Three days on from my cake success and I’m still on a bit of a high. I’ll be sharing the recipe and techniques later in the week (when I have more time) but for the moment let’s celebrate with a silly competition.

On my visit to Skye last month I picked up the above cookbook and I like it so very much I’ve decided to send one of you a copy too. For those of you who haven’t heard of the author, Claire MacDonald is a celebrated Scottish chef who lives on an estate in southern Skye. Her recipes are simple and unpretentious, using mainly seasonal local produce. Though the book includes several meat based dishes, there’s plenty to interest all you herbivores too.

So, what do you have to do to be in with a chance of winning *Seasonal Cooking*? Simple. Just guess how many chickpeas there are in this jar. :)

Winner will be announced next Saturday.

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The book looks good and I want it!

I’ll guess there are 179 chickpeas in the jar.;)

I’ll go with 550.

580…..girl, i hope you didn’t count all those chickpeas on your own

I would say 1320 friendly chicpeas.

I’m guessing 725.

I figure I might as well guess, because I always love a new cookbook. I’d say 427 chickpeas.

I absolutely love Clare Macdonald’s recipes – just fantastic. I would be thrilled with this book, I know. I guess 481 chickpeas. I can’t believe you counted them – it looks like a LOT of chickpeas!!

Not going to guess, becuase I’ve already got this book – great competition, and good luck to you all, because Claire MacDonald is always worth reading. And how lovely to have been to Skye – did you go to her hotel/restaurant?

Joanna

1641?

1258

how long did it take you to count them!

How about 500, can we guess more than once?

My word, I hope this weekend hasn’t been spent in counting mode. I can only guess you weighed a single chickpea and then weighed the whole mass and divided, because otherwise I’d worry about how much leisure time you have on your hands. I’ll guess 638.

Hokay. I’m guessing…. 603. I sincerely hope for your sake that it was far, far fewer though :)

Amy and I worked together on this one.

Don’t worry, we showed our work:

12 chickpeas showing on the bottom row (so 24 all the way around)…

2 pi r = 24 chickpeas

pi r = 12 chickpeas

r ~= 4 chickpeas

20 chick peas high…

v (in chickpeas) = pi r^2 h

v = pi * 16 * 20

v ~= 1000 chickpeas

1004.6 to be totally exact.

My guess would be about 486. Have fun counting!

Skye is one of my favourite places ever, especially the Quaraing.

What a great competition! :D

I’ll have a guess at 1881…

Fun! I’ll go with 642.

This is not my forte but Claire MacDonald’s ginger broonie I made last weekend was good enough to have a bash so I will say 808!

Hmmm…personally I think Joel’s got it all worked out! Love me a practical application of mathematics.

900?

This looks fun! I’ll try 945 :)

I’ll go for 952.

that’s really difficult to guess ;-)

Silvia

My guess would be 492. No good reason other than that is the number that popped into my head. :)

Lovely sounding book – I’m going to check it out on Amazon right this second.

Oh, and er, 1475… ;)

This is fun! I haven’t actually counted the chickpeas yet. May have to enlist D’s help.

Answer and winner announced on Saturday.

Deb – Only one guess per person but if you’d like to make yours more specific then you can. :)

I like round numbers, so I say 1000 :)

1499.

Slainte!

Undoubtedly… 720. I used mathematics too, but not as well as Joel.

I’m in the wrong country (USA), I think, for you to ship this to me, but thought I’d join in the fun & guess anyway. Love your blog & the dog pictures. Congratulations on the wedding cake!

Congrats on the wedding cake Wendy!

This is fun :)). My guess would be 700. And for the record I’ve never liked maths.

Oh how fun!…..um…..let’s see….one…two…three…sixty four…one hundred ninety six…..seven hundred eleven…..one thousand six hundred and twenty two to be exact !!

There are one thousand six hundred and twenty two chickpea’s in that jar!

Now send over that cook book please!! ;)

1080. This is a fun game! I love Scottish cookbooks.

I’m guessing 224.

1443

My guess is 869

Im guessing 672 chickpea’s

I would also like to add that we are chuffed to bits with Wendy’s efforts in making our wedding cake – we cant wait to taste it on the day xx

The chickpeas have been counted (after D had his guess, I should add).

Number and winner to be announced on Saturday. I’ll ship anywhere on the planet!

I guess 600!!! What a fun contest.

I guess 1506.

Alison

975. Now I want some chickpeas to eat.

HMMMMMM!!!!!!!

OK 13 for half cicumference making a circumference of 26:

Circ = Pi * d so d = 8.26

Area = pi * (r squared)

Area = 3.14 * 16 ish

Area = 54

I guess that the height is not as much as 20 due to the “squished” factor, so:

54 * 17 = 918 for a solid mass but due to the air gaps between I will apply a 10% reduction factor.

My final guess therefore is 826. (WOOF!)

Rosie is one smart canine….not sure she would have much use for a cookbook?! x

Rosie – Have to agree with Gen. Who’s a clever dog?

My guess is 1521.

My guess is 522

I’ll guess 1411.

940 :)

A cookbook giveaway, what a great idea! I’d say 975.

1696

10 peas diameater – so area would be 78 1/2

& 15 peas high

so

1178 peas and a 1/4 of a split one?

Thanks everyone! Competition lines are now closed. :)