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Rare Manx Sheep spotted!

I took a trip out the other day for a walk and spotted this rare brred of Manx Sheep. The Orange Belly!

mm I wonder what it tastes like! Ha Ha. Even better would make good coats for Highway Board!

Rare Manx Sheep

Rare Manx Sheep

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I met up with @Owen and @jamesq today for lunch at the Velvet Lobster on the Quay in Douglas on the sunny Isle of Man. The Velvet Lobster is a really cool place serving nice lunctime snacks and drinks. The staff were very friendly and polite and overall the service and food was really good and made a pleasant change to the normal lunchtime eateries in Douglas. I had a Cappacino as I was struggling today but @Owen and @jamesq went for the Coffee Banoffee shake which I must admit looked fantastic!

I think this might be a regular thing we have started!

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Not been to India so I can’t really comment, but I am food lover and I love cooking.

Had a curry whilst in Brighton and it was the best ever! So my best ever curry house is a takeaway in Brighton called the Balti Express – check it out it is mint!

Best Curry Ever!

Best Curry Ever!

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Bought a barbecue

Just bought a barbecue today, put it together, bought loads of charcoal and now the weathers crap!

Typical british bank holiday!

Lets hope the weather picks up and I can enjoy the sun, TT 2008 and some great manx lamb burgers and seafood kebabs!

Tasty grub!

Tasty grub!

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Lets hope that the local Tesco on Lake Road does a bit more than ‘its every little helps’ motto suggests and really makes a difference when it comes to stocking more locally sourced produce from the islands suppliers.
Well done to the minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Phil Gawne for putting the pressure on Tesco’s. A recent report from the islands local newspapers suggested that there was a very positive meeting between the two parties and that this could really be a step in the right direction for the islands producers.
Not only is the a boost to the local producers but great news for the manx public who will hopefully now have more choice when it comes to buying local.
There are so many of us out there that are really passionate about the Isle of Man and the the great produce that it has to offer. More local suppliers, more great produce, more happy locals!

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It was great to read recently in the Isle of Man Examiner that the Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne has backed the local producers of the Isle of Man to support marketing and sales with £290k allocated to Pure Produce Isle of Man organisation.

I was privileged enough to go away in November with the Isle of Man Pure Produce group to the BBC Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC. I was there supporting my mate Tim Croft from Island Seafare who is just one of the producers making up the Isle of Man Pure Produce contingent. It was great fun made even more so by the fact that Tim had arranged for The Hairy Bikers to come along and support the Isle of Man stand even cooking up some great recipes whilst they were there. What was clearly evident from the start of the show was the amount of dedication and passion these producers have for their produce and it was clear that everyone was supporting each other and really believed in what they were doing. Food today is very much a passion for people, we see this with the rise of the ‘Celebrity Chef’, the shear number of TV programmes now focusing on cooking and also more recently The Big Food Fight campaign on Channel 4 undertaken by a number of high profile chefs, bringing to the public’s attention just what is happening in our food industries at the moment, much of which is at the cost of health to not only the livestock being raised but also to our children and much of our western society today with the rise of obesity!

Bringing this back to the Isle of Man. I do hope that this financial backing is just the start of something great for the islands producers, what I think is now needed is business and marketing support to assist with developing new supply networks and promoting the great Isle of Man produce in an effective 21st century way that will appeal to a wider market outside the Isle of Man. And I managed to say something positive about the Isle of Government in this post!

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Over the past few days there have been some pretty horrific programs on the television highlighting the terrible conditions that chickens farmed for meat and eggs are kept in the UK namely Hugh Fernley Whittingstall’s Chicken Out Campaign and more recently Jamie Olivers Fowl Dinner programme. Seems to me that the supermarkets should simply change the way they produce are chicken and eggs and be accountable for the terrible treatment of these birds instead of blaming the consumer for driving the cost and conditions down! What it did make me think was is their anyone on the Isle of Man farming free range chickens? I know that there are several farms on the island supplying free range eggs but not chicken. I would think that there would be an opportunity for someone to enter into this market selling good quality local organic free range or free range Isle of Man birds instead of us having to buy the cheap, cruel and lets face it shit chicken from the our supermarkets!

On less serious note I did love the Ricky Gervais clips before the ad breaks on Jamies Fowl Dinners! Check it out below, quality Ricky in action – love it!

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