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Whitebait, mackerel with black garlic braised lentils and a coffee crème brûlée - a brilliant Sunday lunch at the Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd today. Accompanied by a few pints of a Salopian Brewery New England IPA. 🍺 🐟

The most important invention of the 20th century keeps us alive but is killing the environment. The solution? Eat less meat πŸ”—

What has been made into a commodity cannot easily be brought back to being a luxury. That’s the luxury trap. And it’s not the first time we’ve fallen for it.

For my second night of cooking Meera Sodha recipes I’ve gone for vegan chilli cornbread with broccoli. And baked black-eyed beans.

Cooking Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for Shaoxing and soy braised tofu with pak choi. And sticky jasmine rice.

Every time I read Meera Sodha’s column in The Guardian I find things I must cook. My latest quick reminder list:

Bakewell Tart. β˜•οΈ

Delicious breakfast this morning, bookmarked for cooking again - πŸ”— Vegan Mushroom Bacon Breakfast Toast August Photoblogging Challenge Day 28: Emotions β€” Overexcitement πŸ“·


Italy in a bowl: 10 simple, delicious summer pasta recipes – chosen by chefs πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: Pasta with pesto alla Genovese is definitely a favourite dish of mine. I really enjoy the simplicity of using just a few ingredients but it is still so tasty and has a deep flavour.

Lunch 🐟 August Photoblogging Challenge Day 24: Frosty β€” Cool chillies 🌢 πŸ“·

Paella de verduras πŸ₯˜

How to make the most of past-their-best aubergines – recipe πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: India is a country that’s close to my heart, and I feel fortunate to have been able to spend more than a year of my life there, travelling, surfing, learning yoga, meditating and, most recently, fundraising for the charity Action Against Hunger.

Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd

Went to the Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd for a meal last night - pubs and restaurants in Wales were allowed to open for indoor dining from Monday this week. Our first meal out near home in Wales since the beginning of March.

Bunch of Grapes

The food was really good, especially the Roasted Cod Loin, so I can’t resist posting some details. πŸ˜€

Menu Board

Menu board

Sweetcorn Soup - Charred sweetcorn, butterbean and radicchio soup, garlic and rosemary sourdough crouton

Sweetcorn Soup

Pan Fried Cockles - Pan fried cockles, leeks and laverbread on fried sourdough bread, charred lemon

Pan fried cockles

Beetroot Pie - Beetroot, mushroom, black bean and spinach pie, sautΓ©ed garlic greens and roasted red onions

Beetroot pie

Roasted Cod Loin - Ancho chilli roasted cod loin, sautΓ©ed mussels, cockles, laverbread and saffron, roasted fennel mash

Roasted cod loin

Grapes in the Bunch


To accompany the meal I had my first proper cask beers since March - two from Salopian Brewery, a pint of Shropshire Gold bitter and a pint of Dewdrops New England IPA. 🍺

Casa do Frango’s Portuguese summer spread – recipes πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: Chargrilled spicy cauliflower with coriander yoghurt.

A waste-free Middle Eastern runner bean meze recipe πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: At 14, I worked on a pig farm for Β£1.50 an hour. Although my main role was mucking out the pig pens, I’d also tend to the farmer’s crops of potatoes, pumpkins and runner beans. The quantity of beans, in particular, that we harvested each season seemed almost magical.

Saturday night pizza πŸ•

Basil and wine - in the midst of making pizza πŸ• 🍷

Goan Fish Curry with Fragrant Rice πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: Method Prep time: 10 min Cooking time: 30 min Step 1 Put a saucepan with 500ml of salted water on to boil. Wash the rice in a sieve under cold running water. Lightly crush the cardamom pods, just enough to reveal the seeds.

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for Sri Lankan cucumber cashew curry πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: It’s possible that I could count on my fingers and toes how many Brits have cooked a cucumber before.

Tried making sushi for the first time today - avocado and cucumber rolls.

Linguine with carrot top pesto πŸ₯•

Vegetables: Riverford Organic Farmers 🌱

Using my submission to this week’s Flickr FlickrFriday theme #Vegetables in praise of Riverford Organic Farmers. Photo is of our vegetable box delivered at 6:30am this morning, as it is every Monday. We’ve been Riverford customers for over 10 years but their deliveries during the current COVID-19 lockdown have been invaluable. They have maintained high quality service and continued to provide excellent produce throughout this period.


Rachel Roddy’s recipe for piadina flatbread πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: No 17 on my plan of things to do when things change: take the 7.25am train from Roma Termini to Ravenna, walk out of the station in search of the first place that will serve me a piadina romagnola, then eat the warm fold as I walk towards Piazza Del Popolo. Until then, I will make them at home.