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Food Phile - Homemade Mozzarella

Homemade Mozzarella

Not my worst disaster, not my finest hour…

After four years of selling cheese, frankly it felt like high time I tried my hand at making some. I had been warned, by no less an authority than writer, columnist, restaurateur, TV chef, fish fight champion, and all round food hero Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall that “making mozzarella is more difficult than today’s other cheeses”. Pah! What does he know? I’ve read the recipe, and I once saw a short video of skilled Campania artisans with decades of know how making the stuff. So what that I’ve never made so much as a simple strained curd before - how hard can it be…?

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MyStMargarets is Now on Facebook and Twitter


We are now on Twitter as @mystmgrts. To start out, we are going to post between one and four times a day with links to the latest articles on this site as well as other interesting stories from other local sites.

If you are on twitter already, try following us and please say ‘hello’.

We have also re-started our Facebook page and will be posting there as well. Please become our ‘friend’ there too!

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My St Margarets Magazine - Autumn 2011 Edition

My St Margarets Magazine - Autumn 2011 cover

The autumn edition of the My St Margarets Magazine is about to be published - look out for your copy arriving through local letter boxes over the next week. Copies will also be available online and from local businesses.

In this edition we meet some of our local resident authors and have the privilege of getting an insight into their latest literary masterpieces. Local historian Martyn Day takes us on a stroll down Montpelier Row and shares the streets literary past with us. The Food-Phile has some wonderful recipes for you to try and Armstrong’s Family Butchers celebrate their 4th year anniversary in St Margarets and remind us of all the delicious stews and casseroles that we can make that can help with the cold winter months approaching. Mr Brocklehurst has the pleasure of meeting Greg Dyke and we hear from The Fox Family who once again share with us their summer holiday antics.

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Mayor Clare Launches Local Businessman's Charity Campaign

Mayor Clare Head and Jason Payne

Richmond Mayor Councillor Clare Head visited St Margarets recently to help launch, local trader Jason Payne’s campaign to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Jason who runs Crown Classic Cars in Crown Road St Margarets is planning to trek the 5895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in March next year.

Jason’s trek will take him through four eco systems on his way to the summit. Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the largest volcanoes ever to break through the earth’s crust. Jason will be trekking for 7 days with only a small tent to call home; he is actively training to get into shape for the mammoth task.

Jay's Kilimanjaro Charity Trek


Local business owner Jason Payne from Crown Classic Cars in Crown Road, will be trekking the 5,895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Jays is training hard for the trek that will take place in March next year, he hopes to raise at least £5,000 for the charity. The Mayor will be launching Jays charity campaign as part of her visit to St Margarets on Saturday. Please join the Mayor on Saturday from 11 am outside Armstrong’s butchers in St Margarets Road and help launch Jason’s campaign.

Please visit Jay’s charity page to make a donation: www.justgiving.com/jason-payne1

The Mayor is visiting St Margarets to promote her campaign to encourage volunteering on Saturday, 3rd September 2011 from 11am to 1pm. Mayor Cllr Clare Head is spearheading a volunteer recruitment drive to encourage more people to give their time to support others in the community. The Mayor is encouraging people to sign up to work with local organisations and charities through Richmond Council for Voluntary Services or to help improve the area where they live through the borough council’s Community Resource Bank.