy…. I’ve got a big red beauty too, I love cooking in her 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Mine turned out a perfect oxtail and bean casserole, Chef 🙂

  20. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lovely pot. Love Earl Grey tea. And Lady Grey (do you have that there?) perfect the Lebanese way with a sprg of fresh mint and a bit of honey. Yum!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m on a quest to find the Lady Grey now 🙂

  21. Rosemary says:

    I love that bean pot…Now I just have to work out a reason why I need another LC pot! I see we have the same taste in LC colours!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks to Tandy, I now have some orange LC stuff too 😉

  22. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

    YAY YAY YAY!! Thank you so much!! And thanks to Old Spouse for sticking to the rules! xxx Once I have it, we can cyber cook something together one Saturday afternoon!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Congrats 🙂 A cyber cookout is a fabulous idea!

    2. Yuppiechef says:

      Congrats, Chantelle! You are 1 x lucky lady.

      1. theonlycin says:

        That she is, Yuppiechef, thanks for popping in 😀

  23. Tokeloshe says:

    She’s a beauty!

  24. Vickie Gibson says:

    I would LOVE a Pesto princess apron because I have to be their biggest fan! It’s the only pesto I ever buy 🙂 As an added bonus blue is my favourite colour 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That sure seems a fine reason, Vickie, best of luck!

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