200 Cookbooks and Counting – Book 5 Memories of Gascony, Pierre Koffman
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We always add to our cookbook collection at the Abergavenny Food Festival. We buy the cookbooks of the chefs giving demos or talks that we go to see and then have them signed. After 7 years of going to the Abergavenny Food Festival, we have a nice collection of signed cookbooks. Last year I won a copy of Memories of [&hellip

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200 Cookbooks and Counting – Book 4 Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery
Hare Masale Wali Murghi - Lemony Chicken with Fresh Coriander

I was a teenager when I first had Indian food. I had had Caribbean curries but not food from India. My father was visiting New York from the Bahamas and had a meeting at the UN with members of the delegation from India. My father invited me to join him and his friends for lunch. All I can remember about [&hellip

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200 Cookbooks and Counting – Book 3 For The Love of Food
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Cookbook 3 – For The Love Of Food: Vegetarian Recipes from the Heart, Denis Cotter. My husband read in a review that this is one of the finest vegetarian cookbooks and so purchased a copy. At the time, my vegetarian niece and now husband were living in Cardiff and would come to our house for dinner. Having a good vegetarian [&hellip

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200 Cookbooks and Counting – Book 1 Rhodes Around Britain
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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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Abra Ca Debora Pancake Day Hamper Giveaway
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The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, is not one I grew up with. I am more familiar with Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras. As a child, being raised as a Roman Catholic, I always gave something up for Lent; usually chocolate …. I do wish however I had grown up with the tradition [&hellip

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Foodie Penpals – November 2013
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I was so delighted with my first Foodie Pen Pal experience in October that I decided to do it again in November. I was matched with Kate from England whose brother used to live in Swansea and enjoyed visiting Swansea market, so I sent a parcel containing Welsh cakes, laver bread and other Welsh goodies. Vanessa from Greece was given [&hellip

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The Otley Brewing Company Win A Mini Keg Giveaway
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What makes Otley Beer so delicious and unique? Otley Brewing Company is a family run business started by Paul, Nick, Robert, Charlie and Matthew Otley in 2005. The idea brewed as a conversation over a few pints of beer…the start of many an idea! As the family owned pubs, they knew what people liked to drink but more importantly what [&hellip

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Foodie Penpals October 2013
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Through the magic of the Twitterverse I learned about Foodie Penpals. Foodie Penpals started in the US and the lovely Carol Anne a.k.a. @ThisIsRockSalt took the initiative to start one up for the UK/Europe. Foodie Penpals is a great way to meet bloggers, blog readers, and discover new foodie products. October was my first month. I sent a parcel to [&hellip

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Meet The Meat – The Pig – Nant Du Pork
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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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Abra-Ca-Debora Diddy Dutch Pancakes
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The fine folks at Abra-Ca-Debora contacted me to see if I would like to try a new product they have launched, their Diddy Dutch Pancakes. These mini pancakes are about the size of a 50p piece. And when I first saw them I thought, these would make a perfect after school snack for kids. The instructions on the bag say [&hellip

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