On the Menu

Memories of warmer climes

THE weather this week has been so grim – cold, wet, windy, November going out like a grumpy hippo – so we thought we could dig into our archives and find something bright and sunny to cheer us all up. What better than a late summer visit to Provence with our friend, chef Philippa Davis from…

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Tourism gold for All Hallows

THE South West’s only AGA approved cookery school, All Hallows Farmhouse in Wimborne St Giles, took gold in this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards. Head tutor Lisa Osman established All Hallows in 2014, since when she has welcomed guests from across the globe to her Georgian farmhouse.  Some have travelled from as far as Canada and…

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A class act with Foraging Free quail egg

SOMERSET free range egg producer and supplier, The Traditional Free Range Egg Company, has teamed up with The Devilled Egg, a new online cookery school, to create 10 elegant and easy-to-follow canapé recipes using its Great Taste Award-winning Foraging Free quail eggs. Designed to make the most of the delicate and dainty quail eggs, which…

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Hallowe’en menu at La Fosse

VICTORIAN cuisine and an eerie reading of a mysterious tale is not the normal menu for La Fosse at Cranborne – but was a perfect recipe for All Hallows Eve. Mark and Emmanuelle Hartstone’s monthly Supper Club, a gastronomic  treat which usually travels around  the world, on this occasion went back in time. The menu…

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The Liberty Lady wins in Bridport

IF you’ve never heard of a  Liberty Lady, a Sherbert Pom Pom, a Fireman’s Helmet, or a Delice du Cherice, you’re not alone – these are the names of some cocktails created by mixologists for Liberty Fields’  Porter’s Perfection Vodka Cocktail competition at Dorshi in Bridport. Contestants representing The Cow & Apple in Dorchester, Bridge…

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Soil Association campaigns for healthier children’s food

FOOD campaigner and writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has joined the Soil Association in its Out To Lunch campaign for healthier food for children at Britain’s restaurant chains. Hugh joined Rob Percival of the Soil Association to reveal the best and worst children’s menus in a new league table ranking children’s food in 25 of…

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Double treat from Manna from Devon

THIS is both Chocolate Week and National Curry Week, and the award-winning Manna from Devon Cooking School has recipes for both. Both recipes come from the cookery school’s new book, Wood-Fired Fish & Seafood, due out in spring 2018, Manna from Devon owners Holly and David Jones have taken inspiration from a recipe from Madhur…

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Meet Fanny Cradock – the original celebrity chef

SCREEN Bites Food Film Festival gets together with Bristol’s Show of Strength Theatre Company and Orchard Park Garden Centre at Gillingham to stage Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook on Friday 13th October. It’s a typically quirky and flamboyant event to launch Screen Bites’ Bakers Dozen Festival, running from 13th to 28th…

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Wedding gatecrashing with dinner!

THE latest theatre dining experience at Poole’s Lighthouse will be The Wedding Reception, in the Terrace Cafe from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September. Will and Kate’s dream was for a small intimate wedding. So they tied the knot with  only a couple of witnesses at a secluded registry office. Next on their schedule was…

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Pop-up restaurant at Melbury Vale Winery

CELEBRATED television chef and cookery teacher Lesley Waters is joined by local caterer and chef Steve James to host a pop-up restaurant at Melbury Vale Winery near Shaftesbury on Friday 1st September. Lesley, who runs her cookery school near Halstock in West Dorset, says: “We will be presenting an evening of delicious street food and…

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