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2015 · issuE 4


Ty gwyn Cider

Ty Gwyn Cider are a craft cider company

based near Pontrilas on the Welsh border,

run by Alex Culpin (OD 1982).

In May 2015 Ty Gwyn opened a farm

cider shop selling the full range of Ty Gwyn

ciders including bottled lightly sparkling

ciders and still/draught ciders, as well as a

perry and other local produce. Alex describes

the shop as a true ‘destination cider shop’ with

an emphasis on free tasting and a relaxed

atmosphere in which to enjoy a pint of cider

whilst learning a bit about how they make it.


dragon Cider

apple County Cider Co

Apple County Cider Co is the creation of

award winning cider producer Ben Culpin

(OD 1986).

Ben has been producing cider for six

years and during that time he has won

numerous awards including Great Taste

Double Gold Star 2012 and Bronze Single Star

2009. In the Welsh Cider and Perry Society

Championships, he won Gold 2013 and

Bronze 2014 awards for his lightly sparkling

Dabinett bottled cider.

His cider has won acclaim from the likes

of Kate Humble, Angela Hartnett, Valentine

Warner, Oz Clarke, Stephen Terry, Alex

Polizzi, Bill Bradshaw and Pete Brown and

has been mentioned in the National Press


The Times


The Guardian




. Ben was also interviewed for

Radio 4’s The Food Programme talking

about his cider and orchards.

Following a split from his family’s cider

business in 2014, Ben decided to name his

new company Apple County Cider Co.

Ben wanted to put Monmouthshire back

on the map as one of the top apple counties

producing the finest cider. Previously orchards

had been a defining feature of Monmouthshire

and the county was responsible for the bulk of

apple production in Wales. Over the years this

has been somewhat lost and they wanted to

bring this identity back.

Mushroom and Chickpea Stew

This stew is such a winner! It’s a one pot

wonder so there’s limited washing up and you

can make a big batch one night to last you

the next few weeks, just keep a few portions

in the fridge/freezer. It’s full of warming

spices, garlic, chickpeas, mushrooms, lemon

juice and carrots which simmer in a beautiful

coriander infused tomato sauce. I love

serving this with quinoa or brown rice to

make it extra satisfying but it is delicious just

on its own too as it’s bursting with flavour!

In 2012 Ella launched Deliciously

Ella, a healthy eating blog as a

way to cope with a debilitating

rare illness. She changed her diet

completely and has transformed

her life. The blog has received

an overwhelming response, with

over 150,000 hits a day.

Serves 6

• 8 carrots

• 3 boxes of mushrooms

(about 30 mushrooms/850g)

• 3 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

• 2 400g tins of chickpeas

• 600ml of boiling water

• 7 tablespoons of tomato puree

• a big handful of coriander, about 50g

• 2 lemons plus 3 more to serve

• 4 teaspoons of turmeric

• 4 teaspoons of cumin power

• 3 teaspoons of ground chilli

• 3 cloves of garlic

the finely chopped coriander. Let this cook

for another twenty minutes, at which

point the mushrooms and carrots should

be soft and ready to eat. If you’re making

quinoa then cook this when you put the

chickpeas in.

Once everything is ready squeeze the two

lemons into the mix and place the stew

into bowls with the quinoa. I like serving

each bowl with half a lemon and an extra

sprinkling of coriander.

Place the crushed garlic, turmeric, cumin,

chilli, salt and pepper into a large saucepan

along with 4 tablespoons of olive oil.

Allow this to heat until it’s bubbling, then

pour in the tins of tomatoes, tomato puree

and boiling water. Then stir in the chopped

carrots and mushrooms. Bring this mix to

the boil then turn it down to a simmer.

Let this cook for about thirty minutes, then

stir in the chickpeas (drain the tin first) and

deliciously Ella:

Ella Woodward (Od 2005)

Start by peeling the carrots, then chop them

into pieces. Cut the mushrooms into thin slices.