Abergavenny Food Festival Christmas Food & Drink Fair plus SweetieFest!

Abergavenny Food Festival Christmas Food & Drink Fair plus SweetieFest! Adele Nozedar – the conceptualiser of SweetieFest which is to be launched at the Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair (Sunday 8 December), talks about the background to this new event. While researching a previous book about hedgerow plants, I realised that many of the …

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Sticky Toffee Christmas Pud!

Sticky toffee Christmas pud!  (Serves 6) Ingredients The pud! 60g butter, softened 180g light brown sugar 2tbsp golden syrup 2 eggs 210g self raising flour 75g pitted dates 75g golden sultanas 50g dried cranberries 300ml Guinness 1tsp bicarb 1tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp ground cloves ½ tsp vanilla extract   Bourbon toffee sauce! 65g butter 60g dark …

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Dark chocolate tart

Dark chocolate tart, crushed amaretti, caramelised orange and sweetened mascarpone Pastry: 250g – plain flour 200g – unsalted butter 100g – icing sugar 2 egg yolks Chocolate loveliness: 400ml – double cream 400g – dark chocolate (53% cocoa) 40g – butter Handful or two amaretti biscuits, crushed (optional) Sides: 2 oranges 4 tbsp icing sugar …

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A Nice Surprise

Most of us like a surprise – well a nice one anyway – and having a garden means that we don’t have to wait for a birthday or Christmas for something unexpected to pop up out of the undergrowth. Having a new garden means that I’m finding surprises all over the place, like an enormous …

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Abergavenny Food Festival Christmas Food & Drink Fair plus SweetieFest!

The perfect festive celebration involves forward planning and careful thought on the culinary front. Get it right and you’ll be giving friends and family a Christmas to remember. This year’s Christmas Food & Drink Fair takes place on Sunday 8 December, 10.00am to 5.00pm. Box Office goes live on 5 November. Buy tickets at www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com …

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2013 Trip to France – Part 4

We awoke on Thursday morning in Carolyn Toulmin’s house. Our window gave on to a view of hillsides covered with frosty, hoar-whitened vines. We had a quick breakfast and were off to taste chez Mme. Girardin in Pommard. We tasted three wines here: her Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011, which had good, dark colour, a peppery …

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