Celebrate Yogurt Week: Create & Style a Yogurt Recipe to win £1,000 Cash Prize Package

Celebrate Yoghurt Week: Create & Style a Yoghurt Recipe to win £1,000!

Raspberry & Maple Granola Yogurt Pots

Celebrate Yogurt Week:

Create & Style a Yogurt Recipe to win £1,000

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Cajun Chicken Kebab and Spiced Yoghurt Dip: Celebrate Yoghurt Week: Create & Style a Yoghurt Recipe to win £1,000!

Cajun Chicken Kebab and Spiced Yogurt Dip

Yogurt, that wonderful ingredient that has been around for centuries and is a staple in many culture’s kitchens – I love it and I ALWAYS have several pots of yogurt in the fridge, both natural and fruit flavoured which are used in sweet AND savoury dishes, plus it’s a great food staple for all the family.  Not only is yogurt a wonderful ingredient in the kitchen, but it contains a range of nutrients which are important for a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.  Monday the 19th of  May marks the start of Yogurt Week, the UK’s first celebration of all things yogurt, and a time to enjoy this natural product even more; as part of all the “yogurt festivities” I am very excited to announce that I am working with The Yogurt Council, as their judge and the tutor for the “masterclass” prize. Ahead of Yogurt Week’s inaugural appearance on the culinary calendar, the Yogurt Council is calling on bloggers and foodie fans to create and style their own recipe from one of the most versatile ingredients in the fridge and compete for a £1,000 cash prize and a one-to-one photography and food styling package with me at my home in SW France!  As you can imagine, I am thrilled to be part of The Yogurt Council’s new initiative and I’m very proud to have been asked to be the judge for this wonderful competition, as well as tutoring and sharing my food styling tips with the winner in my French home.

Strawberry Fair Yoghurt Cupcakes

Strawberry Fair Yogurt Cupcakes

So, what is the prize exactly? The lucky winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize package and a one-to-one cookery and ‘edible food styling’ session with myself, at my cookery school in South West France, inclusive of an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast, (or if preferred at a central London location). Unlike most commercial food photo-shoots where much of the product is thrown away, edible food styling employs techniques to allow the food to be enjoyed once the camera has been put down to rest – this is the food styling method I prefer and I will be sharing tips with the winner how to photograph this way. Four runners-up will each receive £100 worth of vouchers for a supermarket of their choice and in the spirit of sharing the love of yogurt, all of the finalists’ food styling shots and recipes will be showcased on both Loveyogurt.org  and the LoveyogurtUK Facebook page! It’s a FABULOUS opportunity to cook with yogurt and be in with a chance to win this fabulous prize.

Yogurt and Fruit: Image - The Guardian

Yogurt and Fruit: Image – The Guardian


Did you know…….

There are over 400 yogurt flavours for sale in the UK – that’s a staggering amount!

The most popular flavour of yogurt in the UK is Strawberry….that doesn’t surprise me at all, as I love strawberry yogurt.

Yogurt is most commonly created using cow’s milk, but did you know that in various parts of the world yogurt is made using milk from water buffalo, goats, ewes, mares, camels and yaks!! 

Fruit Yogurt: Image - The Yogurt Council

Fruit Yogurt: Image – The Yogurt Council

I use yogurt a lot both in cooking and baking, and my own favourite recipes on Lavender and Lovage are:

Raspberry & Maple Granola Yogurt Pots

The Secret Recipe Club: Raspberry & Maple Granola Yoghurt Pots

Strawberry Fair Yogurt Cupcakes

Strawberry Fair Yoghurt Cupcakes

Cajun Chicken Kebab and Spiced Yogurt Dip

5:2 Diet 215 Calorie Kebabs! Cajun Chicken Kebab and Spiced Yoghurt Dip Recipe

Greek Salad and Chicken in Pita Bread

A Cold Meat Sandwich on Monday ~ Greek Salad and Chicken in Pita Bread

Kukhra Alainchi Sanga ~ Chicken Cardamom Curry ~

National Curry Week, The Gurkhas and Kukhra Alainchi Sanga ~ Chicken Cardamom Curry ~

Vanilla and Cream Terrine with a Compote of Mixed Summer Berries

Vanilla Cream Terrine with a Compote of Mixed Summer Berries

So, how do you enter this fabulous contest? All you have to do is the following to be in with a chance of winning the £1,000 prize package and Food Styling Workshop in SW France: 

* With all its scope as a versatile and tasty ingredient, the Yogurt Council is asking food aficionados to join in the Yogurt Week celebrations by getting creative with yogurt and the camera, to share their well-styled recipe/s on Instagram via the hashtag #yogurtstylist, copying @loveyogurtuk for all to see.

*Entrants must follow the loveyogurtuk Instagram account to enter

* No purchase necessary

* The Yogurt Council’s ‘Search for a Food Stylist’ competition runs from Wednesday 30th April 2014 until 23.59pm on Monday 9th June 2014

*UK entrants only. 18+

* For full details including terms and conditions, visit Loveyogurt.org/yogurtweek.

* Yogurt Week runs from 19-25 May 2014

For further information visit loveyogurt.org or follow us on Facebook & Twitter via loveyogurtuk


Tzatziki: Image – The Yogurt Council

So, C’mon down all Lavender and Lovage readers, this is your chance to snap a recipe and enter it into the competition! And, please DO keep popping back as I have a new yogurt recipe of my own to share over the next few weeks, as well as regular updates about the contest and Yogurt Week.  It would be LOVELY to see your photos and recipes using yogurt.


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  1. says

    Ah, I reckon I would have had a few lovely yogurt creations, but these days it’s quite difficult to photograph it before I eat it. No worries!

  2. says

    Wowser – what an AWESOME prize! Who on earth would chose a night in London instead of a night at your home in France??? xx


  1. […] Once upon a time, in what seems like another lifetime, I ran a restaurant in Cyprus. We used to cook traditional Greek and Turkish Cypriot cuisine as well as weekly specials for the ex-pats such as fish and chips on Friday, Sunday roast dinners (on Sunday of course) as well as the odd curry night. Our meze menu was famous and comprised salads, crusty local bread, chips and at least sixteen dips and starter style dishes followed by numerous cooked meats, vegetables and little boreks (pies) as well as fritters similar to my recipe for today – Courgette & Feta Cheese Fritters with Chilli Mint Yogurt Dip.  And, it was that recipe for our “Kabak Köftesi” (little courgette fritters often in the shape of balls) that triggered me to make these over the weekend, and the recent #YogurtStylist contest. […]

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