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A Brief History of Isle of Wight Desserts

A Brief History of Isle of Wight Desserts 1000 1000 The Editor

Though lost today, it seems the Isle of Wight used to have a strong tradition of making pies, puddings and desserts. Fruits were often a key component, with plums being baked into cakes, gooseberries made into tarts and apples turned into ‘apple pudden’. It’s possible that other parts of the country recognised the Isle of Wight’s skill with all things…

How to make Isle of Wight Apple Stucklens

How to make Isle of Wight Apple Stucklens 1000 1000 The Editor

Fruits were one of the most characteristic features of historic Isle of Wight food, with many distinctive varieties being put to all sorts of purposes including flavouring spirits and being baked into some of the Island’s most famous pies and puddings. The Island was also home to a number of unusual types of fruits, including chequers, the sharp-tasting fruit of…

How to Forage like a 19th Century Islander

How to Forage like a 19th Century Islander 1000 1000 The Editor

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Islanders were a dab hand at foraging, with an incredibly detailed knowledge of local wild plants, where they grew and what to do with them. Even in the making of drinks alone, numerous wild plants were put to numerous different uses, with cowslips from the Downs being made into wine, hedgerow sloes used to…

Junket: A Lost Isle of Wight Dessert

Junket: A Lost Isle of Wight Dessert 1000 1000 The Editor

During the 19th century, the Isle of Wight was famed for its rich and creamy dairy products. A combination of lush grazing and carefully bred cattle combined to create some of the finest milk in the country – with farmers using the best Devon, Alderney and Guernsey cows to continually improve their herds. The result was a much richer milk…

Words cannot espresso how much we love coffee!

Words cannot espresso how much we love coffee! 2000 1333 The Editor

We cannot start our day without a cup of coffee… I mean who can? This week is quite possibly one of our favourites, it’s UK coffee week. We’re showing our appreciation of this glorious drink by letting you know where you can pick up a cuppa on our beautiful Island home. Island Roasted / Caffe Isola Roasting Freshly brewed coffee,…

Cheers to reopening!

Cheers to reopening! 2000 1333 The Editor

I think the last time many of us stepped into one of the Island’s pubs was Christmas Eve 2020. It’s been a long ‘dry’ winter, but spring has sprung (even though it’s a little on the chilly side) and from 12th April pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to open any outside seating space they have. Woo hoo we hear…

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny

Hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny 820 547 The Editor

When you walk past bakers or into supermarkets at this time of year you cannot mistake the equist scent of hot-cross buns that fills the air.

Easter Simnel Cake

Easter Simnel Cake 2048 1437 The Editor

With Easter this weekend, make this classically beautiful cake the centrepiece of your celebrations. Not just beautiful to look at, it’s tantalisingly tasty too…

Have-yourself-a-local-little-Christmas

Have yourself a local little Christmas

Have yourself a local little Christmas 1800 1201 The Editor

Food is never too far from our minds (and bellies) at this time of year and comfort food and festive treats are top of the list. Thankfully, the Island is home to an array of local producers, makers, farmers and fishermen, all stocking our farm shops to the rafters with their seasonal goods. Here’s our festive guide to some of the…

Shop-Local

Support your community, shop local

Support your community, shop local 1000 1000 The Editor

We all love a bargain and a good deal. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, why not invest in a local business instead and do your Christmas shopping with them. Buy someone a gift as unique and special as they are while helping support a member of your community.  Even when in lockdown we can still…

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