First there were websites, then blogs and now there are vlogs – or video logs to the uninitiated.

Amateur chefs with a passion for showmanship are getting busy in the kitchen in front of wobbly tripods, in order to demonstrate their culinary skills to the world.

Simon Rimmer, chef on BBC Two’s Something For The Weekend, has become involved with a new website called

Anyone can upload their vlogs onto the website and Mr Rimmer hopes to create a database of free videos created by the users themselves.

Try some recipes from his book, The Accidental Vegetarian (Mitchell Beazley), £9.99.

Pan Haggerty (Serves 4) 50g/2oz butter 1 onion, finely sliced 200g/7oz waxy potatoes, peeled and finely sliced 75g/3oz mature Cheddar cheese Salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Heat half the butter in an ovenproof pan and fry the onion until soft, then remove from the pan.

Put a layer of potato in the same plan and fry for a few minutes until golden.

Now layer up onion, potato, onion, seasoning each layer and finishing with potato.

Melt the remaining butter and pour over the pan. Cook in the oven for about 40 minutes until soft.

Before serving, grate the cheese over the top and put under a hot grill until the cheese bubbles.