Year: 2014

New Years in Pembrokeshire

Ah New Years. Known to be the biggest party night of the year, it’s always such a difficult decision how to spend it. All you party animals out there, you have to make the tough decision where in the county to dance in the new year.  For those who prefer the quieter life, do you stay in with the family watching Jools Holland, playing board games and munching on a Chinese takeaway? Or, do you go to the aunt’s/neighbour’s/friend’s house where the wine will be flowing and you’ll definitely be feeling worse for wear the next morning, but it’s all […]

Favourite Christmas Films!

Can you believe there are only 3 more sleeps until Christmas, and I have yet to sit down and watch my first Christmas film of the season? And let’s be honest, there’s absolutely no good reason for that as Christmas films have been on TV since the beginning of December! I have however, gathered all my Christmas DVD’s from their various homes throughout the house and put them in a pile ready to be watched. I have also gone through the TV listings and pressed record on all the films I don’t have on DVD! These are the ones (I’m sure […]

Glantawel Christmas Offers

Just because Christmas is next week, that doesn’t mean there’s not enough time to pack a suitcase and head to the countryside for the holidays! Now’s the time to take that Christmas holiday that you’ve always dreamed of! Christmas is the best time of year to escape from everything, to embrace the festive feeling and spend time with the ones you love. In Pembrokeshire, we can’t offer you massive ice rinks with hundreds of twinkly lights and hundreds of quirky stalls, but we can offer you some time away from the hustle and bustle that is unavoidable when living in […]

Christmas Tipples!

You can’t have food without drink, so I thought what better way to end the week, than with a few Christmassy drinks recipes! Mulled Wine Cocktail Put a twist on the Christmas classic by turning it into a cocktail! Who doesn’t love a cocktail?! Ingredients 100g/4oz light muscovado sugar 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 4 cloves 150ml water 1 lemon 2 Clementines 150ml Cointreau 750ml/ 1¼pint bottle light red wine, such as Beaujolais Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve Recipe Put the sugar in a pan with the star anise, cinnamon stick, the cloves and […]

Cranberry and Chestnut Stuffing

This is Val’s favourite Christmas recipe for stuffing – absolutely delicious with turkey!   Ingredients: Dried Cranberries 150g Tinned/Packed Chopped Chestnuts 250g Fresh White Breadcrumbs The Zest of 1 Orange Fresh Thyme, Sage and Parsley – Roughly Chopped 450g Pork Mince 1 Large Onion – Chopped 1 Egg Butter   Recipe: Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan Add in your chopped onion and cook in the butter until soft In a large mixing bowl, add a handful of dried cranberries, the chestnuts, breadcrumbs, mince, orange zest and herbs. Add the cooked onion, and mix by hand until […]

Christmas Trimmings Upside-Down Tart

Thanks to Mel for sharing this one – it’s making me hungry just thinking about it!   Ingredients: 3oz Fresh, Frozen of a Jar of Cranberries 1x 375g Jus-Rol Puff Pastry 6 Chipolata Sausages 6 Rashers of Streaky Bacon (you can use sausages in bacon if you wish) 2oz Garlic and Herb Stuffing (this can be frozen) 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil 1oz Butter 1 Tbsp. Caster Sugar 12 Medium Shallots 1 Egg Salt & Pepper   Recipe: Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan, then add in the caster sugar and shallots. Cook until brown. Add the sausages […]

Home Made Cranberry Sauce

Starting the week off with a really quick and easy recipe! Thanks to Judy in the office for this one! Ingredients: 1 Punnet of Cranberries 1 Orange 2 Tbsp. Caster Sugar Port Recipe: Place the cranberries in a saucepan with the finely grated rind and the juice of the orange. Add in the caster sugar and two good glugs (please bear in mind we are not professional chefs!) of port. If you don’t have port, you can just use a really good red wine. Once all the ingredients have been added, boil the mixture for 10 – 15 minutes stirring […]

Food, Glorious Food!

I’ve always, always loved Christmas. Not enough to be one of those children who would be up at the crack of dawn to see if Santa had been mind; my parents were lucky with my brother and I in that sense. Whereas some parents have to endure the ridiculous 6am wakeup call from their over-excited children, my brother and I have always been quite happy to roll out of bed at half 9 (if not even later!) often having been woken by up by our parents. Once awake, we all congregate at the top of the stairs one by one […]

Woof Prize Christmas Give Away!

So for the next few weeks, we’ll all be manically rushing around to ensure that by the time the big day comes, we’ve got everything we could possibly need allowing us to sit back and enjoy the festivities of Christmas Day. I expect many people across the county will be defrosting their freezers and clearing out their cupboards to ensure they’ve got enough room to fit in the mountains of food they are inevitably going to buy. Turkeys have been ordered, Christmas cakes and mince pies are starting to fill the shelves, thoughts of pigs in blankets, home made stuffing […]

When can we meet Santa?!

It may be slightly premature for some, but I’m afraid we can no longer hide from the fact that Christmas is approaching, and approaching fast! As much as you may still want to bury your head in the sand and wish it all away for another few months (or longer!), I’m afraid that’s looking to be rather impossible at this stage. We’ve seen the Coca Cola Christmas advert on the television – if there was ever a worldwide alarm to let us know Christmas is here, seeing the Coca Cola lorry on the television is most definitely it! We’ve also […]

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