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Hang Fire Southern Kitchen: My First Visit

I have finally had the opportunity to visit Hang Fire Southern Kitchen and sample the fantastic smoked deliciousness I’ve heard so much about.  Sam and Shauna have gone from strength to strength in the last few years.  Having toured america and sampled some of the worlds best BBQ – they returned to Wales and started their own pop-up/street food company.  Their popularity has grown tremendously over last few years, first earning them the coveted BBCR4 award for ‘Best Street Food’ and now they have opened their own restaurant in Barry.  They are also stars of their own TV show ‘Sam & Shauna’s Big Cookout’, much loved by anyone interested in BBQ.  I’ve always been a big fan of Hang Fire but actually only had the opportunity to eat their food once before now and that was one of their street food events.  In fact, the ribs I had that day are one of the biggest reasons I got back into BBQ.  It’s fair to say I was incredibly excited to get the chance to really try their food. Continue reading Hang Fire Southern Kitchen: My First Visit

Smoked Pork Ribs and Turkey Breast.

Yesterday was my first smoke in a while.  I’m still quite new to this so every cook is an adventure and I seriously enjoy every moment of it.  This time I decided to try smoking a whole turkey breast and some pork ribs.  I also cooked some cheesy garlic bread and jacket potatoes as sides.  I’m always slightly nervous that I might ruin the meat when I am smoking due to my inexperience but this time I was thrilled with the outcome.   Continue reading Smoked Pork Ribs and Turkey Breast.

“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

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!