A delicious and gluten-free treat, perfect for afternoon tea or buried in fresh custard after a hearty Sunday lunch, my rhubarb upside-down cake is enhanced with pomegranate and rosewater, saffron and sweet mandarins. Recipe: serves 8 Cake 3 medium eggs 165g butter 165g light brown sugar 1 bunch of rhubarb, leaves removed 180g self raising … Continue reading Seasonal Rhubarb, Mandarin and Saffron Cake
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
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
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!
Things which are time consuming relating to the Christmas Lunch are far better done early and the advantage of a good sized freezer makes preparing for Lunch extremely simple indeed.I like to serve two stuffings. One meat, and cooked separately from the bird, and one to stuff in the neck cavity, to take on the … Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Getting ahead with Christmas, a Duo of Sublime Stuffings
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
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