Posts filed under ‘Spring 2010’

Bag envy!

Katie’s been organising competitions for Cornishware with some great bloggers, such as Jennifer Gillam – Jen hand makes giftware including beautifully crafted bags and as well as giving one of her readers Cornishware mugs as a prize, Jen also made them a special bag – she made two bags – one for her winner and one for Katie. Let’s just say there is some serious bag envy going on at The Grain Loft!

Nickie has been out and about researching for Hall & Woodhouse (some call it research, I call it swanning off to Chelsea Flower Show for the day but that’s just me!). She took the train up to the world famous Show to look at opportunities for Badger beer at the event (not just to sip champagne in the sunshine, honest!). Whilst up there she even spotted the perfect garden for our blog – The Rhubarb Crumble & Custard Garden!



May 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Cutting edge!

What a week it’s been for Salamander Cookshop; three of its Garlic Crushers in the Daily Mail Weekend Magazine, its Paring Knives on’s ‘must-have picnic accessories’ and finally its Pizza Scissors and Onion Chopper featured by Phil Vickery on ITV’s This Morning – not bad for less than seven days!!!

Last night, Joanne went along to a meeting of the Local Action Group in Portland, to support Mike Burks from The Gardens Group and a small, but very excited, bunch of lovely people from The Whitehouse in Sherborne.  This is a fantastic project which we are involved in but we are sworn to secrecy – more about that in a later blog when we can reveal all………

Also, plans are moving on for judging Deli of the Year which we are organising – over 4,000 votes so far and it is going to be an exciting few months until the winner is revealed in September.  See June issue of delicious magazine for more ……     


May 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm 1 comment

The Bistro………

Last Friday Joanne, Katie and I went along to help celebrate the launch of the new alfresco Bistro at The Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne. Over 60 people attended the evening event, hosted by owners Nicky and Paul King, and Head Chef Brett Sutton.

 Guests enjoyed canapés that gave a glimpse of The Bistro menu including: Barrington asparagus with wild garlic leaf butter; Dorset crab cocktail; dark chocolate mousse with griottine cherries and crushed amaretti – of course we had to sample a few ourselves!

The Bistro has been designed and built by Castle Gardens of Sherborne, complete with raised flower beds with glowing LED lights embedded within the wooden borders, and one side that is enclosed by plants and trees that will provide ingredients for future menus such as, a rosemary bush, plum trees, blackcurrant bushes and an olive tree.

The area is covered by a giant, Italian designed umbrella with fitted heaters (also known as a ‘Jumbrella’ – we love that word!). Guests can keep their legs warm as the night draws in with the very carefully selected woollen rugs provided – in fact they were so carefully chosen that they only arrived a matter of hours before the launch!

Lastly, on the domestic front,  our own Nickie is moving house this weekend  – two children, two ponies, one cat, one dog and 15 years worth of stuff………..good luck!


May 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment


One of the best things about working with producers of great food is to see the reactions of people who try their products, often for the first time. Whether it’s journalists or bloggers we send out samples full of confidence, usually because we’ve tried (and loved) everything we’ve sent!

Denhay’s dry cured smoked streaky bacon, which just won the Taste of Excellence Award for outstanding flavour at the Pig and Poultry Marketing Awards, is a “perfect porcine” example. It’s all very well writing about it but anyone that tastes it will love it……..well maybe not vegetarians……..but I wouldn’t rule it out!!   Wish we had a scratch and sniff blog.   

The Culinary Travels blog says it better than I ever could…… and to really appreciate it get down to your local shop, supermarket or deli and try it for yourself!

Fudges’ biscuits are also universally well loved.  We see first hand what goes into baking each and every Fudges’ biscuit, flapjack and cheese straw so we know how good they are. Click here for a blog on Fudges Sweet Biscuits which are divine. But as I said don’t just take my word for it……

Courtesy of Floss Morris

Courtesy of Floss Morris

Joanne, Katie and I are off to The Eastbury in Sherborne to prepare for the launch of its new alfresco Bistro – we love the woolly blankets!  For more information or to book from tomorrow call 01935 813131 – there’ll be a blog about it here next week!


May 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

The simple Oscars…..

For the past few months Katie and Briony have been working with Dorset Cereals on its very first Simple Pleasures’ Film Festival. On the day of the ceremony the whole PPR team was busy stuffing bags full of goodies to give away on the night including Dorset Cereals, Olives Et Al olives, Clipper tea, Badger beer and Denhay Cheese. In the end, there were so many goodie bags that needed to make their way down to the event in Bridport that Abbie had to ride to the rescue in her family wagon aka her VW Passat estate, which was crammed full to the brim!

The ceremony took place in Bridport on Friday 23rd April at the Electric Palace Cinema and over 150 people attended the gala evening including film producers, members of the press, local businesses and Award-Winning Director and Screenwriter, Julian Fellowes who helped judge the films and presented the awards.

Five films were selected to receive awards with the top prize being presented to Robin King, Lorenzo Fabrizi and Erini Konstantinidou from Hampshire for their film entitled ‘Snapshots’.  Ross Harrison from Oxford picked up the Runner up and People’s Prize as voted for on the Dorset Cereals website for his film ‘Sunrise’; The second runner up was Henry Cruickshank from Edinburgh for his film ‘Simple’; and The Judges Prize went to Emily Down, also from Oxford for her film ‘A Girl For All Seasons’

To see all the films click here…….


May 4, 2010 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

A mini adventure

Yesterday Katie and Briony were up at 4.00 am (apparently that time exists!) to take the Dorset Cereals Mini to London to drop off some delicious new Tasty Fruit and Fibre. They visited all the national newspapers and major food and lifestyle journalists to make sure they had a taste of Dorset for breakfast.

As you can see they had a great time and they even took the sunshine with them…….

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April 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Say cheese!

On Tuesday I visited Cricketer Farm near Nether Stowey to take some new shots for its website and blog.  As you can see from the picture I wore suitable attire at all times! I had a fantastic day, enjoying a full tour of the factory; following the whole process from the milk arriving from Cricketer’s Westcountry farms, to the cheese being packaged ready for delivery; it was a bit like ‘Charlie and the cheese factory’. The team at Cricketer Farm’s lovely but they weren’t nearly short, or orange enough to complete my experience!

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April 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

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