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WOKing Around the Christmas Tree

“Cha…Cha…Changes!” It’s hard to believe that 4 years ago I was traveling to Cornwall for a mini break with outlaws, my first holiday in more than a dozen years; 3 years ago I was planning a two night trip to the north west of England to meet family; 2 years ago I found myself making a day trip to…

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Christmas with the other Nik

A visit to the Whitford never disappoints. Whether popping in for a morning coffee, a late brunch, or that special celebratory meal; the food is only surpassed by the service and welcome.  The place has been a feature of Burry Port nightlife for many years, whether you remember “The George” or the re-fashioned “Whitford” named in honour of The…

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Home is where the Hearth is

Grey stormy days and longer darker windswept wet nights affect us all. As much as I enjoy the cold crispness of a late Autumn or mid-Winter morning, when the sun has that orange glow, for the most part, the weather this time of year is, depressing. Normally I would I have had a top-up of sun by now. Popping…

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It’s still all Greek to me

One of my favourite dishes I enjoy at my friend Nik the Greek’s restaurant is the beef stifado. Nikos has mentioned before that he uses recipes handed down within his family. It would seem that the better recipes are the ones handed down. Ask any full blooded Welshman whose ‘Cawl’ is the best and the answer will always be…

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Pour Madeleine

I was recently looking for an easy and quick recipe to make some comfort cakes with a high yield. One of the better kitchen gadgets I use is the Tefal “Cake Factory”. A counter top oven with preset programmes for your favorite cakes and of course the ‘manual’ setting for the more adventurous. Tefal make many silicone trays for…

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If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake

If you’re a certain age then you’ll have a song ringing in your ears. I’m too young to know the original but I think its a left over memory from when my parents were young. Another left over memory is a story I have recounted several times in 2020. How my parents came to have their wedding cake. My chapter…

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Cajun Salmon Tortilla

There are quite a few chefs whose food I have either enjoyed or have inspired me to cook their recipes. On the eating side, Paul at Marzano’s Caffe in Llanelli, never fails to impress in both short order or tapas. When its Greek then it has to be a visit to Nikos at Whitford in Burry Port. Similarly Pedro…

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Tarta del Casa

I find it funny when scanning menus, finding the variations on the pie fitted with a potato roof. If it’s meat I have sampled everything from cottage to mansion; even giggled at versions using spam (council estate pie). When at sea we have the simple Captain’s promoting all the way to admiral and even commodore. For my latest supper,…

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Russian to make Dinner?

I have a passion for Spanish cuisine and whilst on my culinary odyssey, I discovered something which initially surprised me, but upon reflection, made perfect sense; a Spanish kitchen relies heavily on tinned produce. Tinning has been proven to be the best way to preserve foods, a real bonus in warm climates. I mention this because for my latest…

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Only the crumbliest flakiest chocolate

If you grew up the 70s then you know the lyrics to song that sold millions of Cadbury Flake bars. A spin off was the Cadbury Flake cake:a cuboid piece of vanilla sponge with a measure buttercream in the centre, covered in melted Cadbury’s milk chocolate with a piece of flake on top. Since Cadbury’s was bought out several…

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