James Sommerin: Seasonal Root Vegetables and my Pumpkin Crumble
Image of James Sommerin in his restaurant

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 Website Porc.Wales Will Promote Welsh Pork
Corpulent Capers: Pork Shoulder with Quince

Shoppers looking for quality, local pork can now find it through a new website. Porc.Wales will tell the story of the Welsh pork industry and what makes the pork it produces so special. Welsh consumers will be encouraged to eat more high quality, locally produced pork products as well as helping them to find a supplier to support local farmers [&hellip

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200 Cookbooks and Counting – Book 2 The Wright Taste

Recently, Mark and I called into Wright’s Food Emporium in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire for lunch. Mark had been before and had been dreaming about their Belly Pork Cubano sandwich ever since. Of course I had one when we went and have been yearning for another ever since. Tender pork belly, spicy sauce and a sharp pickle to balance the richness of [&hellip

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200 Cookbooks and Counting – Book 1 Rhodes Around Britain

For months I have been thinking about our cook book collection. Mark and I have acquired over 201 cookbooks and our collection grows. I have been thinking about cooking a recipe from each book and writing a blog post, but was paralysed by figuring out which book to start with. So last Saturday, as Mark bought a cookbook from a [&hellip

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Dan Lepard’s Classic Christmas Pudding Recipe

This is the recipe I will be using for my Christmas Pudding this year. Stir Up Sunday, the traditional day for making your pud is on the 24th November.  Sainsbury’s is reviving this tradition and has kindly supplied the ingredients. This year, Sainsbury’s has enlisted the help of baker and food writer Dan Lepard to inspire families up and down [&hellip

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Meet The Meat – The Pig – Nant Du Pork

I am really interested in learning more about what goes into producing good meat. So I thought I’d start with pork. Not all pork is the same! I find some pork to be so mild it has no taste; sometimes it is so strong that it needs heavy spicing to balance the strong taste, and sometimes it is so lean [&hellip

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Lavender Infused Shortbread Recipe

The nice people at Sainsbury’s recently sent me some of their new Taste the Difference infused sugars to try. Available in lavender, vanilla and cinnamon they are designed to replace standard sugars in recipes. I’ve infused sugar with vanilla and cinnamon, myself, in the past but never lavender so I was eager to try this one out. Shortbread was the [&hellip

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Red Nose Day Cookie Challenge 2013

A couple of weeks ago I got an e-mail from the nice people at Sainsbury’s, long-time supporters of Comic Relief, asking if I’d like to take part in their Red Nose Day Cookie Challenge. The idea was that to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day, I and others would bake and decorate a ‘comedic cookie creation’. Sainsbury’s would [&hellip

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Chocolate & Beetroot Cake – A Great Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil that special someone. If you’re planning a romantic dinner at home, indulge in the perfect home-made dessert with a little help from G’NOSH  – Beetroot and Chocolate cake – made using two of the finest aphrodisiacs known to man, chilli and chocolate, which are bound to set the pulses racing. The cake [&hellip

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Soy Blackened Mackerel with a G’NOSH Smoky Black Bean risotto

I’m all for an easy life, me. So although I do as much shopping as I can at farm shops and farmers markets and we always try and cook rather than open a ready meal, sometimes you just want to open a container and leave it at that.  Of course, that doesn’t mean I want to compromise on quality. I [&hellip

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