Scotland – my beautiful diverse homeland

The cuisine of the people of Scotland has long been a self-deprecating joke about deep fried food, a loathing of anything green and all washed down with any liquid on the yellow to brown spectrum. Though you only need to dig beneath the surface of modern day Scotland and take…

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Fyne halibut from Gigha – Smoked halibut crostini

Food festivals are one of the true highlights of spring and summer, the opportunity to get into some wonderful scenery and eat true local artisan produce while chatting to the passionate people who produce it never grows tiring. At Loch Fyne Food Fair on the beautiful banks of that sea…

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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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Seaweed on a Hebridean Island by Fiona Bird

Once a poverty food, seaweed is now a sought after ingredient that hides the so called fifth taste, umami. At high tide limpets use their feet to wander from their rock to get their radulas into seaweed. The seaweeds that limpets graze upon are autotrophs or primary producers, at the…

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An inspiration to forage by Mark Williams

Pretty much since I started to blog and then tweet I’ve followed Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Many a time I’d find myself desperately trying to get a signal on a beach or a forest to ask him what some seaweed or shellfish or berry was as it looked…

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Great Glen Charcuterie

As you walk into The Old Butchershop in Roy Bridge, home of Great Glen Charcuterie you are enveloped by an amazing aroma that speaks of passion, of integrity and of quality. The soft sweet oak smoke, aromatic spice and rich game tells of artisans in the truest sense of the…

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