Hang Fire Smokehouse Announce Cookbook Deal!

This isn’t breaking news.  I’m certain that many of you already know but I am still thrilled to share this news with you.  Anybody that has read my blog would know that Hang Fire Smokehouse are incredible.  They were voted ‘Best Street Food’ by the BBC, launched Wales’ first craft soda and obviously cook the most incredible Barbecue food – you should do anything they can to go and eat their food.  However, I realise that this is not always possible and so the announcement that they are releasing their very own cookbook is incredibly exciting.  Now you can cook their food at home!   Continue reading Hang Fire Smokehouse Announce Cookbook Deal!

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

Cooking: Whisky Beef Burgers with Red Onion Chutney.

Today I fancied beef burgers and so I made some.  I was also in a more experimental mood that usual so decided to try something a little different.  At least for me anyway.  Whisky!  Today I cooked Whisky beef burgers with red onion, red onion chutney and gouda cheese in a brioche bun. Continue reading Cooking: Whisky Beef Burgers with Red Onion Chutney.

Hokkei: Peking Duck Baos and Rice Noodle Salad

Recently, I had the great opportunity to try something new.  Hokkei.  A new twist on the traditional Chinese takeaway, Hokkei serves Hong Kong inspired food, utilising authentic ingredients and innovative cooking techniques in order to deliver the best dishes possible.

The chefs, Larking and Dale, were both in fact MasterChef competitors and through the show became good friends.  Armed with the know-how and passion for cooking, they decided to open a Chinese takeaway with a difference.  No “Untraceable and unethical ingredients, low quality, stodgy food and sloppy service”.  Surely their food must be brilliant right? Continue reading Hokkei: Peking Duck Baos and Rice Noodle Salad

Abergavenny Food Festival: Full Line up Announced!

This information is being posted a little late but I felt that late is better than never if it means that some of you didn’t know about Abergavenny Food Festival.  Tickets for Abergavenny Food Festival 2015 went on sale of the 1st.  On the 18, 19 and 20th of September the festival will welcome thousands of visitors to Abergavenny to sample the best food and drink the UK has to offer.  In this post I will provide more information about what exactly is install if you have already purchased your tickets or for those how havent purchased a ticket yet – Convince you that this is not something you should miss. Continue reading Abergavenny Food Festival: Full Line up Announced!

The Humble by Nature Big Day Out – Monmouth

I would like to let everybody know that this is their last opportunity to attend a great local event in Monmouth.  Tickets are running low and by the sounds of it… This is a great day out for you and your family.Kate BDO

On the 4th of July, television celebrities, award-winning chefs and some of the best food producers from Wales and the South West will come together at Humble by Nature, the working farm owned by Kate Humble, for the very first outdoor family festival, the Big Day Out. Continue reading The Humble by Nature Big Day Out – Monmouth

Abergavenny Food Festival: Big News!

The team behind Abergavenny Food Festival are working tirelessly to organise an event we can all really enjoy.  I am very happy to be given the opportunity to share some of what they have arranged with you, albeit a little late.  I believe this year’s event could be the most exciting yet.  Enjoyed by many for its celebrity chef demos, incredible exhibitors and diversity – Wales’ biggest and best-loved food festival has given us a sneak peak into what we can expect over the weekend of 18th,19th and 20th of September 2015.  I can’t wait! Continue reading Abergavenny Food Festival: Big News!

Cooking: Chicken Gumbo!

First of all, I am certain that at least some of you will not know what Gumbo is.  Admittedly, I was not certain but once I had tried Colonel Tom’s Gumbo at the Shebeen Festival, I had to find out!

I’ve pulled this straight from Wikipedia to show just how much research that I have done 🙂

“Gumbo is a dish that originated in southern Louisiana from the Louisiana Creole people during the 18th century. It typically consists primarily of a strongly flavored stock, okra, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoning vegetables, which can include celery, bell peppers and onions. Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: the African vegetable okra, the Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and groundsassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat. The dish likely derived its name from either the Bantu word for okra (ki ngombo) or the Choctaw word for filé (kombo). Continue reading Cooking: Chicken Gumbo!

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