A New Adventure for Corpulent Capers

Mark and Carol of Corpulent Capers are embarking on a new adventure, a Food Adventure! As you know we are so passionate about locally produced, seasonal, fresh food that we have been blogging about it for several years and now we want to share our experiences with you. So what is Food Adventure? Food Adventure is all about food, fun, [&hellip

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Zest at the Cardiff Marriot with River Cottage

We broke the news here that Marriott Hotels were piloting a partnership with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage and that the Cardiff Hotel was to be part of that pilot. Marriott have realised that a growing number of diners have an interest in the provenance of their food and so, in response, they are trying to improve their sourcing so [&hellip

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Learn Patisserie with former Claridges Patissier, Beverly Reed

I’ve always been of the opinion if you want to do something well you should learn from an expert. So when I decided that I’d like to learn a bit more about making patisserie there was no better class to attend than one run by Beverly Reed. Beverly began her love affair with food after leaving catering college and making [&hellip

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The Otley Brewing Company Win A Mini Keg Giveaway

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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Llansantffraed Court Hotel – Back On The Culinary Map

Turning off the B4589 onto Llansantffraed Court Hotel’s private drive, I am immediately reminded that this four-star country house hotel and restaurant sits in a stunning location. The William and Mary style, grade II listed building is surrounded by 20 acres of lawns, and is complete with its own lake and walled kitchen garden, whose content is to feature heavily [&hellip

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Welsh Cakes By Post

My friend Eironwy suggested that I try the Welsh Cakes made by J & L Occasional Cakes in Swansea. “They are as good as homemade”, she said. And Eironwy was right. For those of you who have never had a Welsh Cake, I will attempt to describe them. I think they are the perfect treat to have with your afternoon [&hellip

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Cardiff Marriott and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Team Up

News reaches us that Cardiff Marriott is one of two hotels of the groups 50 UK establishments chosen to pilot a new menu, that has been developed in collaboration with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage. The chef’s at the Marriott have all been to the newly established River Cottage Chefs’ School. Menu’s will be based around local, seasonal produce and sourced, [&hellip

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Welsh Great Taste Award Winners 2013 and Farewell to True Taste of Wales

August 7th, 2013 saw the publication of the results of the 2013 Great Taste Awards. We look at the success of Welsh producers in the Great Taste Awards and the demise of the Wales the True Taste Awards. As late as December 2012 the Welsh Government was stating that “The Wales the True Taste brand plays a major part in [&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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Newport Food Festival 2012 – A Prologue
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Back in 2011 @babettesffest wrote about the 1st Newport Food Festival as “The New Kid on the Block“. At the time we both really liked it as it really felt like it was trying to be inclusive both to the social and food cultures of Newport. Now on Saturday 6th October 2012, Newport Food Festival returns for a second year.  [&hellip

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