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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There’s flavour in those hands

Six months ago I wrote for the What It Feels Like… website about confidence. It proved to be quite a cathartic experience of self-discovery…. ‘Tumharay haat mein zaika hai’ ‘Excuse me?’ ‘It translates from Urdu as your hands have flavour’. ‘Thank you’. I have flavour in my hands? Should this…

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Treasured Tastes for Visit Scotland Year of Food and Drink

I’m very excited by this initiative from Visit Scotland to showcase the recipes which come from a multitude of childhoods. What better way to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink than a book which captures the essence of the comfort of sharing food? I already know what I’m entering and…

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Scotch Broth – The dying national dish?

Who would’ve thought that Scotch Broth would be a dying dish, but the fact is this country has fallen out of love with mutton. While this rich, flavoursome meat is starting to make a comeback and may even be the next ‘trendy meat’, the truth is most butchers say they are…

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My Forever Autumn

‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’, so wrote Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables and whether you dream of New England in the fall or reminisce of conkers in the playground, autumn is a season filled with romance and nostalgia. There’s nothing…

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Haggis and Venison to celebrate the bard

As a child I never realised just why Robert Burns was so important to Scotland. My childhood memories of reading ‘To a moose’ while struggling to understand the language and the significance remain with me, alongside Burns suppers being plied with whisky by elderly relatives to pour (wastefully) over my…

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A question of flavour and provenance

In a world where the supermarket and the multinational is king it is undoubtedly more important than ever that there are niche suppliers with a focus on quality, welfare and provenance. When a supermarket can offer three chickens for £10 surely somebody has to question what kind of life those…

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