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 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
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!)
This weekend I've gone a little bit pork mad. On Friday I took delivery of 1/2 a free-range, rare breed pig from Martha Roberts' The Decent Company. I was very impressed by the obvious bond she has with her pigs and (so far) I am certainly not disappointed in the quality of the meat. Rare … Continue reading This little piggy went to market….then into the freezer…..and it was yum!
The countdown has now officially started and in just under two weeks Abergavenny plays hosts to its internationally renowned food festival, and food festivals have come a long way since they comprised a few stalls of locally produced food, a beer tent and several catering vans. Now, perhaps you would, initially, think twice before … Continue reading Delicious, Inspiring and Fun-Filled! Family Fun @ Abergavenny Food Festival 2017
Allegedly the most important meal of the day; and I am inclined to agree. Until I eat breakfast I just can't concentrate properly - I have read a great deal on breakfast, researched 'breakfast' throughout the world, looked in to history it it - and became rather fascinated about it's changing role in our society.Breakfast … Continue reading In search of breakfast…