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Fresh basil pesto: Recipe and playlist

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The humble pesto: is there anything that isn’t improved by a big dollop of basil? This is one of those recipes that is so easy, and so quick, I’m annoyed at myself for not making it before. I’ve treated myself to the odd jar of fresh pesto at the farmers market, but mainly I’ve ploughed through jar after jar of Sacla.

If you have a spare five minutes, this is perfect for a quick midweek meal, either on pasta, or whatever your pesto preference. And you’ll feel so much more satisfied than reaching for that stockpiled Sacla.  

Pesto on pasta

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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.

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: 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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Tempura vegetables: Recipe and playlist

Tempura vegetables and sweet chilli sauce

Although I still get a bit panicky when faced with frying food, I really wanted to have a go at some tempura vegetables. What better way of enjoying lovely, healthy vegetables than covering them in batter and frying them? My slight obsession with sweet chilli sauce helps too, as it is the perfect accompaniment to this quick and easy Japanese dish.

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Pairing food and beer

While at Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ ‘The Big Feastival’, I met beer connoisseur (and creator of the best pork scratchings in the world), Rupert Ponsonby. After joining him for a cheese and beer pairing, I interviewed him on the art of pairing food and beer for Yahoo Lifestyle.

Rupert Ponsonby at The Big Feastival

Rupert Ponsonby at The Big Feastival