Sunday, 2 March 2014

Bodnant Welsh Food

Now, there is nothing that pleases a couple of old poofs more in this world  than a classy venue.
Give us the clean, expensive lines of a National trust tea rooms or the sleekly clean crispness of the Ritz cafe ( yes I have been! And in a clean pair of trousers too!).... And we will wander around with smiles on our faces and a spring in our step
Unfortunately in Wales , these venues are rare as a shy bulldog, so when they do surface, we get excited as Tom Stephenson at a Germaine Greer lecture.
It was St David's day here in Wales yesterday, so we drove over to the Conwy Valley to visit Furnace Farm, the Bodnant Centre for Welsh Food.
Lovingly restored, the seventeen century farm boasts a restaurant, tea rooms, farm shop, cookery school,wine shop and bee centre. It's all slightly aseptic, but it's undeniably and reassuringly expensive and classy
We ate cawl in the cafe ( cawl is a rustic Welsh stew) and I came over all unnecessary when I spied a massive pile of BLACK PUDDING SCOTCH EGGS  in the farm shop. At 2£'each , they proved to be somewhat of an extravagance , but they were BLEEDING WORTH IT!
Never has this old poof tasted anything better!
Scotch eggs of the gods!

Hey ho


Good old Camilla knocking back the scotch eggs at the opening of Bodnant food a year back

54 comments:

  1. I used to love pork and black pudding sausages, sold in a local farm shop. Then I very foolishly decided I would follow a plant based diet. 18 months on, I still miss those sausages!

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  2. One of the reasons we drive all the way from London for the Malvern show is that the Scotch Egg company has a stand there, and I get an assorted batch. Last September, there was also a Portuguese custard tart stand, so they had a rival for my remaining cash.

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  3. I love Bodnant Welsh Food Centre! It's the only place I'm going to miss when we move to Spain next year.

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    1. Hannah!
      Hello!
      I thought you were in Spain
      Apologies!
      Forgive me but I didn't email you to come to the flower show meeting!
      Are you still in Llanasa?

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    2. Hello! Haha, yes, still in Llanasa. Everybody thinks that we've moved already but no, October 2015 is our planned month to move. Don't worry about it, I'll be a big, fat useless whale by the time the show rolls around because we've recently found out that I am pregnant :-)

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    3. Well congratulations
      Light duties for you then in August x

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    4. Thank you! Yup, cracked open my seed box yesterday after looking at the show schedule. Hoping to enter a few veggies this year!

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  4. Very nice indeed! There is a very select restaurant a few miles away from me that sells duck egg and black pudding scotch eggs as a starter, just scrummy :)

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  5. While I'd gladly leave all the black pudding scotch eggs to you, I'd enjoy sitting in the courtyard on a sunny day, sampling some of the other specialties.

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  6. I am sure that Camilla will have been well practised in sucking scotch egg sized orbs into her royal gob - sometimes gagging on them as she appears to be doing in your photo.No wonder the Prince is laughing.

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    1. How very dare you
      Camilla is an icon in this house
      A delightful woman

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  7. Bleedin' being the operative word here John - black pudding - ugh.
    I do love farm shops though, I agree they can be pricey but the food is usually so good and a bit of indulgence never hurt anyone, particularly where Scotch eggs are concerned. If ever you manage to call in on me then at least I shall know what to serve. Round here they heat them up - do you ever do that? Sounds horrible to me - surely it makes the eggs leathery.

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  8. Two favourites in one; black pudding AND scotch eggs. Bliss.

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    1. One look at those golden balls and I go weak at the knees

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    2. That remark is just begging for a risque' rejoinder. ;-)

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  9. That picture of Charles is the best I've seen.

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    1. Are you being sarcastic? because I actually do think it's a good photo of him. He almost looks alive and natural.

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  10. I've never had a black pudding Scotch Egg - perhaps you could send me one through the post?

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    1. I have never heard of a black pudding scotch egg? I thought they were only sausage meat ones?

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    2. Next time I get one...I will!

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    3. There is so much scope for anagrams in Welsh names. I'm sure it's just a made-up language.

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    4. My favourite anagram is English
      The 60s drink vimto
      Is an anagram of VOMIT

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    5. You made one of my favourites (which I think I inappropriately and predictably commented on) about the death of your uncle the other day. Very Joe Orton.

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    6. We have black pudding scotch eggs here in deepest darkest Lancashire, in Turners at Barrowford. If you ever pass through, you must visit. However, as black pudding is made with barley, I cannot eat it, hideously intolerant, you don't need the details! But the rest of the Ploughman's (yes, bp scotch egg with a Ploughman's, we know how to impress) is totally amazing

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  11. I really need to try these Scotch Eggs someday that you're always talking about.

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    1. Your eyes will be opened to this new drug
      They are as addictive as heroin

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  12. Your first sentence made me chuckle, it sounded just like my nephew. In fact I am sure he's said that or some thing similar before.

    Black pudding scotch eggs?... Sound heavenly. I wonder if a recipe exists? Of to find out.

    x x

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    1. Nice to have you aboard.....
      May I ( or is it please for short?)

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  13. Black pudding scotch eggs? You must have been blissed out for hours. Until brought down to earth by a vomiting animal or two....

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    1. It was a pissing welsh terrier actually nick

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  14. What a lovely day out for the two of you...The stew sounds wonderful but I'm not a black pudding fan. We also had a day out yesterday and shopped at the Whole Foods shop....natural and the best fruit and veg that you can find! Even tho we had to drive 100 miles north to get there! But these days out are always great when spent with loved ones. Good for you!

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  15. I enjoy good, fresh, local food. It sounds like a lovely day out.

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  16. Thrilled by a Scotch Egg...downhill from here,then.
    Jane x

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  17. You will have to make it a tradition of visiting there every St David's Day! I am glad you found another scotch egg outlet! x

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  18. OMG a black pudding scotch egg?!!! I am only recently turned to the delicious black pudding, in the past 5 years. before I had been served burnt hockey pucks. Then I had it in a hotel in Oxford and wow. yummy. I wonder what a haggis scotch egg would taste like.

    Also do you know if they do mail order? I might purchase a few of those lovelies

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    1. Sol
      See
      http://www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk/shop/

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  19. Looks to me like the lovely Camilla was about to throw up. (Bucket, please!)

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    1. She appears to be choking. I wonder if anyone bothered to save her life. Is it possible she's dead and no one noticed?

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  20. I popped by today to comment on how the Welsh seem to have longevity in their genes (given the scientific proof of one Mervyn Johns - who lived to 93; and his daughter, Glynis - one of my first crushes, who is still going strong at 90), when I came across this post. Being a transplanted Scot, I have enjoyed reading about your love of Scotch eggs (which I must sheepishly admit I've never tried). Just had a discussion the other day defending the merits of black pudding to some doubters at work. How apropos this post!

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    1. Glynis johns
      Didn't she have an amazing voice!

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    2. I saw her in 'Cause Celebre' in 1977 - and she certainly had/has a voice that can only be described as 'unique'.

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  21. Camilla does look like she is about to vomit and the old girl needs a new hair do.

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  22. so they are made with blood sausage? i was never a fan because when my father made it, the house smelled horrible. however, i ate some in germany which was fabulous.

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  23. You old poof sure do know how to celebrate! That farm sounds like someplace Miss Chef and I could spend quite a bit of time at.

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  24. It really is the simple things. :)

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  25. Just been sampling Tom's feelings on the subject of Ms Greer and her very own black pudding.

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  26. Bara Brith is my weakness, with a really good cup of tea.

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  27. Cawl! It's years since I had that.
    Welsh cakes are my favourite though, I bet Auntie Glad has them to a T.

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  28. Camilla appears to be choking. I could enjoy that. I wish I could describe myself as an old poof instead of a little old lady. Poof sounds so much more interesting.

    Love,
    Janie

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  29. I really must try scotch eggs.The farm sounds fantastic.

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  30. You should have driven just slightly down the road and called in to say hello, this is our nearest shop!!

    If I ever come your way I know what to bring you now don't I.

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    1. I was telling chris you lived nearby!

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