Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

Festive Food & Frivolity!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the Dragon Hotel delighful! The Brasserie is the place to go…please don’t snow, please don’t snow, please don’t snow!

With the Christmas party season now in full swing, the hotel is buzzing with activity.. the trees are trimmed, the lights are flashing and the kitchen is place of oganised chaos and beautiful aromas!

Head Chef Steve is doing his best Gordon Ramsey impersonation as he barks orders out to his ‘little helpers’ and Pastry chef Hayley is concocting the most delicious desserts you could imagine, from your traditional Christmas pud to Orange Parfait with Clementine Compote with Chestnut shortbread! Mouthwateringly good!

So if you fancy some festive fun, or just a traditional Christmas dinner, come along to the hotel and sample the delights we have to offer!

Black Friday in The Pembrey Suite

Black Friday in The Pembrey Suite

Meet Adele Dunstan, liaison to the stars…

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Our longest serving F&B Supervisor, Adele Dunstan has worked at The Dragon Hotel since 2006.  About to take some annual leave to work as the Artiste Liaison at the Nozstock: The Hidden Valley festival, soon to be taking place in Bromyard, Herefordshire for the 13th year running, Adele has four sisters, including a twin! 

Here’s 60 seconds in her company:

TDH:Tea or Coffee?
AD: Tea

TDH: Red or White?
AD: Red

TDH: Escape in the Park or Proms in the Park?
AD: Proms in the Park

TDH: Early Bird or Night Owl?
AD: Night Owl

TDH: Electric or Acoustic?
AD: Ooh…tough…both?

 TDH: Tent or Caravan?
AD: Tent

TDH: Maths or English?
AD: English

TDH: Cat or Dog?
AD: …Noah’s Ark…

TDH: Madonna or Lady Gaga?
AD: Madonna

TDH: Fruit Salad or Fruit Cake?
AD: As nutty as

TDH: Marmite: Love or Hate?
AD:  HATE!

 

Hamsters, Facelifts and Treading the Boards…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Well it’s been a while since you heard from the Admin and Accounts department and we have been very busy bees let me tell you!

 Helen the Accounts Manager has acquired a new addition to the family in the form of the very cute and fluffy ‘Norman’ the hamster! He very much enjoys chewing his cage toys and making a mess!!

 Kelly the Administration Manager has been off treading the boards as Miss Adelaide in the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ with the Port Talbot Amateur Operatic Society, which was a huge success (see photos) and was supported by many members of the Dragon Hotel Team.

 Kelly the Accounts Assistant has been far too busy studying for and passing her accountancy exams and has two more coming up (good luck Kelly we know you can do it!) but promises to have done something exciting for our next blog entry – although I have just had to remind her that she came to watch Guys and Dolls last week, which was very exciting indeed!!

 We have also been fortunate enough to have 2 lottery wins since our last entry and so have £20 towards a meal in the Dragon Brasserie!  To all food lovers out there, come along to the Brasserie for a visit and check out the new signage and Hotel face-lift that we have had done in honour of the Dragon Hotel’s 50th Birthday! It’s fab!

 Well enough from us for now, until the next instalment……Will Norman clean up his act…will Kelly 1 pass her exams……will Tom Cruise invite Kelly 2 to be his leading lady….cue tense music……end scene!

Guys & Dolls Guys & Dolls 2

Chef Steve is awarded March’s Team Member of the Month

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Like an artist with blank canvas, he creates a masterpiece
His goal – to provide his guests with an unforgettable feast
With skilful hands and talent, he makes light work of it
Chopping, mixing and stirring until all the pieces fit
With pride he serves each dinner, inspecting each fine detail
It must look flawless in his eyes if he is not to fail
His reward is smiling faces, empty plates with nothing left
No higher compliment can be paid to
the Artist – the Master – the Chef!

It is will great pride and pleasure that we announce the Team Member of the Month is our very talented, modest, creative, lovable, handsome Chef Steve! (The list could go on but he only paid a fiver!)

 Since taking over the reins as Head Chef, Steve has continued without fail to provide the most delicious dishes served to the highest standards!

 Congratulations Chef!! 

Dragon Memories Exhibition Launched

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Louise Howells, Tim Priestlamd and Cath Garcia

Louise Howells, Tim Priestland and Cath Garcia

It was a pleasure to see so many enjoying afternoon tea on Monday, 11th April 2011 when The Dragon Memories Exhibition was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Swansea, Councillor Richard Lewis.  With a trip down memory lane conducted by historian Professor Peter Stead, memories were flowing as swiftly as the tea and coffee!

With a delightful mixture of those who used to work at the hotel, those who celebrated their weddings here and those who simply came to enjoy the afternoon teas of a Saturday, there were plenty of tales captured live on air as Shanny broadcasted live for The Wave.

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

The exhibition runs throughout the public areas of the hotel until May 12th 2011 and all are welcome to visit at their leisure to view the memorabilia on display.

Easter Bunny Coconut Cake

Friday, April 8th, 2011

In case you ever thought we had a bunch of tough guys here in the kitchen of The Dragon Hotel let’s set the record straight with their delightful contribution to Easter this year!

Please remember however, although they may not be tough, they are professionals so take care when trying this recipe out at home…

white-whole-body-easter-bunny-cakeEaster Bunny Coconut Cake:
350g of castor sugar
120g of margarine
200g Self Raising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
250ml of  milk
5 egg whites
1 tsp. almond extract
75g dry, flaked coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
450g cream cheese, softened
225g butter, softened
500g icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Milk, as needed

Bunny Decorating Ingredients:
Flaked coconut (plain or toasted)
Colored coconut (for grass, etc., instructions at bottom)
Jelly beans or M&M’s for eyes
Candies and marshmallows for decorating the face
Construction paper or flattened, trimmed marshmallows for ears

Cake Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degreed C and grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until fluffy and well mixed with an electric mixer.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together your flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. Add dry ingredients, alternating with milk, to shortening mixture in three stages.

5. When mixed, beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes more.

6. Add the egg whites and almond flavoring. Beat another 2 minutes or so more. Stir in coconut.

7. Divide batter evenly among your two prepared pans.

8. Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

9. Let cool completely on wire racks before removing from pans.

Instructions for Frosting:
1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese.

2. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Add a very small amount of milk to thin if needed, half a teaspoon at a time.

Assembling your Bunny Cake:
1. Cut one cake layer in half. Place cut halves side by side, and cut a small wedge from both, about 1/3 way down the body. This separates your bunnies’ heads from their little bunny bodies. The cut wedges will be used as a tail.

2. To make frosting easier, place cut cake pieces in the freezer about an hour before frosting. This will keep the cut parts of the cake from coming loose as you frost.

3. Frost between each half of your layer cake and press together. Do the same with your tail pieces. Place bunny upright on a platter (you won’t be able to move him after he’s frosted) and attach his tail to the body with frosting. Frost outside of cake generously.

4. Press generous amounts of coconut (toasted or untoasted) all over frosted bunny. Use jelly beans or other candies for eyes and nose. If you want to add extra detail to your Easter bunny cake (your choice– simple is more elegant, but details are fun), add licorice strings for whiskers, mini marshmallows for teeth, and large marshmallows (cut them in half across the middle) for fluffy bunny “cheeks”.

5. To make ears, cut pink construction paper to shape and fan slightly. Or flatten a large marshmallow and trim it into an ear shape with scissors (this is easiest if marshmallow is chilled after flattening).

6. Surround your Easter bunny cake on a tray with green coconut grass and chocolate eggs or jellybeans, if desired.

 

Catching up with the Culinary Team!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The whole team at The Dragon wish Chef Sam Thomas, who’s served us well for the last 6 years, the best of luck and success with his new venture – the kitchen certainly won’t be the same without him! But there’s no fear as long suffering Chef Steve Williams is stepping up to spearhead the culinary operations with support from Chefs Kevin Wingrave and Hayley James.

Local lad Chef Steve is no stranger to life at The Dragon Hotel having been here for well over a decade masterminding thousands of Christmas Parties, Weddings and Dinner Dances. Not easily flustered, Steve takes everything in his stride and likes nothing better than to unwind with a few cans of cider over a fishing rod.

Kevin Wingrave could easily have been lost to the culinary world if he had stuck to his first career choice of carpentry. A few too many splinters made Kevlar decide to swap his wood chips for potato chips and Swansea Bay has now sampled his cooking at both Morgans Hotel and 698 prior to his arrival at The Dragon in 2005.

Chef Hayley James is by far the prettiest of The Dragon Hotel’s culinary team and has known Kevin since they attended Neath Port Talbot College together. Deserving a medal for working alongside him for so many years, Hayley is not only our Desserts and Pastry specialist but also manages to stay on top of the dreaded paperwork – a skill seldom found in chefs!

The motley crew that makes up the rest of the team includes:

James Hallett, who also worked with Kevin and Hayley at Morgans and 698, and has once been told he’s a young Heston, a fact that is often repeated…

Adam ‘Ducky’ Harris who waddles around the kitchen busy being Kev’s Golden Boy

Ben Kerward, the wittiest member of the team who knows exactly how to press Chef Steve’s buttons!

There are, of course, a few others who do not wish to be mentioned in this blog and shall therefore remain faceless: Liam, Mark, Bernard, Chris, Ashley, Roy and Liam – you know who you are!

Swansea Bay Tourism Awards Success

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The tag line reads ‘The Best of The Best’ and staff and management at The Dragon Hotel are indeed delighted to be included within this elite group once again. (more…)

F&B Supervisor Ceri Williams in 50 Questions

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Ceri has worked at The Dragon Hotel, Swansea in some capacity or another since 2004 and has been in her current position of F&B Supervisor for little over a year. Here’s your opportunity to get to know Ceri a little better:

1. What is your name?
Ceri
2. How old are you?
23
3. What are your hobbies?
Rollerblading, Dancing, Shopping.
4. What is your favorite food?
Cheese
5. What is your favorite drink?
Coke
6. Do you have any special talents?
No
7. What is your biggest secret?
It’s a secret.
8. What is the scariest thing you ever encountered?
Dixie (Restaurant Manager and the one asking the questions)
9. What is your least favorite type of music?
Metal
10. Who is your favorite band?
Basement Jaxx
11. Who is your favorite movie?
Dirty Dancing
12. How many kids do you want to have?
3
13. Do you want to get married
No
14. Do you get along with your parents
Yes
15. Do you like indoor or outdoor activities
Outdoor
16. Whats your favorite store
Atica
17. Have you ever been skinny dipping
Yes
18. Do you like video games
No
19. Whats your favorite kind of flower?
Daffodils
20. What is you middle name?
Louise
21. What is you favorite animal?
Dog
22. Are you at college?
Yes
23. Have you ever been out of the country?
Yes
24. Do you like fish?
Yes
25. Are you dating anybody?
Yes
26. Are you afraid of bugs?
No

27. Do you like the snow?
Yes
28. Do you like to go for long walks?
Yes
29. Coffee or tea?
Coffee
30. Do you believe in ghosts?
No
31. Do you have any siblings?
Yes, 3 sisters and 5 brothers
32. What is your favorite color?
Green
33. Do you like candles?
No
34. Name one song that once in your head no matter how hard you try you cant get out.
True Colures By Phil Collins
35. Favorite TV commercial?
Dairy Milk – Gorilla playing drums
36. How long does it take you to get ready before you go out?
½ Hour
37. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Greece
38. When was the last time you colored in a coloring in book?
About 2 weeks ago
39. What time do you wake up in the morning?
About 7am
40. Are you a funny person?
No
41. Are you hyperactive?
No
42. Would you rather be known as Hot, Cute or Awesome.
Awesome
43. Do you believe music is your life.
Yes
44. Have you ever been in serious trouble with the law?
Yes
45. Travel by bike or walk?
Walk
46. Are you mature for your age?
No
47. How do you feel about global warming?
We need to do more to slow it down.
48. Do you know anybody who is a “Hannah Montana” fan?
No
49. Isn’t Winnie the Pooh AWESOME?
Yes
50. Do you like working at the Dragon?
Yes, I love it.

60 seconds with F&B Supervisor Andrew Roberts

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Originally from Pantyscallen, nr. Merthyr (but we don’t hold that against him), Food & Beverage Supervisor Andrew Roberts has been working at The Dragon Hotel since July 2005.  He recently married his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful Rachel and they share their home with Indie the dog.  Here is 60 seconds in his company:

TDH: Tea or Coffee?

AR: Coffee

TDH: Rugby or Football?

AR: Rugby

TDH: Early Bird or Night Owl?

AR: Night Owl

TDH: Electric or Manual? (toothbrush that is)

AR: Manual (current colour: green)

TDH: Ski or Surf?

AR: Ski

TDH: Red or White?

AR: Red

TDH: Is the glass half full or half empty?

AR: Half Full

TDH: Cat or Dog?

AR: Dog

TDH: James Bond or Indiana Jones?

AR: Indiana Jones

TDH: Daddy or Chips?

AR: Chips!