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LucyGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 22-Aug-16 10:45:33

We're very excited to have the lovely Nadiya Hussain answering all your questions on baking, GBBO and her new book, Nadiya's Bake Me A Story.

Winner of the 2015 Great British Bake Off, Nadiya needs very little introduction after wowing us all with her fantastic bakes last year <remember the fizzy drink cake?!> Here's more about her new book...

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story is the first children's book from the star of the UK’s most-watched and BAFTA-winning TV show of 2015, Great British Bake Off winner and nation's sweetheart, Nadiya Hussain.

This unique hybrid of storybook and cookbook contains recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself. Nadiya's Bake Me a Story brings families into the kitchen to spend time sharing stories and cooking. Get messy making yummy bean patties, and while they are in the oven, curl up with the story of Jack and the Bean Pattiestalk, or read about Ruby-Red and the Three Bears and their Very Berry Muffins while you wait for your own to bake!

Like her bakes, Nadiya’s stories themselves all have a sprinkling of something original. We have The Princess and the Pea and Mint Risotto, or Sleepless Beauty, who is cursed to never sleep again, until she comes across a magical mug of hot chocolate with cardamom...

Nadiya's Bake Me A Story will be published on 8 September in hardback priced £14.99 by Hodder Children's Books, and we've got one signed copy to give away to someone who asks a question on the thread. Leave yours for Nadiya below by midday on 5 September.

baubles Mon 22-Aug-16 10:57:44

Hi Nadiya, what age group is your book aimed at? Loved watching you on GBBO.

tanith Mon 22-Aug-16 11:07:02

Hi Nadiya I am going to send your book to my little grandson who lives abroad as we don't see him often a signed copy would of course be a bonus,
I wondered if your whole family will be involved in your new tv show? Can't wait to watch.

Cleverblonde Mon 22-Aug-16 11:34:43

Hi Nadiya,

Great to see your continued success post Bake Off. Whats your favourite recipe to make with your children?

Grannyknot Mon 22-Aug-16 12:23:26

Hi Nadiya, you are very glamorous! smile Did you always like getting dressed up?

Teetime Mon 22-Aug-16 13:44:03

Nadiya when you were preparing for the show and practising the recipes di you find it cost a great deal of money and who did you get to eat all that cake?

rubysong Mon 22-Aug-16 18:22:51

How did you decide on the design of the cake you made for the Queen?

Jalima Mon 22-Aug-16 20:51:23

Nadiya I did enjoy watching you bake on GBBO, and particularly your wonderful facial expressions!!

DGS enjoys baking with mummy, but recipes have to be gluten-free in the main, as DD is coeliac.
Are there any gf recipes in your book? There was the occasional gf recipe on Bake Off, but not that many, and people who are coeliacs enjoy baking cakes with their DC and eating them too.

ps have you heard of banana flour? - apparently it doesn't taste of bananas!

mumofmadboys Mon 22-Aug-16 21:32:52

What is your all time favourite cake? Good luck with your book!

tinatulip78 Tue 23-Aug-16 07:37:53

Have you religiously made homemade birthday cakes for your children every year? if not, when and why?

Auntieflo Tue 23-Aug-16 08:16:57

Nadiya, I imagine that before all the 'hoo ha' created by winning Bake Off, that you were a private person. Now with your programme about India, what has all the subsequent publicity done to your home life?

LullyDully Tue 23-Aug-16 08:18:04

Well done with your well.deserved success. You have worked hard to conquer all your things that have held you back. I think you are a great role.model and possibly a new nations sweetheart. I would like to come to tea but will make do with your recipe.book. cupcake

Maggiemaybe Tue 23-Aug-16 15:50:30

Very well done on your Bake Off success and good luck with the new book. It sounds brilliant (cooking and stories together - inspired!).

I love Leeds, and have heard that you have moved from there now. Could I ask what you miss most from up here? For me it would be the arcades and Bundobust!

Angelwings Tue 23-Aug-16 16:28:19

Would love to win a copy by a very inspiring, positive author - lovely

hdh74 Tue 23-Aug-16 16:48:18

Well done on all your success, much deserved. What has been the best thing that has happened to you since GBBO?

duffel Tue 23-Aug-16 17:15:20

How do you look so fab in photos? I am so rubbish at posing for pictures!

marpau Tue 23-Aug-16 17:18:32

Which do you prefer baking sweet food or cooking savoury items?

cocochips Tue 23-Aug-16 18:05:50

Well done for winning GBBO. Would love to read your book and to try out some recipes

thebabysitter Tue 23-Aug-16 19:04:46

Well done Nadiya - you sure are sweet
Love watching you cook great things to eat
Congrats on your book - what a hit it will make
And fly off the shelves like a million hot cakes. xo

Cailin7 Tue 23-Aug-16 20:35:27

Well done on Bake Off and best of luck with your book.

Cherrytree59 Tue 23-Aug-16 21:34:06

Hello Nadiya congratulations on your new book. It sounds a lovely idea.

Do you cook anything special for your Grandparents?.
I bet they have a few favourite Nadia recipes!.
Did you have a favourite food that your grandparents or parents would cook when you were a child?
Do have a comfort food that you go to when you feel sad or missing home?

One last question
will your grandparents be checking out Grandsnet?
They will be very welcome

leiajulie Tue 23-Aug-16 22:50:19

this sounds like so much fun

Grannyknot Wed 24-Aug-16 10:04:20

Hi again, I have another question smile

And apologies in advance for asking a baker about sugar! But I have been reading an article in the Times Magazine where you write about making your own peanut butter, and you mention using agave syrup.

To impress my daughter-in-law Trying to do the right thing as a grandmother, I had bought agave syrup for baking but then a thread on these very forums put me right off it!

I have now bought a bottle of fruit syrup (from Lidl, made from apples, grapes and carob) which I hope will be the healthy option for sweetening.

Is it an ongoing battle with you as a mum and a baker of cakes to find healthy alternatives to sugar?

Greyduster Wed 24-Aug-16 14:04:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KatyK Wed 24-Aug-16 15:10:12

Hello Nadiya

This is a similar question to Auntieflo above. I am interested to know how your life has changed since winning Bake Off and would you say it has changed for the better. Also, are there any down sides to being famous?

mischief Wed 24-Aug-16 22:06:47

Just finished watching The Chronicles of Nadiya and absolutely loved it on so many levels.

Which do you like best, the traditional receipes or one's that you have created.

angiehoggett Thu 25-Aug-16 08:00:59

I'd like to ask Nadiya if she has a secret for making Macarons, I always seem to end up with funny shapes and don't get the baking times correct.

Zengran Thu 25-Aug-16 09:44:05

Hello Nadiya. I loved watching you on Bake Off and have just watched Chronicles of Nadiya and love that too. My question is:- Can you please send me some of your cheerful enthusiasm, I lost mine somewhere along the way!

Pittcity Thu 25-Aug-16 12:01:15

I loved The first episode of The Chronicles of Nadiya and loved it. What a lovely family. Looking forward to next week.
My question stems from the latest Bake Off thread on Gransnet. We see Paul and Mary cutting a large slice of cake and trying a little. What happens to the rest?

kazzlelawrence Fri 26-Aug-16 10:17:13

Hi Nadiya
I am a GBBO fan and always find inspiration watching the show. I watched the first 'Chronicles of Nadiya' recently and was delighted - what a wonderful insight into a different culture.
My question is this - Do you think that GBBO is totally responsible for your new direction in life or do you think it just kick started something that was always in you and was always going to emerge eventually?

Otter105 Fri 26-Aug-16 10:17:43

Hi Nadiya?

If you could only make one pudding for the rest of your life what would it be?

baNANAGran3 Fri 26-Aug-16 11:12:26

Hello Nadiya and congratulations on making the most of life since GBBO, I wish you much happiness along the way.

My question is, are you now sometimes too busy to bake at home - and (shock horror) - do you ever BUY a cake for your family?!

cikada Fri 26-Aug-16 12:28:23

Congratulations on winning the GBBO and continued success, however, I ask myself how it has changed your luife and how does your family cope with all the media attention. Very good luck with your book!

angie95 Fri 26-Aug-16 12:37:08

Hi Nadiya , congratulations on your win, you put the fun back into baking. Have you always baked? I have warm hands, how can I keep them cool when baking? Thanks
Angie95 x

lizliz Fri 26-Aug-16 13:56:20

Hi Nadiya well done for winning bake off and putting Yorkshire on the map. What tips would you give to this years contestants?

preety18 Fri 26-Aug-16 15:39:35

Well done Nadiya you are a great inspiration. Just wanted to ask you what it is your inspiration behind baking and what is your favourite recipe?

Tryfan12 Fri 26-Aug-16 19:13:04

What is your favourite thing to bake?

Treebee Fri 26-Aug-16 19:57:10

Hi there Nadiya from sunny MK! I love making cakes but then I can't resist eating them. Do you eat your own cakes? If so how do you keep in trim?

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 26-Aug-16 20:11:53

Do you think it is ridiculous that, when we are all supposed to be fighting overweight and obesity, the Beeb keeps pumping out this programme encouraging everyone to bake and eat more and more sugar laden crap treats. And please don't say that homemade is better for you than shop bought. It's all the same sugar.

dahlia08 Fri 26-Aug-16 23:36:56

Well done on bake off Nadya!! I loved watching you in your home town. It was very happy and sad too. Reminds me when I go to visit my family abroad. It's very sad to leave them. You are so relax , no rushing about. I would love to win the children book for my grandsons as they love to get their apron on and get stuck in when their mum is baking. X

sweir1 Sat 27-Aug-16 07:34:32

Have your grandparents passed you down an recipes?

gettingonabit Sat 27-Aug-16 10:38:36

jingl I was going to say the very same thing, so thanks!

GrannyGlyn Sat 27-Aug-16 13:44:55

I was really happy when you won GBBO, you were my favourite from the start.

I love the idea of taking baking with children a step further with stories, I bake with my grandchildren and I know they would love that.

Can I ask is this the first of many books?

silversand12 Sun 28-Aug-16 08:39:25

Love the sound of the book smile I found your use of spices on GBBO fascinating, especially when Paul was so sceptical and then they worked!

My question is what has your biggest baking disaster been?

cangran Sun 28-Aug-16 09:49:52

Hi Nadiya

Do you have any suggestions for healthy food to tempt a very fussy 5 year old who'd live on snacks if he had his way?

boo2410 Sun 28-Aug-16 10:33:39

Hi Nadia,

Is it true that you always cover your head because you hate your hair (I'm sure I read that somewhere!) Where do you get the inspiration for your head coverings, you are always so coordinated? Do you wear them at home??

Also you seem very down to earth, how has all this fame affected your family life? Have your children been affected by it all, for example at school? Do you still go and collect them and do other mums/dads treat you differently?

Sorry for so many questions, I think you are brilliant!

beckyinman Sun 28-Aug-16 11:03:40

Do you own children enjoy baking or just the eating?

merlotgran Sun 28-Aug-16 17:28:41

Hi Nadiya, In just a year since winning GBBO, you've made a TV documentary about your roots, baked a 90th birthday cake for the Queen, reported for The One Show, been a guest panellist on Loose Women and are about to publish a second cookbook as well as being a judge on the new series of Junior Bake Off.

In addition to these achievements you are also writing the first of three novels!

Do you not fear over exposure which has often been the case when a refreshingly new personality is thrust into the limelight?

Elizabeth180 Sun 28-Aug-16 23:14:49

Hello Nadiya
How long does it take you to create and perfect a new recipe and where does your inspiration come from.
Lots of congratulations on your success and have enjoyed your Chronicles of Nadiya programme.

Purpledaffodil Mon 29-Aug-16 23:02:28

I loved watching The Chronicles of Nadiya. Bangladeshi village life was fascinating and I even enjoyed the Luton shots as I lived there for the first ten years of my married life. You made an interesting point about the concept of home. What did you miss most, apart from your family of course, when you were in Bangladesh?

al223 Tue 30-Aug-16 19:37:21

What's been the strangest request you've had since winning?

KatyK Thu 01-Sep-16 10:11:27

My husband and myself very much enjoyed the Chronicles of Nadiya. Have you any plans to do any similar programmes?

Zorro21 Thu 01-Sep-16 23:33:31

What dish have you found the most difficult thing to make ?

Jayh Fri 02-Sep-16 12:05:17

At what age did you start baking and who taught you?

Glosgran Sat 03-Sep-16 17:46:07

Hi Nadiya. You have stolen the nation's heart! It was great to see you 'in the flesh' (you are so tiny!) at the Gloucester Food Festival a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if anyone else has asked you this, but what do you think has led to your huge popularity with the media and the fact that you have become a TV celebrity in the past year with your own wonderful series, 'The Chronicles of Nadiya'. You have also been asked on a number of occasions to be a guest presenter on popular TV shows such as the 'One Show' and 'Loose Women'? None of the previous winners seem to have had anywhere near the level of success or media exposure that you have had and to be honest I can't even remember the names of many of them, even though I have been an avid fan of every GBBO series so far. I'm sure that you're not likely ever to be forgotten now and your face has become as well known as Mary Berry's. What's your secret?

zbody Sun 04-Sep-16 17:12:44

Hi Nadiya,

So pleased you won GBBO and I've just finished watching the fantastic Chronicles of Nadiya.

My question is how important do you think it is for children to learn to bake and cook? Do you find more boys interested than you expected? I know my grandson loves making cookies.

26jibby Sun 04-Sep-16 19:37:06

Love to know if you will do a gluten free recipe book in the future.

Dessallara Sun 04-Sep-16 21:21:02

What desert looks difficult but is really easy to make?

SingingSilver Sun 04-Sep-16 22:48:08

I'd just like to say that you were the firm favourite in my household last season, and if Mary Berry ever decides to hang up her judging hat, I think you'd be a worthy successor om GBBO!

bc1616 Sun 04-Sep-16 23:54:21

You cooked a beautiful cake for a very famous grandma, The Queen. Was it nerve-wracking meeting her or just very easy?

jamielmdjs Sun 04-Sep-16 23:58:04

i struggle with puff pastry - getting the perfect rise. Any tips?

clarabella3 Mon 05-Sep-16 00:55:24

whats your favourite bake when feeling low

Bellroyd Mon 05-Sep-16 07:21:18

How have you coped with the changes in your life since you have become famous?

donnazz Mon 05-Sep-16 10:40:02

hi nadiya your book looks good

cathyov Mon 05-Sep-16 13:53:35

Do you feel with all your post GBBO success your family are seeing even less of you?

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:43:46

Grannyknot

Hi Nadiya, you are very glamorous! smile Did you always like getting dressed up?

I have always enjoyed getting dressed up. I have 3 sisters and it’s what we did for fun. After having 3 kids I definitely didn’t do it as much, but as they are now a little older I can indulge in my need for bright lipsticks and high shoes.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:44:07

Teetime

Nadiya when you were preparing for the show and practising the recipes di you find it cost a great deal of money and who did you get to eat all that cake?

You can’t get away with practicing just once, you have to practice several times so being on the show can be costly, but worth it. I didn’t eat all of the practice runs; as soon as the kids were fed up of what I was baking I gave it away to my family and friends and all my neighbours. It’s always great to share the love.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:44:28

rubysong

How did you decide on the design of the cake you made for the Queen?

I wanted to go for something tall, bright and simple. The Queen always wears bright colours and that’s why I picked a bright purple. I made a lemon drizzle for Mary Berry so I figured let’s make an orange drizzle for the Queen.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:45:07

Glosgran

Hi Nadiya. You have stolen the nation's heart! It was great to see you 'in the flesh' (you are so tiny!) at the Gloucester Food Festival a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if anyone else has asked you this, but what do you think has led to your huge popularity with the media and the fact that you have become a TV celebrity in the past year with your own wonderful series, 'The Chronicles of Nadiya'. You have also been asked on a number of occasions to be a guest presenter on popular TV shows such as the 'One Show' and 'Loose Women'? None of the previous winners seem to have had anywhere near the level of success or media exposure that you have had and to be honest I can't even remember the names of many of them, even though I have been an avid fan of every GBBO series so far. I'm sure that you're not likely ever to be forgotten now and your face has become as well known as Mary Berry's. What's your secret?

I don’t know if there is a secret. All I can be is myself and that’s what I am doing and I am so honoured and privileged to have been so well received.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:45:34

mumofmadboys

What is your all time favourite cake? Good luck with your book!

My absolute favourite is carrot cake with walnuts

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:45:53

Auntieflo

Nadiya, I imagine that before all the 'hoo ha' created by winning Bake Off, that you were a private person. Now with your programme about India, what has all the subsequent publicity done to your home life?

Life is really busy and I spend a lot more time away from home but we have great balance and my husband and I make a great team.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:46:33

KatyK

Hello Nadiya

This is a similar question to Auntieflo above. I am interested to know how your life has changed since winning Bake Off and would you say it has changed for the better. Also, are there any down sides to being famous?

I’m much busier now outside of home and my life has definitely changed for the better. I see the children less but we have struck a balance. When I’m not around Abdal is and when Abdal is at work I’m at home. Being in the public eye means I can’t go out for a pint of milk in my pyjamas like I used to

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:47:18

LullyDully

Well done with your well.deserved success. You have worked hard to conquer all your things that have held you back. I think you are a great role.model and possibly a new nations sweetheart. I would like to come to tea but will make do with your recipe.book. cupcake

I would make the pea and mint risotto and the zebra cake for dessert

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:47:32

hdh74

Well done on all your success, much deserved. What has been the best thing that has happened to you since GBBO?

Baking the cake for the Queen

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:47:51

mischief

Just finished watching The Chronicles of Nadiya and absolutely loved it on so many levels.

Which do you like best, the traditional receipes or one's that you have created.

Traditional recipes are the recipes that are dearest to me because they are recipes that I have learnt from my grandma and my mum. But the ones I have created are also important as they are the ones that tap into my creative side.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:48:28

Pittcity

I loved The first episode of The Chronicles of Nadiya and loved it. What a lovely family. Looking forward to next week.
My question stems from the latest Bake Off thread on Gransnet. We see Paul and Mary cutting a large slice of cake and trying a little. What happens to the rest?

The crew are like gannets, they inhale everything. Nothing gets thrown away.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:48:48

Purpledaffodil

I loved watching The Chronicles of Nadiya. Bangladeshi village life was fascinating and I even enjoyed the Luton shots as I lived there for the first ten years of my married life. You made an interesting point about the concept of home. What did you miss most, apart from your family of course, when you were in Bangladesh?

Whenever I am in Bangladesh I always miss the feeling of carpet under my feet and my very clean bathroom.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:49:11

silversand12

Love the sound of the book smile I found your use of spices on GBBO fascinating, especially when Paul was so sceptical and then they worked!

My question is what has your biggest baking disaster been?

I baked a liquid cake in a loose bottom tin…so I baked a cake in the bottom of the oven and the cake tin was empty!

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:49:35

cangran

Hi Nadiya

Do you have any suggestions for healthy food to tempt a very fussy 5 year old who'd live on snacks if he had his way?

I always encourage my children to join me in the kitchen and if your little one enjoys snacks why not take those snacks and see if they can be transformed into a meal?

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:49:50

Dessallara

What desert looks difficult but is really easy to make?

Fondants look difficult but actually can be really easy if you take your time - you should get that gorgeous liquid centre.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:50:09

jamielmdjs

i struggle with puff pastry - getting the perfect rise. Any tips?

Make sure to chill between each turn. If you don’t do this the butter melts into the dough and can prevent rise. I always make rough puff if I’m in a rush and that is a great way to get amazing pastry with less stress.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:50:24

angiehoggett

I'd like to ask Nadiya if she has a secret for making Macarons, I always seem to end up with funny shapes and don't get the baking times correct.

Macarons are tricky and take practice. I would say don’t give up. I made macarons 11 times before I got them right and even now they can still go wrong.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:51:07

Cherrytree59

Hello Nadiya congratulations on your new book. It sounds a lovely idea.

Do you cook anything special for your Grandparents?.
I bet they have a few favourite Nadia recipes!.
Did you have a favourite food that your grandparents or parents would cook when you were a child?
Do have a comfort food that you go to when you feel sad or missing home?

One last question
will your grandparents be checking out Grandsnet?
They will be very welcome

My grandma only eats rice and curry so that’s something she is used to eating but she loves it when I make her cinnamon Arlettes. I love tripe and my mum cooks it really well. It’s my favourite thing to eat especially as it’s every now and then. Comfort food for me is a chicken potato curry with rice.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:51:37

Grannyknot

Hi again, I have another question smile

And apologies in advance for asking a baker about sugar! But I have been reading an article in the Times Magazine where you write about making your own peanut butter, and you mention using agave syrup.

To impress my daughter-in-law Trying to do the right thing as a grandmother, I had bought agave syrup for baking but then a thread on these very forums put me right off it!

I have now bought a bottle of fruit syrup (from Lidl, made from apples, grapes and carob) which I hope will be the healthy option for sweetening.

Is it an ongoing battle with you as a mum and a baker of cakes to find healthy alternatives to sugar?

I tend not to use alternatives unless I am cooking for allergies or lifestyle of religious choices. I’m trying to teach my children that sugar is bad for you if you overindulge, but in moderation with exercise it’s totally fine

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:51:53

Otter105

Hi Nadiya?

If you could only make one pudding for the rest of your life what would it be?

Jam roly poly

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:52:11

sweir1

Have your grandparents passed you down an recipes?

The recipes that I cook that are traditional are the ones I have learnt from my grandma, mum and dad. These are recipes I have written down for my children.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:52:30

tinatulip78

Have you religiously made homemade birthday cakes for your children every year? if not, when and why?

Not every year - we have had birthday pizzas, cookies and cakes. We mix it up each year.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:52:53

Cleverblonde

Hi Nadiya,

Great to see your continued success post Bake Off. Whats your favourite recipe to make with your children?

We love making one pot dishes like an Irish stew but we also love making classics like Victoria sponges and carrot cakes.

NadiyaHussain Wed 07-Sep-16 10:53:14

Jalima

Nadiya I did enjoy watching you bake on GBBO, and particularly your wonderful facial expressions!!

DGS enjoys baking with mummy, but recipes have to be gluten-free in the main, as DD is coeliac.
Are there any gf recipes in your book? There was the occasional gf recipe on Bake Off, but not that many, and people who are coeliacs enjoy baking cakes with their DC and eating them too.

ps have you heard of banana flour? - apparently it doesn't taste of bananas!

All the recipes can be altered with like-for-like amounts of rice flour and gluten free flour.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 07-Sep-16 14:35:20

PS news on our signed book winner to follow!

LucyGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 12-Sep-16 11:57:45

Congratulations to Purpledaffodil who has won the signed copy of Nadiya's book! Do look out for an email form us in your inbox smile

Rangsta13th Thu 28-Dec-17 15:54:22

I was a great fan of you Nadia, until you cooked a dish with orange zest and said your mother came out with it. LIAR!!! It's a Bengali ingredient that orange zest, and people in Bangladesh have been eating that recipe from when Bangladesh used to be India... shame in you Nadia for lying and stealing a recipe which was not invented or created by your mother!!!