I adore the combination of flavours in North African cooking, the rich tagines, delicate sweet pastries, mounds of minted, olive oil rich couscous, bulgar wheat salads gleaming with jewel-like pomegranate seeds - and now, with autumn on the way i'd like to share one of my favourite, albeit possibly inauthentic, recipes combining local Welsh Lamb … Continue reading Moroccan Spiced Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb
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
So, this week saw the end of National Cake Week, the beginning of National Seafood Week and tomorrow we look forward to the start of British Egg Week. Whilst I enjoy these specialised food and drink weeks it does make me wonder how on earth the British food industry survived for all those years without … Continue reading The Pheasant Philosophises: Part 3 Sunday Morning Musings: Seasonality
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the stars of Abergavenny Food Festival are without doubt the producers. Whether nestling between the little booths or creating fine displays in the prestigious Market Hall, the producers have an infallible passion for food and drink which is infectious and wonderful. Most are happy to chat … Continue reading The Abergavenny Food Festival Part 2: The Producers #AFF2017
I am so proud to champion Abergavenny Food Festival. Abergavenny is just under half an hour's drive from my home in Monmouth and (perhaps I am a little biased) but I absolutely love it. It's an international festival with a wonderfully local feel; I adore the crowds, the sites, smells and of course the … Continue reading Personal Picks for Abergavenny Food Festival 2017 #AFF2017
Yesterday saw the launch of The Organic Trade Board's #feedyourhappycampaign. This EU backed initiative aims to encourage people to 'go organic', even if it's only a little bit!I have been a strong supporter of organic produce for many years and try, cost permitting, to use organic produce as much as possible. I think there are … Continue reading My Organic 60/40 #feedyourhappy
For years, those words, banded about from about mid-June terrified me. I admit that I did not enjoy school; I was classic bully fodder and suffered terribly. Now, Master A is about to start secondary school; luckily he takes after Mr D and is very popular albeit a little geeky around the edges and after … Continue reading Back to school, foodie festivals….and sticky buns!