James Sommerin: Seasonal Root Vegetables and my Pumpkin Crumble
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In the first of a series of guest posts, award-winning chef James Sommerin gives us some Autumnal ideas for root vegetables and provides a great recipe for all the pumpkins that are available this time of year. As the chill starts to creep into the air and the leaves turn a burnished orange my thoughts always turn to warmth – [&hellip

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New Slow Food® group launches – Slow Food South East Wales / y De-ddwyrain.
Corpulent Capers: Slow Food South East Wales

A new Slow Food UK group has started in Wales: Slow Food South East Wales / y De-ddwyrain. This is the fifth group to open in Wales, with the others being in Llangollen, Dyfi Valley, Carmarthenshire and Anglesey (Dros-y-Fenai). People in South East Wales will now have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of Slow Food activities, such [&hellip

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Fairtrade Fortnight Liberation Nuts Giveaway
Corpulent Capers: Liberation Nuts

This year Fairtrade Fortnight runs from the 23rd February to the 8th March 2015 and we are celebrating the impact of Fairtrade by turning the spotlight on the producers who grow the products we love. Take for example, farmer-owned Fair Trade nut company, Liberation Foods who source all their nuts from co-operatives of small-scale growers and farmers who own a [&hellip

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Alma de Cuba Coffee Review
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Over the years I’ve sampled many different coffees and visitors to Corpulent Towers have come to expect a decent cup to be served.  So much so that they only ever comment when what they get doesn’t live up the normal standards. So it was interesting when a cup of Alma De Cuba, prompted a fellow visiting coffee lover to exclaim [&hellip

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Zest Revisited
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The last time we wrote about Zest they had just partnered with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage as part of a pilot programme to introduce a local, seasonal menu. We were pleased to be invited back recently and given the opportunity to discuss the experience with Executive Chef, Anthony Barnes. For those who are not familiar, first a little background [&hellip

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200 Cookbooks and Counting Book 12, Delia Smith’s Christmas
Corpulent Capers: Delia Smith's Christmas

I had not heard of Delia Smith before moving to the UK. I Arrived in November and my thoughts immediately turned to cooking my first traditional British Christmas meal. As Mr A handed to me his battered copy of Delia Smith’s Christmas he said, “if you do what Delia says, it will always work”. Now I am a confident cook [&hellip

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Toi et Moi – Je l’adore
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I’m not sure quite when I saw the sign to Toi et Moi languishing in a hedge on the road to Abbey Dore, but it intrigued me enough to Google it when I got home.  Hmm, a French restaurant with a French Chef, in a remote location 2.5 miles across border into England and with views across Golden Valley. Sounds [&hellip

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McVitie’s Digestives – Stop Taking The Biscuit
Corpulent Capers: McVities Stop Taking The Biscuit

I’ve been around long enough to have seen many changes. I’m from the pre-internet, 3 terrestrial TV channel generation so I’ve learnt to embrace and even welcome change. I’ve even been known to wander round muttering “change is good, change is good”. Sometimes, however, change is just so blatantly and utterly wrong that you can do nothing but shout “WTF?” [&hellip

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Kallo Rice & Corn Cake Giveaway
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The nice people at big fish sent us some Kallo rice and corn cakes for us to review. We tend to opt for crackers and bread instead of rice or corn cakes so were keen to give these a try. Kallo make a variety of savoury plain rice and corn cakes as well as some fabulous flavoured ones such as [&hellip

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Product Review – Manomasa Tortilla Chips
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We received some Manomasa tortilla chips for review from the nice people at Palm PR These tortilla chips stand head shoulders above your everyday tortilla chip with their extraordinary taste and texture. The first word that comes to mind when describing these tortilla chips is natural. The natural corn flavour shines through. The texture of the chips is great as [&hellip

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