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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 Scottish wedding traditions!  Of all the Scottish traditions I found that I could post on a family friendly blog...

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!

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 with motion being lodged by MSP Emma Harper in support of the festival.  Visiting celebrity...

The worst of UK food culture

  I would say that this advert I saw recently in a fast food establishment in England is about the furthest polar opposite you can get to my position on food.  It has managed to condense all that is wrong about our food culture into two simple words.  "Don't Cook". In my opinion, whoever came up with this slogan and those who sanctioned it should be in court.  It goes beyond...

Stud Farm Meats. Real Artisans

I’m always on the lookout for local producers who care about their product and keep it as natural and true to traditional methods as possible. Out recently with a fellow food enthusiast and old University friend, we visited a Farmer’s Market in Leicestershire where we met Suzanne Clarke of Stud Farm. Fourth generation farmers of the 550 acre farm they have been supplying the local area with well reared meats...

Letheringsett Windmill

Walking into a traditional working watermill is like stepping back in time and opens up a wealth of facts to be discovered from a historical point of view as well as raising questions about how we process our food today. Letheringsett Windmill in Norfolk is one of those mills.  Although built in 1802 to replace an existing mill there have been mills on this site which are recorded in the Domesday...