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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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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Chilli and lime crab cakes

Crab is one of my earliest seafood recollections, with toast being spread with Shippams crab paste by my Gran for supper before bed sometime in the late seventies or early eighties. The memory of the sweet, earthy briny flavour has never left me and I think that’s why I’m one…

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Fideua with mussels

The cuisine of Spain holds a huge amount of fascination for me. A country that thrives on sitting as a family and celebrating food, one so diverse with flavours and history and with such a richness. In fact much as Pakistani cuisine is a confluence of South Asia I find…

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Whisky steamed sole for St. Andrew’s Day

On the last day of November, on the cusp of autumn departing completely for winter, with crisp cold frosty mornings, early evening darkness and the last of the summer leaves still cling to the trees, comes St. Andrews Day. The story goes that the relics of Andrew the Apostle were…

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Seafood Broth

Quite simply the finest fish soup I’ve tasted this side of Marseilles – Felicity Cloake, Guardian Cook, January 2014 To me holiday always means two things. Sea and food. Travelling overseas is always inspiring with the food culture of another nation really bringing it to life in so many ways,…

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Cockles and mussels in ale

Shellfish. In particular mussels. There’s fewer foods which divide opinion as much or are looked upon with such trepidation by so many. Whether it be the belief they require so much knowledge, effort, skill or that they are a time bomb of tummy trouble waiting to happen so many people…

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