I have to admit to being a little lax over the past few weeks, there's been a lot going on, (not all food related) however, now that the worst weather is over and Spring is, hopefully, on the horizon, I've come home to roost a while. This year, I'm hoping to put together a few… Continue reading March Morning Musings from Monmouthshire
After Christmas, the harsh month of January brings about a distinct need for creative culinary construction. It begins with the craving for spring. Soon after the Christmas items disappear, just as the Easter eggs start filling the supermarket shelves my heart yearns for oranges. There’s something wonderful about those Spanish oranges which conjure up the… Continue reading A Few Foodie Thoughts In The Bleak Midwinter
Every year, I do my very best to source my Christmas foods locally - and living in such a fabulously foodie area, it’s surprisingly easy to do. Restaurants place such an importance on food miles and rightly so, but it’s not just about the environmental impact, it’s about supporting those small businesses who a passionate… Continue reading Festive Goodies from The Wye Valley and The Forest of Dean
Bonfire Night; the air is filled with woodsmoke, a hint of sulphur remains from the recently released fireworks. The sparklers have sparkled and now, hunger strikes. What better warming winter dish to turn to than the humble British banger? A childhood favourite, steaming from the barbecue and tucked into a pappy white roll, maybe a… Continue reading Bangers and Bonfires #UKsausageweek
In a society of sexual equality, I often think to the past and wonder what stories lie behind others. In childhood, I was always regaled with tales of my Great Great Great Grandfather, an interesting character who had, apparently, owned an Italian Fruit Warehouse in Bath during the 1840s and 50s. As a man he… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosophises: Part 4: Queen Victoria’s Pineapple
What do Tolkien's Hobbits, the Cornish Giant Blundabore, and Edmund Spenser have in common? The answer; Clotted Cream. Clotted cream is at the heart of every quintessentially British Cream Tea. Slavered onto scones, melting unctuously beside a warm sticky toffee pudding or just in a bowl alongside a pile of freshly picked, fragrant, seasonal berries.… Continue reading Answering a few of my own questions about Clotted Cream….
Oats have been cultivated since at least 2000 bce, they are sturdy crops, keep well, are filling, full of minerals and have saved many a country from starving to death in harder times. They have been used in soups, stews, breads, oatcakes, gruel and most famously in Porridge. Following on from my previous article about… Continue reading An ancient dish which has moved with the times – #worldporridgeday