In the Basket

New networking event for South Somerset

THE first meeting of a new bi-monthly networking group for local food and drink producers will be held at the Westlands Leisure Complex in Yeovil on Monday 3rd April from 10am to noon. The aim of the new group is to promote regional food and drink, supported by funding from the Championing British Food Tourism…

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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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Follow your Goldhill meat from field to fork

CHILD Okeford-based Goldhill Organics has become the first online delivery company in the country to offer customers information about the provenance of the meat in their meat boxes. The information about the provenance and sustainability of their meat is provided through an innovative food traceability software application. Goldhill and its supplier Blackmore Vale Butchery are…

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Aphrodite’s golden fruit is the apple of Philippa’s eye

I WILL admit I go through obsessional phases with certain foods. Looking through my October menus, despite there being a broad range of occasions – think Jewish New Year to partridge shoot suppers – there has definitely been a leaning towards one particular ingredient. Pomegranates, anchovies, star anise, honey, caraway, venison are some of the…

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Gold Hill Organics at Roman Road market

AS part of the Soil Association’s Organic September  programme, there will be an autumn pop-up organic market in the heart of London’s East End at Roman Road Yard Market on Saturday 10th Market. Among the businesses taking part will be Gold Hill Organics, the veg box scheme run by Jane and Nick Somper, from their…

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Take six chefs …

TAKE six chefs, local food, a Dorset supermarket and mix well! SIX leading Dorset chefs and cookery writers have collaborated with the award-winning independent family-run supermarket, Dike & Son, to create a series of recipe cards promoting food produced in Dorset and Somerset. Dike asked the chefs to contribute recipes that incorporated local produce, for…

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Comins Tea House opens in Bath

ROB and Michelle Comins have opened a new tea house in Bath, close to the Ustinov studio theatre and just round the corner from Bath Theatre Royal. The opening of the new house, where customers can discover the pleasures of drinking real tea, prepared by passionate tea experts, is a major expansion for the couple,…

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A hit of the black stuff

MACCLESFIELD in Cheshire holds its Treacle Market on the last Saturday of every month; it’s a relatively new invention, aimed at bringing back life to one of the most attractive small towns that orbit Manchester.  It reminded me of our own Frome Independent, the market stalls trickling down the hills and congregating wherever there’s a…

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