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Oh what a Falafel!

Every culture has at least one meatball dish served hot and one vegetable dish served cold. Whether it’s an onion Bhaji or a cheese rissoles, small easily prepared picnic bites are a favoured. For my Latest Supper I tried my hand at falafels. Deep fried dough balls usually made from ground chickpeas or fava beans with added spices and…

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French Onion Soup

Having survived the more prolific storm of the winter thus far, it was time to venture back into comfort food. Warm, nourishing and flavoursome are the key ingredients to winter cooking and have been for centuries. Working on a limited number of calories normally excludes dishes as Welsh ‘Cawl’ (a thin meat and vegetable broth originally made from mutton)….

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Bara Brith

Reading a survey of Welsh teenagers who have not tried Bara Brith, I was shocked to learn 36% admitted not knowing of this delicacy. Bara (bread) Brith (Speckled) is a yeast bread either enriched with dried fruit or made with self-raising flour (no yeast). It is traditionally flavoured with tea, dried fruits and mixed spices, and is served sliced…

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Devils in disguise

I don’t pretend to be a nutritionist or dietician. I know what works for me. When you have to battle between obesity and diabetes then the advice is often ‘lose weight’. A fat reduced diet may have an affect on glucose levels, for example, a high fibre low fat fruit diet. Conversely having to eat at certain times whether…

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Habas con Jamón

Growing up in the 60s & 70s I was surrounded by adults who had experience life in the war years and the austere aftermath. I have fond memories of my uncle tending to the vegetable garden and the joys of harvest time when simple meals would be made to make use of the bumper crop. One such dish was…

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Let Them Eat Cake

“Let Them Eat Cake!” Infamously attributed to Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, who uttered these words upon hearing the peasants were dying of starvation following a disastrous wheat crop, poor management and rodent infestation. These words didn’t see the light of day until almost 50 years after her death and are a mis-translation; brioche not cake is…

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Never be too big for your Choux!

There’s something quite refreshing about mixing light pastry, whipped cream, and chocolate or toffee sauce. The dessert course or mid-morning treats often include the joys of the eclair or a small mountain of profiteroles At the heart of these delicacy is the bun – pâté à choux. The little pastry comprising of butter, water, flour and eggs; beaten well…

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Pear Tarte

What makes fast or convenience food popular is in the title, its convenient and fast. Busy people don’t want to spent a considerable amount of time in the kitchen having already completed a hard day’s work. Takeaway or ready meals may tick the fast box but usually are nutritionally lacking whilst filled with harmful amounts of sugar and salt….

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You Jammy Dodger

I love the autumn as the nights start to draw in and days become shorter. Despite the forebode of knowing that winter is near, I do take great joy in the harvest month. This year I have been gifted apples and pumpkins in abundance and in return have been able to give choice fruit from my plum tree. As…

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Brakes2Cakes

Three years ago TheLatestSupper was born. A time when I had been experiencing a lot of personal pressure & illness whilst caring for my wife. In a vain attempt to keep her strong, I started sharing with family & friends via social media, photographs of the meals I tried to offer up as a complimentary medicine of sorts. As…

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