Mecca Ibrahim's Bits & Pieces RSS

Who am I? And why might you be interested in my bits? I've written a book about the Tube called One Stop Short of Barking - Uncovering the London Underground.

I've had other bits & pieces published online.

I work for Great British Chefs as Head of Social Media.

You can find out where I've worked in the past on LinkedIn I'm also on Google+ here

Some of the photos I've taken are on Flickr

Some of the music that rocks my world is at last.fm

I have other places where I have secret links but funnily enough, they're secret.

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How to buy Sustainable Cod

You can get a crisis of conscience eating seafood nowadays.

Our love of cod and chips may be responsible for causing the extinction of entire species.  Cod has been overfished to dangerous levels but it is possible to buy cod and not worry about its future.   Armed with the  information in this infographic you’ll be able to enjoy cod with a clear conscience in future!

How to buy sustainable cod
Infographic courtesy of Great British Chefs

Aug
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The Ultimate Yorkshire Pudding

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Yorkshire Puddings are the perfect partner for a Sunday Roast.  As I child I used to love home made ones which came thicker and heavier and more slab like than the delightful puffy beauties seen above.  But covered in gravy and with thick slices of roast beef they were delicious.

When it came to cooking them myself I never seemed to have much success on trying to achieve a crispy outside, and mine often sank a few minutes after leaving the oven.  So I resorted to “Aunt Bessies” frozen variety & just kept the packaging hidden.

However since seeing the simplicity of  Galton Blackiston’s Yorkshire Pudding recipe I will be given them another try with my next roast.  The secret ingredient seems to be lard! I had always used vegetable oil and this could be where I was going wrong.  Here’s to real Yorkshire puds.

Aug
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Demystifying Roast Duck

Many people are scared of cooking duck, particularly a whole roast duck.  Give them a chicken and they’re fine, stuff it, season it, pop in the the oven, baste occasionally and that’s it.  But if you mention duck, to some, you’ll see a slightly uncomfortable look and muttered comments about fat, draining, hanging, hair-dryers & all sorts of handicaps that get in the way of enjoying this wonderful bird. Time to put the myths & mystery aside and discover how easy it is to make roast Gresssingham duck.  Read on here

Blog post by Mecca Ibrahim of Great British Chefs

Aug
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Top Baking Tips from Edd Kimber - The Boy Who Bakes

The third series of The Great British Bake Off started this week and attracted its highest viewing figures.  Over four million people tuned in to see the first episode proving the show’s continued success. At Great British Chefs we delighted to spend some time with the winner of the very first series, Edd Kimber, aka The Boy Who Bakes.  Read on to find discover who influences him, his essential baking tools, top tips for pastry making and how to avoid that soggy bottom! http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/baking-tips-edd-kimber-great-british-bake-off

Aug
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The Great British Bake Off returns

The third series of The Great British Bake Off started last night and the nation tuned in to see amateur bakers from across the country compete in the infamous baking tent.  We’re delighted that a former contestant Urvashi Roe aka The Botanical Baker will be watching each week’s bake-offs and giving her views on the series from the other side of the screen.  Read on to find out what she thought of week one.


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“GOODBYE I HATE YOU ALL” Post Generator Helps Overdramatic Members Leave Your Community in Style:

“You’ve been angry lately,” creator margalite writes on the page. “No one likes you and you feel that you aren’t getting the respect that you deserve. Those other people on the internet, they should feel lucky to share a community with you! How do you catch their attention and let them know what they’ll be missing? Simple! Flounce out of the community. With a wide range of quotes taken from ACTUAL past flounce posts, you know that the results will be good and everyone will respect you more for taking the moral high ground. You can pick as many options as you please in each category – or none at all! Happy drama!”

http://www.managingcommunities.com/2012/07/05/goodbye-i-hate-you-all-flounce-post-generator/ via @iFroggy 

Jul
13th
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Let them eat chips, Olympic Chip Embargo partially lifted

You may have heard that McDonalds are the major sponsor of food at the London Olympics. But did you know that even in the run up to the games, site workers could only eat McDonalds fries too.  There have been so many complaints from staff that the “London 2012 Olympic chip embargo has cracked”. Read on to find out more about the food that will be served at the Games & how chips can only be served with fish …. http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/olympic-food-mcdonalds-2012-games

Nathan makes a fine chip

Blog post by Mecca Ibrahim for Great British Chefs

Jun
23rd
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Ocado & Great British Chefs Mealtime Masterclass

We were delighted to be involved in a UK first on Wednesday 20th June 2012, as along with Ocado we broadcast the first UK virtual cook-a-long through Google+ Hangouts and live streamed via YouTube. The Ocado Mealtime Masterclass involved three Michelin starred chefs, a camera crew, live webstreaming on YouTube AND Matthew Fort as host - was it a case of too many cooks in the kitchen? Read on to find out

Blog post for Great British Chefs by Mecca Ibrahim

The capacity for things to go wrong on live TV is quite high.  Add some new technology to the mix, with three Michelin starred chefs, Galton Blackiston, Simon Hulstone & Josh Eggleton,  demoing their showcase summer time dishes in front of thousands of people.  Get some of those people to cook the dishes at home, with their kitchens also appearing in the Google+ Hangout & YouTube live stream and the capacity for things to go wrong grows somewhat.

Read full blog post here ……http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/ocado-great-british-chefs-mealtime-masterclass-google-hangout

Jun
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Taste of London 2012 & The Best of Height Cuisine

At Great British Chefs we were lucky enough to be invited to a preview of Taste of London 2012 & learn more about (and taste) Simon Hulstone's menu for the festival's headline sponsor British Airways. They call it Height Cuisine, we call it delicious.  Find out how amazing food can be served at 35,000 feet & what else you’ll be able to see at this summer’s big foodie event.


Chilled Chocolate Fondant with Salted Caramel Centre by Simon Hulstone

Blog post for Great British Chefs by Mecca Ibrahim

Did you know that our taste buds change when at 35,000 feet in the air? We’ve probably all got a story about airline food.  However, I imagine that we don’t put the often tasteless food down to pressure or the change in environment, but just blame the airline for preparing poor food.  Read the full blog post here …….http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/taste-london-2012-british-airways-height-cuisine