Kitchin Suppers – Tom Kitchin

Cookbooks have rapidly become my novels of choice, in fact they lie beside the bed as often as they sit on the kitchen shelf. I love a cookbook that tells a story, that lets you enter the mind and indeed the world of the writer, where you can feel what…

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#40by40 Salt bake a whole fish

Some dishes take hours of loving preparation, cooking and plating up to deliver the wow factor to the senses. Then there are some which punch so far above the sum of their parts you wonder if you’ve maybe forgotten something. Salt baking a fish is one of those dishes. Minutes…

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#40by40 – Make a soufflé

Number 28 on the #40by40 list was to make a soufflé. I have to admit I’d never even tasted a soufflé far less made one, maybe constant edge of seat Masterchef moments had made me feel it was both beyond me and unnecessary to go through the pressure. But the…

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St.Brides Poultry, Strathaven

The lovely little market town of Strathaven (it’s pronounced Straven, don’t ask why, just know that it is) is a real self-sufficient community, it has its own artisan bakers, butcher, craft brewery and monthly farmers market. And if you continue through the town to the rolling hills just south you’ll…

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#40by40 food and drink experiences

A few things over the past weekend got me thinking about experiences and making them happen rather than waiting for them to come to you. The first one bizarrely enough was tripe. Overton Farm Shop have had it on their stall at the last couple of Lanarkshire Farmers Markets and…

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The Wee Fudge Company

One of the highlights of moving to the south side of Glasgow was being asked to sample new flavours of fudge as an unofficial taste tester for the fledgling Wee Fudge Company. Set up by Joyce Brady in Autumn 2011 The Wee Fudge Company lives up to its name very…

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The Applecross Victorian Walled Garden

This place is all at once local success story, sanctuary and food hero. The walled garden from ‘the big house’ of Applecross Estate had fallen into such disrepair in the latter part of the 20th century that all that was really left were the walls, fruit trees and perimeter hedge.…

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