Lamb koftas

Easy lamb koftas

Considering how often I cook meatballs, it’s a surprise even to me that I’ve never made lamb koftas. I’ll always order them off a menu and so I went hunting ...

Pot roast mutton or lamb

Pot roasted mutton or lamb

Mutton has a reputation for being full of flavour but you rarely see it on supermarket shelves. So when the butcher at the market had a couple of lovely-looking Welsh ...

Slow Roast Moroccan Lamb

Slow Roast Moroccan Lamb

Shoulder of lamb (and pork, for that matter) is one of those cheaper cuts that becomes amazing if it’s slow-roasted. This Moroccan-style lamb is absolutely stunning – I can say ...


Sticky ginger cake

Sticky ginger cake

They say ginger’s good for the digestion – so here’s a cake ...
Best Brownies Ever

Best Brownies Ever

I’m not a fan of the cakey, heavy brownies that seem to ...
Fish Pie with easy cheese sauce

A traditional fish pie (including easy cheese sauce)

For me fish pie is comfort food and a midweek treat all ...

Easy Teas

Beef and chorizo stew served with rice

Beef and chorizo stew

It’s past the season for casseroles really, but with its chorizo, lemon and parsley this stew is light enough for a long sunny evening. And there are few dishes which aren’t improved by the addition of some fried chorizo. There are only  a few main ingredients and minimal preparation required. Start with the cubed beef – put […]

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Pancake cannelloni

‘Pannelloni’ – easy cheesy pancake cannelloni

I always try to eat savoury then sweet pancakes on pancake day – so, cannelloni made with pancakes instead of pasta. These are dead simple to make. Starting with making two pancakes per person – Delia’s is a winner. Make up a ragu or bolognese sauce – or make sure there’s some in the freezer. […]

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Beer pumps at the GBBF

My 2013 200 beer challenge – and a Top 40

Last year I started using the Untappd (drink socially) app to track the beers I drank. I covered most of the familiar, usual brews that I drank so for 2013 set myself a new challenge – to try 200 new beers in the year. Unlike many (all) of the other New Year resolutions that I’ve […]

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Banana nut muffins

Banana nut muffins

You know those slightly sad-looking bananas that get left at the bottom of the fruit bowl? Don’t waste them – they’re a perfect excuse to make cakes. These are really nutty with a lovely sticky fruitiness and little bursts of melting dark chocolate. They’re a great (occasional!) breakfast treat too. You need: 2-4 ripe Fairtrade […]

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Potato cheese and ham croquette

Potato, cheese and ham croquettes

Whenever there’s leftover cooked potatoes from a roast, this is my current favourite way to use them up. You get lovely crunchy breadcrumbs on the outside with soft cheesy centres. For a veggie version, just substitute the ham for some fried diced onion or leek. Boiled or mashed spuds are the easiest to use but baked […]

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Smoker box and cherry wood chips

Smoking new BBQ kit

After years of messing about with charcoal I finally gave in and bought a gas BBQ last year. It’s brilliant – cooking outside so much more now it’s easy. I’ve had my eye on a smoker box for a while though to add in a bit more of the authentic BBQ flavour and also to […]

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Wild garlic with Orzo

Wild garlic pesto with Orzo

The fine chaps from Blaencamel farm were selling bunches of wild garlic at the market on the weekend. The smell of it always reminds me of walking in summer and I knew it would make a quick and easy pesto. In a food processor or mini chopper, blend together first a thumb-sized piece of Parmesan […]

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Welsh Daffodils

Cawl – easy Welsh stew for St David’s Day

Happy St David’s Day! Today is a good day to get some Welsh cooking done – Welsh cakes are a must of course, but cawl should be on the menu too. This is my recipe so I can’t vouch for its authenticity – I’ve tried to make a lighter version that doesn’t need slow cooking. […]

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Saffron mayo

Saffron mayo

Homemade mayo isn’t as complicated as I’d always though. You see recipes which talk about how carefully the oil needs to be added or advice on how to rescue it when it splits – puts you off trying. But I’m glad I did try about a year ago as it’s such a good way to […]

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Slow cooked oxtail hotpot

Winter warmers – fave teas for a chilly day

A little while ago, the Western Mail did a round up of Welsh food bloggers and the writer of that feature suggested that I share some stews and hotpots. So here they are. Even though it’s the start of new year there’s plenty of winter left so it’s not a bad time to be trying […]

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