June 29, 2020

Whilst we find our own ways to navigate these challenging times, looking at routes to build resilience, making ends meet and focussing on positive thoughts, there are still exciting and interesting tales to tell as events go online and Scottish Food Guide members diver...

May 22, 2020

Over the years I have participated in food documentaries on the highs and lows of food grading, done a few wee gigs and am an ad hoc contributor on BBC Radio Scotland for topical food items, all of which I enjoy …but I have never been behind the camera and now in #lock...

April 15, 2020

We are all facing this coronavirus challenge in our own ways and hopefully will emerge fit and strong, ready to tackle our tasks when it is over: from the joys of reuniting with friends and family to the more daunting mission of rebooting our work schedules and finance...

March 19, 2020

Spring is on its way, daylight returning and bulbs flowering. Nature doesn’t stop just because our world is turning upside down. Perhaps that’s just as well, bringing hope and energy for a brighter future. We are all naturally concerned for friends and family. Our own...

December 27, 2019

This year has had its moments – it would be tricky not to be affected by all the political shenanigans going on and if, like us, you have family living on mainland Europe there is naturally an additional layer of consciousness as we watch situations unfold. Personally,...

October 1, 2019

For too long Scotland has been the butt of many a culinary joke yet we have so much to offer…indeed in days gone by, Scots were among the healthiest on the planet and we have the potential to be so again if we eat sensibly, balanced and unprocessed. 

In March we ha...

April 28, 2019

As a child I loved Johanna Spyri’s ‘Heidi’ the story of a young Swiss girl’s life on the alm. When I give presentations and mention the role sheilings played in our food heritage, many look questioningly, and I say, ‘Think Heidi!’ Unless you have an interest in Scottis...

March 19, 2019

Google this sweet treat on the left and Wikipedia will tell you it’s an Empire biscuit, Imperial biscuit, double biscuit, German biscuit, Belgian biscuit, double shortbread or even an Empire cookie. Whichever you wish, for me it is a food memory of baking with Granny –...

December 27, 2018

It has been a hectic autumn and a while since Terra Madre, however now, on a wintry night, I am indulging in my review and thoughts from this unique event and hope you enjoy…

As Slow Food Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto are over for another year my mind is buzzing with...

July 27, 2018

This summer we had a family get together ...a clan gathering...? on our wee croft, torp as they are called in Sweden.  The children suggested it, we loved the idea, and it was such fun it may become a tradition! We took turns in cooking the evening meal and spent...