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Food and Drink

  • Summer recipe: Family Paella

    With summer in full swing, why not enjoy a family paella in the sun?

  • Summer recipes: Gin and Tonic Sorbet

    With summer in full swing, Gillian Reay-Young shares this recipe for Gin and Tonic Sorbet to enjoy in the sun.

  • Recipe: Chewy Chocolate chip Cookies

    Now the kids are off on the school summer holidays, you might be looking for things to do to keep them entertained. This easy and delicious recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies is the perfect activity for all ages — and will fill their tummies all afternoon!

  • 'Let's Buy Local' and support Isle of Wight businesses

    Have you ever tried asparagus just after it’s picked? Or milkshake made with milk that's fresh from the cow? No? Then it's time to give it a try!

  • Recipe: Scallops and prawns with cream and brandy

    With lockdown affecting many family holidays this summer, you can still bring a taste of the Mediterranean sun to the Island. Gillian Reay-Young recommends having a go at this Spanish classic.

  • Recipe: Spanish Tortilla

    With lockdown affecting many family holidays this summer, you can still bring a taste of the Mediterranean sun to the Island. Gillian Reay-Young recommends having a go at this Spanish classic.

  • Recipe: Auntie Di's No-Bake Cheesecake

    This is an amazingly easy cheesecake recipe that does not require patience and lots of spare time. This is quick, simple and fresh and, best of all, irresistibly scrumptious!

  • Pumpkin and Potato Soup Recipe

    Warm up this winter with a steaming bowl of this hearty homemade soup.

  • Recipe: Spicy Barbecue Sizzlers

    Some like it hot, so sizzle your ribs and chicken with these BBQ sauces. I hope you find these recipes melt-in-your-mouth incredible!

  • Recipe: Gin and Tonic Cake

    This cake is moist and zingy with an added kick, thanks to the classic flavours of a G&T. It makes the perfect birthday cake for the gin and tonic lover in your life.

  • RECIPE: Lemon Fairy Cakes

    These pretty cupcakes have a delicate lemon flavoured sponge with strawberry buttercream icing. They’re ideal for the kids to enjoy at home while the lockdown continues!

  • Bubble and Squeak Recipe: Quarantine cooking

    If, like us, you’re trying to use up as many leftovers as possible, you’ll love this recipe for Bubble and Squeak, using leftover veg from your Sunday roast. Serve it with eggs and bacon for breakfast the following morning, or freeze for use at a later date.

  • Beef and Guinness Pie Recipe

    Treat the man of the house to a hearty Father’s Day beef pie, made with his favourite stout or red wine. We recommend Guinness for a full-bodied flavour

  • Homemade Simit Bread

    If you’re finding it hard to get hold of your usual loaf, you’ll be pleased to try out this month’s home baking recipe.

  • Get Baking: Apple Rose Tart Recipe

    Got some apples? Feeling creative? Impress your nearest and dearest while expressing your artistic side, writes Jo Grey.


John Hannam Meets

  • David Calder tells John Hannam why he loves the Isle of Wight

    Over the years, top actors like Celia Imrie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Penelope Keith and Geoffrey Hughes have all fallen in love with the Island. The latest to join them is David Calder, whose credits include The World Is Not Enough, The Hatton Garden Job and The Lady In The Van.

  • Tessa Peake-Jones: An interview with John Hannam

    During the final ten days before the lockdown, I’d been lucky enough to have pre-arranged five interviews. It was in Guildford on a very wet and miserable March day. Would she be like Raquel in Only Fools And Horses or Mrs Maguire in Grantchester?

  • Celia Imrie: An Interview with John Hannam

    John caught up with the star of stage and screen, who talks of recent film projects and fond memories of when the Island was her home.

  • Fred Dinenage: An Interview with John Hannam

    Famous radio DJ Annie Nightingale has helped numerous popstars enhance their careers by playing their music.

  • Dame Judi Dench meets John Hannam

    On July 7th, completely out of the blue, I received an unexpected email from a guy called Neil Chandler, the venue and artistic director of the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, which was re-opening following a £42 million redevelopment.

  • Call the Midwife's Helen George meets John Hannam

    Helen George has millions of fans as Trixie Franklin in hit television series, Call The Midwife. She's just been seen in the show's Christmas Special and is all set to appear later this year in the ninth series.

  • Marti Pellow: An Interview with John Hannam

    Back on Sunday, February 17th 1991, I had the thrill of having the Beverley Sisters live on IW Radio's John Hannam Meets. At the end of their slot, I asked them to choose a record by their favourite current singer. In total harmony, they all said Marti Pellow and predicted a long and successful career for him. At that time he was the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet. How right they were.

  • Sir Ian McKellen: An Interview with John Hannam

    There are some years you just never want to end. In my case, it was 2019. I became the grandfather of twin boys, was privileged to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party and had interviewed Dame Judi Dench live on stage, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of London. That honour led me directly to my last major interview of the year — Sir Ian McKellen.

  • John 'Boycie' Challis chats to Beacon Magazine's John Hannam

    On a cold January day I headed for Ludlow to meet up with Boycie, that notorious second-hand car dealer from Only Fools and Horses.


Home and Gardens

  • Queen of the Blues: Agapanthus in Late Summer

    Coming in every shade from darkest inky purple to purest white, no summer garden is complete without the extraordinary blooms of Agapanthus.

  • The Dirt on Hedges

    Hedging is an important feature in many domestic and agricultural settings, designating boundary, providing habitat for wildlife and privacy for humans, and actually being a thing of beauty. Peter Erridge tells us more

  • Bring the Outdoors In

    Add plenty of extra space to your home, with the addition of a light-filled garden room, conservatory or orangerie.

  • Caring for Houseplants

    Were you gifted a houseplant at Christmas? Wondering what to do with it now? Hippeastrum (amaryllis) are extraordinary plants. Their huge bulbs can develop flowering spikes 60cms tall within six weeks. They are often sold as a kit, complete with flowerpot and compost.

  • Your Guide to Maximising Your Sale

    Steaming coffee and the aroma of freshly baked bread does not guarantee a sale, considering that the majority of buyers will view several properties, every little bit counts to help your's fall top of the shortlist.

  • Seed sowing season begins

    Garden centres are gearing up for the great seed-sowing season, but there are so many different types of seeds to choose from. What to buy? Flo Whitaker explains...


Animals


At Your Leisure

  • Get Your Glow On

    Healthy, radiant and glowing skin is our number one beauty goal this summer. Thankfully the cosmetics market has us covered.

  • Pedal for a medal throughout August

    This year’s Osborne Run is the latest Mountbatten event to be hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, but the hospice has organised a new cycling challenge this summer.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Our Stop, by Laura Jane Williams

    A heartwarming story of missed opportunities, love lessons and second chances.

  • Let's Get Physical

    Physical wellbeing not only boosts our bodies, but our minds, moods and sleep as well.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter

    Although this book is ostensibly light reading about three women in their thirties, it’s really about the power of social media and the devastating effect one brief clip on YouTube can have on someone’s life.

  • Make your own Father's Day card

    With Father's Day fast approaching (Sunday June 21st), why not put your creative hats on and make a home-made card for the father figure in your life. This easy to follow guide can be adapted to use colours and patterns of your choice.

  • Make your own face covering

    With the latest updates requesting all customers wear face coverings when entering shops and using transport services, we’ve decided to teach you how to make your own at home.

  • West End play 'The Woman in Black' comes to Kings Theatre

    Brave theatregoers, with a love of ghost stories, should head over to Kings Theatre this week, while London’s West End production of The Woman in Black is in town.

  • Make your own Bird Feeder

    Keeping the kids entertained is challenging at the best of times, let alone when we’re unable to leave home. Here’s the first of our kids activities – let’s make our own bird feeders!


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