In the spirit of fattening up for the festive period, it’s safe to say I ate like a king in November! I can already tell my January diet is going to have to be brutal to make up for all of this indulgence – but here are my favourite pickings from the last few weeks…
Berry & Prosecco Donuts from The Early Bird
I’ve managed to get 5 of my friends addicted to the soft pillowy donuts from the Early Bird bakery so far. If they don’t have these available when you visit, try the chocolate ones – one bite and you’ll be hooked, I promise.
Mill Garden IPA from The Roath Brewery
My former boss, the lovely Matt Appleby, has set up his own brewery! And bloody nice the beer is too – this one’s my favourite and is very easy to drink. As I grew up in Roath, I’m gonna get some of their lush artwork framed for my kitchen soon – you can catch Matt and co-founder Tom selling both their beer and their artwork at Roath Farmers Market every Saturday.
‘The Shit’ from Amsterdam’s Cold Pressed Juicery
And the award for the most hipster thing I consumed last month goes to ‘The Shit’ – a super thick & delicious raw smoothie from The Cold Pressed Juicery in Amsterdam. It’s made with banana, coconut, dates, tahini, Brazil nuts, chia seeds, bee pollen, Himalayan salt, cinnamon & almond milk. Filling, healthy and absolutely delicious.
Apple danish from Brod
Breakfast on the fly is a thing of beauty if you live ’round Pontcanna way – this cinnamon dusted, chunky apple Danish from the Brod bakery certainly brightened up a soggy Friday morning.
Award-winning afternoon tea from The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny
I have a whole blog post coming which focuses on my delightful stay at the luxurious Angel Hotel in Abergavenny, but I couldn’t list my favourite eats this month and leave this out. Dainty and delicious sandwiches on the bottom tier, fresh cream cakes on the middle tier – but it was the top tier of hors d’oeuvres (a selection which changes daily) that stole the show for me. On the day I visited, this included prunes wrapped in bacon, a mini ham & onion quiche, a beef & mushroom choux bun, a pea, ham & mint spring roll, a coronation chicken filo tartlet, a salmon mousse cup with gherkins, and a ricotta, feta & pine nut samosa. Luxurious party food at it’s best!
There’ll be more about that afternoon tea in my next post, coming soon!