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Food and Drink

Tuck in to our favourite food and drink recipes, read our latest restaurant reviews and find out about the great local produce that's available right on your doorstep.

 

  • Homemade Chocolate Truffles

    Chocolate truffles make the perfect homemade gift to give at Christmas, or to enjoy yourself while snuggled up in front of a festive film.

  • Cheese And Wine: A Perfect Match

    This is the ideal time of year to really get stuck into the festive cheese boards, paired with just the right wine of course. Peter d’Aguilar gives us a quick lesson

  • Gluten Free Carrot Cake

    This gluten free carrot cake recipe by Jane Freeman uses honey in both the cake mix and cream cheese topping. Why not choose locally produced honey as it supports the local producers and reduces food miles

  • Spiced Christmas Chutney

    We've gotten pretty good at baking and making over the past year, so we're keeping the momentum going with another festive home recipe.

  • A Recipe for a Traditional Christmas Cake

    With much more time spent at home in the lead up to Christmas this year, why not revisit an old festive tradition — and bake a Christmas cake to share with the family on the big day. Nothing beats it!

  • Bonfire Brookie

    Regardless of whether bonfire night goes off with a bang as usual this year, you can still celebrate November 5th with some snap, crackle and pop — with this seasonal recipe from 15-year-old trainee pâtissier chef, Imogen Palmer.

  • Recipe: Pumpkin Soup

    What better to eat in October than pumpkin soup? Seasonal and delicious, this bright and cheerful vegetable is at its best from October to December. You can have this soup either as an everyday supper, or to jazz it up for Halloween, it’s fun to serve it out of a pumpkin!

  • Recipe: Toffee Apples

    No Halloween or Bonfire Night party would be complete without some traditional toffee apples. To create these classic sticky and sweet treats, just follow this simple recipe. If you happen to have ‘little helpers’, be careful of the hot sugar, and don’t forget to have a bowl of soapy water nearby!

  • RECIPE: Spiced Pumpkin Loaf

    Don't throw away the flesh from your pumpkin...use it to make something delicious instead. This recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Loaf is one of our absolute favourites, and is made year-in year-out by editor, Amy.

  • Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Pastry

    Approximately 13 million pumpkins are used in the UK for Halloween. Unfortunately most of these are only used for carving and then the flesh is discarded. What a waste!

  • Pizza Pinwheels

    Serve up delicious Pizza Pinwheels at home this Firework Night, to remember remember the 5th of November in your own way. We may not be out at our favourite firework displays as usual, but we can certainly put on a spread to enjoy with the family, starting with these delicious bitesize treats. Makes 16 pinwheels Takes 25 mins to cook and prepare

  • Recipe: French Style Beef Casserole

    As the darker nights draw in, comfort food is the perfect solution. Here's our recipe for a mouth-watering French style casserole.

  • Home-made Sloe Gin

    October is the perfect month to start picking sloe berries and to get a delicious batch of Sloe Gin underway for Christmas.

  • Crispy Duck Pancakes with Hoisin Sauce

    This warming dish is perfect for autumn nights at home. And it's much easier to make than you might think. Serve with rice and salad, or enjoy on their own.

  • Recipe: Baked Pears with Honey

    Here's a dessert recipe to enjoy; sticky, scrumptious and ever so slightly healthy... perfect for a sunny Autumn day.

  • Recipe: Wrapped and Stuffed Tenderloin of Pork

    As the autumn season approaches, enjoy this hearty choice for a family meal.

  • RECIPE: Bacon and Pecan Popcorn

    As autumn draws closer, you might find yourself snuggled up at home with a film more often. And no good movie night can ever be complete without a big bowl of popcorn to tuck in to. Try this mouth-watering recipe for Bacon and Pecan Popcorn, for something a little different.

  • RECIPE: Home-baked Croissants

    Nothing beats enjoying home-baked croissants, fresh from the oven! And now you can enjoy a plentiful supply from home, with these kitchen cupboard staples.

  • 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.

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