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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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Foodies Festival Edinburgh 5th-7th August

Foodies Festival Edinburgh Returns to Inverleith Park this weekend with a Feast of Culinary Delights & Foodie Fun Scotland’s Michelin-star and top chefs cooking live in the Chefs Theatre: Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue for the Olympics More award-winning producers than ever before Champagne, wine and whisky masterclasses Burlesque Baker Charlotte […]

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Pokemon Food & Drink Stops in Edinburgh

I haven’t got into the whole Pokemon Go craze that’s sweeping the world just now but I do love the fact that Edinburgh bars and restaurants are jumping in on the action – here are a few where you can fuel both yourself and your new-found Poke habit. Feel free to let us know of […]

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Guy Grieve & Tom Lewis Looking for Edinburgh’s Ready Steady Chef!

This looks enormous fun…..  Two of Scotland’s top food insiders have teamed up with Edinburgh Food Festival to challenge budding chefs to a cook-off in the famous Spiegeltent Palais Du Variété.   Ready Steady Chef, a fusion of the much-loved Ready Steady Cook and MasterChef television show, is debuting at the Edinburgh Food Festival. Not only is the joint […]

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