57 varieties of mummy blogger (Giveaway #6 CLOSED)

This giveaway is now closed. The winner was Helen Watson, Norfolk.

Sharp elbows were needed to grab tickets to the mummy bloggers’ must-go event of the season, the British Mummy Bloggers’ Christmas Party. Having initially missed out, when BMB Blog announced places had become available, I quickly, and successfully, pounced on Cafe Bebe , gatekeeper of the Who’s In list.

The 3 course lunch for 57 varieties of mummy blogger (small babies not compulsory but they’re so in right now) took place in the totally stylish and not remotely spooky crypt gallery under St Martins in the Fields church, Trafalgar Square.

With the event sponsored by Heinz Secret Ingredient , twinkly red baubles hinted which mystery Heinz product was lurking in our meal. Hmmm Heinz…. Red…. Ummm…. I can’t think for the life of me.

The mighty kings of ketchup were good enough to supply me with a hamper for my series of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. It comprises a picnic basket, apron, oven gloves, chopping board, wooden spoon and a giant bottle of ketchup. Find out how to enter at the bottom of this post.

Six months after Cybermummy, it was an opportunity to get back together with many mummy bloggers I’d met back in the summer including Maggy at Red Ted Art, Hannah at Muddling Along, Karin at Cafe Bebe, Jax at Making It Up and Jay from Mocha Bean Mummy.

I also chatted for the first time with Mari of Mari’s World, Mummy’s Little Monkey AKA Jax2000 from Twitter, Sabina of Mummy Matters, Victoria of She Was Not At All Domestic, Natalie of Bambino Goodies, Anna of The Beauty Glo, and I’m really sorry if I’ve missed anyone.

I was gutted to miss out on chatting with Cherished by Me whose blog is a regular in my RSS reader but we didn’t realise until after each other were there. It was also a shame a few others like Rachael of Tales from the Village and Julie at The Sardine Tin couldn’t make it.

Thanks very much to the organisers Susanna, Jen and Karin for running such a successful event.

So what about that secret ingredient?

Lunch was served. Our starter was:

Flaked fresh salmon niçoise, with green beans, black olives, boiled egg on a bed of mixed leaves and baby spinach with a roasted lemon, whiskey and Heinz tomato sauce mayonnaise

I forgot to photograph my neighbour’s vegetarian starter, in fact I forgot to take many photographs at all. Possibly because I didn’t know that many people face to face and felt a bit awkward running around in my usual papparazzi mode.

The vegetarian main course was:

Field mushroom and roasted plum tomato with Heinz tomato sauce, baked with fresh parmesan and served with a garlic rubbed ciabatta

And the standard main course was

Turkey, Roasted new potatoes, Assorted seasonal vegetables, Apricot, Prune and Heinz tomato sauce pork stuffing, Chipolatas and smoked streaky bacon and a Rich port reduction

I didn’t manage to photograph my pudding but it was:

An individual Christmas pudding stuffed with Heinz Baked Beans and covered with hot custard made with Heinz Tomato Soup

I jest. There were no Heinz products in the pudding. But it will sort out who’s been paying attention. On with the giveaway….

Heinz Secret Ingredient Hamper giveaway:

There is one mandatory way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries.

This giveaway is open to readers with UK mailing addresses. Readers from overseas are welcome to enter provided they can give the UK mailing address of a friend to receive the gift on their behalf with any onward delivery being at their own cost.

The winner will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced in a subsequent post on this blog – the winners of several of the 12 giveaways will be will announced together across 2-3 posts according to their closing dates.

To win:

1. Mandatory. Concoct an imaginary bizarre pudding made with Heinz products and share it with me below.

2. Second chance to win, tweet a link to this giveaway as follows: “Join Ketchup Monsters Anonymous @maisoncupcake” WITH A LINK TO THIS POST as it may no longer be the home page item if you enter later this week. Then leave a second comment saying you’ve done so telling me your Twitter ID.

3. For a third chance to win, visit and “Like” the Heinz Secret Ingredient Facebook page then leave a comment below saying you have done so..

You must leave a further separate comment for each bonus entry otherwise they cannot be selected in the draw.

Closing date: midnight GMT on Thursday December 16th 2010.

The winner will be notified by email. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
Good luck everyone!

With thanks to Heinz

Also up for grabs during the Maison Cupcake 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Waitrose Christmas goodies RRP £35 Closes Dec 12

Green & Black’s Ultimate Chocolate Chef gift set Closes Dec 13

Nigella Living Collection Measuring Cups Closes Jan 16 (bloggers’ competition, international)

Alex Polizzi’s Little Black Book of Hotels Closes Dec 14

Sainsbury’s Different by Design cookware Closes Dec 15

Interflora Christmas Hamper RRP £100 RRP £100

Eric Lanlard’s “Home Bake” from Octopus Books

Cookware from Jamie Oliver and Mum et Moi

Chocolate from Matcha Chocolat

Spices from Steenbergs

and more!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see which prize is next!


  1. Simon says

    A bizarre pudding with tomato ketchup…

    How about a rich white chocolate mousse layered with a dark chocolate ganache and then topped with a foam made from tomato ketchup and cream

    That would be unusual!

  2. Mummy Matters says

    LOVE the title of this post very clever – you had me worried when you said there were baked beans in the pudding – Hubby is always trying to sneak baked beans into our meals and I thought I had missed them in the Xmas pud – phew that would have been gross!!

    Ps not entering comp just commenting on a cool post – was great to meet you too x

  3. says

    A pudding with ketchup – I can’t think of anything more gross, although I’m sure my son would happily squish ketchup on any pudding and eat it – especially if he stood to win a full bottle of the stuff.

    But I’m going to say sherry trifle -with the custard coloured with ketchup. Hoefully the sherry & other ingredients would mask the slightly odd flavour….

  4. Nikki says

    Hmm how about Heinz Tomato Soup and Heinz Baked Beans jelly? My weaning baby would no doubt love to get her hands on this!

  5. Lux says

    …and, I dunno, some kind of HP sauce toffee ice-cream? That actually sound kind of good. Heston Blumenthal could make that happen.

  6. says

    Great post and pictures of the food. I wouldn’t have guessed that there was anything mysterious and red in the first two courses. It was a fabulous lunch and fantastic to see all the bloggers.

  7. Julie Johnson says

    Heinz Tomato Soup with Cheese grated over the top and then a Heinz Spicy sauce on the top, just great for these cold chilly nights

  8. adam parker says

    how about a heinz baked bean jelly with a duet of heinz tomato soup & heinz salad cream icecreams weird twist on the kidz favourite jelly & icecream.

  9. says

    For a second you had me there….I was thinking beans? Soup? But the sauce was so white!
    Lovely photos, I forgot to take any at all. Thanks for the mention, sorry I missed you.
    Errrr, trying to think of something: How about Chocolate and Baked bean rice pudding? I think that may just work? No? 😉

  10. kaye steeper says

    cranberry trifle with sherry of course and a Heinz toast topper creamy ham and cheese topping

  11. Robyn Clarke says

    Heinz trifle, a hit with pregnant woman.

    A layer of Heinz beans, then a layer of chocolate sauce, layer of Heinz Salad Cream, layer of chopped up chocolate brownies, Heinz spaghetti hoops, another layer of Heinz salad cream and a cherry of the top

  12. says

    I am thinking maybe a Christmas Yule log (let’s keep this seasonal..), made Red Velvet style with Heinz Ketchup mousse as the filling, and of course, whipped Salad Cream as the frosting..

  13. says

    I don’t have to imagine a pudding, Heinz sent me a “secret ingredient” cupcake to taste! I didn’t know at the time it was Heinz so I had to guess and I was spot on! It was the most vile cupcake I’ve ever eaten!

    I would prefer to have a savory breakfast muffin with maybe tomato and goats cheese? I do love ketchup on everyhing excluding dessert.

  14. Gill Saunders says

    Mayonnaise and ketchup swirl cupcakes with frosted ketchup icing, each one topped with a baked bean – lovely!

  15. Joanne Ogden says

    This is fun – I can think of loads but my favourite would have to be Heinz baked bean pavlova with Heinz vegetable salad to decorate!

  16. Helen R says

    I’d make a tomato ketchup filled biscuit base, topped off with a delightful concoction of cream cheese, baked beans and ginger. Yum 😀

  17. Hazel says

    There is a lovely chocolate cake recipe which uses beetroot – the beetroot could be replaced by baked beans, and the cream in the resulting cake could be replaced by Ketchup.:-)

  18. Alistair Richardson says

    Heinz Baked beans and Heinz spaghetti in a shortcrust pastry, lightly dusted with caster sugar and served with a Heinz mayo dip or custard

  19. stephanie Taylor says

    heinz baked bean icecream topped with delicious salad cream sauce and a cherry on top of course!

  20. Patricia Edwards says

    A Christmas pudding, with Heinz baked beans in the middle of it, and topped with tomato ketchup. Have followed

  21. Susannah Leggatt says

    Heinz Spaghetti Hoops marinated in Heinz Tomato soup, steeped in Heinz Tomato Sauce pudding, served with a drizzle of Heinz Baby food of your choice, sounds good to me..x

  22. chicamba says

    Heinz spotted dick pudding,hollowed out and filled with Heinz baked beans.
    Cover the pudding with Heinz Ravioli,giving an bricked-up effect,and serve with a hot Tomato sauce joue and voila – Heinz Hot Igloo Pudding.

  23. Caroline Eccles says

    I;m gonna go for cold Heinz bean fruit salad. A nice light alternative to the traditional Xmas pud!

  24. Angie says

    Chocolate cake with strawberry mayonnaise cream filling decorated with rasperry tomato sauce topping and baked beans sprinkles

  25. Ian Campbell says

    Plum Pudding peppered with Heinz baked beans and a coating of Heinz Tomato Ketchup for good measure!