Year: 2017

Take One Turkey

Take One Turkey By Phil Gilbraith, Inns of Distinction The traditional Christmas Turkey can daunt the most assured of family cooks so following these useful tips for a slightly less stressful time in the kitchen.   How many times have we sat down on Christmas day looking forward to a classic feast of turkey with all the trimmings, and how many times has the reality lived up to the expectation? Probably not that many and this is because turkey is not an easy bird to roast well. Proportionally large breasts compared to legs can mean dried out brown meat...

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Festive Tipples

Make your holiday season merrier with these amazing Christmas cocktail recipes The Negroni By Xavier Baker, Isle of Wight Distillery With gin, now being a popular drink of choice, part of the reason for its success is due to the fun and experimentation you can have. Trying different gins with different garnishes and tonics all leads to a fun drinking experience to be shared with friends. Amongst many cocktails, the Negroni is a simple one to create. The most widely reported version of this drink’s origin is that it was invented at Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919....

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The Ultimate Turkey Sandwhich

What to do with that left over Turkey. Curry, chilli, maybe even a pie? Or how about this ultimate sandwich recipe from Phil Gilbraith, Inns of Distinction. In these eco friendly times recycling has become the norm, and rightly so, but we should remember we have all been recycling food for generations. We have returned to the previous days cooking to make new dishes from left overs since we shopped on Ice age plains rather that Iceland. Leftover turkey dishes for boxing day are nothing new either. So, do you really want another turkey sandwich recipe? Yes you do,...

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Salmon Pate

Salmon Pate by Mark Horton, French Franks Quick, easy, fresh and luxurious. Pates are a regular feature around Christmas and French Franks, quick pate is also a great was to entertain at Christmas withith fresh canapes or create delicious light bites for a festive supper. It really is quick and easy as Christmas should be.  Ingredients (light bites for six or canapes for more): 250g Smoked salmon 100g Cream cheese 1tbsp Double cream Pinch of sugar Good grind of fresh ground pepper Method  Simply blitz 2/3 of the salmon and all of the other ingredients in a blender until...

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Cupcake decorating ideas from Gladys May Cakery

Christmas Cupcakes by Cara Lucas, Gladys May Cakery What you’ll need: – Any flavour cupcakes (as long as they’re delicious!) – A good dose of Christmas spirit Snowman decorations Water icing/fondant for snowy base (cut off the cupcake’s tops first) Giant marshmallows for the body Mint chocolate or chocolate orange Matchmakers for arms Orange fondant shared into carrots and left to dry for nose Melted dark chocolate/black piping icing for eyes and mouth Christmas tree decorations Green buttercream (any good quality food dye will do) piped into a tall swirl using a star nozzle Multi-coloured sugar pearls for baubles...

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The Isle of Wight Festival 2018 reveal 50th anniversary headliners

50th anniversary headliners Depeche Mode / The Killers / Kasabian / Liam Gallagher Also joining this year’s line-up: The Script / Van Morrison / James Bay / Blossoms 21st – 24th June Tickets on sale today: www.isleofwightfestival.com As tickets go on sale today, The Isle of Wight Festival 2018 is excited to announce Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher, as this year’s headliners. The Script, Van Morrison, Blossoms and James Bay will also perform at the 50th anniversary of the first event in 1968. Islander’ ticket return this year with a special rate for Isle of Wight residents for a limited time only (and subject...

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Viennese Mincemeat Tart

Viennese Mincemeat Tart By Andy Holloway, The Bistro Ventnor The tart was inspired by Andy’s time working in Austria with a pastry chef called Alfred where it was a classic dish served in the restaurant at Christmas time. It is great served hot or cold with whipped cream but particularly good served with blude cheese or a slice of Lancashire cheddar. To make the tart use a shortbread biscuit base, mincemeat centre and a piped Viennese buttery, sugary topping. See below for the Viennese topping. Viennese Topping for a mincemeat tart ingredients 250g/9oz very soft butter 50g/2oz icing sugar,...

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WIN an Island staycation

An Island Staycation Staying in is the new going out and staying on the glorious Isle of Wight is the new going away. With miles of beaches, award winning restaurants and acres of walks across some stunning scenery, you don’t need to more far from home. Save the price of a ferry, jump into a can or get on your bike and sample the delights of an Island staycation. You’ll feel like you’ve been away without traveling over the water and return home refreshed and ready to face the winter. Or buy a staycation for friends or family for...

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WIN tickets to the Premiere for Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’

May the Force be with you We have an exclusive opportunity to win a prize that money can’t buy – a pair of VIP tickets to the official Star Wars Charity Premiere for Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’. The event takes place on Thursday 14th of December at Cineworld in Newport and gives you the chance to be one of the very first to see the film, as this is a preview showing as the general release in not until 15th December. As VIP guests of WightFibre and UKSA you will join guests at Cineworld for the VIP reception...

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WIN tickets to see Ed Byrne at Shanklin

Ed Bryne has been an acclaimed stand-up for twenty years now and will be bringing his new show to Shanklin Theatre on the 27th of November. Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up their Big Adventure  show for BBC2 entitled Dara and...

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