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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Getting ahead with Christmas, a Duo of Sublime Stuffings

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

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: top tipples

    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

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The Pheasant Philsopher’s Christmas Diaries: Party Punch and Mulling

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

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Easy Entertaining.

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.

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The Pheasant Philosopher’s Christmas Diaries: Day 2, The Butcher’s Order

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

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Late Summer Blackberry and Almond Cake

I adore autumn, I love the foods, the smells, the weather...everything! For me the appearance of blackberries, plums, hips and haws all signify the beginning of a season of abundance, a season which I feel completely at one with. This morning I took a basket and followed the little lane outside the farmhouse until I… Continue reading Late Summer Blackberry and Almond Cake

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Frontier Style Cherry Skillet Pie

It's #NationalCherryDay so here's my recipe for a very simple cherry skillet tart or pie. Combining cinnamon with the flour gives a delicious crust which, when filled with the kirsch flavoured cherries, is really quite moreish. This pie is very juicy, almost self saucing, and the crisp outer crust can be ripped off and dunked… Continue reading Frontier Style Cherry Skillet Pie