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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Foodie Feature with Monica Galetti

Monica Galetti, the straight-talking chef from MasterChef the Professionals, will be headlining at this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival. Here she tells us about her new book, ‘The Skills’, in which she reveals many of the techniques she is famed for judging! “I often find that home cooks are so daunted by certain kitchen skills that […]

Simon King’s Wild Mushroom Ravioli

Ingredients For the pasta 500g pasta flour 3 eggs 6 egg yolks Splash olive oil Splash of water Pinch salt For the filling 150g wild mushrooms, 1 large onion 1 handful parsley Salt and pepper   Method Place the flour and the eggs into a food processor and process to a breadcrumb consistency.  Then add […]

Pointed Cabbage with Dill & Peas

A delicious summer salad Serves 8 Ingredients 2 pointed cabbages cut into long strips (or shredded in the food processor) 100g almonds 100g bunch of dill 500g frozen peas; defrosted but not cooked Dressing Juice of 1 lemon 1tbsp runny honey 100ml vegetable oil Salt and pepper   Method Rinse the cabbage strips thoroughly and […]

The Kestrel Inn’s Goat’s Cheese and Herb Tart

This tart was easy to make and tasted, and looked, great. An ideal starter or serve it with a salad or some vegetables for lunch or supper. Serves 6 Ingredients 500g goats cheese 20cl crème fraîche 1 lemon 4 eggs a nut of butter small bunch of chives small bunch of parsley packet of butter […]

Monica Galetti’s Artichoke and Goat’s Cheese Tart

Serves 6 – 8 Ingredients 500g Rough Puff Pastry (follow this link for recipe) 8 globe artichokes 4 sweet white onions, very thinly sliced 2 tbsp unsalted butter 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped 1 fresh or dried bay leaf 300ml double cream 200g soft, fresh, rindless goat’s cheese Olive oil, for cooking 150-g piece […]

The Kings Arms Hotel’s Seared Fillet of Ginger Salmon with greens, crushed potatoes, and brown caper & lemon butter

 Serves 4 Ingredients 4 150g pieces of salmon fillet 2 Pieces of stem ginger in syrup finely sliced into rounds 4 Pak choi, root ends cut off 1 Punnet of mange tout finely shredded 16 New potatoes 1 Dessertspoon fresh chopped chives 1 Dessertspoon fresh chopped parsley Piece of fresh grated wasabi or ½ tsp […]

Nana’s Kitchen: Orange Cloud Cake

This is a lovely light and airy cake, very much like Madeira, but with a citrusy flavour. It looks impressive baked in a Bundt tin (ring) but don’t worry if you haven’t got one, it can be cooked in any deep cake tin, just adjust the cooking time. Ingredients 320g plain flour 300g caster sugar […]

Monica Galetti’s Rough Puff Pastry

Making traditional puff pastry at home requires some time, and although it yields great results, a rough puff pastry is a great alternative, producing very good results in less time.The ingredients are the same, so you’ll still have a wonderful buttery flavour, however the rise on the pastry will be a little bit less than […]

Recycling Changes Ahead for Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire County Council is launching a new recycling scheme aimed at separating the glass from the current Red & Purple recycling bags. In a trial area, residents will be supplied with a new green box in which to place their glass bottles and jars. Rachel Jowitt, Head of Waste & Street Services, explains: “The recycling […]

Gunter Mansion

The Gunter Mansion in Cross Street, Abergavenny, is a Grade 2* listed building that has an important place in the history of Abergavenny, and in the story of Catholicism in post reformation Monmouthshire. Yet visitors to the town, and even those who have lived here for many years, may have no idea of the significance […]