The Food Section

Mill grinds flour again

THE ancient mill on the Stour at Sturminster Newton is grinding flour commercially for the first time in 50 years, in response to the demand from home bakers during the Covid-19 crisis. Sturminster Mill, beloved of painters and photographers, dates back to the Domesday Book and was a working mill until 1970. Since then it…

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A taste of the help at hand

Updated Tuesday 28th April 6pm ONE of the joys of living in a rural area, particularly in villages or small towns, is the sense of community that you are likely to find in a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of locals will know each other, and news travels fast. Most people are…

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Screen Bites support for food producers

THERE won’t be a Screen Bites Second Slice food film festival this year – thanks Covid-19 for another loss from our cultural calendar – but organiser Susanne Harding is still doing her best to support local food producers. “Obviously the Screen Bites Festival is not taking place this year (unless things miraculously change for the…

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Food Aid Support Service at Shaftesbury

SHAFTESBURY Support Group has launched a Food Aid support service to supply food boxes for people who are in urgent need. More than 100 volunteers have joined the group, including the Shaftesbury-based private chef and food writer Philippa Davis, who is providing professional help and advice. The support group has teams in place to meet…

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A helping of BEAF stew

THE adventurous Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival, which inevitably had to postpone its live events, is continuing to support local artists and businesses, sharing their various creative and charity efforts through its new BEAF Stew newsletter. The aim of the weekly newsletter is to report good news, creative campaigns and workshops and activities online. The first…

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Independents adapt for local communities

AS part of its wide-ranging support for small retailers and producers during the Covid-19 crisis, the Guild of Fine Food has been gathering and sharing ideas from across the UK’s independent food and drink retail community. With many in the south west nimbly adapting their offerings, the Guild hopes these stories will inspire the sector…

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Cooking in isolation with White Pepper

MOST of us – whether or not we enjoy cooking – are spending a lot of time in the kitchen in these difficult times, and there are chefs and cookery schools all over the country doing their best to help with tips, hints, recipes and guidance on making the most of what you have and what…

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Easter chocolate cheer

YOU may not be able to spend Easter with your nearest and dearest this year, but you can still buy some Easter treats for your chocoholic friends and family members. Two of the region’s finest chocolatiers, Chococo at Swanage and Coco Chemistry at Lacock have some Easter items on their websites.  See the stegosaurus lolly…

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Cheesemaker helps struggling milk supplier

THE pandemic produces some truly touching stories, alongside the fears and horrors. This story, which reached us via the Dorset-based Guild of Fine Food’s on-line Fine Food Digest, is really heart-warming. Yorkshire cheesemaker Caroline Bell of Shepherds Purse Cheeses has escalated production of one of its cheeses to help save a sheep’s milk supplier in…

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