The Broad Palate – Dec ’23

Two of our family favourites – also great for dinner guests. Wishing you health and happiness for the festive season. 🎄 x” – Ann Shaw

Salmon in Filo (serves 4)

Great with new potatoes and green beans or tender stem broccoli. Serve with tartare sauce (or a bowl of shop-bought sour cream and chive dip!). For a vegetarian version, use mounds of cooled, roasted vegetables (without too much moisture) instead of the fish.

  • 4 sheets filo pastry
  • 125g/4.5 oz butter, melted
  • 4 skinless, boneless salmon fillets
  • 250g/8 oz plain/garlic & herb cream cheese
  • 4 handfuls watercress, coarsely chopped + 4 sprigs to garnish
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


Heat oven to 190°C/170°C fan/Gas 5.
Lay a sheet of filo on your board, brush with butter and fold so that the two short sides meet. Brush with butter.
On a short side, place a salmon fillet around 1.5 ins from the edge and season. Add a quarter of the cream cheese along the top of the fillet, then watercress to taste.
Roll up carefully, buttering and folding in the sides as you go, making a parcel. Repeat with the other 3 fillets. Place on a buttered baking tray, ensuring that the salmon is on the bottom. Brush parcels with butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds if using, and bake for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Garnish with saved watercress.

Easy Chocolate Mousse (makes 6)

My version of a cracking Delia recipe from the 1960s. Use 200g dark chocolate if you prefer. I add coffee powder to bring out the taste of the chocolate – it won’t add any coffee flavour.
Ring the changes by adding the zest of a large orange, or a crushed-up chocolate honeycomb bar, or a couple of tablespoons of your favourite liqueur. Can be made a day ahead.

  • 100g/3.5 oz dark chocolate (min 75% solids)
  • 100g/3.5 oz good quality milk chocolate
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 120ml/4fl. oz warm water with 1 heaped tsp instant espresso /coffee powder*
  • 40g/1.5 oz caster sugar
  • (*if using liqueur, use 30ml, and reduce coffee + water to 90ml)
  • Raspberries and double cream to serve (optional)


Place chocolate and coffee water (+ liqueur if using) in a heatproof bowl, melt gently over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
Allow to cool until tepid then add egg yolks and quickly stir until smooth and shiny.
Whisk egg whites to soft peaks with a pinch of salt to stabilise, then gradually add the sugar and whisk until glossy.
Using a large metal spoon, mix a dollop of egg white into the chocolate mixture to loosen it up, then add the rest of the egg white, gently folding and cutting, until there are no more visible clumps of egg white.
Spoon into ramekins or dessert glasses and refrigerate for 5-6 hours.
Serve with cream and raspberries if liked.

Many thanks to Ann 🙂

Bon Appetit!

Nov ’23Squash & Sausage Pasta / Pear & Apple Sponge

To revisit the Bishops’ Kitchen recipes provided by Richard Childs – please click HERE 🙂

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The End Of Mow-Vember…

The campaign Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. You can donate HERE.

At last Friday’s Open Mic night in the White Lion, resident poet, Peter Roe recited his poem ‘Folliculaphillia‘ to much merriment and mirth…


Last year in Mow-Vember my partner for a joke…
Said grow a moustache like that Wolverine bloke
I said to my girl “my dear won’t that tickle ya?”
She said “I don’t mind, I have Folliculaphillia…”

Folliculaphillia… if you should care
It means she’s a woman and she likes facial hair
But a Wolverines ‘tache can’t be grown in just one day
So I tried different styles as it grew on the way

I tried a Chaplin, a Chevron and a Painter’s Brush
A Kaiser, a Dali, a Lampshade and a Walrus
A Fu Manchu, Frank Zappa and Asterix The Gaul
An Albert Einstein, a Hugo… I tried them all

In films, cartoons and games ‘taches steal the show
Captain Haddock, Captain Hook, Luigi and Mario
For some men though proper lip rugs are a mystery
Because they are suffering from mustachular dystrophy

But the Wolverines sideburns, these bits on the side…
Wouldn’t grow on my cheeks, believe me I tried…
and I think it’s too late for these muscles to grow…
and just look at my fingers my nails hardly show!

So a cautionary tale to all of you folks out there…
you can’t become The Wolverine by just growing facial hair
And the reason for this… I think that I found…
Is that Man Makes Moustache not the other way round!

Peter Roe

Well done to all those who grew moustaches this month!
(And for those who don’t know him… Hugo’s moustache is all year round 🙂 )

Movember first started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 when two friends (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) talked 30 of  their friends into growing a ‘Mo’ (moustache). They had been inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer and then including men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. You can donate HERE.

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Broadwindsor Coffee Club News

The new service times for Broadwindsor Post Office are:

  • Mondays 12.15 – 1.15pm &
  • Thursdays 9.15 – 10.45am

The P.O. mobile van is here for a shorter time than we have been used to and every effort is being made for the the new Post Office change to run smoothly. Please, during this transition period, patience and cooperation is required at times but customers can be assured that no one has to wait outside in the wet/cold… Seating and warmth is available  in the Comrades Hall Foyer, with you looking after your turn. This will also help with establishing a queuing system at very busy times.
To coincide with the new hours, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fresh coffee or tea and the chance for a chat in in the warmth of the Servery inside Comrades Hall on:

  • Mondays from 11.00am to 1.30pm &
  • Thursdays from 9.00 am to 11.00am

A date for your diary: Monday, December 18th  – there will be mulled wine, sausage rolls, mince pies, etc. to celebrate the Christmas season along with a raffle for a hamper.  The Comrades Hall 100 Club December draw will also be held that morning.

More Volunteers are needed to keep this social aspect around the PO visit going by manning a coffee pot and chatting for an hour or two!  Please come along and offer your help 🙂

Do come along and support the Coffee Club and Post Office, this is a valuable service we need to maintain for the benefit of the village.

Thank you 🙂

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Unit To Let At Redlands Yard

Just announced…

Sadly, Clare Colby, the curator of The Gallery of Makers is stepping down and moving away to a new area.
Clare has run the gallery for the last 5 years and has been integral to its success.
Redlands Yard are therefore hoping to find someone to take on this role.
The space is ideal for someone (or two people sharing) who are looking for workspace and can create income by renting space to other artists and makers.
For further information or other unit availability, please get in touch with Sarah at

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Broadwindsor Tree Lights Switch On – Thursday, 30th Nov

All are invited to come along to Bernards’ Place in the Square at 6.30pm on Thursday, 30th November to see the village’s Christmas tree lights be switched on for the festive season 🙂

This will be followed by carol singing, minced pies and mulled wine served at The White Lion.

Get into the Christmas spirit and join in!

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Thank You For Coming To The Firework Display

The weather was so kind for our firework display, which was, as last year, a great success and raised funds for Broadwindsor Cricket Club and Broadwindsor Comrades Hall.
We are grateful to our sponsors, Symonds and Sampson, Broadwindsor House Care Home, Cllr Simon Christopher and The Knapp Inn.
As a result of the evening the Cricket Club and Broadwindsor Comrades Hall have shared the profit on the night, each receiving £681.65.
My thanks to the cricket club and their helpers who ran the bar and BBQs.and the village school PTA who had a stall raising money too.
I also want to thank my team of volunteers who helped set up and light the fireworks, and kept the spectators safe on their way to and from the cricket field.  Also to Dorothy Rowe and Margery Hookings who successfully rattled their donation buckets and to Sara Dyke, our First Aider.
My thanks also to P H Hardwill for lending us their tower light, Shane and Ellen Pym for lending us their generator, John Staff and Martin Burt for their tower safety lights and Stefan Nikolov for the use of his safety equipment.
And finally, a massive thank you to all the spectators who came along and enjoyed the evening.  We hope to see you all again at next year’s Broadwindsor Firework Display.
Thank you
Andrew Hookings

Photo credit: Ruthie Stevens.

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Santa Visiting Broadwindsor – 6pm, Saturday, 9th Dec.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Brit Valley, Santa will be visiting the village again 🙂 He usually parks in the bay by the primary school, opposite the allotments.

The image above shows other Christmas visit dates in and around Bridport and this is only the first of his planned visits – there are more to follow… he’s a hard working man is Santa – please show your support!

This year you can download the free app GLYMPSE to then track Santa to see where he is….
Download the app HERE and just Track santabridport.

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Beaujolais Nouveau Evening – Thursday, 16th November

Pour Decisions has become a regular evening spot for some as they are open until 6pm on Fridays and 7pm on Saturdays. Broadwindsor’s secret deli in Redlands Yard is becoming increasingly popular 🙂

They are hosting their first tasting evening celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday, 16th November.
Taste Beaujolais Nouveau, plus 4 other reds ahead of the Christmas season. A glass of your favourite is included in the price of £10.00. A small menu of saucisson, cheese and bread will be available too. You’ll also be first in line to place any Christmas pre-orders!

Get your tickets in store or online HERE.

Gift vouchers
are now available – hand cut and printed by them, and available for any amount big or small. A lovely gift and way to support a small local business too!


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Bell Rehearsal Today

It may be Friday, 13th but the joyous peals from the bells of St. John the Baptist church in Broadwindsor can be heard this evening as the bell ringers practice for a village wedding ceremony happening tomorrow afternoon 🙂

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FMR Trust Award 2 Grants To Village Groups

Following last night’s Parish Council meeting at Blackdown, The FMR Trust awarded two grants – to West Dorset Rangers to support the cost of a visit to the Houses of Parliament and to Broadwindsor School to help with funds needed to replace their swings. 🙂
(You can donate to the school through their JustGiving Page HERE.)
The FMR Trust provides grants to groups and organisations within Broadwindsor, Drimpton and Blackdown for sporting and active recreational projects. Find out more HERE. If you have a project idea, please do get in touch:
Trustees next meet on 8th January 2024.

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