Category Archives: Personal Blog

Abergavenny Food Festival

So the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September I was lucky enough to visit Abergavenny Food Festival for the first time.  I’ve been meaning to go for years.  Even getting the opportunity to go with a press pass last year but not being able to go due to work commitments.  Finally getting to go was very exciting.  I couldn’t wait to try as much food as possible and see some fantastic demos by some top chefs/cooks.  Obviously I was most excited about the outdoor cooking elements and BBQ but there was loads more to see and taste.  In this blog I’ll go through all of the food I tried with you and describing it the best I can.  I’ll also tell you all you need to know about the demos I visited.  Here goes!

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Super Pizza on its way soon with the Ooni 2s

Just a short and sweet post this one.  I am now the proud owner of an Ooni 2s.  It’s fantastic and the day I found out I was going to own one was a really great day.  Formerly known as Uuni before their re-branding.  I was actually extremely lucky to win this fantastic piece of equipment thanks to a competition ran by another blogger, Nathan, KungFuBBQ.  His blog is truly fantastic and growing in popularity every day.  Beautiful photography, incredible food and loads of inspiration.  If you aren’t already familiar with his blog – Go have a look, subscribe and look through as much as you can because I guarantee you will find loads of recipes, hints and tips and you will find incredibly useful and thoroughly inspiring.  It was by Nathans recommendation that I purchased The Pizza Bible book that provided the recipe for my first cook using the Ooni.

I’ve only used it once so far.  Normally when cooking I would have my camera by my side photographing every step of the way so that I can show you.  Not this time.  I wanted to get to know the Ooni before having to think about photographing what I’m doing at the same time.

The first cook went well but it was clear that I have much to learn.  The temperature wasn’t high enough.  The dough stuck to the grease proof paper that for some reason I had the dough balls proving on.  Most importantly the pizza did taste fantastic.  The best part…. I know they can be better!

 


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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66

Happy Birthday to me… Early Gift.

Yes it’s coming up to my birthday and most of my wish list items are BBQ related accessories or equipment.  I really am very easy to buy for.  Ordinarily my parents are quite happy for me to make suggestions and then they will pick something for me that they would like to buy.  This year however I have had an early surprise gift that I could not be happier with.

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New BBQ: Thuros

I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s hard to justify using a full chimney of charcoal for just a couple of steaks. This is why many of us serious about outdoor cooking have more than one BBQ at our disposal depending on the circumstances. I already have my cheap but cheerful barrel grill and my UDS. I love them both but they are large and fuel hungry. Realising that I needed a more compact and efficient BBQ for the smaller cooks I decided to add a new member to the family.

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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.

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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