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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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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: Two Ingredient Nutella Cake

This is not at all the kind of thing that I would normally blog about but… because it was pretty good and involves using just two ingredients, I was shown how to make this by a family member, I thought I would share it with you.

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It is literally two ingredients. Eggs and Nutella.  Here’s how to make it. Continue reading Cooking: Two Ingredient Nutella Cake

Cooking: Pulled Pork (Not Barbecued)

One of my favourites when it comes to cooking BBQ-ish food at home is pulled pork.  Although I am certain that cooking something like this would be better on the smoker/barbecue, it isn’t always possible.  I know that many of the people reading this will barbecue rain or shine and although I will if the mood takes me… Most people wouldn’t.

 I would like to make it clear at this point that I am no expert in the kitchen or on the barbecue.  I am only a keen cook with a good love for barbecue food and these recipes only detail how I cook this particular meal.  If you have any tips or suggestions that might improve the recipe, I am more than happy to hear them. In any case, this is a great way to cook it at home.  Primarily because it’s pretty simple to make and the end results are delicious.

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The Filing Cabinet Smoker: The Build – Part 1

 So I have owned this filing cabinet for some time.  I have always had the idea that it would someday be turned into a barbecue smoker.  Time, money and the fact I have no idea what I am doing have all been factors preventing me from going forward with it.

February is the month I am finally going to get it done.  Most of you might just say “why don’t you just buy one?”.  I have considered doing just that but the main reason I haven’t is the cost.  If I am going to buy something like that I would want a good one and the good ones are certainly not cheap.  Secondly… Where is the fun in that?! I’m more interested in finding out whether or not this will actually work.  Ill keep a track of how much this costs too and see how it compares.  So far…. it has cost me £22.47 for the thermometer.  Think of this as an experiment or research.  Making slight improvements each month, maybe it will someday be a really great smoker (although I doubt it).  I know that it is unlikely to be the best smoker in the world but I am hoping that with a little help here and there from those who know what they are talking about, I might be able to cook a half decent brisket.  THAT… is the dream.

I am certain that many of you reading this will have fantasied about the possibility of smoking your own meat.  Many of you already have.  Whether it be a pork shoulder for pulled pork that melts in your mouth, barbecued ribs where the meat falls off the bone or juicy and tender brisket… everybody loves this stuff.  Maybe… If it isn’t a total disaster – I might just inspire you to build your own.

This is part 1.  I am going to treat this as a series – posting weekly updates and if you want to keep up to date… follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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The Stuffed Dormouse: Exotic Meat Kebab

So this is my ‘review’ of the Exotic Meat Kebab from The Stuffed Dormouse in Caerleon.  This was actually a Christmas present to me from a friend.  I can’t say that I have ever tried any of the exotic meats on this menu so it was definitely an experience.

First of all lets have a look at what is on offer:

“We offer various exotic meats including:

Buffalo Steak

Camel Rib-eye

Crocodile Fillet

Llama Steak

Ostrich Steak

Reindeer Fillet

Springbok Steak

Zebra Steak

If you are feeling adventurous you can sample a piece of each of the exotic meats on our famous King-size Skewer.

All of the exotic meats are served with salad and a choice of potatoes.”

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Book Review: Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food.

If I am honest, calling this a review would be unfair.  I don’t know whether the book is well written and I don’t plan on going into detailed analysis of the entire book.  All I can say is whether or not the food looks good.  It’s more of a shout out!  I like the book and if you like tasty food… You should definitely take a look.

Most of Jamie Oliver’s (or any celebrity chef) cook books are conscious about promoting healthy eating.  While I think that people shouldn’t be encouraged to eat unhealthily, I do believe chefs should release more books like this.  ‘Comfort Food’ gets me excited about cooking and eating which is important.  The food looks incredible and I get excited about every recipe. Continue reading Book Review: Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food.