Month: January 2018

Brand-New Outdoor Proms Festival Soon to Launch on the Isle of Wight

The Wight Proms – A brand new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts celebrating the Isle of Wight’s music, food, people and red squirrels will launch this August. There has not been a music festival like this on the IOW for some time, catering to lovers of both classical music and musical theatre. The 3-day festival will take place on 17th-19th of August in the grounds of Northwood House, Cowes as well as inside the grade II* listed Georgian manor house. Tickets will go on sale in February and are expected to sell out fast, so early booking is...

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Photography Competition

. .   Congratulations to our ‘Unexpected’ theme winner Arthur Moore with this fantastic shot, Bridgenorth Ghost.  Cameras at the ready? The title and theme of the next Competition is…Life How It Works: With each edition we will be running a competition for photographic images open to all; novice, semi professional, or well-established full time photographer.  For each competition a theme will be given which we’d like you to take inspiration from, interpret and get creative with, but please do stick to this theme. Winners Prize: If you win, your photography will be featured in  the pages of the Island’s most...

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Leek and 2 Cheese Pasty

Leek and 2 Cheese Pasty By Editor, Christian Warren Me and my little brother would make these with our Nan – often using leeks from Grandpa’s allotment. Fresh from the oven wrapped in foil they would keep out pockets and hands warm until we were hungry. Nan would of course make the pastry from scratch but quality ready made is pretty good. Ingredients 2 teaspoon Olive oil 4x medium size leeks using only the while and light green parts 1 clove of garlic 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon plain flour 200ml milk 100g Gruyere cheese 25g Parmesan Cheese...

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Mumma’s Cakey Bars

Mumma’s Cakey Bars By editorial assistant Chloe Gwinnett A lunch box staple, these were so popular that we would take spares to school which would then be divided into tiny morsels amongst our friends. The tray bake has the advantage of being a ‘throw it all in the bowl bake’ and can be adapted to suit any flavour fancy.   Ingredients 130g Butter 70g Demerara sugar 70g Caster sugar 190g Self-raising flour 1 Beaten egg Zest of half a lemon A few drops of lemon extract 120g of Raisins/sultanas   Method Heat the oven to about 170°C. Melt the...

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Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie By Deputy Editor Amber Beard When I was growing up in Ireland in the seventies, there wasn’t much choice in the way of food available in the shops and there were very few supermarkets, so classic dinners were what my mum prepared. Cheap to make and with the ever available Irsih spud, cottage pie was my comfort food of choice and I’m still a great fan to this day. You can upgrade your pie with cheese on top, by adding carrots or peas or celery or you can just keep it simple with lashings of gravy on...

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Gypsy Tart Reminiscences

Gypsy Tart Reminiscences With Chef Robert Thompson  Robert Thompson recalls the Gypsy Tart of his youth. A school dinner staple, he has reinvented it and elevated it to a pudding that we’d all be delighted to have on our New Year table with a few easy updates. Gypsy Tart is a tart of pastry and two ingredients and as Robert says is ‘foolproof’. The filling is a luscious mousse of butterscotch muscovado sugar and evaporated milk – a favourite of the school dinner cook, contrasting with cristp buttery pastry. “We used to have it at school and I’m sure...

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Basco Bring Denmark to Britain: Music for the Feet and the Soul

Basco are coming to tell you some stories at The Quay Arts Centre Basco are coming to tell you some stories. A few words, many more where melodies alone weave the spell. From February 13-17th, 2018, the Danish four-piece will be back in the UK, with dates in England and Scotland in support of their sixth album, Interesting Times. They take chances, they like to balance on the musical tightrope. Plenty of original material, shaded by their Nordic roots, but also a good sprinkling of traditional pieces. A mix of the unknown and the familiar, all of it delivered with the kind of empathetic interplay and humour that can only come from a decade of playing together – and a great deal of skill. In a 10-year career, Basco have brought in a horn section for one album, recorded live with the Danish Radio big band on another, and created a disc with one of Scandinavia’s best singers – standing still isn’t an option. There a restless quality to the music, always searching out something different, a reflection of the members’ varied upbringings. “I was born in Scotland and grew up in Australia’s Northern Territory” says fiddler/mandolinist/singer Hal-Parfitt Murray. “I learned from the Scots to fiddle repertoire from the old, bearded gentlemen at folk festivals. Ale Carr (cittern) grew up in the Swedish forest to become one of the...

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