Did Someone Say Brunch?

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I've got some new brunch spots that I have to tell you all about. I've been in Cardiff for over 2 years and I am still stumbling across yummy places. These ones are no big secret but if you haven't tried them get, you simply must get on with it.

First stop, Pontcanna.

Fat Pig Deli
Fat Pig Jady. I love chorizo and this delicious deli has been on my list for a while. It lived up to its piggin marvellous expectations and is a place I would highly recommend to all the sausage lovers.



Brava
Ahhhh Brava. This has quickly become my number 1 for Eggs Benedict in Cardiff. They have a glorious suntrap sitting area at the front, where you are guaranteed to see at least 10 cute dogs (and rugby players) walk past, making it the perfect brunch spot.


Canna Deli

Tucked away with hefty wooden tables and stacks of Welsh chutneys is Canna Deli. They serve super duper door stop sarnies and VERY good coffee. It is Welsh through and through and a dreamy place to spend an afternoon.



Now we're coming back over to my neck of the woods...

Roath Farmers Market

My absolute favourite way to start a Saturday is with Coffee from Brodie's Coffee Camper and a ginormous slice of cake from the Pwdin Cart at the Roath Farmers Market. My favourite is the banana bread, which is technically one of my 5 a day, which is totally acceptable for that early in the morning....




The Gutsy Goose 
There is no better way to start the weekend than with a cappuccino and a Spanish Breakfast - Buenos Dias.



Stag Coffee
If you are after staggering portions and naughtiness, this is the place for you. I went for the chorizo & scrambled eggs which kept me going all the way until dinner time - The sign of a successful breakfast. A MUST for foodies. They also do a mean matcha latte.





Coco Patisserie 
I don't restrict myself of much, especially cake for breakfast. This is a French patisserie like no other and something that Cardiff was lacking in before this beauty came along. I had a peanut butter macaroon which was as heavenly as you would expect alongside a seriously good coffee.


Deli Rouge

I only discovered this little treasure last weekend and I already know I'm going to love it. We just popped in for a coffee (and beer) and sat in the gloriously sunny garden. The breakfast menu sounded hearty and fabulous, so I will report back on this one very soon.




Now I bet you can't wait for the weekend to eat all the brunch...I'll join you.

xxx

My Kind of Food

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When the question involves pizza, the answer will most definitely be yes. I was asked if I would like to make one of John Torode's recipes from his new book, My Kind of Food, Recipes I Love to Cook at Home. 

Dough you think I would really turn this down?

I choose to make Pizza because I love to make a mess, I love cheese and on a Sunday, there is nothing I would rather have for lunch. 

If making pizza has been on your to do list for a while, I would totally recommend this recipe. 


For the dough you will need: 
275ml warm water
7g of dried active yeast
1/2 teaspoon of sugar 
375g '00' flour, plus extra for dusting 
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 tablespoon of olive oil, plus some got oiling

For the base:
1 x tin of chopped tomatoes 
Mozzarella
Salt & pepper 
Toppings of your choice 

How to: 

Mix the water, yeast and sugar and leave for 10 mins.

For this part you will need half the flour, the liquid and a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Unfortunately I don't own a stand mixer. So I was the dough hook. I imagine this would be the only time in life where being Captain Hook would be a good thing. Anyway, after 10 minutes and a right arm that looked like Sam Warburton's, I think it was ready to leave to stand.


After 10 mins add the rest of the flour, some salt and oil and beat it up for another 5 minutes. 

Leave to sit for for 30 mins and grab a cup of coffee, all that beating is tiring. 


Once it's doubled in size, it's time for the fun bit. Slap the dough down and knead it like you've never kneaded anything before. (Make sure your surface is nice and floury) divide it into 4 balls and leave to rest for 10. 


In the meantime, make your tomato base. Heat your chopped tomatoes and add a sprinkle of mixed herbs, chilli flakes and salt and pepper. 


Now you have to roll your balls of dough out into perfect little pizza bases. 

Once done you can get messy with your toppings. 


I made 4 and went for: 
Tomato and mozzarella (had to be done) 
Tomato, goats cheese, and chorizo. (This one was DELICIOUS) 
Tomato, cheddar and pesto. 
Tomato, cheddar and olives. 


And remember, there is no such thing as too much cheese. 


Make sure your oven is preheated on the highest setting. Pop these on a hot baking sheet and cook until crispy around the edges. 

Add some basil leaves, pour a glass of wine and then eat like an Italian.



My kind of Sunday with my kind of food. 

xxx

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

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When I was young I remember sitting in creche peering over, trying to catch a glimpse of my mum in cooking class. We had the funny Chinese spoons, poppadom trays and big pasta bowl in every nook and cranny in our tiny kitchen. I remember how she could always rustle up a cracking curry in no time - Just don't ask her about the time she said she would give me £1 if I ate a whole chilli; many ice cubes and glasses of milk later, I was £5 richer with a story that I could bribe her with for life. 

So on the subject of chillies, I would like to share my most recent dish with you.


Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Coconut Curry.



I made my curry paste from scratch, for this you will need:
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground corriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp crushed chillies
1/2 tsp of ground ginger
sprinkle of salt
1 tbsp of olive oil

For the curry:
1 tsp coconut oil
1 onion 
1 clove of garlic
120ml of water
1 tin of chickpeas
1 large sweet potato or 2 small ones
bunch of fresh corriander



How to:
  • Mix all your curry paste ingredients up and leave to one side.
  • Saute your chopped onion and grated garlic clove in coconut oil for a minute then put the paste and the water in.
  • Leave to cook for a couple of minutes then add your Alpro coconut cuisine and sweet potato to the pan - I usually let this simmer away for a about 10 mins.
  • Add the drained chickpeas and a handful of fresh coriander - cook for a further 10 mins.

  • Serve with spinach and bulgar wheat and finish with a handful of coriander. 


This is my go-to recipe when we have any guests, it's soo easy to make and the most delicious, warming recipe. It's deliciously creamy and is a real comfort food dish that's super good for you too.



Autumn is cumin, bye bye sniffles.

xxx

Hardie's Supper Club

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Supper Clubs are things I hear of in distant places like The Big Smoke. I've wanted to try one for ages and Chris answered my foodie dreams when he told me all about Hardies Supper Club. From pop up street food shacks to adventurous sit down meals you can expect that all and more here. 

This particular event was called Rebellious and took Inspiration from some of history's great rebels. 

We were welcomed with a lemon thyme champagne cocktail inspired by Marie Antoinette - A lady who I think I would have liked very much and a cocktail I had a lot of thyme for. 





Next up was Ghandi and this was one of my favourites. A little salad bowl and an ale bottle filled with soup landed on the table. The idea was to pour the warm spiced pumpkin soup over the contents of the bowl which had peashoots, bread and goats cheese which melted like hot molten deliciousness. It was a bowl of autumn goodness that left me feeling warm and slightly fuzzy afterwards. 





Now it was time for the fish dish inspired by William Wallace. It was a wee course but a taster that left you wanting more. To the faint sound of bagpipes playing I inhaled my scallop with caviar. Sea food is my least favourite of all the food groups but I was pleasantly surprised by this little dish which was finished with a sherry and white chocolate sauce.



NOW came my favourite dish inspired by Martin Luther King. I am ashamed to say I had never tried ribs before. It looks like messy business and I don't own a bib, so I have always avoided them. This one had no bones and was certainly not a skinny piggy, it was big, juicy, well glazed and totally delicious. Hello smoked ribs, I'll be seeing you again soon. This dish came with rice & beans, braised cabbage, bbq reductions and buttermilk cornbreads. To the sound of American blues playing we tucked in and didn't speak until we had both finished - The sign of a good meal.





Time for the grand finale. The dessert was based on Che Guevara and was possibly the coolest thing ever. After a quick smoke, it was all gone. Anything that is chocolatey doesn't last long around me and this chocolatey cigar was exceptional. It was served with smoked citrus mousse and spiced ash.




I feel like Chris captured each rebel perfectly and put so much thought and imagination into each dish. The flavours were to die for and the concept of a supper club is now my new favourite thing. 


Thank you Hardie's Supper Club and Steam in Uplands for a fabulous evening, you will definitely be seeing me again soon.


xxx

A Morning in Cowbridge

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I adore Wales and want to explore as much of it as possible. I'm originally from Swansea, so in around 45 minutes I can find myself at one of the UK's most gorgeous coast lines. Being that little bit further away in Cardiff, we are surrounded by some beautiful green spaces. One sunny Thursday Morning. I hopped on a bus and found myself exploring the streets of Cowbridge. Any amount of time exploring is hungry business - first stop, Arboreal



Like most places these days I stumbled across this on Twitter. The menu won me over and I've been meaning to try it out for a while, you will see exactly what I mean when you look at the menu too. See for yourself here. One sip of coffee later and I knew it was a bus journey well worth it. 




Just look at that cappuccino. 

After oogling the menu for too long, I asked the chef, Rhys, for some help and he recommended the Potato Rosti, which was ranked high in my top 5 anyway. 



I feel I definitely made the right decision here - a potato rosti, smothered in spiced onion and tomato chutney with spinach, a fried egg and toast. The chutney gave it a sweet kick and it is something I would highly recommend. It is one of the cheaper dishes on the menu and is cracking value for money. 

So this, as you can see was a very successful morning. Arboreal itself is a place you could find yourself sitting for hours. Its rustic, light and airy feel have you relaxed in no time, making it the perfect brunch spot. 

Cowbridge, I'll see you again soon. I've heard you do some pretty good cake...

xxx

Birthday trEATS

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As you are probably aware, I LOVE birthdays. I've been going on about this one since 7th September last year. I'm quarter of a century old now, that's kind of a big deal.

Choosing the place to spend my last precious hours as a 24 year old was easy. Waterloo Tea Gardens was the first place I discovered when I moved to Cardiff and I fell very much in love with it. 


My besties from home came to join me for a pre birthday brekkie. We all went for the poached eggs on sourdough with spinach and hollandaise sauce, followed by one of the best cups of coffee you will find in Cardiff. 


They have sisters in Wyndham Arcade in town and in Penarth. If you haven't been to any of them I urge you to as soon as you can.


I was then totally spoilt by these two with all things foodie AND home made brownies. They know the way to my heart.



The sunshine was also very nice this year and decided to make an appearance, to which we got the gin and halloumi in and had a mighty family BBQ - of this I have no pictures as my Instagram hand was replaced with a gin for the whole evening. I woke up on my actual birthday smelling of bonfire with a rather fuzzy head - Nothing avocado, eggs and a giant coffee can't fix AND remembering I had tickets to Harry Potter World from my big sis.


I came home to more very lovely gifts and a pair of birthday shoes waiting to be taken out, and where better place than Bar 44 to spend your birthday? *insert salsa lady in red dress*


I heard they did goblets of gin so naturally this was where I had to go - A decision I was very happy about. Posh Patatas Bravas and the Jamon Iberico Croquetas are an absolute must!!






I don't think a birthDAY is enough so I like to drag these things out as much as I can. The fabulous 4 were finally reunited so this was a perfect excuse for celebrating some more and eating all of our favourite things. They spoilt me with the BEST gifts which are going to make my instagram feed a very happy place.


Thank you to everyone for making it an utterly fabulous birthday!

xxx


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