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
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
In just over two weeks we'll all be opening that first, exciting door on the advent calendar and this year there are dozens of options to choose from. Not just for children, in recent years advent calendars have exploded in a plethora of extremely grown-up delights. From affordable luxury to extreme indulgence, these will … Continue reading An Advent-aegous Purchase
Last weekend, Thomas of Woodstock's once splendid castle at Caldicot played host, for the second time this year, to The Monmouthshire Food Festival. In general the weather held and there were some moments of dazzling sunshine, as visitors were treated to two splendid days of food, drink, demonstrations and workshops. Although not the biggest in the … Continue reading The Monmouthshire Food Festival – Fit for a King (or the son of one anyway!)
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the stars of Abergavenny Food Festival are without doubt the producers. Whether nestling between the little booths or creating fine displays in the prestigious Market Hall, the producers have an infallible passion for food and drink which is infectious and wonderful. Most are happy to chat … Continue reading The Abergavenny Food Festival Part 2: The Producers #AFF2017
Last weekend my sleepy little corner of South Wales saw over 35,000 visitors enjoying the sights, smells and tastes of good food and excellent drink. I always feel very proud of Monmouthshire when I'm walking through the stalls, battling the crowds and tasting my way through dozens of local supplier's goodies. This year was no exception … Continue reading A weekend of Munching in Monmouthshire: Meeting The Sponsors @Abergavenny Food Festival 2017