Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
During the months of August and September, each Shoprite store offered Eve Appeal pins for a £1 donation. Warmest thanks to everyone who has purchased a pin!
Here's me (left) & Shoprite's Amanda Noble displaying the generous donations of Shoprite shoppers over August and Sept '09!
It was incredibly touching to open the donation boxes today and find 5, 10 and 20 pound notes- it goes to show how generous and behind the cause Manx residents are. We really care about women’s health and about finding a cure for women’s cancers.
Did you know that three symptoms, if they occur on most days, can suggest ovarian cancer? You can read here what they are, as outlined in new guidance from the department of health.
I can't speak highly enough of Shoprite and their consistent efforts to champion causes close to many of our hearts on the Isle of Man.We're lucky to be raising awareness of the Eve Appeal through their connection! With this blustery November weather, sometimes it's hard to see the point in leaving the house... luckily, shopping still has to be done!
January 21, 2010 Update- 4 more Pin boxes, distributed to Shoprite stores over Christmas, have raised an extra £133.95! Thankyou for your generosity! If you've yet to get one- and they are very pretty- you'll be able to buy a pin from all Shoprite stores again in March- Ovarian Cancer awareness month.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Come join us at The Vineyard, Castletown for a festive wine-tasting evening to raise money for a good cause!
When: Monday December 7th, 2009
Where: The Vineyard
10 Malew Street, Castletown
Cost: £20 (tickets from The Vineyard store)
For more information: Call The Vineyard on 825252,
Samantha on 455666, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Today we have received a lovely cheque from Cupcakes to form their donation to the Eve appeal from the Cupcakes workshops of the Great Manx Bake Off!
We acknowledge receipt of £100-
Thank you, Bev & Dave!
Cupcake's "Manx Tartan" Cupcake entry.
As well as running workshops to form part of the event, Cupcakes also entered the professional division of the competition!
Here, Hairy Biker Dave (not Cupcakes Dave) struggles with his balance to keep the Manx Tartan Cupcakes all in place...
It looks like traditional Manx dancing!
Cupcakes' wonderful workshops were a big hit at the Isle of Man Food & Drink festival! So much so, that the Ramsey based company are developing a DIY kit- and also provide "nudie" cupcakes and all ingredients for a fun corporate or kiddie event! You can contact them here on the Isle of Man on 07624 346466.
Thank you again, Cupcakes, for helping out the Eve Appeal!
Friday, October 2, 2009
"You can't cut that!" said Si... but we were all insistent- they had to taste it to congratulate the winner of Mr Gawne, MHK & Minister for Agriculture's Judge's Choice award. Mrs Burton is an artist from Port Erin and received Mr Gawne's highest personal accolade.
Mrs Michele Moroney, semi-final judge & surgeon at Nobles, awarded her Judge's Choice to Kelly Smith, praising her use of home-grown carrots and calling it the healthy choice! Here's the Hairy Bikers showing it to the crowd! Kelly made rabbit poo out of sugar-craft for decoration. How creative!
Kate Dawe's Laxey Wheel attracted Mrs Hazel Warburton's, semi-final judge previously of Fortnum & Mason, and a cake judge of the WI, Judges Choice award, largely for her quality of craftsmanship. Guess what's under it's white frosting? Red velvet sponge cake- what a contrast! Well done Kate!
(Hi to Dave from Cupcakes in this pic! the naughty Manx tartan skirts kept falling off the cupcakes so here he is adjusting them. Cupcakes scored one of the highest on taste in the semi-final!)
Kate and Home-baker winner, Chloe, are sisters, and they were up til four in the morning the night before the semi-final completing their masterpieces. Baking talent must run in the family!
the Hairy Bikers taste Christine's gorgeous creation...
Here's Si the Hairy Biker holding Chloe Dawe's "Loughtan Sheep- a Manx character"
He looks as if he's in heaven, holding the winning cake of the Home-Baker division, yes?
Chloe explains the creation of her gorgeous sculpture cake to the Hairies...
Si himself bought the runner-up in the Professional division- The Peggy Smuggler's Cake- a 150 year old secret recipe, made by Karl Berrie, Chocolatier, of Aaron House, Port St Mary, presented in a wooden treasure box with edible gold running throughout! Here it is!
The Hairy Biker was lucky to nab it at £62!- semi-final judge Michele Moroney bid hotly for it, too!
And here are the Hairy Bikers talking to Emily, one of the Corlett Family of Lezayre's talented bakers of the "Highlights of the Isle of Man" cake. Runner-up in the Home-baker division, it was a delicious fruit cake, as green as our Island, that all the family helped with! Ovarian cancer is a cause close to their hearts. How wonderful that they "entered for fun, shared many laughs along the way" according to Mum Barbara... then won! :)
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Hairy Bikers tasted and declared the winning cakes of the first ever "Great Manx Bake-Off” at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival on Saturday at 3pm.
Introducing the Winners of the Eve Appeal Great Manx Bake-Off!
Christine McCabe with “The Manx Fuschia Fairy”
Runner Up: Karl Berrie from Aaron House Guest House, Port St Mary, with “The Peggy” Smugglers Cake
Chloe Dawe with the modern “Loughtan Sheep- A Manx character”
Runner-Up: The Corlett Family- Barbara, Emily, Brian and Simon, with “Highlights of the Isle of Man”
The winners received a £100 Shoprite voucher and Runners-up, a £50 Shoprite voucher.
The 3 Judges Choice awards (all from the home-baker category, interesting!)
of a £25 Shoprite voucher went to:
Mrs Iris Burton’s “Manx Ginger Cottage”- given by Mr Phil Gawne, MHK & Minister for Agriculture
Kelly Smith’s “Manx Home-Grown Carrot Cake”- given by Mrs Michele Moroney, Consultant Ob & Gyn of Nobles Hospital
Kate Dawe’s Laxey Wheel- given by Mrs Hazel Warburton of the WI
Clockwise from left: The Corlett Family of Lezayre's "Highlights of the Isle of Man", Mrs Iris Burton's "Manx Ginger Cottage", and Christine McCabe's "Manx Fuschia Fairy" (front)
Special mention cake- Kev Ford of Three FM’s savoury “Full Manx Breakfast cake” using local ham, and farmers market onions, received a high-five from Hairy Biker Si and sold for the cheapest price (£14!).
The winner of the Cake Quiz was Carol Sansbury from Port Erin who receives a £30 Shoprite voucher. The "traditional manx biscuit eaten around the 12th of November" is Hollandtide Fairings as perhaps only a Manx Farmer would know- easier questions next year!
Wasn't it truly just the most spectacular event! The whole Great Manx Bake-Off was a beautiful display of Manx generosity, talent and creativity. It really exceeded my fantasies and according to all the comments received, any cake-lover was thrilled to bits with the originality of the ideas and the craftsmanship of the cakes. "Priceless", "Exquisite", "Amazing", "Such talent" "Where do they get their ideas?" were common. There was actually a kind of hush around the display tables and fridges the whole day (well, apart from the hilarious auction) as people stood in awe of the 25 best baking entries on the Isle of Man!
I am so grateful to everyone who helped make the day so special, whether by entering, providing equipment, volunteering, buying a slice or a whole cake, and am thankful to the government for allowing us to showcase delicious Manx produce and local talent in such a fun interactive way. Also the generosity of Shoprite for the excellent help they gave in prizes and printing- and the Hairy Bikers auction craic- just can’t be spoken highly enough about!
Bev from Cupcakes, who ran the Cupcake decorating workshops needed a second delivery of Cupcakes by lunchtime because of the demand! Check out their great photos here!
Also do go visit Isle of Man newspapers photos on Flickr - Christine's winning Manx Fuschia Fairy, Chloe's winning Loughtan Ram and the Judges Choice cakes are all in pictures!
What about the Moula (£) for the Eve Appeal?
Those fantabby Hairy Bikers raised £500 with their auctioning prowess! The total from the day so far collected stands at over £1500, including Jane Cleator's personal cheque for £300 (how wonderful) plus more donations from our friends Cupcakes from the Cupcake decorating workshops and Davisons from the sales of the “Eve’s Favourite ice-cream flavour” expected.
Thank you everyone! Special thanks to Kim & Audrey, as well as the Eve Appeal Angels: Jane, Joy & Derek, Vaughn & Eleanor, Kathryn, Christine, Alex & Amanda.
5 cakes the Bikers didn't get time to Auction are still available to purchase! All would make wonderful corporate or charity gifts. Please call me on 455666 if you'd like to make one yours!
"I Love Manx" by Angie Brook
"The Magic of the Isle of Man" by Sarah Joughin
"Tynwald Hill" by Karen Hawkins
"Fairy Bridge" by Abby Wynn
"Four Legs good, Three Legs better" by The Cake Lady, Sally Humphries.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
One evening a few weeks ago on the internet, I was overwhelmed by some beautiful cakes. Their creator was Mich Turner.
When I went to find out more about her, I discovered this:
"Mich Turner's celebrity clients including David Beckham, Pierce Brosnan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, and Madonna. Awarded Harpers Bazaar & Chanel Entrepreneur of the Year, author of three books with her first book - Spectacular Cakes - voted Best Dessert Book in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Mich is the leading creator of couture cakes and has also created celebration cakes for Her Majesty the Queen..."
oh, Mich, i thought, you'd be wonderful at the Great Manx Bake-off!
She agrees! But sadly, is too busy baking. Please read her lovely response:
Thank you so much for your very kind invitation to attend your Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival on behalf of The Eve Appeal. I am both touched and honoured you have personally asked me to be involved with your Great Manx Bake-Off. Reading your letter I am encouraged by... how worthwhile your cause.
I am sending you very best wishes to you for a fabulous event, regrettably I am unable to attend due to prior commitments – we are still in full wedding season here in London with a new product launch also planned for later this month.
I should be very happy to donate signed copies of all 3 of my books... you may like to consider them as a prize for the competition or the raffle.
With very warm wishes
"Thank-you" hardly cuts the cake! But- thank-you, Mich. I think I speak for all involved with the Eve Appeal and the Isle of Man Food and Drink festival in wishing you every beautiful couture cake contract in Europe!
With only 5 days to go- we have Mich's 3 beautiful books availble to winners of a Raffle on the day...
And 25 lovely entries competing in the first Eve Appeal's Great Manx Bake-Off
15 Home Bakers
will submit glorious lip smacking, manx-ingredients cakes to showcase the best of our beautiful island.
Come to the Villa Marina Arcade on Saturday from 11am to drool over and perhaps select yourself a slice!
The Hairy Bikers are in for a sweet surprise!
(below, 2 of Mich's beautiful, autographed books. For lovely inspiration, visit the Little Venice Cake Company or do seek her out on Youtube!)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
As a child, besides dreaming of having your own pony, did you fantasise about having your very own sweet shop and ice-cream parlour to invite all your friends to? i know i did! Well, who says dreams from long ago don't come true? the Eve Appeal Great Manx Bake-Off is shaping up to be a delicious celebration of all things sweet and special, and as our lovely friend- please come share!
For the weekend of the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival (that's 26th & 27th Sept), Davison’s Ice Cream are creating a bespoke flavour with an astonishingly generous 100% of all purchases across their three stores of the flavour to be donated to the Eve Appeal.
The flavour will be called Eve’s Favourite and taste like Pink Apple Pie. The Eve Appeal’s colours are pink and red, and the traditional British dessert, Eve’s Pudding, is based on Apples and Sponge cake, so it’s the perfect flavour!
So who's our real-life Willy Wonka, then? It's the man himself; 2nd generation Manx confectioner: Ian Davison. This is how great he is: when we thought Davison's Ice-cream parlour, being just downstairs from the cake competition, could maybe offer a special flavour on the day of the Bake-off to raise money for the Eve Appeal, I was going to ask for 10% of proceeds to be donated back if he liked the idea. But Ian immediately offered to donate 100% of any purchase of the flavour over the weekend from all of his ice-cream stores- that's 3 stores!- the Villa Marina Arcade, Peel's beachside parlour and The Cholcolate Box in Douglas! He hopped on the internet to research apple flavours and shared stories of some of the other charity events and spacial flavours he can create. Christmas Pudding, anyone?
It’s an incredibly generous gesture!
Yum. Pink Apple Pie. I've read somewhere that nothing heals a broken heart like Eve's Pudding. With the magic surrounding "Eve's Favourite" I wonder what power it's soothing coolness will hold? We'll have cake, we'll have ice-cream- can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday?
Our event and entry form to download is now up on the Eve Appeal website! And if you can't manage to get your entry in by tomorrow we will take them up til Wednesday. Here's the link.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
a thousand thanks to our generous local supermarket chain who came up with the idea to support, in this added way, the many women here on the Isle of Man who suffer from gynae cancer.
And thanks in advance- to our new Cake Angels- King William's College Catering
and Davison's Ice-Cream
who have sourced us some cold cabinets to keep the delicious entries perfect!
Cake angels come in all shapes and sizes...
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Perhaps you've got an absolutely delicious recipe that uses Manx produce... Laxey Glen Mills Flour; Gellings, Staarvey Farm or other local eggs; and Isle of Man milk...
Not decorated or shaped like the TT course? Don't worry! YES it will be wonderful to put on display your gorgeous Manx-themed cake... but, above all I suspect TASTE is what our judges will be looking for. There's also the judge's choice award- given on their own unique criteria- who knows what will tickle our esteemed panel's fancy?
Plus your contribution will be sold for donation to the Eve Appeal if it doesn't make the Final and the Auction by Si & Dave, the Hairy Biker boys, and every cake submitted will be on display on the Friday evening at the Festival's launch party with the baker's name on it...
So what do you think? Will your delicious family cake rise to the challenge? You can download an entry form in the top right hand corner of this page
Not entering? Come and attend a cupcake decorating workshop on Saturday courtesy of Cupcakes, Ramsay, to develop a new skill perhaps, for next year's entry!
amazing Halloween cake from Martha Stewart. For recipe inspiration, visit the delicious Joy The Baker!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Here is the article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6809887.ece and it's excellent to have this knowledge made available. It's important to help all GP's become aware that ovarian cancer may be the reason one of their patients presents a distended tummy. Every single one the ladies I've met with, or who have had, o/c were misdiagnosed at best, but fobbed off mostly, by their GP at the beginning of their condition. Often they were diagnosed with IBS or sent for digestive system investigation.
This other version of the article is fascinating too, sourced from NHS choices: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/nhshealth/Spotting-ovarian-cancer.5593357.jp because although there are 3 published symptoms now which are indicators of the disease, we know many ladies don't present all of them at once. This article in my opinion goes a long way towards identifying all the risk factors and helping raise awareness throughout the medical community and among women ourselves. Early detection will definitely save lives.
What do you think?
1/1/09 update: today have posted 38 letter to our Isle of Man GPs, attaching the new Dept of Health indicators for ovarian cancer. With such awareness, we can make the Isle of Man the region with the lowest occurance in Europe!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
"FANCY flaunting your baking skills in front of the BBC's Hairy Bikers for charity at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival next month?
The Great Manx Bake-Off cake competition will celebrate Manx produce while raising money for the Eve Appeal Gynaecology Cancer Research Fund which aims to halve death rates in British ovarian cancer patients.
'We are hoping to get both home bakers and professionals across the Isle of Man creating a spectacular display of Manx cakes,' explained Samantha Honey-Pollock of the charity. 'I was inspired by the pictures of the delicious cakes on the Eve Appeal's fundraising ideas web pages and then even more so by the availability of local Manx produce to bake with. So I decided to take a leaf from Ilovemanx.org and suggest to the Department of Tourism and Leisure that an exciting cake baking competition using Manx ingredients to raise money for the charity be planned. And the idea just grew from there!'
Last month, Samantha, of Ballasalla, won the southern heat of the I Love Manx Chef competition at the Southern Agricultural Show with her honey pollock and rose petal salad dish. So, as well as organising the cake competition, she will also go head to head with northern winner Lizia Medina Quinn, of Andreas, at the festival where the Hairy Bikers will choose the overall winner.
The Great Manx Bake-Off will take place at 3pm on Saturday, September 26, as part of the festival in the Villa Marina Arcade where the finalists will be judged by the bearded television presenters. Islanders will also have the opportunity to take part in a fun auction with the celebrity duo, a cup cake workshop for kids and kids at heart, a cake quiz and a sale of the competition cakes.
'I love to cook, yet my own cakes are usually disasters,' explained Samantha. 'But cake does happen to be my favourite food on earth. I can't think of anything more comforting than sitting down with a beautiful china cup full of tea and a fresh slice of home-baked cake.' All cakes must be Manx-themed and made using Manx flour, eggs and milk - with extra points being awarded for using even more Island products. 'Maybe we will have entries that look like a Manx cat, TT motorbike or Tower of Refuge,' said Samantha.
There will be two categories in the competition: one for professionals and another for home bakers. All entries, which can be individual or as a family, workplace or group of friends, are free.
Semi-finalists will be selected on Friday, September 25. All cakes submitted will receive a £5 voucher for Shoprite, which, as supporter of the competition, has also donated more than £400 worth of prizes to be won. Proceeds will go to the Eve Appeal, which shares its donations with Ovacome - a charity that offers support and advice to ovarian cancer sufferers. 'I have personally been touched by an ovarian cancer scare,' said Samantha, 'and was quickly given excellent treatment at Noble's Hospital before being transferred to Liverpool Women's hospital at the end of last year.
''We have lost ladies in the Isle of Man to this disease which is often left undiagnosed until it is too late,' said Samantha, 'Support helps raise awareness and the funds necessary to provide an early detection technique for ovarian cancer and help save 4,400 women's lives a year.'
The closing date for entries is Friday, September 11..."
Fancy flaunting YOUR baking prowess? Download an application form in the box top right! We hope to raise more than £2500 this day- oh how wonderful- so delicious cakes of all shapes and sizes made from fresh Manx produce are invited.
did you know... your cake will be on display at the prestigious launch party of the Isle of Man Food & Drink festival on Friday night? And, if you'd want to keep your masterpiece and not have it sold or auctioned by the Hairies, you can donate £30 to the Eve Appeal and keep it all- as well as the glory (!)- for yourself. The Entry form has full details!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
on the same theme... I'm also so grateful for the amazing sponsors we have for the Great Manx Bake-Off!
Alongside Shoprite, who right now are busy printing up our lovely flyers and posters for the event,
and Viking Office Systems, who have donated some lovely judge's thanks,
we've just received some lovely gifts donated by Boots for the "So you think you can Bake?" cake quiz open to all on Saturday 26th September. Come to the Villa Marina Arcade and test your knowledge- each question will be about cakes, manx baking, and baking manx cakes!
Do you have great knowledge of baking or Manx ingredients? Would you like to submit a question for "So you think you can Bake?" Email me to share, and your name will be under your question as credit!
Here's some teasers to start your juices flowing!..
Which ingredients can be used to replace self-raising flour if you've only got plain flour to use in your baking?
What's the name of the local flour company based on the Isle of Man?
And... what on earth is Bonnag?
Calling all Cake Angels! Could you sponsor the Eve Appeal Great Manx Bake-Off? We would really appreciate some publicity- radio and newspaper- to promote this exciting celebrity auction and event!- as well as Cake Display cabinets/chillers for use for 24 hours at the Villa Marina Arcade...
Monday, August 17, 2009
- Entry is free and yes, you can be a team of more than one "Manx Baker"
- You can enter in one of two categories: Home-Bakers, or Professionals
- £500 worth of prizes are up for grabs with a £5 Shoprite voucher for every submission!
- Your cake must be made of Manx flour, eggs and milk (if these form part of the recipe)
- The cake should have a Manx theme and will be judged on taste, appearance and “Manxness”. “Manxness” in this instance means the proportion of Manx ingredients used as well as the theme of the cake
- The cake Final will be judged by the Hairy Bikers of BBC fame at the Villa Marina on Saturday September 26th as part of the Isle of Man Food & Drink festival!
Our lovely sponsors include Shoprite, Boots, Viking Office Systems, Cupcakes Isle of Man and some help from the WI to date... many thanks for your kindness & generosity! Entries close September 11
On the day, there will be Cupcake workshops for Kids... and Kids-at-heart
PLUS- you'll be able to buy a slice- or a whole!- of the entries OR bid in the fun public Auction with the Hairies to get your hands (and tastebuds) on the Winning Cakes!
all in the beautiful mezzanine level of the Villa Marina Arcade as part of the Isle of Man food & drink festival.