With such an abundance of great places to eat out on the Island, from quirky little bistros to the classic pub grub, you will never run out of new places to try on your holiday. However, sometimes it is nice to have a relaxing meal in, and when the mood strikes and you feel like cooking on your hols, make sure to include some of our amazing local produce.
Nice and simple:
For a quick and easy meal, you can’t beat baked Isle of Wight Soft Cheese. Simply score the top of the cheese, pop in some garlic cloves and place some rosemary on top. Put in a preheated oven (180°C) for 15 to 20 minutes or until you can see that the cheese has melted. Dip in sourdough bread or even some potato wedges for a posh version of cheesy chips! Serve up with some roasted tomatoes from The Tomato Stall for a simple, yet deliciously effective meal.
If you have a fussy one in your party, a simple pesto-pasta might be your saviour. Pink’s do a great range of flavours from classics such as Smoked Tomato or Basil & Garlic, to more adventurous Watercress & Wasabi. Simply stir into cooked pasta. Add some cooked chicken or salmon for a more substantial meal.
Push the boat out:
For gourmet taste and style, a Gallybagger Soufflé is a showstopper but surprisingly easy to make, even in a self-catering kitchen. Gallybagger cheese is unique to the Isle of Wight, with the name coming from the local colloquialism for scarecrow. Similar to cheddar, it is made in such small quantities that it rarely leaves the Island, instead being sold in local shops and showcased in local restaurants. Check out the recipe from the chef at The Dairyman’s Daughter online.
Suns out, buns out:
If you have the use of a barbecue, then make the most of locally reared meat and smother it in some of the delicious sauces and marinades from The Garlic Farm. Baste chicken in the super-tasty barbecue sauce with (you’ve guessed it) garlic and if you are feeling brave, top burgers with the legendary Vampire Slayer Seriously Hot Sauce.