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.
Stocking the drinks cabinet is a chore we must all undertake at this time of the year, whatever your personal preference, relatives and friends' preferences must also be taken into account and that bottle of Creme de Menthe hidden at the back of the under-sink cupboard surely cannot last another year. Interestingly, some… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: top tipples
I am extremely proud of my Welsh heritage and although there aren't many exclusively 'Welsh' traditions, we do have some excellent recipes to satisfy the hungriest of guests over the Christmas period. Feeding a party is quite a challenge, but sometimes, especially in the colder weather it's nice to offer guests something a little more… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Easy Entertaining.
Today I'm turning my attention to planning my Christmas butchery order. Last year I chose one of Holt-Wilson's Monmouthshire Turkeys and I was extremely impressed with the bird - it served far more mouths (with leftovers) than recommended, and was firm and flavoursome - not gamey, but rich and a real treat! I do feel… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Day 2, The Butcher’s Order
Almost twenty-five years ago, my parents bought a large, honey coloured stone village house on the borders of three French departments; the Lot-et-Garonne, The Gers and The Landes. Three departments with extremely different culinary influences yet all exceptional in their own way.My first ever piece of food writing was for my GCSE English coursework portfolio.… Continue reading The Pheasant Philosophises in Gascony: Market Musings
This week heralds the beginning of the Christmas Market season and we are spoilt for choice in Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. I really enjoy visiting Christmas food festivals, they help get over the post Bonfire Night hump and provide the ideal excuse for a cheeky mulled wine or two, not to mention huge present shopping… Continue reading Christmas Markets and Making Merry – All the fun of the festive fair!
Abergavenny is a relatively small, very rural and ancient market town in the north of Monmouthshire but it's always been far ahead of the competition in its foodie credentials - I have written about the famous annual food festival before and today, on a cold, crisp, sunny afternoon I set off to discover… Continue reading Heavenly Bread @ The Angel Bakery