Secret Life Of Welsh Food, The [Radio Wales]

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Cake2019032120190324 (RW)Food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright explores the social history and culture of Welsh food. Taking a single theme in each programme, he journeys from the past to the present, examining how the Welsh have produced, cooked, eaten and related to food and surveys the most interesting developments in the current culinary scene.

In this first programme of the new series he concentrates on the subject of cake. He meets Emma Jayne Morris a world champion in the relatively new field of cake art. From her home in Cwmdare, Emma has produced edible creations ranging from a life size Indian dancer to a chocolate-pasted model of War Horse. She tells Simon how her talent is taking her across the world, exhibiting her amazing cakes and teaching others how to create their own ambitious bakes.

Simon also talks to the Welshwoman who moved to California and adapted the traditional Welsh cake for the American market and finds out how a Llandeilo bakery makes bara brith on a huge scale.

Food writer Simon Wright explores the social history and culture of Welsh food.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

Curry2019040420190407 (RW)Food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright explores the place of food in Welsh culture. Focusing on a single topic each week, he explores its historical and contemporary influences. This week his subject his curry.

He discovers how Welsh people have warmed to the spicy culinary traditions of India since the 19th century and goes in search of Wales’s oldest Indian restaurant. He meets Mymuna Mohamood who tells him curry can be African too - she describes the part it plays in her Welsh-Somalian family life. He meets Geeta Mannari who settled in the Rhondda in the late 1970s with her GP husband. Geeta introduces Simon to her home-cooking and describes how she initially struggled to find the ingredients to make her delicious southern Indian dishes.

Simon also visits Anand George, the award-winning chef from Kerala who has made his home in Wales and fused the culinary traditions of his Indian roots and adopted country. Anand demonstrates how to make the perfect chicken curry from scratch.

Simon Wright explores the culture of food in Wales. This week, curry.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

Foraging2019041120190414 (RW)Food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright explores the social history and culture of Welsh food. Taking a single theme in each programme, he journeys from the past to the present, examining how the Welsh have produced, cooked, eaten and related to food and surveys the most interesting developments in the current culinary scene.

In this final episode his topic is foraging. Simon takes a walk on the wild side with chef and forager Matt Powell. The pair take a journey through Pembrokeshire - gathering enough ingredients from the hedgerows, shoreline and woods to create a series of meals through the day.
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“I love foraging, it’s food for free!” Matt explains. “I’m always excited when I come across a new place to forage. A woodland, a meadow, a hedgerow, a cove. All are like treasure troves with fine food the prize.”

We hear how Matt learned to live off the land in his childhood. “Learning about wild plants and food came naturally at a young age. I was taught by my late grandparents who picked berries and grew their own vegetables. Food has always been a huge part of my family life. Working closely with the seasons and almost completely in tune with Mother Nature means I have an understanding of and respect for everything nature can provide.”

Simon also meets forager and author Jessica Seaton, who prepares a dish using wild garlic and fungi expert Phil Roberts who advises on the most challenging form of foraging - mushroom-picking.

Food writer Simon Wright explores the social history and culture of Welsh food.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

Welsh Rarebit2019032820190331 (RW)Food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright explores the social history and culture of Welsh food. Taking a single theme in each programme, he journeys from the past to the present, examining how the Welsh have produced, cooked, eaten and related to food and surveys the most interesting developments in the current culinary scene.

In this episode he concentrates on Welsh Rarebit, exploring the folklore and stories behind its origins and how it is much more than “cheese on toast”. He tracks how it has transformed itself from a humble wholesome snack to a delicacy on the table of top restaurants.
Simon visits the International Welsh Rarebit Centre in Defynnog, sources ingredients at top Welsh cheesemaker Hafod in Lampeter and asks leading Swansea-born chef Jonathan Woolway to show him how to cook the Welsh Rarebit Jonathan serves to diners at the legendary St John’s restaurant in London.

Food writer Simon Wright explores the social history and culture of Welsh food.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0101Milk20160102Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at the history, culture and contemporary uses of milk.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at the history, culture and contemporary uses of milk.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0101Milk2016010220160103 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at the history, culture and contemporary uses of milk.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0101Milk2016010220160106 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at the history, culture and contemporary uses of milk.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0101Milk2016010220160813 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at the history, culture and contemporary uses of milk.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0102Bacon20160109Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at bacon.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at bacon.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0102Bacon2016010920160113 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at bacon.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0102Bacon2016010920160818 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at bacon.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0102Bacon2016010920160820 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at bacon.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0103Beer20160116Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at beer.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at beer.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0103Beer2016011620160117 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at beer.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0103Beer2016011620160120 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at beer.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0103Beer2016011620160825 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at beer.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0103Beer2016011620160827 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at beer.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0104Chips20160123Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at chips.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at chips.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0104Chips2016012320160124 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at chips.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0104Chips2016012320160127 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at chips.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0104Chips2016012320160901 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at chips.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

0104Chips2016012320160903 (RW)Restaurateur Simon Wright looks at chips.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Simon Wright reveals how Wales led the way in the British fizzy drinks industry.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright tells the story of bread in Wales.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright examines Wales's relationship with coffee.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Simon Wright examines how the humble faggot has become a Welsh delicacy.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Food writer Simon Wright explores the social history of Welsh food, starting with seaweed

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Food writer Simon Wright explores the social history of Welsh food and drink.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

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Food writer Simon Wright explores the social history of Welsh food and drink.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.

Food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright explores the social history of Welsh food and drink, revealing the undiscovered riches of our culinary culture and inspiring others to try it. Taking a single theme in each programme, he journeys from the past to the present, examining how the Welsh have produced, cooked, eaten and related to food and drink and surveys the most interesting developments in the current culinary scene.

This week his focus is honey. He begins his journey through this ancient foodstuff by meeting Dinah Sweet, the queen bee of the Welsh honey-making scene. Dinah - who also makes mead and keeps hives on her smallholding on Caerphilly mountain - explains how bee-keeping is thriving in Wales.

In Carmarthenshire, Simon dons protective gear to get up close and personal with the thousands of bees at work in the 60 hives of Gwenyn Gruffydd. Here Gruffydd Rees takes Simon through the process of making raw honey... once the bees have stopped attempting to sting his microphone.

At Cardiff University, Simon talks to Professor Les Baillie about the ground-breaking work his team are doing in the quest to create "Welsh Manuka" honey with healing properties. And he also finds out how the researchers are working on a honey-based health drink and honey beer.

Finally, Simon puts some of the honey he has gathered on his travels to delicious use as he makes a quick and simple ice-cream flavoured with the finest raw Welsh honey.

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Food writer Simon Wright explores the social history of Welsh food and drink.

Simon Wright explores the historical and cultural Welsh influences of foods and drinks.