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“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

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!

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!

Street Food Warehouse Cardiff Confirms Location

 A couple of weeks ago I told you all about a new Street Food Event coming to Cardiff named Street Food Warehouse.  You can read that post here.

Today we can finally reveal the “urban chic warehouse venue” set to house the region’s best caterers and drinks makers to Cardiff for an incredible 12 weeks starting the 3rd of April!  Street Food Warehouse, will be Under the Arms Park – Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS Continue reading Street Food Warehouse Cardiff Confirms Location

Meat Free Week: Could You Give Up Meat For a Week?

So it’s meat free week 23rd-29th of March.  I don’t know about you but until around a week ago I had never heard of this. I have been reading the Meet Free Week website and they say that our incredible lust for meat puts a massive strain on our environment, it impacts our health and the welfare of animals.  With global meat production set to double by 2020, should we do something to stop this? Continue reading Meat Free Week: Could You Give Up Meat For a Week?

DEPOT Cardiff Returns!

We can’t get enough of street food in Cardiff.  Only yesterday I posted some news about a brand new event called Street Food Warehouse (which you can read about here) and today I’m bring some more exciting news.

In recent years Cardiff has seen a huge growth in the popularity of street food and for good reason!  Cardiff is really starting to thrive in terms of street food and the growth is showing no signs of slowing down.  It’s a new year and I have been anxiously awaiting news about what we can expect in 2015.

If you don’t already know…. DEPOT is back! Continue reading DEPOT Cardiff Returns!