No Victorian Christmas party was complete without a gleaming punch bowl full of inhibition-removing deliciousness. In richer households, these bowls would be silver or silver gilt, with matching chased cups and ladle, in middle class houses cut glass or crystal was offered, whilst lower down the social pecking order china, wood or pewter was most … Continue reading The Pheasant Philsopher’s Christmas Diaries: Party Punch and Mulling
I have to admit to being a little lax over the past few weeks, there's been a lot going on, (not all food related) however, now that the worst weather is over and Spring is, hopefully, on the horizon, I've come home to roost a while. This year, I'm hoping to put together a few … Continue reading March Morning Musings from Monmouthshire
After Christmas, the harsh month of January brings about a distinct need for creative culinary construction. It begins with the craving for spring. Soon after the Christmas items disappear, just as the Easter eggs start filling the supermarket shelves my heart yearns for oranges. There’s something wonderful about those Spanish oranges which conjure up the … Continue reading A Few Foodie Thoughts In The Bleak Midwinter
Every year, I do my very best to source my Christmas foods locally - and living in such a fabulously foodie area, it’s surprisingly easy to do. Restaurants place such an importance on food miles and rightly so, but it’s not just about the environmental impact, it’s about supporting those small businesses who a passionate … Continue reading Festive Goodies from The Wye Valley and The Forest of Dean
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!
As a great supporter of local food festivals, I am always delighted to share my enthusiasm with anyone who cares to listen. It now being 'food festival season', I am spoilt for choice. Last weekend I attended a small but perfectly formed festival in The Royal Forest of Dean, about twenty minutes drive from my … Continue reading Into the woods…..The Forest Showcase Food Festival 2017
The Forest of Dean is at its best in the Autumn months, when the great oaks, once famed the country over for their strength and height, and used in shipbuilding, are burnished in the golden light of an Indian summer. The forest’s leaves encompass all shades from tawny yellow, to ruby-red and dark earthy brown. … Continue reading Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness…A little taster of the project I’m currently working on…