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The Food Blog

5 Easter recipes to try out this weekend

Posted on 1:10pm Friday 3rd April 2015

There is more to Easter than chocolate. If you fancy whipping up a feast in the kitchen this weekend, then here are some recipes that are worth getting your mixing bowl out for.

Talented students turn top Dorset produce into mouth-watering dishes

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 14th March 2015

DORSET Slow Food and Bournemouth and Poole College’s Escoffier Restaurant are two organisations with a real passion for food.

Welcome to Bournemouth and Poole: the world’s first ever sustainable fish city

Posted on 3:00pm Thursday 5th March 2015

Businesses and organisations across Bournemouth and Poole have been recognised for their commitment to serving up sustainable fish.

Nicky Findley

Chez Fred, Harry Ramsden and Lakeside - Bournemouth hosts fish and chip trade show

Posted on 11:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

FISH and chips is still the most popular takeaway in the UK, with around 382 million portions eaten every year.

Nicky Findley

From wasabi ice cream to premium stocks: what to expect at the Hotel and Catering Show

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 21st February 2015

THERE will be plenty of new food for thought at the Hotel and Catering Show which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Jade Grassby

Celebrity chefs join Autism Awareness breakfast

Posted on 2:00pm Monday 16th February 2015

A TRIO of celebrity chefs are giving a boost to a breakfast campaign in support of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Nicky Findley

From Bournemouth College to The Ritz: Masterchef runner-up returns to where it all began

Posted on 8:00am Saturday 14th February 2015

FORMER chef graduate Sven-Hanson Britt returned to Bournemouth and Poole College in triumph this week after his star-studded performance on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals series.

It’s party time at The Brit as restaurant celebrates first anniversary

Posted on 8:00am Saturday 7th February 2015

THE Brit in Ashley Cross, Poole, celebrated its first anniversary with a host of events, starting with a private party with the Mayor of Poole Cllr Peter Adams.

Nicky Findley

Bake a cake and help support bereaved children

Posted on 8:00am Saturday 7th February 2015

IT’S time to dig out your cake tins and don your oven gloves this month and get baking in aid of a good cause.

Nicky Findley

“Our fish get the best of everything” – Meet the man behind Allenbrook Trout Farm

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

Although trout is farmed all year round, the trout season for anglers in the UK begins around mid-March to early April. Dorset is home to one of the most productive fish farms in the country. Allenbrook Trout Farm which backs onto the River Allen near Wimborne St Giles, supplies hundreds of tonnes of live trout to anglers, fisheries and other fish farms around the UK every year. Nicky Findley went behind the scenes to find out how they do it: By his own admission Trevor Whyatt is mad about fish. He’s either breeding them, feeding them, catching them or eating them.

Easter is ruined: Creme Egg fans react with horror to news Cadbury has changed the recipe

Posted on 12:51pm Monday 12th January 2015

Outraged chocolate fans have claimed that Cadbury's US owners are ruining Easter with a new ''cheap chocolate imitation'' Creme Egg.

Nicky Findley

Kick-start your day – why you shouldn’t give breakfast a miss

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

STARTING the day the right way, is the message of Breakfast Week which takes place between January 25 – 31.

Food writer Sue Quinn talks Kale: how to use it and where to buy it locally

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

YES, this column is about kale – but please don’t turn the page! I know this curly green veg is the butt of jokes thanks to Hollywood’s obsession with it, but it is highly nutritious and pretty delicious when cooked the right way. As a bonus, Bournemouth has its own kale grower, so you can buy local.

New Year, new diet? The four trendy diets you should avoid

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

It's all very well to eat, drink and be merry over Christmas – but you could have a heavy price to pay in the New Year.

Round-up of Champagnes to toast the New Year

Posted on 10:00am Sunday 21st December 2014

TOAST the New Year with our round up of champagnes to suit everyone.

Nicky Findley

People with diabetes CAN eat the same food as everyone else

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

WHEN it comes to tailoring a meal for someone with diabetes, 57 per cent of people across the region thought it would be too difficult, according to a new survey.

Dorset’s culinary heroes celebrated at first ever Food, Drink & Farming Awards

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

DORSET Magazine is hosting the inaugural Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards.

Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman shares recipes from her new book

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

IT’S been a year since she won MasterChef, but life is still throwing up surprises for Natalie Coleman.

Poole fish and chip shop shortlisted in UK top 12

Posted on 4:00pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A POOLE fish and chip shop has again been shortlisted as one of the UK’s top 12 in a national competition.

Nicky Findley

Wild food served up in an idyllic setting at first ever foraging feast

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

DINING by candlelight under a star-studded sky, eating fresh, barbecued lobster on the beach, sounds like the stuff of foodie dreams.

Let's bake with Ruby Tandoh

Posted on 4:00pm Saturday 4th October 2014

WHEN Ruby Tandoh applied for last year’s Great British Bake Off, she could never have predicted the level of attention she would receive.

Leading women making a career in the wine industry

Posted on 9:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

MEN predominantly set the gold standard for winemaking, but women are increasingly discovering the pleasure a career in wine can bring.

Nicky Findley

Choccywoccydoodah: recipes for chocoholics

Posted on 9:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

ACTOR Stephen Tompkinson’s latest voice-over gig couldn’t be sweeter.

Presenters discover delicious Dorset

Posted on 4:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

DORSET’S deliciousness will be under the spotlight as a new show airs this week.

Samantha Harman

Peace of mind for holistic consumers

Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

ARE we too busy counting calories and not busy enough counting chemicals?

Chance to celebrate tasty cup cakes

Posted on 4:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

LET them eat (cup) cake, for this month marks National Cupcake Week, which runs from September 17 to 21. These dinky desserts have enjoyed a long frosting-filled ride which shows no sign of bottoming out any time soon. They were named cupcakes because the portions of ingredients were measured in cups. The world record for eating cupcakes in one sitting is 29 cupcakes in 30 seconds. Originally cupcakes were called ‘number cakes’ or ‘1234 cakes’ to remember the portions (one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk and one spoonful of soda). Traditionally cupcakes were flavoured with dried fruit or spices, not frosted.

Samantha Harman

Award for Emma’s vegan-friendly site

Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

A DORSET woman who turned her love of the vegan life-style in to a business has won an award.

Baking to beat breast cancer

Posted on 11:00am Monday 1st September 2014

HOLD a bake-off and help beat breast cancer this autumn.

Gemma bakes chocolate brownies for Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival

Posted on 11:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

HER grocery shopping list this week included 500 eggs and 60 blocks of butter. Gemma Lewis has been busy baking hundreds of brownies ahead of Jamie Oliver’s The Big Feastival this weekend.

The Duppy Share Jamaican Punch

Posted on 11:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THIS week Taste mixes up some cool cocktails for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Hold a summer tea party and help raise funds for disabled people

Posted on 10:00am Monday 18th August 2014

DISABILITY charity Motability is calling for supporters to join in with their Tea Party campaign during August.

River Cottage chef to cater at Bournemouth Air Festival

Posted on 11:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

HE’S known as a high-flyer following his role in Channel 4’s River Cottage, so it makes sense that Gideon Hitchin will be this year’s official caterer at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Emma Joseph

Delice Des Champs

Posted on 10:00am Sunday 3rd August 2014

JARS of mini croissants and pastries sit atop glass counters, which are filled with tantalising home-made quiches and fresh fruit tarts.

Nicky Findley

Bake a cake and help save lives – join the Breakthrough Bake Off

Posted on 12:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Flour power will be the key ingredient of this year’s Bake Off by Breakthrough Breast Cancer to help save lives.

New Cheese and Chilli Festival to tingle taste buds this weekend

Posted on 10:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

A NEW Cheese and Chilli Festival looks set to get people’s taste buds tingling this weekend at Bournemouth Sports Club at Chapel Gate, from 10am to 6pm today and tomorrow.

Fay Ripley reveals secrets to making meal times fuss free

Posted on 9:00am Saturday 17th May 2014

FORGET slaving and sweating away in the kitchen for hours – wow your family and friends with fabulous food that’s tasty and simple to prepare.

Jim Durkin

Popular Swanage seafront restaurant trading again after planning wrangle

Posted on 1:25pm Monday 28th April 2014

A POPULAR seafront restaurant that was bulldozed after becoming embroiled in a six-year planning wrangle is finally trading again.

Dorset bakers urged to sign up to Great Dorset Bake Sale for charity

Posted on 1:33pm Monday 28th April 2014

BAKERS across Dorset are being urged to sign up to this year’s Great Dorset Bake Sale, in aid of Dorset disability charity Diverse Abilities Plus.

Christchurch Food Festival welcomes Live on the Lawn

Posted on 11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

STAFF at The Kings Arms are gearing up for the Christchurch Food & Wine Festival, from May 10 to 11, which looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

Still time to sign up to Big Lunch event in Dorset

Posted on 11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

THERE’S still time for Dorset residents to get involved with this year’s Big Lunch on Sunday, June 1, when the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours takes place.

TASTE: Why tasty lamb is the ideal Easter choice - recipes

Posted on 4:43pm Monday 7th April 2014

WITH Easter around the corner, it’s the perfect time to feast on succulent lamb as chef Mark Sargeant explains.

Award-winning Boscombe bar scoops local CAMRA group’s pub of the year honour

Posted on 12:58pm Monday 24th March 2014

AN AWARD-WINNING bar in Boscombe has just been voted Pub of the Year by East Dorset CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

Nicky Findley

Bournemouth brothers celebrating success of weight-loss protein porridge

Posted on 12:56pm Monday 24th March 2014

TWO Bournemouth brothers are enjoying the sweet (and additive-free!) taste of success with their new brand of weight-loss protein porridge.

Nicky Findley

Dorset’s top chefs share some fishy tales with local students at Bournemouth and Poole College

Posted on 10:27am Monday 17th March 2014

DORSET’S top chefs shared some fishy tales when they got together with local students and food producers at Bournemouth and Poole College last week.

Taste test: Zizzi in Bournemouth opens its doors after refurb

Posted on 9:59am Monday 17th March 2014

YOU could still smell the fresh paint on the walls when Zizzi opened its doors following a ten-day refurbishment for a special VIP charity event last week.

Nicky Findley

Patrick’s restaurant manager Lizzie Briscoe to pound the pavement in aid of Alzheimer’s Society

Posted on 9:54am Monday 17th March 2014

SHE’S used to dealing with customer’s orders, but restaurant manager Lizzie Briscoe will be under starter’s orders when she takes part in the Brighton Marathon in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“My wife does a brilliant roast” - Phil Vickery talks roast potatoes, Bramleys and family meals

Posted on 11:00am Monday 10th March 2014

IF you lived at the Vickery residence, you’d certainly be spoilt for choice at dinner time.

Westbourne Tandoori gets top food hygiene rating after follow-up inspection

Posted on 11:30am Monday 3rd March 2014

A POPULAR Indian restaurant has received the highest possible food hygiene rating after a follow-up inspection.

Lunchtimes to look forward to – noodles, salads and sandwiches with a twist

Posted on 10:03am Monday 3rd March 2014

MANY workers simply grab a sandwich at lunchtime, or nip out for a pricey pastie.

Nicky Findley

‘Dorset on a Plate’ book proves successful fundraiser for Poole hospice

Posted on 10:00am Tuesday 18th February 2014

A BOOK entitled Dorset on a Plate, showcasing the county’s finest chefs and restaurants, has been a successful fundraiser for Poole hospice Forest Holme.

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