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St David’s Day Menu

St David's Day
St David’s Day
Image: www.dailymail.co.uk

St David’s Day, the feast day for the Welsh patron saint and falls annually of the 1st March. In memory of my late Welsh Grandmother Gwen, who lived to the ripe old age of 94, I have put together a Welsh inspired menu to celebrate this Welsh national holiday using her recipe for Cawl

 Cockles with Pancetta and Thyme Cockles with Pancetta and Thyme
Main course
 Cawl Cawl
 Snowdon Pudding Steamed Snowdon Pudding (Pwdin Eryri)
Red Dragon Cocktail Red Dragon Cocktail
 Double Dragon Beer - Felinfoel Brewery Double Dragon Beer – Felinfoel Brewery

Buy a few bunches of bright yellow Daffodils, look forward to Spring and celebrate St David’s Day.

Not that Mr T

Easy Valentine’s Day Menu

James Martin's Easy Valentine's Day Menu
James Martin’s Easy Valentine’s Day Menu
Image: bbc.co.uk/food

I’ve just found this sinful but heavenly Valentine’s Day menu on the bbc.co.uk food website. It’s been compiled using recipes by James Martin, a regular ‘celebrity’ chef who broadcasts across the BBC network.

His romantic recipes strike the right balance between simple flavours and extra special touches. Each dish is easy to prepare, quick to cook, and light enough to leave room for dessert.

 Hazelnut butter grilled scallops with salad Hazelnut butter grilled scallops with salad
Main course
 Chargrilled steak with beer, mustard and watercress salad Chargrilled steak with beer, mustard and watercress salad
 Pistachio and chocolate soufflé Pistachio and chocolate soufflé
 Mozzarella bruschetta with shaved fennel and courgette Cosmopolitan

The link for the this easy Valentine’s Day menu can be found on the BBC’s Food website here along with other Valentines Day options.

Not that Mr T


My favourite Valentine’s Day Menu

Favourite Valetine's Day Menu
Favourite Valentine’s Day Menu

Although I have found a Valentine’s Day menu for an Incurable Romantic, this would be my ideal choice if it was being cooked for me. It’s a protein based Man’s man food menu, with meat, seafood followed by another big slab of meat all washed down with beer!

 Scallops with chorizo Scallops with chorizo
Main course
 Rib eye steak, Lyonnaise Potatoes and Bearnaise sauce Rib eye steak, Lyonnaise Potatoes and Bearnaise sauce
 Spiced Apple Crumble Spiced Apple Crumble with custurd
 Vespa Martini Pre Dinner: Vespa Martini
 Harveys Kiss ABV 4.5% During Dinner: Harveys Kiss ABV 4.5%

Now doesn’t that sound like the menu from heaven?

Not that Mr T

The holidays are approaching…

The festive season is fast approaching and I’m finishing up on all of the present buying for the family, (well, I have to say that the majority of it has been done by my lovely ‘other half’) and my musings are returning to what to cook for dinner on Christmas Day. The obligatory Turkey is a must, the kids would never forgive me if I didn’t give them slices of Roast Turkey on their plate (I’m trying to get them to convert to the more flavoursome goose, without any luck), plus a boiled then roasted ham joint.

For the Side, I’m looking for different things to go with the ubiquitous Goose fat Roasted Spuds, so have been dipping in and out of the various Christmas themed cookery programmes that have been on over the last few weeks for inspiration and have come up with the following:

This Potato and fennel bake from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, would add a variety of taste to the meal and use some of those fennel bulbs that seem to be going cheap at the moment. It’s a simple side dish that can be pre-prepared up to the final roasting and popped in 30-40 mins before dishing up time.


I’m going to be cooking my favourite Brussels Sprout recipe, you’ve just got to have them at Christmas

Brussels Sprouts with pancetta

This recipe combines the humble Brussels with the wonderful saltiness of pancetta and deep sweet notes of Marsala wine and sweet Chestnuts

I also cook way too many Sprouts as the make great ‘Bubble and Squeak’ to go with the cold meat on boxing day


December is also slap bang in the middle of the parsnip season and their sweets citrus notes is a highlight of any roast.

Maple roast parsnips

Nigella Lawson’s Maple Roast Parsnips have a smoky-sweet flavour that everyone will adore, I’ll get hold of some young carrots, scrubbed and the stalks clipped leaving about a centimetre of green and pop those in too.

To add a splash of colour to the meal, it’ll have to be the red jewel of the season the beetroot. Not just the preserve of the Boxing day fry up as a pickled accompaniment, roasted, it makes a cracking side dish too.

Roast Beetroot

My favourite Roasted Beetroot recipe adds a splash of balsamic vinegar and thyme to give a sweet Herby background to this versatile vegetable


The kids just love Cauliflower Cheese and this recipe hits the mark, it’s easy and quick

Cauliflower Cheese

BBC Good Food provides a brilliant version of the standard British classic of Cauliflower Cheese, just pop it in when you’ve taken the roasted meat out to rest.




With the addition of some decadently out of season boiled new potatoes and small sweet ‘Petit Pois’ I think that selection of sides will fill the table as well as ‘the bill’ for my side dish requirement for my Christmas dinner.