Aug 17

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 […]

Aug 2

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 […]

Feb 25

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 […]

Dec 2
Foodie Penpals – November 2013
posted by: Babette in Babette's Ffest on 12 2nd, 2013 | | 1 Comment »

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. […]

Nov 28

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 […]

Nov 7
Foodie Penpals October 2013
posted by: Babette in Babette's Ffest on 11 7th, 2013 | | 3 Comments »

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. […]

Jul 18

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 […]

Jul 4

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 […]

May 5

As I write this it’s early April and Spring weather has not come to Wales yet! Since it is, effectively, still winter in Wales, I thought I would bring some Spring to my cooking! I thought back to my days as a student in France. My roommate, Sophie, was from Provence and I was often […]

Mar 17

Occasionally we receive a new product to sample. Recently we received 3 different Tomato Purées from Sainsbury: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Italian Cherry Tomato Purée with Basil, Italian Tomato Purée with Garlic, and Italian Tomato Purée with Chilli. To my taste, the Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Italian Cherry Tomato Purée with Basil was the star of the show! The tomato flavour is bright and fruity which is then […]

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