Making Pulled Pork with Meat from Rattray’s Butchers

We’ve had our ProQ smoker for two years now, and we’re delighted with it (review here).
Rainy weekends this summer have stopped us using it as much as we like, so when last weekend was sunny we took our chance and made pulled pork.

Americans make this with a cut called Boston Butt – a giant lump of pork shoulder with the bone still in – but these are very hard to get in the UK.
But the advantage of having an excellent local butcher like Rattrays is that you can ask them to make a joint how you’d like it.
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Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth

My favourite meal with Bethan was the Crown at Whitebrook in 2010, where Welsh chef James Sommerin earned his reputation (and a Michelin star) for inventive, skilled and delicious cooking.
The atmosphere was serious without being sombre, and prices were very reasonable (£40 for six courses).
Crown SouffleThe chocolate souffle, with a quenelle of Bailey’s ice cream added at the table, was a thing of wonder.
I went on about it so much, I made a version for my nephews
Boys SouffleSadly, The Crown closed in 2013, but in 2015 James opened his own restaurant in Penarth, and we were very excited to give it a try. Continue reading Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth

AberYankee American Diner, Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth has an American Diner on the seafront!
I never knew!

It’s in the old shop on the corner by the old Police Station.
Yes, the one where they film “Hinterland” (not that I watched more than three of those – too depressing and slow and similar).*

I wonder what aspects of American cuisine they’ll have?
I hear it’s popular with the young people, so I grabbed my nephews, fired up the Chevy, and hit the road.

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A Review of “ProQ Frontier Elite” BBQ Smoker

Once it gets sunny, there’s only one thing we want to do – BBQ!

After being knocked out by the food at Aber’s Backyard BBQ and the Welsh Hang Fire ladies down south, last year we bought a BBQ that could also smoke.

It was a huge success, so we wanted to share what we learned.
Be warned, there’s a lot to be learned initially.
But if you like smoky meat and fish, it’s well worth it.
It’s the reason we hardly ever eat out anymore!

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Cambrian News – The Truth Won’t Ruin A Good Headline

The “Aberystwyth” edition of the Cambrian News had two really good stories on the front page of 21 April 2016.

One tells of how a customer in Starbucks was told to “Speak English Or Get Out”.  And look, there’s a beautiful “opera star” involved!
That story has everything, and yet there’s more!

The main story has the headline “Woman ‘Put Hand Down 15-Year Old’s Trousers'”
And there’s a picture of a pretty lady here too!

It’s hard to think how that front page could be bettered!
Only, maybe, by it not all being complete bollocks.

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Glengower Hotel, Aberystwyth

We were intrigued to see the Glengower win the 2016 CAMRA Ceredigion Pub Of The Year, so we popped in to give it a try.
As one of the very few pubs with a proper seaview in this seaside town, we had some decent beers and Nephew had a “that’s amazing”  Choc Fudge Cake and ice cream.
Look at his happy face – and who can blame him?!
23 Glengower DessertSo as soon as the weather perked up on Bank Holiday Monday, we headed over to check out their full menu.

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