Last week I wrote a post on my favourite places to eat in Cardiff. I’ve split it into two posts, the Independents and the Chains, altho I have fairly loose rules for what constitutes a chain! This week it’s the turn of the chains – there are plenty in Cardiff to choose from, but some are definitely better than others. The Chains* *I say chain, I mean “has at least one other location outside of Cardiff, usually more. Wahaca  St David’s Dewi Sant Cardiff, 7…Continue Reading “The Best Places to Eat in Cardiff – The Chains”

I’ve lived in Cardiff for just over four years, and in that time I’ve had the chance to eat at over 50 restaurants, cafes, diners and eateries. (Yes, I count. You should not be in any way surprised by this by now.) I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of my favourite places to eat in Cardiff, for people who’ve never been, or haven’t visited for a long time. If anywhere is missing from here it’s probably because I haven’t eaten there yet…Continue Reading “The Best Places to Eat in Cardiff – The Independents”

I’m a good cook, but a lousy baker. I can just about manage cakes and cupcakes but biscuits and cookies have always alluded me. Since going gluten-free I’ve found it even harder – the science of baking is even more difficult to tame when you’re dealing with tapioca starch and xanthan gum! Last time I made cookies, this is how they turned out. Not great. I mean, they actually tasted okay but they looked like an absolute mess, ha. My friend/boss Rob decided to help…Continue Reading “31 for 31: Learn How to Make Delicious Cookies”

One of my 31 for 31 goals was to make my own jam.This was actually the first goal I ticked off the list, waaaay back in July, ha. I just forgot to, um, blog about it for a while. Oops? I’ve always loved the idea of bottling and preserving my own foods, but wimped out every time the recipe got to the ‘now sterilise the jars’ bit. I’m not even sure why, really, it’s not like sterilising jars is at all difficult – I think…Continue Reading “31 for 31: Make My Own Jam”

I’ve finally hit on a breakfast that I’m happy to eat every day. It only took me 30 years, which is a bit, uh, ridiculous, but hey – better late than never, right? (Granted, I usually eat breakfast between 10-11am so maybe I should just call this the first meal of the day, but still. Regular eating habits, I’ve got ’em!) It might not seem like a big deal to regular folk, but I stopped eating breakfast when I was a teenager – partly because…Continue Reading “Rediscovering Breakfast”

One of the items on my Life List is make at least one meal from 25 different cuisines. I’m currently up to 20, and I’m stuck. (That photo is our Laksa Lemak recipe – it’s delicious and has become a staple at Chez Chong over the years) So far we’ve cooked: Belgian: Carbonnade of beef Chinese: Egg fried rice (& many others) Cuban: Lechon asado French: Tuna nicoise Greek: Feta and lamb burgers Hungarian: Pork paprika Indian: Lamb rogan josh curry Indonesian: Beef rendang curry Italian: Tomato, butter & onion pasta sauce Japanese: Sushi &…Continue Reading “Help, I Need Recipe Ideas”

I decided to give up wheat and dairy in 2013 because although I love them both they do not seem to be all that fond of me (*sob*). We cook a lot at home and it’s very much been a trial and error process working out what recipes we can adapt and which ones we’ll have to relegate to the back of the recipe folder for now. I haven’t really found a good substitute for cheese or double cream yet (although I’ve finally found some…Continue Reading “If At First You Don’t Succeed…”

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a ‘foodie’ (altho I don’t associate anything negative with the title) but I do love food. I like to cook and I like to find new recipes. I spotted these three on What Katie Does a little while ago but haven’t gotten around to actually making them yet. If anyone has any experience of them, feel free to give me a shout 🙂 Katie’s pictures looked delicious. Raspberry and white chocolate blondies I’m sort of ashamed at how long it…Continue Reading “Recipes to Try”

I got stuck in a rut of cooking the same few meals over and over again so I decided to try and broaden my range by cooking something new every week. Some were good, some were bad but all were new to me and I’ve learnt some interesting things along the way 🙂 – Week One Meal: Mongolian Crispy Lamb Difficulty: Medium Notes: Slightly fiddly, but ultimately worth it. Breast of lamb is a cheap cut and is very fatty, so make sure you try…Continue Reading “101 in 1001: Try A New Meal Every Week For Three Months [1/3]”