Mini Restaurant Reviews: Cardiff, Wales

Pete and I spent a weekend in Cardiff recently, to attend the Cheese Festival and to celebrate my birthday. Here are reviews of the following:Dinner and Breakfasts at Ty Rosa B&BCoffee & Cake at Craft in the BayLunch at Madame FromageWoods Brasserie Dinner and Breakfasts at Ty Rosa B&BThis is where we stayed during our ... Read more »

Birthday Potterings + Restaurant Review: Maze, London

Yesterday was my birthday (and my sister’s too). Lazy waking to kisses and cards from Pete and calls from sister. No plans for the morning, just catching up on some fun stuff such as helping my dad with the itinerary for the trip he and ma are making to Kenya next year (I do love ... Read more »

Mini Restaurant Review: Ten Ten Tei, Brewer Street, London

Last night a friend and I went to Ten Ten Tei for dinner. What a fantastic find! My friend had googled for Japanese restaurants that did more than sushi as I’d said I loved sashimi and tempura but wasn’t a fan of sushi. He’d stumbled on a listing suggesting that TTT offered the best Japanese ... Read more »

Weekend spoils from our back garden “allotment”

Shortly after getting home from Wales on Friday we checked out our plants in garden and greenhouse. All had been kindly watered by our neighbour John. We found the first three ripe tomatoes on one of the three tomato plants in the greenhouse and ate them surrounded by that wonderful smell of tomato plants! Every ... Read more »

“Picnics? Bah! Humbug” I don’t think so!

The author of this post in the Guardian’s Word of Mouth food blog posits that picnics are a disappointment. I’m afraid I had to disagree, not to mention provide a comparison to the Indian take on eating outdoors. Here’s what I posted as a comment to that article: “Ha! If you think the Brits have ... Read more »

Gordon Ramsay let me down!

I’ve been meaning to try a “proper” ragu recipe for ages, especially with the regular threads that pop about such recipes on a food chat board I visit. Yesterday I looked through the recipes recommended there and also googled and narrowed it down to two recipe choices: Gordon Ramsay’s Slow-braised ragù Bolognese fxcuisine’s Serious Ragù ... Read more »

A free 1274 grams of Edzell Blue potatoes!

Last year the variety of potatoes we grew was Edzell Blue. We must have left one or two tiny spuds unharvested as we’ve been watching with glee as some rather large and verdant potato foliage emerged in last year’s potato location. Pete harvested them today and we have 1274 grams of beautiful purple-skinned potatoes! We’ll ... Read more »

Yay! First home-grown produce of 2008 for dinner!

Tonight we ate our first home-grown produce of 2008 – a lovely small yellow courgette. We just had a simple salad (having eaten a big lunch) with cos lettuce, baby plum tomatoes, sliced dry-fried red pepper and a “dressing” which was actually just the extra low fat creme fraiche with some french mustard mixed in. ... Read more »