Travel and Food, the ultimate soulmates

Travel and holiday has always meant food for me. Whether paella cooked over orange wood in Valencia, oysters from Étang de Thau, or squats lobsters from Applecross, its always been about first experiences, about aroma and flavour of the local cuisine. Recently holidays have been all about Scotland and it…

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The Mountain Cafe Cookbook

I used to spend a lot of my childhood holidays in and around Aviemore but I’ve not been to the town in about twenty five years. I think that might need to change in the near future with a visit to The Mountain Cafe, where Kirsten Gilmour, after an interesting personal…

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Slow Food Glasgow launch with #GrowGlasgow

Slow Food – the international, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world – is launching its new Glasgow group with a campaign to encourage Glaswegians to grow their own food. The campaign, using the social media hashtag #GrowGlasgow, calls on people across the city and beyond to make…

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Feed the family. Reduce the waste

Leftovers were a staple for me during my childhood in the west of Scotland. I probably didn’t even know the term existed; we just took it for granted that any food which was left would be reused. Mum would regularly make stovies from leftover meat and broth which seemed to…

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Isle of Ewe Smokehouse, Aultbea

One of the real joys of holidaying in Scotland is getting to discover local producers and cook with their produce. This year whilst in Gairloch I had the delights of fresh picked local chanterelles from Poolewe weekly market and squat lobsters from Dry Island. However it was the chance discovery…

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Keeping it Scottish and Simple with Jak O’Donnell

I recently attended the Royal Highland Show as a guest of Quality Meat Scotland and was fortunate enough to catch up with Jak O’Donnell, Chef/Patron of The Sisters restaurant, after her demonstration of cooking with Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork. After a good chat about Scottish food…

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Waking up to organic with Organic Trade Board

In recent weeks more and more stories surface about the level of infection in factory farmed meat. Hot on the back of the horse meat scandal it’s understandable why so many people are turning to organic produce which has guaranteed animal welfare, is better for the environment. With this in…

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