Pork and butterbean cawl-ssoulet: a Welsh take on cassoulet from Wales’ first recipe subscription service, Swper.Box

Lockdown has yielded some wondrous culinary innovations, and this is never more apparent than with the emergence of Swper.Box, Wales’ first and only recipe subscription service. With the sound and scrumptious reasoning that if you cannot experience the finest Welsh cuisine eating out, you should at least bring the best of it into your kitchen, Swper.Box offer vibrant, easy-to-follow eight-step recipe cards allowing you to … Continue reading Pork and butterbean cawl-ssoulet: a Welsh take on cassoulet from Wales’ first recipe subscription service, Swper.Box

Fruits of the forage: a recipe for carragheen pudding courtesy of Wild About Pembrokeshire

With spring on the horizon, there will soon be rich pickings for foragers in Wales – whether you make for the hedgerows, hills or seashore. Julia and John, who run the fantastic forage-focused Wild About Pembrokeshire walks and the Really Wild Emporium, St Davids’ best and most original cafe, bring us a sweet taste of the Pembrokeshire coast with this easy-to-make recipe for carragheen pudding. … Continue reading Fruits of the forage: a recipe for carragheen pudding courtesy of Wild About Pembrokeshire

The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

In the bleak midwinter, and especially in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, nothing beats a chocolate binge. But doing it classily will make you feel much better about indulging. Wales resembles a vast selection box when it comes to innovative chocolatiers: the sort of box where you keep discovering unexpected surprises. Besides being extremely scrumptious, the pick of these also showcase Wales’ impressive repertoire of … Continue reading The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

Chewing the fat with Gareth Ward of Michelin-starred restaurant Ynyshir

Fat might be a dirty word for many, but to Gareth Ward, head chef and co-owner of Michelin-star destination restaurant Ynyshir, near Machynlleth, it’s a beautiful and multi-textured thing. His sensational tasting menu is magic wand-waving stuff: 20 courses, each exquisitely composed with an obsessive’s eye, which take you from boat-fresh local lobster to six-month-aged Wagyu beef that a knife glides through like butter. But … Continue reading Chewing the fat with Gareth Ward of Michelin-starred restaurant Ynyshir

Crafting your own chocolate bar: with Brecon Beacons chocolatiers and mallow-makers The Mallow Tailor

Brecon Beacons confectionary creators The Mallow Tailor (talented two-woman team Kate and Janet) concoct some of the region’s finest decorated chocolates, chocolate slabs and – perhaps most innovative of all – French-style marshmallows. They are one of Wales’ only artisan marshmallow producers, and the only confectioners in Britain to make ‘caramallows’ (chocolates with marshmallow filling and salted caramel topping). They have certainly hit the green, … Continue reading Crafting your own chocolate bar: with Brecon Beacons chocolatiers and mallow-makers The Mallow Tailor

Pink Peppercorn’s recipe for Fishguard Cawl

Operating from a bright-pink vintage caravan, the Pink Peppercorn food truck fires out innovative modern riffs on traditional Welsh recipes. Owners Alex and Rachel take pride in sourcing the best local, organic and seasonal ingredients, taking their truck to farmers markets, county shows and food festivals across South Wales. Here they give their unique spin on the recipe for Fishguard Cawl, named after the Pembrokeshire … Continue reading Pink Peppercorn’s recipe for Fishguard Cawl

Classic Nettle Frittata recipe courtesy of Gill and Antosh Wislocki of St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire

Passionate about wild food and interesting flavours, Gill and Antosh Wislocki were the owners of Argo Villa B&B, one of the greatest places to stay in St Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire, for many many years. Every morning they famously cooked up a storm for guests for breakfast, using whatever was in season. These days, they forage to their hearts content and do most of the consuming … Continue reading Classic Nettle Frittata recipe courtesy of Gill and Antosh Wislocki of St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire

The ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe courtesy of Roos Geraedts

Roos Geraedts is the owner of the International Welsh Rarebit Centre in Defynnog in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here she shares her ultimate recipe for creating the cheesy Welsh classic, plus tips on how to give it a nice seasonal twist.  Roos says: “This is a classic recipe for Welsh rarebit. You can customise it in many different ways, for instance by adding Caerphilly … Continue reading The ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe courtesy of Roos Geraedts

How to pickle wild garlic buds: fresh from a Pembrokeshire preserves maker

Only choice organic, local ingredients go into Helen Lloyd’s preserves at Foxhill Farm in St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire. Also a passionate forager making the most of what each season brings, Helen tells us here how to pickle wild garlic buds, which lend a punch of garlicky goodness to simple meals year round.  Helen says: “For those lucky enough to have wild garlic to hand who have … Continue reading How to pickle wild garlic buds: fresh from a Pembrokeshire preserves maker