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Christmas Gifts

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.

Oct 13
“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” —Pierre Corneille Christmas is a special time, a time when gifts are at the top of our priority lists and imagination is at its peak – so just how beneficial is gift giving during the festive period, both for you and the recipient? Is it always important to give? The answer must be yes, particularly when you take the time and trouble to buy special and thoughtful surprises for friends, family and colleagues alike. Whilst it feels good to be on the receiving end, there’s a fantastic feeling of self-gratification when
Brussel Sprouts

Christmas Dinners that we’ve grown to love…

Oct 11
One phenomenon of the Christmas dinner (besides the pig in blanket) is its capability to change depending on whose hands it’s crafted in. Despite being constructed of the same components, somehow each home holds its own flavour – from the attributes of the gravy to the adornments on the Brussel sprouts. Crisp and fluffy roast potatoes, sausage meat stuffing and sharp cranberry sauce, it’s all the same – is it not? And although home cooks may share their culinary secrets, these are ideas merely borrowed, never replicated, making each Christmas dinner unique. [caption id="attachment_653" align="aligncenter" width="525"] The Brussels sprout is
Christmas at Mocka

What makes a ‘jolly holiday’?

Oct 04
Excluding the Scrooges among us, it’s known as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ and with Christmas fast approaching many of us will have begun strategising how to spend the festive season. Undoubtedly it can also be the most stressful time of the year – from decking the halls to finding the perfect present, cultivating a Christmas is enough to make the best of us crack! So this year, ensure you take some time for yourself to enjoy the festive season. No matter how your Christmas countdown concludes, we’ve an array of ideas to ensure Christmas in Cardiff 2017
Panettone at Porro Cardiff

Has the Christmas cake fallen out of fashion?

Sep 26
With three months to go.... the Christmas connoisseurs among us will know in order to be perfectly prepared for Christmas, now is the time to get planning. With your sloe berries a’brewing next on the list is the classic Christmas cake. This traditional treat requires a frequent tipple, commanding constant care on the run up to Christmas – however this effort doesn’t quite equate for the inevitable waste come the end of December. It would seem that the Christmas cake has fallen out of fashion as its Italian counterpart Panettone is taking centre stage. To get a piece of the
Gin Range at the Potted Pig

Secrets of Sloe Gin from the depths of The Potted Pig

Sep 19
a Guide from The Potted Pig [caption id="attachment_514" align="alignright" width="150"] Sloe gin is made from ripe sloes, which are traditionally picked after the first frost of winter (late October to early November in the northern hemisphere). Each sloe is pricked, traditionally with a thorn taken from the blackthorn bush on which they grow.[/caption] Ruby in colour and ripe cherries on the nose, with warm blackberries and heavy rose on the palate –finishing with rich lychee, leaving you with a lingering balance of sweet and dry. Sloe gin really is a tipple to tantalise your senses. As autumn is upon us,

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