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School has tasty way to raise funds 20 October 2008

A striking and colourful picture of Laxey Harbour is the first clue to the inspiration behind a new cookbook set to appear on Manx bookshop shelves in time for Christmas.

‘A Taste of the Isle of Man’ was the brainchild of the Friends of Laxey School to raise funds for the school. But this is no ordinary ‘school cookbook’. It is being billed as a ‘celebration of Manx produce’. Laxey cookbook

Knowing where your food comes from is becoming increasingly important to many families and every recipe featured here includes at least one magical, Manx food that can transform an ordinary dish into something really special, said a spokesman for the Friends.

'Manx seafood, for instance, has only a short ride from boat to table, while the golden taste of Manx dairy produce comes from cattle that graze on green grass all year round. Then there’s the crisp, fresh vitality of Manx fruit and vegetables, which give the puddings and soups featured in this book a real depth of flavour.'

All of the recipes in ‘A Taste of the Isle of Man’ have been contributed either by Laxey School families and staff or by well-known local personalities, including sporting and television stars. The result is a wide-ranging selection of dishes that show just how diverse food production is in the Isle of Man, with everything from asparagus tarts to rich beef casseroles, crunchy butterscotch biscuits to kipper pate.

'Many of the recipes also use locally-available organic and Fair Trade products. Traditional classics sit comfortably alongside exotic modern dishes, and there’s something for everyone, be they a skilled cook or a young enthusiast,' said the Friends spokesman. 'The book has been carefully thought out, with a directory at the front featuring details on the food organizations which kindly sponsored the book, and a special English-Manx food glossary, translated by the Manx Heritage Foundation, at the back.
'This is a book that clearly shows what a special place our Island is, not only in terms of the quality, traceability and range of our home-grown food but also how lucky our children are to live in such a rich and diverse environment.'

‘A Taste of the Isle of Man’ will be widely available from bookshops and tourist outlets throughout the Island from mid-November at a recommended retail price £9.99, with all proceeds going to Laxey School to help raise money to buy educational equipment, teaching aids and other items.

For further information contact: fols@manx.net

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