Food and Drink

Provencal Barbecue Lamb

Why not ditch the kitchen oven and slow roast a leg of lamb in your kettle or kamado barbecue.  Using a “rub” of ingredients from the Provence region such as lavender flowers and rosemary, I personally think this is the ultimate lamb roast. 

Artisan Cheese Fair Returns in May 2018

The UK’s largest cheese fair will return for its fourth year when the Artisan Cheese Fair takes place in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire from 5-6 May 2018. 

Hart’s Restaurant & Hotel

Nestled discreetly in one of the best and most upmarket locations in the city of Nottingham, sits the renowned Hart’s Restaurant and four-star Hart’s Hotel - with its welcoming ambience, stunning views and charming atmosphere, you would be forgiven for thinking you were hidden away in a rural haven

The Grey Goose - Gilmorton

The Grey Goose offers a contemporary and modern experience for both dining and drinking, and is open seven days a week. Owners Shaun and Martin, who took the establishment over in March 2015 have certainly gained a reputation for excellence.

It’s Time For an Oil Change in the Kitchen

Michele Kaye, nutritionist and Nia fitness teacher, says “even though I’ve know for ages that heating oil for cooking, is not great, I have largely turned a blind eye to it. Habits die hard when it comes to frying onion.” That kitchen aroma...ah!And the taste of caramelized onions is so delicious. 

News from the Farm Gate by Milly Fyfe

I can’t believe how mild it has been, the warmest December on record. Nobody can decide if we need to take a coat when leaving the house or not and the heating is on then off like a yo-yo. On the farm we have had our first emergence of daffodils which were in full bloom on Christmas day.

The Red Lion, Great Bowden

The Red Lion

The Red Lion, Great Bowden 5 Main Street, Great Bowden, Leicestershire, LE16 7HB  T: 01858 463571  A vibrant free house in the centre of the picturesque village of Great Bowden and is run by Kieran Thorne and his wonderful team. 

It Was a Different Story This Time Last Year

It Was a Different Story This Time Last Year

As I wrote this, this time last year, we had finished harvest, had started working the land ready for planting and were putting the final touches to the harvest festival. I had also just found out I was going to be a Daddy so keeping the biggest secret of my life.

Are YOU Waking Up To GMO?

Northern Island has become the most recent member of the EU to announce a ban on genetically modified foods, following behind Scotland who banned GMOs in August. 

News from the Farm Gate by Milly Fyfe

Milly with Elmo

Harvest 2015 has been a real mixed bag. It’s been wet then dry, wet then dry and left many farmers frustrated as they just want to get the last bit finished when the sun shines so they can park up the combine again for another year. 

Look Closer at What You are Eating

Want some more proof that Monsanto and other biotech giants are deathly afraid of GMO labelling initiatives passing within the United States? A new bill introduced by Monsanto’s star representative, Mike Pompeo, could soon BAN all mandatory GMO labelling in the US.

The Star Inn: 1744 Restaurant

The Star Inn: 1744 Restaurant

The much loved Star Inn at Thrussington has recently been given a little face lift and the garden freshened up ready for lovely summer evenings. All the staff at The Star Inn take pride in serving a wide range of superb quality, home cooked, fresh produce dishes.

Silver Medal for Local Vineyard

Silver Medal for Local Vineyard

  Kingfishers’ Pool Vineyard has won two medals in the prestigious United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) competition, which is the only national competition for English and Welsh wine. The still dry white wine made from Siegerrebe and Solaris grapes, called King Richard, won a silver medal.

Clarkes of Queniborough: New Products for Summer

Clarkes of Queniborough: New Products for Summer

Previous Articles on Clarkes: Village butcher wins national bacon award, search for the nation's favourite bacon (August 2011) Clarkes of Queniborough's Christmas Fayre is fantastic! (November 2013) Clarkes of Queniborough Festive Taster (December 2013) Food for thought! (March 2014)

Sapori - Italian Restaurant and Bar

Sapori - Italian Restaurant and Bar

In May 2011 Sapori Restaurant in Anstey first opened their doors, headed by the dream team of Head Chef Andrea, his wife Cristina and her brother and General Manager Luigi.

Have You Seen the Light?

Have You Seen the Light?

A lamb that was genetically modified with jellyfish DNA was sold for consumption in France, according to French newspaper Le Parisien. The lamb was killed after the experiment and should have been incinerated.

I Don't BEE-lieve it!! 

The German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, has called for a nationwide ban on GMO cultivation according to reports from the German NGO

Delicious Wimbledon Inspired Dessert

Dessert Bullet

Wimbledon started on the 29th June, and that means strawberries and cream! A great way to enjoy this traditional dish is to combine it to make a fresh and healthy frozen dessert. All you need are three ingredients and a Dessert Bullet. Ingredients: Two tbsp. of dairy cream 4 frozen strawberries

Welcome to the World of Fynburys Cider

Fynburys Cider

  Fynburys began as a twinkle in the eye of chief cider maker and director Mike Berry, after he purchased a property in Thistleton, about five miles from Rutland Water. The house had a small apple orchard, and Mike suddenly had so many apples that he didn’t know what to do with them.

It's the Season for Elderflower

Heartsease Farm Sparkling Elderflower Pressé

Heartsease Farm Sparkling Elderflower Pressé: Available: 425ml PET, 300ml, 750ml Glass Bottles As summer approaches, the most wonderful flowers come into season.

Seeds of Destruction

Seeds of Destruction

  For centuries farmers have saved seeds from season to season to replant in the spring, then harvested in autumn, the seeds are reclaimed for the next spring. Monsanto has turned this ancient practice on its head.  Monsanto developed G.M.