Month: December 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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