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Huevos Rancheros: Recipe and playlist

Huevos rancheros for dinner? ‘You must be crazy Hogg, eggs are for breakfast’ I hear you cry. Well, these particular eggs are rich, spicy, definitely filling enough for dinner, and are quick and easy to put together and pop in the oven. 

Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros (with slightly overdone eggs. I’m not a runny yolk kinda gal)

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Getting back on the ole’ blog horse

It’s so easy to find an excuse not to do something, but it seems so stupid when it’s finding an excuse to not do something that you enjoy. It’s been a while since I’ve been here, but I’m in a much better place now, and have been stacking up the posts in my head, and on my camera.

I’ve been via London and I’m back in Cardiff now, which seems to be having a bit of a moment. There’s been a few interesting openings recently, and a few scheduled over the coming months. I like Cardiff and I want to be part of that. So making this public is making things official to me. Watch this space.

Quinoa, butternut squash and halloumi salad: Recipe and playlist

Quinoa, halloumi and butternut squash salad

I bought myself some quinoa a while ago, but it’s just been sat in my cupboard, until today. I decided it was time to give it a go, after all, the sun is shining and cooking with quinoa is about as adventurous as I’m going to get today. If I can get through this recipe without writing ‘buttnut’ again, it will be a success. Read the rest of this entry

The Port House, 417 Strand: Official launch review

I’ve been in London around a month now and I’m loving it. Aside from the commuting, the rude people and the prices, it’s pretty great. However, it was made that little bit better this week, when I discovered gin and tonics as big as my face at the official launch of the Port House restaurant on the Strand.

Billed as the rather tempting combination of ‘gin and tapas’, I tottered along and arrived a fashionable two hours after the start time (bloody job…). The place was heaving, with everyone clutching huge goblets of gin, overflowing with an array of leaves and sticks and fruit.

Goblet of gin and tonic

Gin as big as my face

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Stolen Catering supper club with Bordeaux wines

Bottles of red wine

Bordeaux Wine. Image copyright Paul Monckton

I rang the doorbell on a residential street in Notting Hill after finally finding my way, and entered a dilapidated in-progress restoration, with an immaculate kitchen in the middle. The walls were exposed brick, but not in a good way, and the ceiling was stripped back to metal beams. Two long tables dominated each side of the room and candles lined the wooden stairs up to a large bathroom-come-coatroom-come-storage room. I was handed a glass of Réserve de Sours Sparkling Rosé NV (£19.99 Marks and Spencer). This was fresh, crisp, dry on the palate and elegant with plenty of red fruits, especially raspberries, but managed to miss the canapes.

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Wirra Wirra and Jackson Estate wine dinner at the Pantechnicon, Belgravia: Jackson Estate

I was recently invited to dinner with Paul Smith, senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra in Australia and John Stichbury, founder and managing director of Jackson Estate in New Zealand. Over dinner at the Pantechnicon, we sampled around 10 wines from the two companies.

While I may have been sat next to Paul Smith, senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra (review here), who may have been topping up my glass with more Wirra Wirra than Jackson Estate (those cheeky Aussies), I did manage a stealth glass (or three) of John Stichbury’s wonderful wine.

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Wirra Wirra and Jackson Estate wine dinner at the Pantechnicon, Belgravia: Wirra Wirra

I was recently invited to dinner with Paul Smith, senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra in Australia and John Stichbury, founder and managing director of Jackson Estate in New Zealand. Over dinner at the Pantechnicon, we sampled around 10 wines from the two companies.

I was sat next to Paul Smith, senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra, who told me some of the many tales and stories from Wirra Wirra’s history. Many of these anecdotes have made their way into Wirra Wirra’s wine names.

Although we sampled the wines over dinner at The Pantechnicon in Belgravia, Paul said it was much more important to enjoy the wines with great conversation, great friends and food, rather than being concerned with specific food and wine pairings.

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