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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: ‘Vegging’ out at Christmas

I personally find the Christmas standard veg offering rather boring, 'boiled' or 'roasted' (aside from potatoes) seems so unimaginative and it doesn't take much more time to 'pimp' those everyday vegetables up to new heights. I enjoy all veg, I try and stick to seasonal choices, however, aside from the somewhat more exciting spiced red… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: ‘Vegging’ out at Christmas

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: the cheesecake of cheesecakes.

Many of us will look to that extra cheese course after Christmas lunch, and then there has to  be enough cheese in the house to take you through to the new year. I have already covered the history of stilton in my diaries but now I'd like to share with you a few of my… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: the cheesecake of cheesecakes.

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: a change from turkey…my partridge (or pheasant) in a pear tree

Many people are becoming much more experimental in the kitchen and, where once, turkey or goose took centre stage, now there are many different options for the Christmas table. Aside from a good joint of beef, leg of lamb or meltingly soft slow-cooked pork shoulder many people look to game - especially in smaller households,… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: a change from turkey…my partridge (or pheasant) in a pear tree

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: just a little trifle, please!

Christmas is now the only time of the year I make trifle. Growing up it was a mainstay of my grandmother's birthday and Christmas tables, but the tradition now firmly sits within the festive period.There's something wonderfully decadent about the layers of creamy comfort, the hit of booze and the digging down to the bottom… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: just a little trifle, please!

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Fuss Free Canapés with a Welsh Twist

Last year my sister published her first book and asked me to make some canapés for the launch. I didn't have much time to prepare, so wracked my brains for something quick, easy and delicious.I am extremely proud of my Welsh heritage and, as I have mentioned before, am a great believer in the old… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Fuss Free Canapés with a Welsh Twist

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Driving Home for Christmas.

Traditionally, the 'Designated Driver' has not been terribly well catered for, an orange juice and lemonade, glass of coke or coffee is the usual choice however, now there are dozens of alcohol free choices out there, waiting to be discovered - so, even as the driver you can enjoy some seriously festive drinks.With almost 25%… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Driving Home for Christmas.

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: The Big Festive Breakfast

I have always been a great supporter of the 'Full English Breakfast'. It is one of the few meals that can be almost entirely locally sourced, at any time of the year. A legacy of the great Country House breakfasts which were at their height in the 19th and early 20th century, these were full… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: The Big Festive Breakfast