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Seasonal Eating – March and April

With spring upon us, make the most of the season’s fresh early offerings such as spring greens, watercress and Jersey Royals. As the days get longer, (and ever so slightly warmer) our tastes tend to change from rich and heavy comfort foods to lighter dishes featuring spring vegetables and...

The Experimental Chef

When owner Tim Foster began to put plans in place to open beach side restaurant, Three Buoys, in Appley, Ryde, there was only one chef he had in mind to run the kitchen. So when the doors opened just over 10 months ago in May 2013, Sarah Clark began her...

Quality vs quantity: the secret to a good cup of coffee

Coffee aficionados have long been exclaiming the merits of one cup over another…but what really makes the difference? Dan Burgess from Island Roasted explains. Simply put, it’s quality vs. quantity. Coffee quality is split into several different grades: ‘Gourmet and Speciality’ coffee beans are at the top and are mainly...

The Island’s Newest Farm Shop

Based at Godshill’s Sheepwash Farm since 2000, Sue and Paul Brownrigg have plenty of experience selling their farmed produce to the public. At Christmas, they sell over 1000 turkeys, as well as geese, ducks and wild game, both from the farm itself, online and at farmer’s markets in Newport and...

The Juice Pharmacy by The West Bay Club

During the winter months the cold weather, dull days and dark mornings and evenings mean that your vitality can reach its lowest ebb – so now is the perfect time to boost your wellbeing with a fresh vitality-stimulating juice. The West Bay Club’s Coffee House Manager Joey Hall relies on...

Recipe: Pan Fried Duck from Tramezzini

Pan Fried Duck, Parsnip & Vanilla Risotto, Roasted Figs and Pickled Blackberries This recipe is very simple if you prepare your pickled blackberries and puree in advance.       To make Pickled Blackberries 8 black peppercorns 2 juniper berries 1 small bay leaf 2 cups red wine vinegar 2 cups water 6 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons Maldon salt 1 shallot, quartered...

Recipe: Brownrigg Farm Confit Duck Leg from The New Inn

How to make Brownrigg Farm Confit Duck Leg on Pumpkin Purée, Roasted Beetroot and Port Sauce. Duck Confit is one of the tastiest ways to prepare duck and actually a surprisingly easy dish to make. The secret is to cook it slowly letting the meat cook in its own juices.     Ingredients Duck...

Recipe: Christmas Ice Cream Treat

The Most Luxurious Christmas Treat…. 6 – 8 Mince Pies 1Lr Calbourne Classic Vanilla Ice Cream Let the Ice Cream soften, then crumble in mince pies and stir. Freeze the Ice Cream in fun moulds for Xmas Shaped Desserts.

Partridge in a pear tree?

Along with those other popular Christmas traditions of carols and crackers, pantomimes and paper-chains, turkey has long been a festive favourite, thanks mainly to its size which is guaranteed to serve all the family, with leftovers for Boxing Day.  But there’s a fine line between tradition and getting stuck...

Supermarket Vs Super-butchers

Whilst it can be convenient to buy everything under one roof, supermarket shopping tends to be an impersonal experience that often lures us into buying more than we really need. Though we end up spending more, the quality is no better than many independent retailers and, in some cases, it’s...