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Great British Menu 2017 – Scotland is Up on the 29th!

The Great British Menu is back and celebrating 140 years of Wimbledon. Ally McGrath from Osso Restaurant in Peebles will be returning to our screens as the only Scottish chef actually cooking in Scotland. I tried his GBM dishes last year – they were outstanding, we couldn’t stop talking about them for days. I was […]

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The Power of Food – Food Gardening Festival in June

This is a fantastic two-day festival that allows people the chance to visit different food-growing gardens in and around Edinburgh – with almost 30 gardens throwing open their doors this year, there’s bound to be something for everyone. I can’t recommend the Lost Garden of Penicuik enough if you fancy a wee trip out of […]

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A Contemporary Burns Supper

QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) asked me to come up with a contemporary Burns Supper using Scotch Beef  (it’s PGI certifies provenance, quality and traceability). Always one to pick up a meat-related challenge, I was more than happy to oblige. After a trip to the super-helpful Saunderson’s Butchers in Bruntsfield, I settled on a hearty piece […]

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Trying Guga (Gannet) – Eating Like a Gastronaut

We recently went on a field trip with our MSc Gastronomy class to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides – we met with many of the islanders, many of whom make a living from the land or sea and what it provides in a variety of ways – fishing, crofting and butchery for example. […]

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Mackie’s ‘Big Night In’ Competition

Yesterday I received a lovely box of goodies from Mackie’s to help kick off their new ‘Big Night In’ competition launching today (I didn’t even know they did chocolate – double win!) I’m certainly going to have fun creating my snap, here’s more info if you’d like to enter too… The prize includes a pair […]

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Peebles-based UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks on TV from Monday

We’re doing well in The Borders just now, what with Chef Ally McGrath’s recent appearance on Great British Menu (he actually visited Ruth on the show to be shown how to temper chocolate for his dessert), we now have UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks and her team at the Cocoa Black chocolate factory in […]

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WIN with Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano

The lovely people at San Daniele & Grana Padano kindly sent us a wee hamper with some samples and a cheese knife – I’ve often bought Grana Padano – I like to use it in my cooking – but never (knowingly) tried the Prosciutto before – it was really good too – so soft, unlike […]

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Great British Menu Kicks Off With Scotland – Meet Newcomer Ally McGrath

Meet Ally McGrath, Great British Menu newcomer and the only Great British Menu 2016 Chef currently cooking in Scotland. I’m thrilled to be currently helping him out with a bit of marketing as the shows go live.  The eleventh series of Great British Menu kicks off this week with the Scottish heats. Ally McGrath, Adam […]

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A Gourmet Steam Train Journey To Tweedbank

Scotrail are currently running The Royal Scot steam train along the Borders Railway from Edinburgh Waverley to Galashiels and Tweedbank every Sunday between 7th August and 25th September and they kindly invited me along to try out the service. And my, what a wonderful trip it turned out to be… We were booked on the 16.46 […]

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Hendrick’s Gin Bus Tour – A Gloriously Quirky Festival ‘MUST’

Last night we took a trip on HERBERT – Hendrick’s Extraordinary Roving Bus of Exceptionally Refined Travel courtesy of Hendrick’s Ministry of Marginally Superior Transport. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but the invitation piqued my curiosity and oh my, what a brilliant experience. We met at Bramble for a cheeky H&T (Hendrick’s & Tonic) before […]

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