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Cooking from Cary

HOW will you remember the pandemic? For some, the memories will be terrible, even sadly tragic. For some traumatic. For everyone it’s been a life-changing experience. And it has brought out the best in some people and some communities. Take Castle Cary, for instance. In March 2020, as the coronavirus really hit and the country…

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Eating well in the festive season

– the first in a new series by nutritionist Daisy Ilchovska DAISY Ilchovska is an MSc level educated and registered nutritional therapist and founder of Optimal Health Nutrition (www.optimalhealthnutrition.co.uk) She re-trained as a nutritional therapist after her own health quickly deteriorated in her mid-20s when she was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune condition. Nutrition and…

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Something to celebrate? Have a cup of tea!

THIS is Afternoon Tea Week – a chance to celebrate a great British institution. Other nations have coffee culture or tea ceremonies, but we have a unique cultural culinary tradition of tea and cake, so between now and 16th August you should make the most of it! If you are lucky enough to live near…

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National Trust opens new restaurant at Avebury

THE National Trust opened a new restaurant at Avebury in time for Christmas, following a complete reconstruction of the old cafe, which was damaged by severe winter weather. In February 2018 much of the South West was plunged into a frozen world of snow and ice as sub-zero temperatures hit. The so-called “Beast from the…

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A five star seasonal feast at Summer Lodge

SOMETIMES you just need a treat. There are people who claim that they only “eat to live” and others whose attitude is more “live to eat.” Most of us, fortunately, come somewhere in between. But sometimes you need a treat and on those days there are few destinations that offer more than Summer Lodge, the…

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Family connections at La Fosse

MANY restaurants have recognised the multiple benefits of putting produce that is local to their area on the menu – but not many chefs have an historic family tie to the food they serve. Mark Hartstone, chef-proprietor of La Fosse restaurant with rooms at Cranborne, grows many of his own salads, herbs and vegetables on…

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The height of cream tea style

FOUR Wiltshire army cadets enjoyed a quintessential English cream tea in the most English of surroundings – Salisbury Cathedral close. But this was an Extreme Cream Tea, and it was very close to the Cathedral spire – on scaffolding above the Trinity Chapel. The event marked the launch of an awareness campaign for ABF The…

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BBC Award for Philippa’s prison project

SHAFTESBURY-based chef Philippa Davis was part of the Liberty Kitchen team who won the Street Food Award in this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards, which were announced in Bristol. Liberty Kitchen is a street food project which was set up about 18 months ago to help reduce reoffending rates and provide a chance for…

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A Sunday (nut) roast

WHEN did you last have a nut roast? If you are a life-long vegetarian, you might say maybe 20 years ago. The best nut roasts were served at Cranks restaurant in Covent Garden, and the most reliable recipes were in the two Cranks cookbooks, which still deserve a place on the shelves of any keen…

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A taste of mead for Valentine’s Day

THE world’s oldest alcoholic drink is the perfect accompaniment for your Valentine’s Day dinner, says Lyme Bay Winery, the West Country drinks maker which has put mead back on the off-licence shelves and the cook’s working top. Mead isn’t just a different drink; it’s a whole new drinks category. Made with honey, and believed to…

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