|I had venison haunch steak with juniper braised shoulder. Not pictured, the most delicious red cabbage and roasted carrots I've ever eaten.|
I wanted to share that last Friday, back when I could still use my taste buds, had my sense of smell and could hear out of my left ear, I had my work Christmas party at The Potted Pig, which I'd been looking forward to for literally months. I knew I was coming down with something but no way was that going to stop me from eating delicious food in what was supposed to be Cardiff's best restaurant. Not to mention I had paid a small fortune for the privilege.
I was not disappointed. Unfortunately I'd only shelled out for two courses, but I soon wished I was having three. I had the venison and it was virtually leaping off the plate, delicious and succulent. The accompaniments were perfect and the wine was amazing. Then I had sticky toffee pudding with homemade vanilla ice cream. I think it really speaks for The Potted Pig that despite my (ASDA) sticky toffee food poisoning experience the week before I still managed to thoroughly enjoy this dessert. Crispy, thin-pastried homemade mince pies and expensive tasting coffee followed. Oh god, it was amazing.
As you can tell, I'm no restaurant reviewer... however I will say if you find yourself in Cardiff feeling hungry you must go to The Potted Pig straight away and beg them for a table, even if you are vegetarian. I was a bit worried that vegetarians at work would be disappointed but they said their food was amazing too!
I think I'm pretty ready for Christmas. Normally I would have made 8 hundred mince pies myself by now but half the fun of them is the smell of them cooking and I still can't smell a thing. Maybe tomorrow I'll just go for it.
My dad is out of hospital and recovering at home which is a relief. We have finally exchanged on our house and will be moving in early February which despite being later than I'd imagined is still very nice to know. I can't believe that I, queen of irregular employment and erratic freelancing am going to be a homeowner!
Inspired by The Gingerbread's hilarious home decorating magazine which I perused at her house last week, I have hung some particularly nice cards across the room on a piece of thread and dabbled with a pot of red cyclamens and some candles on the dining table as a charming festive centerpiece (couldn't find any 'chargers' however). I did have a table runner too but my child immediately yanked it off along with everything painstakingly arranged on it so I'll have to continue on without that...