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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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German meatballs

German meatballs – fake rabbits in a sour cream sauce

I spent a brilliant year at uni in Germany which left me with a lasting appreciation of German food. And I still get spoken to in German by waiters around Europe – must stop ordering Pils and sausages wherever I go on holiday. And looking a bit German. My German flatmate introduced me to Falscher […]

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Onion tarts - fresh from the oven

Little cheesy onion tarts

I can’t tell which magazine I ripped this out of any more – I’ve had it for years and it always gets dusted off for special occasions. They are lovely warm or cold and perfect with a drink or two. They make a great starter or lunch with a big green salad and I guess you […]

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Smoked mackerel pate

Smoked mackerel (or tuna) pate

It feels a bit out of season to be blogging this on a glorious May day, as I always make it for a Boxing Day buffet. But it makes a tasty weekend lunch or it would be great for a picnic. I recently used a tin of tuna instead of the smoked mackerel and that […]

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Brisket - pulling it apart

Brisket – Southwestern style pulled beef

There was a brisket joint at the butchers last week – it was cheap, looked good and with a Bank Holiday looming, I figured it was bound to be slow-cooking weather. So in the inevitable pissing rain, I  went searching for a recipe this morning. I’ve never cooked it before and my only real reference point was […]

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Serving up Turkey and ham pie

Turkey and ham pie

You can’t beat a home-made pie – it’s up there with soup and a cracking roast in terms of ‘most comforting things to cook’ in my book. And it doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, thanks to frozen pastry. Turkey or chicken and ham pie is a fantastic way to turn leftovers into […]

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Cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower cheese

Such an easy dish, this. Takes no time to cook and livens up a tea time very easily – perfect to make a pork chop or chicken thigh a little bit more exciting. And saves on making a separate sauce. Pop the oven on to 200 decC to get warm. Separate a cauliflower into florets […]

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