Tweet Treats and A Competition!

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Last year I was browsing through my twitter feed when I noticed a call for recipes of 140 characters or less from my Twitter Bestie, Jane Travers. When she told me she hoped to collect enough recipes to publish in a book and that proceeds would go to Medecins Sans Frontieres, I felt a challenge brewing.

I’m not known for my brevity. My current tweet counter sits at over 45,000 and many of my ‘pronouncements’ take more than one tweet, so trying to condense an entire recipe into just 140 characters – less if you included the #TweetTreats hashtag – was a massive challenge. But I had a go and found there were a few I managed to cut down. Soon it became addictive and I was rummaging through my mind and cookbooks looking for suitable candidates.

My daughter Claire saw what I was doing and she contributed a few of her own – I can heartily recommend her flapjack recipe – mmmmm!

As well as collecting recipes I got involved with #TeamTweetTreat, trying to encourage celebrities to contribute to the project and Claire came into her own here. She spent hours tweeting at as many of the famous twitterati as possible and managed to snag quite a few – Casualty actor Tristan Gemmill and TV Chef Gizzy Erskine among the most exciting.

TweetTreats soon became a pasttime we enjoyed together. We sat in the living room, each on her laptop, calling out the names of the celebrities we were trying for and re-tweeting the other’s requests. I have to put my hand up and admit that I think my then 15 year old daughter won the contest and got far more celebrities than me.

Claire is now an accomplished baker and cook. She makes wonderful muffins, cupcakes and bread and does a fabulous pasta with pesto & asparagus and a butternut squash risotto – soooo good. I think it’s more than possible that her interest in all things culinary can be traced back to her involvement in Tweet Treats. She is also very active politically and supports many causes important to her such as Amnesty and Greenpeace. Her involvement in Tweet Treats may be over, but her desire to contribute to make the world a better place isn’t and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

I have been more than pleased to share this experience with my daughter. We are close anyway, but Tweet Treats was a great opportunity for us to work together, having fun and helping a very worthy cause. I shared the experience, but I’m not sharing my Tweet Treats recipe book. She can buy her own.

After all, it is for a good cause.

And here is your own opportunity to snag a Tweet Treats Recipe Book. Simply leave a comment telling me why you’d like to own a copy and the one Jane and I like best wins! Closing date of the competition is 8pm on Saturday October 15th and the winner will be announced on or before noon on Monday 17th October.

My Twitter name is @NettieWriter and my daughter is @ClaireCatrina.

You can find Jane as @JaneTravers.

See the Tweet Treats Book Trailer here

Buy Tweet Treats from Amazon in the UK and the USA and from O’Brien Press.
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42 Comments

  1. Emma Pass
    Oct 10, 2011

    Once again, huge congrats to you, Claire and Jane for this. It’s such a brilliant idea, and rest assured that if I don’t win a copy I’ll be buying it anyway. 🙂

    I’d like to own a copy of Tweet Treats because I have the concentration span of a goldfish with memory problems (Look! Squirrel!), so the shorter the recipe, the better. At 140 characters there’s a chance I might actually be able to read it and take it in without forgetting essential steps/ingredients like I usually do! (Squirrel?)

  2. Emma Pass
    Oct 10, 2011

    Once again, huge congrats to you, Claire and Jane for this. It’s such a brilliant idea, and rest assured that if I don’t win a copy I’ll be buying it anyway. 🙂

    I’d like to own a copy of Tweet Treats because I have the concentration span of a goldfish with memory problems (Look! Squirrel!), so the shorter the recipe, the better. At 140 characters there’s a chance I might actually be able to read it and take it in without forgetting essential steps/ingredients like I usually do! (Squirrel?)

  3. We’d like one because we think your both lovely ladies, and apparently we amuse you with our continued “Blether and nonsense” (Janes words not mine.)

  4. We’d like one because we think your both lovely ladies, and apparently we amuse you with our continued “Blether and nonsense” (Janes words not mine.)

  5. sounds interesting and making me very hungry x

  6. sounds interesting and making me very hungry x

  7. Christine Marshall
    Oct 10, 2011

    I am so cross with Emma for posting this
    “I’d like to own a copy of Tweet Treats because I have the concentration span of a goldfish with memory problems (Look! Squirrel!), so the shorter the recipe, the better. At 140 characters there’s a chance I might actually be able to read it and take it in without forgetting essential steps/ingredients like I usually do! (Squirrel?)”

    I would have said all of that had I thought of it first!

    Great idea and well done girls shared and retweeted.x

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  8. Christine Marshall
    Oct 10, 2011

    I am so cross with Emma for posting this
    “I’d like to own a copy of Tweet Treats because I have the concentration span of a goldfish with memory problems (Look! Squirrel!), so the shorter the recipe, the better. At 140 characters there’s a chance I might actually be able to read it and take it in without forgetting essential steps/ingredients like I usually do! (Squirrel?)”

    I would have said all of that had I thought of it first!

    Great idea and well done girls shared and retweeted.x

    Krishenka@gmail.com

  9. Jo Galloway (@PottiJo)
    Oct 10, 2011

    Fab idea and if the book is as good as the trailer then you’re onto a winner.
    I’d like a copy as there are times when you find yourself in between things and wonder what to fill it with. A 140 character recipe is brill as it means whilst you’re thinking of how to fill the time you can actually BE filling it by trying one out. I need never worry about a space filler again. My motto is ‘if there’s a space, fill it”

    x

  10. Jo Galloway (@PottiJo)
    Oct 10, 2011

    Fab idea and if the book is as good as the trailer then you’re onto a winner.
    I’d like a copy as there are times when you find yourself in between things and wonder what to fill it with. A 140 character recipe is brill as it means whilst you’re thinking of how to fill the time you can actually BE filling it by trying one out. I need never worry about a space filler again. My motto is ‘if there’s a space, fill it”

    x

  11. Rosalind Adam
    Oct 10, 2011

    I remember when @Janetravers first put out her tweet requests for these recipes. In fact, I tweeted one of my own to her (not sure if it’s in there cause I’m not a celebrity… except to my cats who are my groupies – especially at tea time.) Excellent project. Well done. And all those real celebrities in there! What an achievement!

    • Jane Travers
      Oct 11, 2011

      I’m pretty sure there’s at least one recipe from you in the book, Rosalind! 🙂

  12. Rosalind Adam
    Oct 10, 2011

    I remember when @Janetravers first put out her tweet requests for these recipes. In fact, I tweeted one of my own to her (not sure if it’s in there cause I’m not a celebrity… except to my cats who are my groupies – especially at tea time.) Excellent project. Well done. And all those real celebrities in there! What an achievement!

    • Jane Travers
      Oct 11, 2011

      I’m pretty sure there’s at least one recipe from you in the book, Rosalind! 🙂

  13. Emma Pass
    Oct 10, 2011

    Oops, sorry Christine! I didn’t mean to u– Hey, there’s another squirrel! *Chases after it*

  14. Emma Pass
    Oct 10, 2011

    Oops, sorry Christine! I didn’t mean to u– Hey, there’s another squirrel! *Chases after it*

  15. Sarah Callejo
    Oct 10, 2011

    Me, me, me, me, I want a copy!!!!! Does there really have to be a clever reason for wanting one? Who wouldn’t want a book full of 140-word treats? The times I’ve opened a cookery book with recipes stretching over more than one page… and quickly shut it again. The shorter the better. I like it fast and tasty! Ahem. I’m still talking about cooking, girls.

  16. Sarah Callejo
    Oct 10, 2011

    Me, me, me, me, I want a copy!!!!! Does there really have to be a clever reason for wanting one? Who wouldn’t want a book full of 140-word treats? The times I’ve opened a cookery book with recipes stretching over more than one page… and quickly shut it again. The shorter the better. I like it fast and tasty! Ahem. I’m still talking about cooking, girls.

  17. joannacannon
    Oct 11, 2011

    Wonderful and what a brilliant cause. I would love a copy of Tweet Treats, because my bleep only allows me thirty second break before it summons me back to the ward. A 140 character recipe means I might actually get the chance to eat …

  18. joannacannon
    Oct 11, 2011

    Wonderful and what a brilliant cause. I would love a copy of Tweet Treats, because my bleep only allows me thirty second break before it summons me back to the ward. A 140 character recipe means I might actually get the chance to eat …

  19. Gill Fraser Lee
    Oct 11, 2011

    I need one because I’m a completely rubbish cook (I don’t quite have deaths to my name, but it’s been a close thing on more than one occasion …), so 140 character recipes I *might* just manage!

    Great, great job, ladies x

  20. Gill Fraser Lee
    Oct 11, 2011

    I need one because I’m a completely rubbish cook (I don’t quite have deaths to my name, but it’s been a close thing on more than one occasion …), so 140 character recipes I *might* just manage!

    Great, great job, ladies x

  21. Becca
    Oct 11, 2011

    I would like – er, no. I SHOULD GET a copy of tweet treats for 3 reasons *clears throat*:
    1. for being one of Jane’s first cheerleaders and I believe the coiner of the phrase #TeamTweetTreats. I think I should suggest it be printed on tshirts. Since I didn’t get a tshirt it’s only fair I get a book. Yes?
    2. Because I may be the only person in the world to try out the disgusting recipe from the North East of England.
    3. Because it’s ME dahling! *flutters eyelashes*

  22. Becca
    Oct 11, 2011

    I would like – er, no. I SHOULD GET a copy of tweet treats for 3 reasons *clears throat*:
    1. for being one of Jane’s first cheerleaders and I believe the coiner of the phrase #TeamTweetTreats. I think I should suggest it be printed on tshirts. Since I didn’t get a tshirt it’s only fair I get a book. Yes?
    2. Because I may be the only person in the world to try out the disgusting recipe from the North East of England.
    3. Because it’s ME dahling! *flutters eyelashes*

  23. Laura James
    Oct 11, 2011

    My children are fantastic spellers. It’s all the Alphabetti Spaghetti they eat.

  24. Laura James
    Oct 11, 2011

    My children are fantastic spellers. It’s all the Alphabetti Spaghetti they eat.

  25. Jane Travers
    Oct 12, 2011

    I’m loving all these comments! 🙂

  26. Jane Travers
    Oct 12, 2011

    I’m loving all these comments! 🙂

  27. Jo McIntosh (@has2bpurple)
    Oct 12, 2011

    I neeeeeed a copy because I’ve ordered one for my mum and mother in law for an under the tree, teatime christmas present! Now I need a copy before them so I can practice every recipe and be as good at cooking as they are (If Im honest this will never happen as they are great cooks, but a girl has to try!)
    Also I must look through every page very carefully to see if Jane has recommended the use of chilled cling film in the book as I know she has recently been carrying out research into the effects of putting cling film into the fridge!
    Well thats my reasons over!
    huge well done on getting the book out there and for such a great cause too 🙂 x

    • Jane Travers
      Oct 13, 2011

      Snort! I’m not going to live that one down for a while… 😉

  28. Jo McIntosh (@has2bpurple)
    Oct 12, 2011

    I neeeeeed a copy because I’ve ordered one for my mum and mother in law for an under the tree, teatime christmas present! Now I need a copy before them so I can practice every recipe and be as good at cooking as they are (If Im honest this will never happen as they are great cooks, but a girl has to try!)
    Also I must look through every page very carefully to see if Jane has recommended the use of chilled cling film in the book as I know she has recently been carrying out research into the effects of putting cling film into the fridge!
    Well thats my reasons over!
    huge well done on getting the book out there and for such a great cause too 🙂 x

    • Jane Travers
      Oct 13, 2011

      Snort! I’m not going to live that one down for a while… 😉

  29. i think i should win this because if i were to win, i would make every recipe and tweet/blog about each one. and, despite my inadequacies in the kitchen, i’ll even EAT them! XD

  30. i think i should win this because if i were to win, i would make every recipe and tweet/blog about each one. and, despite my inadequacies in the kitchen, i’ll even EAT them! XD

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