Category Archives: Personal Blog

The Reigniting of my Passion for Barbecue and Smoking.

I haven’t posted anything to my blog for a very long time.  My domain had expired and my drive to write anything had disappeared.  I have loved barbecue food for a long time but my ignorance meant that I didn’t make the most of what I had.  Although I have a large Weber Mastertouch at my disposal – I mistakenly believed that they could only be used for grilling.  I think most of the UK public incorrectly hold a similar view.  What I really wanted to do was smoke some meat but I couldn’t afford to buy a dedicated smoker.  After watching videos of Frankin BBQ on Youtube I was sure that an offset smoker was the way to go.  I even tried to build my own filing cabinet smoker but it just didn’t work (despite the popularity of the post) and I gave up.  The dream of smoking the all mighty brisket at home was all but guaranteed never to happen.   Continue reading The Reigniting of my Passion for Barbecue and Smoking.

“New” Camera. Olympus OM10

So I bought a “new” camera a week or two ago.  The Olympus OM10 35mm camera.  I don’t know how many of you still use 35mm film but I can tell you it isn’t too cheap.  Although the camera itself cost me around £60 (can be much less but I liked this tan version) including delivery – the film and developing of that film is quite expensive.  The 35mm film itself can cost £5 – £7 per roll.  I managed to get a pack of 20 for £10 which is pretty excellent considering.  The developing of this film will cost me £5 per 35mm film if I would like it scanned to a CD.  In the future, I plan to purchase my own film scanner saving me money in the long term.  Film developing would then only cost £2.50 per roll.  Still much more expensive than digital photography.

So why would I choose to use this camera? Continue reading “New” Camera. Olympus OM10

New Direction (Sort Of)

Lately, I have struggled to write new content for the blog.  I have been busy.  Life gets in the way sometimes but I have also come to the realisation that I need to post more regular content in order for the blog to be in any way interesting.  Unfortunately, posting regular reviews of restaurants etc seems unachievable.  You should still expect to see reviews, personal posts and the occasional piece of news but the focus will change.  Mainly, I don’t have the budget to eat out regularly.  However, I do love to cook and try new things. Continue reading New Direction (Sort Of)

Growing Your Own

When cooking – Nothing is better than using the freshest ingredients possible.  Most of us don’t have the luxury of homegrown meat, for that you will need to visit a good butcher or fishmonger, but we can grow our own fruit and vegetables.  Whether you grow just a small amount in your garden or upgrade to an allotment – for at least a few months of the year, you can enjoy fresh salad, potatoes and almost anything else you feel like growing. Continue reading Growing Your Own

FRANKLIN BARBECUE – A MEAT-SMOKING MANIFESTO

The book is here!  Pre-ordered months ago and eagerly anticipated so that I can cook excellent barbecue – Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto finally arrived a week or two ago.  Why am I only telling you about it now?  Well, I’ve been busy.  But this is not a review.  I haven’t cooked anything in the book yet and so it would be unfair to review it. Once I have, I may write a separate post giving my assessment but I’m guessing it will be great.

If you haven’t heard of Franklin BBQ… Shame on you! Franklin BBQ is arguably the most popular BBQ restaurant and although I am yet to try the food myself, I have heard great things.  I strongly suggest that you look them up and if you ever have the opportunity… Try their food.

With summer fast approaching and the sun beginning to show itself, I am looking forward to the opportunity to barbecue more often.  I know many of the hardcore barbecuers will cook outside rain or shine, but I struggle.  In the coming months, I hope to barbecue often and I will be happy to share my experiences with you.  In particular, the recipes in this book!

Have you already used this book?  Let me know what you think 🙂

If you would like to purchase the book, you can find it here and perhaps in other places too.


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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66

New Job, New Discoveries and a Healthier Lifestyle?

I haven’t really posted anything to the blog recently and that is because I have started a new job.  Previously, I had worked in an office environment for around 5 years.  The job allowed me to spend all of my time on the computer and a large proportion of that time could be spent on the blog.  There just wasn’t much work.  There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that but if you don’t go to the gym and keep active it can ruin your health.  I am a perfect example of that.  Combined with the fact I love my food, I can safely say that I don’t lead a healthy lifestyle at the moment.  I hoped that this was something that might start changing. Continue reading New Job, New Discoveries and a Healthier Lifestyle?

Cooking: Awesome Steak!

This is not really an instructional post.  After all… It is just a steak.  I still wanted to tell you about it because I enjoyed it so much!

This was a piece of Welsh rump steak bought for just £2.97!  No idea why it was that cheap.  May have been reduced, may have been on offer but I grabbed it anyway.  I was too excited to notice, to be honest.  I’ve cooked good steaks before.  I know all the rules – oil and season the meat, allow the meat to reach room temperature, place on to a really hot pan and don’t move it around too much.  This time, I decided to try something new and use a herb brush to butter the steak. I wasn’t sure how much flavour could really be added to the meat by simply brushing it with butter using a herb brush, but it was brilliant!  I am guessing that this is not new for many of you, but there might be a few people that are yet to try this and I seriously suggest that you give it a go. Continue reading Cooking: Awesome Steak!