Here are your cheer-up food pics for our lastest Russell Hobbs competition. See if your entry made it and this month's winner...
goodtoknow Recipes has teamed up with Russell Hobbs to bring you the goodtoknow Cooking Club. Every month you can be in with the chance of winning a full Russell Hobbs Creations range just by sending in your themed foodie pics.
This month, because everyone was feeling the January blues, we launched our cheer-up food comp to see all of your favourite cheer-up foods.
We got a great range of entries from sweet to savoury and want to say a massive thank you for entering this month’s competition.
Come and see the winner of the cheer-up food comp and see if your pics made it into our gallery!
WINNER! The little rice men are such a cute idea, and we can’t look at this pic and not smile! Well done, Lisa!
goodtoknow user Lisa Hughes says: ‘Nothing makes me as happy as my chorizo chilli recipe with my special bathtime rice friends!’
goodtoknow user Rachel Medhurst said her favourite cheer-up food is a large roast followed by some gooey chocolate brownies – yum!
goodtoknow user Amy Rowson says: ‘My cheer-up food is a chocolatey Maltesers cake and whatever doesn’t fit on the top of the cake as decoration will always fit in my tummy!’
goodtoknow user Sue Harris says: ‘Here’s my cheer-up food. It’s my own recipe – a spiced pineapple tart, a pastry case, custard base, topped with spiced fruit and then topped with Italian meringue. It’s definitely something to smile at and looks cheerful on the table.’
goodtoknow user Megs says: ‘Ferrero Rocher cupcakes – chocolate cupcake heaven!’
goodtoknow user Di Coke made these funny cupcakes as her cheer-up food.
We love the look of this tasty dish made by goodtoknow user Nicole Waterman.
goodtoknow user Inger Cruz made this tasty torta patata as her cheer-up food and says: ‘The boys at work gave it the thumbs up so at least I know it’s not just me who likes it!’
‘Here’s a photo of a mixed fruit flan, with a crème patisserie base in a home-made pastry flan case. This wasn’t made this month, but I would certainly make one if I had all the ingredients available, as it’s guaranteed to cheer everyone up! This one was made from all fresh, home-grown fruit and eggs from our own hens.’ says goodtoknow user Beverley Haigh Jones.
goodtoknow user Raj Sandhu says: ‘The kids love their chicken nuggets, but are not so keen on their 5-a-day. This meal makes them smile and makes me smile too, as they end up clearing their plates!’
goodtoknow user Mary Barton made this stack of chocolate-covered strawberries as her cheer-up food! Wish we could have a bite!
goodtoknow use Annie Davies has been busy baking this month and says: ‘I have made a selection of cakes for friends and family; from cupcakes for a baby shower to a black and white spotted hat cake for a friend’s mother’s 80th!’
goodtoknow user Jackie Coleman says: ‘Our feel-good food is key lime pie/cheesecake which is also very refreshing.’
‘A yummy dinosaur for my 4-year-old son’s birthday this week. It certainly put a smile on his face and everybody else’s! It’s made from vanilla sponge and decorated with green butter icing and fondant spikes,’ says goodtoknow user Helen Brown.
goodtoknow user Margaret Akel says: ‘Here’s my favourite cheer-up food.’ Looks delicious, Margaret!
‘I love making spaghetti Bolognese and the kids love eating it. It’s simple to make and you can add/hide vegetables in there. There are no etiquette rules at the table when we eat this so everyone has sauce all over their faces in the end,’ says goodtoknow user Karen L Oultram
‘Here are my delicious cupcakes for the cheer-up comp,’ says goodtoknow user Avril Henderson.
goodtoknow user Vanessa Cox says: ‘These are my Maltesers cupcakes which are very indulgent and definitely cheering up!’
goodtoknow user Tina Saucier made this delicious-looking plum crumble cake.
goodtoknow user Raj Sandhu says: ‘This is my favourite cake of all – strawberries and cream! It’s delicious.’
goodtoknow user Kayleigh Dawn made these impressive chocolate profiteroles as her cheer-up food.
‘These are my homemade English muffins. They give me the feel-good factor when I am baking them, and cheer me up on a miserable winter’s day. I love them toasted with a poached egg on top, or for a sweet treat, I have sliced banana and honey on them,’ says goodtoknow user Liz Pemberton.
‘This is a pic of my favourite cheer-up-food – strawberry and banana bread. A warm slice of this delicious homemade bread is a great way to start any day, especially in the winter,’ says goodtoknow user Luca Cipriani.
goodtoknow user Marianne sent us this pic of a delicious cake as her cheer-up food – wish we could have a slice!
‘Nothing cheers me up more than chocolate brownies,’ says goodtoknow user Jan Bagnall.
goodtoknow user Heather Playdon says, ‘My cheer-up food is gypsy tart. A much-loved Kent classic which I miss now we live in London. When I make it I get my little girl involved and we have fun with it. It’s a simple dish to make, with very few ingredients but it’s the tastiest pudding, very naughty and sweet. Lots of love goes into it and it’s great for brightening up our day!’
goodtoknow user Hannah Igoe says: ‘This is my cheer-up food – sweet potato casserole with melted marshmallow on top which I love!’
goodtoknow user Gemme Gwynne says: ‘This is my homemade Victoria sponge with chocolate icing! Yummy!’
goodtoknow user Kayleigh made this Cornflake tart and custard as her cheer-up food – tasty!
goodtoknow user Nichola says: ‘My cheer-up food has to be my mammy’s homemade vegetable soup. As a child I suffered dreadfully with tonsillitis and always had a really sore throat. A bowl of my mammy’s soup always made me feel a million times better. I make it now myself, but it will never be as good as hers or evoke the memories that hers does.’
goodtoknow user Mary Barton says: ‘I made my hubby and the kids some chocolate chip scones and they went down a treat and I now have happy children, oh and a happy hubby too!’
‘Afternoon tea today will be chilli and chocolate cake with hot chocolate – yum!’ says goodtoknow user Jeannette Austen.
goodtoknow user Juliette made this delicious pecan pie as her cheer-up food.
‘My cheer-up food for a cold day – homemade leek and potato soup with warm sun-dried tomatoes, cheese and olive scones – yummy!’ says goodtoknow user Maxine Owen.
goodtoknow user Clara Cort says: ‘On a chilly day I do love to come home to a nice warm soup! Fresh bread and sour cream – yum!’
goodtoknow user Cassie Hanley says: ‘Here is my cheer-up food, a lovely alternative to sweet dishes, homemade pork and sage sausage rolls!’
Here’s goodtoknow user Claudia Binders cheer-up food – delicious chocolate cake topped with raspberries!
goodtoknow Elyse Silver says: ‘ My favourite recipe has to be Caribbean sweet potato soup, it’s like a little taste of heaven and is so satisfying.’
‘Homemade by me, loved by all’ says goodtoknow user Jenifer Shore.
goodtoknow user Pauline Irvine says: ‘Pure and simple buns with different toppings for more choice. Some have lemon curd filling, some buttercream, some chocolate buttercream and some iced and topped with hundreds and thousands. Friends have different preferences. They’re not too naughty, but quite nice and there are always plenty to share keeping everyone happy!’
Here’s goodtoknow user Camilla‘s cheer-up food. Looks so tasty!
goodtoknow user Anna Louise Pemberton made this banoffee loaf as a treat for her dad.
goodtoknow user Hilda Luscombe says: ‘We’ve had so much miserable weather, so I decided to make my favourite upside-down pear pudding, which was served with homemade clotted cream ice cream!’
goodtoknow user Mairi Machechnie says: ‘I had a bash at a chocolate “marbled” effect with only limited success.’
goodtoknow user Nicola Thompson made this tasty treat as her cheer-up food.
‘Vegetarian lasagne – a brilliant way to get veggies into young ones and every bit as delicious as the real deal!’ says goodtoknow user Sharon.
goodtoknow user Claire says her son really loves fish fingers – they would definitely be his cheer-up food – aw!
goodtoknow user Maddalena Dalton made this delicious chicken stew as her cheer-up food.
Mmmm… roast dinner! This classic Sunday lunch was made by goodtoknow user Ruby Key.
goodtoknow user Ruth says her favourite cheer-up food is a nice bowl of warming soup on a cold day.
goodtoknow user @eann_tan just can’t get enough of this tasty pancake and sent it in as their cheer-up food!
goodtoknow user Maria Hackett says creme brulee and a delicious cheesecake are her two favourite cheer-up foods. She couldn’t decide which is better as they’re both so good!
goodtoknow user Lila B made this delicious, deep-dish lasagne as her cheer-up food. She said the whole family loved it!
goodtoknow user Clara Cort says yogurt is her cheer-up food and she loves to create faces and patterns with her fruit toppings to cheer herself up in the mornings!
We love this designer shoe and shoe box cake made by goodtoknow user Kathryn Platt.
This tart looks delicious – it was made by goodtoknow user Natalie Anne White as her cheer-up food.
goodtoknow user Rachel Brown said this oh-so-posh sticky toffee pudding definitely puts a smile on her face.
From the look of this pic, we’re guessing goodtoknow user Leanne‘s cheer-up food is Haribos!
goodtoknow user Katherine Platt made this dinosaur cake to scare the kids in school – good effort!
goodtoknow user Jan Bagnall made this classic stew as her cheer-up food!
goodtoknow user Grainne Parker can’t resist a little strawberry ice cream as her cheer-up food.
‘My favourite #cheerupfood has to be homemade pizza including homemade dough! Lots of fun and good food for sharing with friends,’ says goodtoknow user Nicola Drew.
goodtoknow user Anna Nicolson made these lemon and rosemary cupcakes with mascarpone icing. She says: ‘They’re a little bit different, a little bit naughty and a little bit of summer on a dreary day!’
goodtoknow user Clare Hemming says: ‘You can’t beat homemade bread!’
goodtoknow user Jeanette Becker says: ‘This is one of my favourite dinners – broccoli, brown rice and cheese bake. It’s easy, fast and sooo good!’
goodtoknow user Katherine Lawson says: ‘We made a lamb roast over the weekend and it put a warm cosy smile on all our faces.’
goodtoknow user Marie Alice Villeneuve Rayner says her cheer-up food is a deliciously sweet cherry chocolate bar.
‘This is the first carrot cake I ever made and the first one I ever tasted too! It cheered me up big time,’ says goodtoknow user Rebecca Stone.
goodtoknow user Victoria Anne Wise says: ‘I made this classic and yummy beans, cheese and jacket potato for my cheer-up food!’
goodtoknow user Cathryn Hoskin says: ‘Made my Mum some #cheerupfood for her birthday last weekend. A lovely loaf!’
goodtoknow user Broaddi says: ‘Lamb shank and butter bean stew is my #cheerupfood – simply comforting and delicious!’
goodtoknow user Paul Scarth says: ‘These are my homemade vanilla and coffee cupcakes. Perfect for afternoon tea.’
goodtoknow user Self Raising Flower says: ‘These are my homemade hot chocolate and dunking jumbles – a great cheer-up on a chilly day!’
goodtoknow user @nads1976 made this rather impressive toad in the hole and their cheer-up food – good job!
goodtoknow user Agata Obroslak says this is her cheer-up food at work.
goodtoknow user Sandie Wright says she loves to make assorted cupcakes to cheer herself up!
goodtoknow user Sarah Rayment says: ‘Chocolate always cheers me up, especially this time of year with Valentines Day around the corner. I made these chocolate and vanilla cake pops for my 6 year old son’s cake sale at school. Used the left over chocolate to mould into little heart chocolates….’
goodtoknow user Giles Bicknell says: ‘My cheer-up food! The goodness of Cornish pasties baked as a pie! Not just any old pie, a geek’s special ‘Monster Pasty Pie’ with glass bead decoration for the monster’s nasty eyes. I’ve shamelessly stolen my Nanna’s recipe.’
goodtoknow user Debbie Allan says: ‘I don’t have one particular cheer-up food. What cheers me up the most is seeing other people’s reaction to my food. In this photo is white chocolate millionaires slice, date tray bake, iced ginger cake and sausage rolls.’
goodtoknow user Gwen Taylor made this creative Hungry Caterpillar plate of food as her cheer-up food.
‘My chocolate fudge cake with mint sticks and mint aero crumble. Yummy!’ says goodtoknow user Jane Hutchison.
goodtoknow user Jill Metcalfe made this chicken and Parmesan dish as her cheer-up food.
goodtoknow user Mhairi Knights says: ‘This is my cheese burger birthday cake which I made for my 3-year-old son.’
‘These are my chocolate chip scones I’ve made this morning for the hard workers helping my mother-in-law move today and my 10-year-old son who’s off school with tonsillitis,’ says goodtoknow user Sophie Gilbert.
goodtoknow user Stephanie Marsh made this impressive chocolate and orange cheesecake.
goodtoknow user Shamima Desai made this delicious and very impressive cake as her cheer-up food.
goodtoknow user Rose says: ‘After all the excesses of Christmas and New Year, it’s lovely to get back to more basic food, but that doesn’t need to be boring! I find it’s especially important in January to make food that’s fun and filling (to combat the cold weather), so I made these fishcakes swimming in the sea. The kids absolutely loved them!’
goodtoknow user Jen Webb says she made this cake to raise money for cancer research. We think it looks delicious – well done!
‘Here is my cheer-up food: a cookies and cream brownie,’ says goodtoknow user Dominique Lapointe.