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Baking British Recipes Vegetarian Welsh

Keeping Alive a Tradition #2: Welsh Cakes

This is my second, and much belated, entry in the ‘Keeping Alive a Tradition’ series which aims to bring to the fore any recipes which have had a particular bearing on my heritage. The first recipe, cawl, is a favourite of mine and though it is well known nationally, it remains rather unappreciated on an international scale. Welsh cakes share no such problem as they are widely available throughout the United Kingdom and probably beyond, though I have no evidence of that. Nevertheless, a series of posts dedicated to Welsh cuisine couldn’t possibly be considered credible without the inclusion of these delicious drop scones.

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British Healthy Eating Recipes Winter

Traditional Beef Hotpot

The Lancashire hotpot is one of the most widely recognised, and loved, British recipes. Traditionally it is a mutton or lamb based dish which includes vegetables and is covered with a layer of sliced potatoes before serving. This is my beef version of the Lancashire hotpot, though it is probably rather far in aesthetical terms from the original dish. The reason I have given it the name ‘hotpot’ is because both dishes share an ideal – they are inexpensive, easy to prepare and extremely hearty and delicious. I tell you, dishes once intended for labourers in heavy industry do work rather well at this time of year.

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Asian Healthy Eating Recipes Thai Vegan Vegetarian

Thai Carrot Soup

Autumn is now in full swing here in Wales, the mornings are growing cold and, according to some, snow isn’t too far away. With the weather in mind, soup appears to be the most sensible meal to opt for, particularly when the evening menu features a roast chicken. Not only is this soup incredibly comforting, it also brings with it all the health benefits of its fragrant ingredients. Ginger, for instance, is known to have many health benefits, from pain relief (check out this blog link) to prevention of nausea. It isn’t widely used in herbal remedies for nothing, you know.

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Baking Desserts Recipes Vegetarian

National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Tart

Here in Britain we are coming to the tail-end of National chocolate Week and I thought it would be rather nice to cap it off with one of my favourite recipes. I love the contrast between the crust and the filling – the crust is very crisp, while the filling is as smooth as truffle. It is also an incredibly simple tart to make since the crust isn’t made of pastry and the filling has very few ingredients. This really is the perfect way to see off such a fantastic, yet underappreciated, week – enjoy!

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Baking Italian Recipes Vegetarian

National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Biscotti

In honour of National Chocolate Week which starts tomorrow (10th-16th October) I bring you a variation on a well-known twice-baked Italian cake which I have been itching to make for quite a while. Biscotti, or biscotti di Prato which in literal terms means biscuits of Prato, as a result of the method by which they are cooked are very dry and crunchy which makes them perfect for either a long and arduous journey such as a Crusade or, more commonly, with coffee. Generally they are made with almonds and the only reason that I have deviated from the classic recipe is the imminent arrival of the aforementioned celebration. However, fear not, as I promise with hand on heart, as well as fingers forcibly separated, to deliver the classic version in the not too distant future.