On the Menu

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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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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Dinner and Three Cane Whale on the menu

MULTI-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale comes to Sladers Yard in West Bay on Saturday 18th February for a dinner concert. The members of the Bristol-based Three Cane Whale have also played with Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre. Food will be served from 6.30, followed by the music which starts at 8pm….

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Dogs are welcome at the Cheese & Grain

THE Grain Café Bar at Frome’s Cheese and Grain venue, is the first café in the town to be given the status of Dog Friendly from new website Hounds Welcome. The idea came to Frome resident Kayleigh Spring, who wanted an easy guide for dog owners to check where they can take their dog. She…

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A spicy cake for foggy February nights

TRAVELLING chef Philippa Davis has been back in Dorset for the first few weeks of 2017 – back to freezing fog and other seasonal delights. So here’s a totally delicious cake from her festive and New Year baking, to enjoy with a mug of hot chocolate (perhaps with a little something extra to keep the…

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Game for a shoot

“Welcome to Scotland, Its -6 °C”! the cheerful staff at Enterprise car hire chirped. I think if they had looked closely at my five layers, hat, gloves, fur lined boots, hunched shoulders and hopping around moves, they would have been well aware that I had totally sussed that part of the situation out. Winning top…

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Jingle belles

ARMED with my lists, menus, timings, recipes, dietary requirement sheets and suitcase of red aprons I was totally ready for this job. Five days of feasting and festivities for 20 people, heading to the ice blue skies and rustic, rural, rolling landscape of South West France. I was prepared for the fast and furious few…

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Festive cheer at Symondsbury

TWINKLING lights around the ancient farmyard, glittering Christmas trees and a menu packed with festive favourites – it would be hard to imagine a more magical setting for a pre-Christmas dinner than Symondsbury Kitchen. On the evening we went, it was cold, properly frosty cold, so you wanted to be inside, looking out at the…

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Greece lightening

AS I write the rain is cascading down the conservatory window outside our office, so it seems like a good time to picture sun-baked, white painted Greek villages and the warm and mouthwatering flavours of the Mediterranean, evoked by Philippa Davis after two weeks working on the Greek island of Paros … When most families…

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