Category: Recipes & Cooking

The finished Cake

Who doesn’t love cake, curry’s and chocolate covered goodies? We do, and we are often baking or rustling up something yummy. Take a look at some of our concoctions or favourites here.

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Fine Dining at Gwen

The (probably) last of our anniversary treats was a fine-dining experience at the relatively new restaurant “Gwen” in Machynlleth. Gwen is an intimate 8-seat restaurant offering a communal dining experience. The experience begins at 3pm or 7pm, where you’ll have a chance to have a drink before a 10 course tasting menu is served by...


Air Fryers – Are they worth the hype?

Air Fryers seem to be all the rage at the moment. Most people who have them seem to rave about them but we were somewhat on the fence. The general selling points seem to be So, how do they actually stack up? Well, in the name of gadgetry goodliness, we got one for Christmas and...

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St Fagans and The Great House

We’ve just got back from a nice weekend away in South Wales. As usual at this time of year we try to combine my birthday, my Mums birthday, my brothers birthday and a Christmas get together into one visit. We usually meet the whole family either in Bristol or somewhere nearby. Covid precautions once again...

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Mach Muffin for Breakfast

We’ve had another treat from the Michelin starred Ynyshir Hall restaurant. This time it was a ‘Mach Muffin’ breakfast takeaway! Mmm Mmm. This is the Ynyshir version of the McDonalds McMuffin, without the trip to Aberystwyth. It includes The ‘Mach Muffin’ Hash brown Mug of coffee or a juice We had planned to eat it...

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Gourmet Dining in Lockdown

Our (now not so) recent culinary experiences at River Cottage and Ynyshir Hall had us inspired to visit some other top UK restaurants. We had planned to visit L’enclume in the Lake District but lockdown put an end to that for a while. We’ve had a few gourmet dining experiences thanks to Ynyshir Hall takeways...


Kombucha Brewing

I was bought a couple of brewing kits for Christmas. One for Kombucha and one for Ginger Beer. Kombucha Brewing I got started with the Kombucha kit first and soon had a nice batch of freshly fermented and carbonated Kombucha ready for drinking. Mmm Mmm! The second batch is well under way already and the...


Our Christmas Cakes

Anna said it would be nice to se all of our Christmas cakes that we have made, so here they are. Click to enlarge. Which is your favourite?


A Santa Christmas Cake

We have only five days to go, and a son who is slightly less enthusiastic about cake decorating than he used to be. A simple, not too time consuming design was therefore the order of the day for this years Christmas Cake. To be fair, I think that’s actually the secret to success when it...

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Christmas is Coming

45 days to go as I write this, so less than that by the time it is published and you’ve read it. Christmas is coming so it’s time to make a start on the Christmas Cake!! It might end up being a little different to usual thanks to Coronavirus this year but let’s hope we...


Autumnal Antics

After a busy few days at work, things were looking good for Saturday morning. Decent winds were forecast with a real taste of autumn. As has been the case since March we’ve been at home. I know most people seem to be going about their lives petty much business as usual. The only change for...