The Food Section

Lesley judges Brimsmore’s bake-off

HOME bakers and preserve makers impressed chef and cookery writer Lesley Waters when she judged  Brimsmore Gardens’ Baking and Making Competition at the Yeovil garden centre. Lesley, who runs her own cookery school in Halstock, judged 17 breads, eight marmalades and 12 chutneys at the competition in The Apple Tree Restaurant. Part of the garden centre’s…

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Food and music fund-raising evening at Bruton

TELEVISION’s Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and comedian and writer Viv Groskop, both local residents, will be at Bruton’s At The Chapel on 26th March for a fund-raising evening of local food, drink and music. The celebrity guests will host an auction and the evening will end with a performance by Reef, a big-name band…

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Threatened juniper returns to Dorset

CHALK downland at Compton Down near Shaftesbury is a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest – and has a special significance for gin-lovers. It is one of the few remaining refuges of juniper in Dorset, and was believed to be the home of the last male plant in the county. Common…

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Oranges are the only fruit

FRIENDS who have come to visit have twice recently brought pots of their own newly-made marmalade – quite the nicest present. What prat suggested marmalade was no longer a popular taste? Shaftesbury-based chef and cookery writer Philippa Davis bought her Seville oranges when they came into the shops in January and then got busy catching…

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The Frome Independent is back!

STOP PRESS:  SUNDAY’S MARKET IS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS FORECAST. THE ORGANISERS APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE, AND LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING CUSTOMERS AT THE NEXT MARKET IT may not feel much like spring, but it’s just around the corner and the Frome Independent is back on Sunday 5th March, encouraging us all to…

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Pasty perfection at the Eden Project

CORNWALL and pasties are virtually synonymous but makers of the famous crimped meat-stuffed pastry envelopes will be coming from all over the world for the sixth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on Saturday 4th March. The championships, with nine categories, and open to professional and amateur bakers, celebrate the traditional Cornist pasty…

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Sharing the harvest with Southern Roots

A DORSET market garden, Southern Roots Organics, has launched the county’s first  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. Southern Roots Organics run a market garden on two acres of land rented from Lower Hewood Farm in West Dorset. In addition to supplying local cafes, restaurants and pubs they are now offering 25 households within 10 miles…

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