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Buck the Trend, Bake Buckwheat Bread

Fancy a beautiful slice of bread with a taste of Eastern Europe? Then buckwheat bread is a great alternative and tastes fantastic. Absolutely heavenly when toasted and slathered in honey.    It is also a great conduit for stronger more mature cheeses. Buckwheat flour has a quite distinctive flavour and beautiful earthy quality.  It rounds out […]

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A Highland Wedding Tradition

A Highland Wedding Tradition When my friend and housemate from Ballymaloe Cookery School, Katie, got married I was absolutely bummed that I couldn’t’t be there, so I wanted to research and dedicate a post to Katie and her groom, Nick, wishing them joy and happiness from their wedding day onwards. Slushy stuff over, let’s talk […]

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Rachel Allen, Fairy Cakes and Me.

A single serving of light, buttery loveliness.  A simple yet elusive delight. Sponge cakes were first detailed as a recipe in the 1615 book of The English Huswife, Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman by English poet and author Gervase Markham.  Things have moved on a little since then! Perhaps […]

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Hallowe’en 2016 at Station House

  Thanks to everyone who dropped by when Trick or Treating, or ‘Guising’ as I now know it’s called here in Dumfries and Galloway!  Sweet treats included homemade Station House marshmallows, fudge and biscuits.  For the adults a pumpkin and lentil stew with local Sulwath Brewery Ale.   What a spooky night!

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Kirkcudbright Food Festival 2016

October 22 / 23 2016 saw the new look Kirkcudbright Food Festival take place in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. An absolute phenomenal success with a footfall of over 3500, in excess of 20 different talks and demonstrations, foraging walks, children’s workshops and farm visits all incorporated.  It attracted the attention of Scottish Parliament […]

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Kirkcudbright Food Festival is here

Media Release 21 October 2016 Kirkcudbright set to cook up a storm this weekend! Foodies from across the south of Scotland are set to descend on the harbour town of Kirkcudbright this weekend for a two day celebration of local and artisan food and drink at Kirkcudbright Food Festival.  Famous as Scotland’s Artists Town, Kirkcudbright […]

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One step further towards a school!

Very pleased with the progress on our accommodation above the Cookery School. It looks like we are on schedule to be finished in two weeks’ time. This will make the preparation for the refurb on the café and school itself much easier.

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Rational Ovens

Rational OvensI recently attended a demonstration of Rational ovens in Dumfries and Galloway. Very interesting stuff. The software in the ovens is able to calculate the quantity of whatever you put in and adjust cooking times accordingly so you have a very consistent result. All you have to do is tell it what you have […]

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Earth’s Crust Bakery

Earth’s Crust BakeryFinally managed to visit Earth’s Crust Bakery in Castle Douglas this week. As sour dough bread is one of my great loves it was really nice to visit someone who shares this passion. They have had a bit of a tough time recently as their previous premises burned down, but they are now […]

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