The Christmas Wedding Planner

Now we’re in December, there’s been a bit of discussion over whether Die Hard is a real Christmas film.

The real question should be: Is the Christmas Wedding Planner a real film?

I happened to watch this the other day as I was cleaning and sorting Christmas stuff as Netflix stuck it right in my face. No one expects much from a Christmas film, but this is truly one of the worst things I have ever subjected my eyes to. The ‘plot’ (and I use that word loosely) is that a woman plans her cousin’s wedding, her first client after setting up a wedding planning business and a private investigator tries to ruin the wedding.

The PI does end up ruining the wedding, so the wedding planner ends up marrying him (whom she met a couple of days prior) at the same ceremony, using the jilted bride’s bouquet and organist. The original bride doesn’t even seem that irritated that the man she married has knocked up the maid. Or in fact, that there is a maid in this day and age.

The nonsensical plot isn’t even the worst bit. The acting is atrocious.  The main character keeps repeating the ludicrous mantra “I am a fierce warrior” and texting someone who died before mobile phones were invented. There are oodles of scenes in empty restaurants. All of the bridesmaids are no more than cliches. There’s a scene where the main character ignores the barista and another where a lobster is served up less than a minute after it was ordered.



And yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie…..

Blackberry Cottage Christmas puddings for everyone this festive season!


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Blackberry Cottage have launched their Christmas puddings for the 2018 festive season, including one suitable for most dietary requirements.

The ‘free from’ Christmas pudding is free from gluten, dairy, egg, nut and soya with no added refined sugar. Each is handmade in small batches, using juicy currants, sultanas, raisins which is steeped in brandy, then combined with the spices and the rest of the ingredients.

Her Christmas puddings are handmade and come in three more flavours:

The ale and carrot Christmas pudding uses a traditional old recipe with ale and carrots, handmade in small batches.

After steeping the juicy currants, sultanas, raisins in ale, they’re combined with carrots, spices and the rest of the ingredients.

The rum cask cider Christmas pudding is made of cider-soaked fruit, handmade in small batches. The cider is produced by a local cider maker, who use a variety of eating, cooking and crab apples mainly from within West Berkshire, which has been fermented and matured in oak rum barrels.

The Stout Christmas pudding is full of stout soaked fruit, handmade to an old family recipe.  After steeping the juicy currants, sultanas, raisins and figs in stout they’re mixed with the rest of the ingredients including a special pudding spice mix.

Each of the four is steamed for six hours and wrapped before being left to mature before being wrapped in muslin and finished with a pretty ribbon. All four come in two sizes 450g (£8) and 900g (£15).

Kate will be selling these at food festivals around Berkshire and can also be ordered online at

Kate has also launched her unique cookbook Blackberry Cottage: Cakes with Secret Ingredients from Aubergine to Zucchini. The book draws on her unique expertise and the thousands of cakes she has made through her award-winning business.

The recipes include incredible combinations such as savoy cabbage and mocha torte to Jerusalem artichoke, mango and lime cake – all delicious with the vegetables adding to the texture and moisture.  There are festive options for Christmas such as sweet potato mince pies and a delicious and unusual turnip Yule log.

Cakes with Secret Ingredients from Aubergine to Zucchini is priced at £24.99 including postage and packaging via and independent bookshops.

Additionally, if you’re looking for a bespoke present for a foodie, Kate offers vouchers for her courses throughout 2019, ranging from ‘Winter comfort’ courses to ‘Spring Sweetness’.

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