My lunch on National Toast Day

Hello dear reader, Did you know that today is National Toast Day?  Apparently toast is taking a surge in popularity and there are special artisan toast bars springing up in some of the coolest hotspots around the world!  At around £2.40 for a slice or two of toast they are not for me.  I shall…

Home-cured Bacon, Pancetta and Lardons

Hello dear reader, One of my favourite things about food blogging is challenging myself to make food I’ve never made before, especially the food I’ve never even thought of making before.  If you’d told me a year ago I’d be home-curing bacon and making my own pancetta, I would not have believed you! The start…

Healthy Hearts for your Valentine

Hello Dear Reader, Today is Valentine’s Day and everywhere I look there are decadent recipes galore. What can you do though if your Valentine isn’t supposed to eat rich, decadent food. Perhaps they can have a day off to indulge but for some illnesses the aftermath just isn’t worth it, so here’s a little Valentine…

Valentine’s Masterclass using fresh Scottish produce

Hello Dear Reader, Last week I was at another evening masterclass at my wonderful local farm shop, the multi-award-winning Hopetoun Farm Shop.  The previous masterclasses I have been to were with loquacious and poetic chef Neil Forbes. Masterclass in Cooking Seasonal Game Masterclass in Simple and Seasonal Scottish Cooking This latest one was bang-on with its…

Strawberry and Chilli Jelly Sweets for Valentines

Hello Dear Reader, Are you making something nice for Valentine’s Day? These strawberry and chilli jelly sweets are perfect after dinner with petit fours, or boxed up as a gift, if your true love likes it hot and spicy! The recipe is by Simon Hulstone, who is chef proprietor of the Michelin-starred Elephant Restaurant in…

Cheese and Pumpkin-seed Rye Crispbreads

Hello Dear Reader, Are you a fan of whole grains?  Quinoa from Peru, teff from Ethiopia, we are travelling the world and embracing these little kernels of goodness. What to do, though, if you prefer to eat local produce? I’m in Scotland and one of my favourite locally-grown wholegrains is Rye.  This healthy little wholegrain…