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Postby eastcoastsg » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 8:24 pm

Well according to Google images, candles are out of style in the Philippines!

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Postby PrimroseHill » Sun, 20 Oct 2013 1:00 am

Yes, unfortunately I am a mummy-organiser from London. Reason for asking is because we usually have a big Christmas dinner. I am organised because most years I make foodie presents. And a good Christmas cake requires soaking- a bottle of rum, a bottle of brandy, some Augustan bitters and some Tia Maria/Baileys.
So, I need to know where to buy my booze stash for my cakes.
I am wondering if I have to make my own Christmas pudding. I heard that Taka sold Fortnum's Christmas Pudding last year.
After all this is my first Christmas in my house and in SG.

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Postby PrimroseHill » Sun, 20 Oct 2013 1:04 am

My cousin who lives in Belfast, puts up his tree every year in Oct

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Postby yogaloungeforever » Sun, 20 Oct 2013 1:08 am

Slightly offed from your Q below. I shop for my Christmas puddings, cakes, stollen, pies, chocolates, pannetones, preserves, biscuits and butter from Fortnum & Mason. Have been buying from them since my uni days in the UK. Have not found a decent supplier that beats F&M's quality. There's a German chap in KL who makes a mean German apple pie tho and I order that from him every year for Christmas.


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Christmas pudding - where can I buy a good one here?

Christmas crackers - where can I buy nice ones?
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Postby JR8 » Sun, 20 Oct 2013 1:14 am

I think we had F&M christmas pud last year. I had high hopes, but it was an awful lot richer/sweeter than what I'm used to (my parents 100+ year old almost solid dried fruit family recipe). Fancy box though ... it's so pretty, I still have it.

Serving it with minimally sweetened custard is one foil.

For the record, at home we always made Xmas pud one year ahead. Ie. what we enjoyed was made a year earlier. Forget the limitations of sell-by dates, I do think that that year-ahead strategy was something pretty fantastic... maturing the most wonderful flavours. [The Xmas cake was always a year-in-advance too, then it just got unpacked, marzipan'ed, and iced at the required time!)

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Postby PrimroseHill » Sun, 20 Oct 2013 1:25 am

Thank goodness :D I thought that it was just me, we too buy our puddings a year in advance just like the crackers. I buy them during the sales.
Fortnum's pudding has been rather poor for the past 3years. Recent years have been buying from Melrose & Morgan for mince pies & pudding.
Hmmm wonder if they do international delivery :D

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Postby yogaloungeforever » Mon, 21 Oct 2013 9:51 pm

another place I can think of for christmas puddings, pies and all is Fenwick's. Last I was there was to buy their chocolates. Hand-made at the store itself.
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Postby JR8 » Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:24 pm

Yes Fenwick's is a great shop, originating from Newcastle. It's strange they've never traded on their heritage and 'done' a Harvey Nichol's.

Their flagship long-time London department store is on Bond Street. The highest profile address, for a curiously low-profile operation.

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Postby PrimroseHill » Tue, 22 Oct 2013 1:47 pm

Fenwick's :o ! I would never have thought that. Duchy Originals do nice preserves without Fortnum's prices.
I like Fortnum because, call me stupid, I just like their packaging and with the christmas pudding it comes in this ceramic bowl which I re-use all the time, I make chocolate pudding with it.
So, who is doing a Crimbo London run this year? Please don't forget about my food order.


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