Week 4 2017 – an anniversary in the Welsh sunshine

On 25 January, Andrew and I celebrate 21 years as a couple. I think I can safely say that the last 6 months has been the most exceptional of that time considering the arrival of little Ioan. It’s he who I blame for my poor organisation in planning our celebratory weekend away, which was supposed […]

Week 44 – Chicken curry and chips, from the Chinese, in Wales

Yes, you read that correctly: chicken curry (what you might expect to be Indian in origin), served with chips (British?), but from a Chinese takeaway, in Wales. This is the food Andrew craves, and what he was delighted to eat during our recent trip to Wales. This is not the kind of curry you would […]

Corned beef pie – a Welsh classic (new recipe)

If you are of a certain age, you probably ate lots of corned beef when you were growing up. Tinned or sliced, this mystery meat is salty and fatty, with a non-meat texture. For a food snob like me, I should avoid it like the plague, but I have very fond memories of corned beef […]

Foodie penpals – January 2016

For my January Foodie Penpals parcel I received a goodie box of lovely treats from Vanessa, including lots of lovely snacks to keep me going throughout the wintry days in the office! As well as a selection of detox, caffeine free teas, I also received some delicious chocolatey biscuits, lemon meringues, different flavoured chocolates and […]

Weeks 8 & 9 – a week of welsh cooking

After finally catching up on my weekly blog posts, life and work got in the way and I ended up falling behind again … but I am back now with a brief overview of some of the highlights of the last two weeks, and my plans for some St David’s Day celebrations for the coming […]

Week 5 – celebrating our 20th anniversary at The Hardwick in Abergavenny

Andrew and I met at the start of our second year at university, when we moved into the same house together. 3 months later we started seeing eachother, and that was 20 years ago on 25 January 2016. Sometimes I cannot believe we’ve been so happy together for so long, especially as we’ve lived with […]

Week 27 – meeting Rachel Allen and coping with a hangover

This is going to be a short post as I am feeling tired and hungover after Andrew’s birthday celebrations last night (his actual birthday is next weekend but he had a party last night, for which I made this amazing – even if I do say so myself – cake!). As you can imagine, the […]

Week 23 – birthday countdown

On Monday 15th June I’ll be celebrating my 39th birthday, which is quite exciting, especially as this time next week I’ll be starting my celebrations by having dinner care of Galton Blackiston and his crew at Morston Hall in Norfolk. I need to make the most of the festivities you see, as it’s Andrew’s 40th […]

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi crempogs or St David’s Day pancakes

I am writing this post as Andrew screams at the television, urging Wales to beat France at their Six Nations rugby match*. At times like this, I am not so fond of having a Welsh boyfriend, but I suppose a footie-loving partner would be worse – at least rugby doesn’t seem to be on the […]

Cookbook Challenge – Wales: Drover’s Pie and Plum & Hazelnut Cobbler

I know I this is only my third Cookbook Challenge, but so far it has achieved exactly what I had hoped – taking me away from my comfort zone cookbooks and helping me to discover fantastic new recipes which I’d probably not bother with ordinarily. You might not expect these unsophisticated Welsh dishes to engender […]