I am a firm believer in you are what you eat: the importance of sustainable healthy food and the enjoyment of cooking. I have long been a supporter of education, education, education. Whether it is cooking in schools or adult learning, the reality is that every day’s a school day!
An increasing number of Scottish Food Guide Members are offering fabulous experiences and workshops to explore the world of food and drink so new for 2019 they are gathered together for your conveneince in Our Centre for Competence in Traditional Food Culture.
You may recall the comic genius Maureen Lipman once uttered that one can’t go far wrong with an ‘ology,’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK5-2fPyCjA … so Goodfoodology sprung to mind as a creative and thought-provoking way to study food, a term I used back in the day when I developed a unique course for a sixth form cookschool. When not cooking I took them to farm producers and restaurant kitchens, not only in Scotland but also on food learning journeys to Sweden. To this day many students stay in touch and it is an incredible pleasure to see them thrive: running cafés and ski chalets, contributing at Royal Highland Show Scotland’s Larder Live – one is now Chef Tutor at School of Wok, London – what a marvellous bunch.
So do click on Scottish Food Guide’s Goodfoodology to find the professionals offering courses and experiences in Scotland. Why not broaden your horizons and hone your skills in the world of food and drink: from Beer tours to Baking; Ark of Taste to Tutored Cheese Tasting; Seafood to Simple Suppers, there is something for everyone, vouchers available and more to follow…! Treat yourself or gift an experience to a friend. We look forward to seeing you.
The Pollock family and team Ardross are absolutely delighted to be Finalist in the prestigious Shop of the Year 2019 competition. It is recognition of the fantastic team they have that this small farm shop in the East Neuk of Fife is competing with larger farm shops across UK. This gives them all a well-deserved boost. The exciting finale is in March in Harrogate. Adross Farm Shop is such a fantastic place http://www.ardrossfarm.co.uk
Nick and Frances Ryan were married on the 21stFebruary 1970 and arrived to start work at the Crinan Hotelon the 27th. So from the 27thFebruary this year, Frances will be in her 50thyear at the hotel. To celebrate, every 50thbooking to stay throughout the year will receive a special bonus – these guests will each be invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly during their stay at the hotel! There are many other enticing offers on link plus their winter opening hours so make 2019 your year to visit or renew your acquantance with this very special place. https://www.crinanhotel.com
Valentine’s at Deans– this fine dining restaurant in Perth offers a mouth-watering Valentine’s Menu – be sure to book in advance. https://www.letseatperth.co.uk
As part of Edinbane’srenovations to their gorgeous 16thC lodge, they are adding accommodation. You can then dine and retreat afterwards to one of these luxurious bedrooms. To complete the works they will be closing for the month of February (from Monday 28thJanuary) and will reopen Friday 1stMarch. https://www.edinbanelodge.com
With countless cosy corners, candlelit dining, romantic bedrooms and sumptuous suites to choose from, Prestonfieldis the antidote to cold winter months. Curl up with a book by the roaring log fire and hibernate. Take afternoon tea in the theatrical Tapestry Room and dine in their wickedly romantic Rhubarb. https://www.prestonfield.com
Whitmuir’s café reopens on Feb 1stand is delighted to welcome Alexander Escobar, who is looking to develop their farm-to-table concept and engage more deeply with local, seasonal, organic, slow food. He brings his own brand of Scottish-European cuisine, inspired by his many travels. Alex and his team, Atlantiko Catering & Events, have dozens of ideas for menus and events, but most of all are looking forward to welcoming regular customers and newcomers,to hearing your views and wishes for Alex @ Whitmuir Kitchen. https://www.whitmuir.scot
Spoil someone you love this Valentine’s with an overnight stay at Duck’s Inn at Aberladyand dine at Duck’s with JP. Duck’s cosy en-suite bedrooms are delightful, and you can arrange for a bottle of Fizz & Chocolates in your room on arrival. Click link to check details. https://www.ducks.co.uk
You can always rely on on Demijohn for beautiful gifts for Valentine’s. Their shops are absolute eye candy or shop online for all sorts of price ranges and inspiration. https://www.demijohn.co.uk
Valentine’s – Sharing is Caring. Show the one you love you really care and enjoy your Valentine’s with a delicious romantic sharing dinner and a night in the fairy-tale castle of Cringletie. Dine with candlelight from the delicious menu, relax around the log fires and enjoy the magic moments. Simple and maybe traditional, but so is true love. Well said Cringletie! Available on February 10th13th& 14thhttp://www.cringletie.com
The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is temporarily closedfrom 6thJan 2019 to allow for the National Galleries of Scotland Collection Project works. It will reopen in Spring 2019 with an even better and more exciting venue – still with your favourites but also with a refreshed interior and new menu additions. Their self service new Espresso Caféin the foyer of the Scottish National Gallery will be open from February 2019, serving hot and cold drinks, delicious scones a wide selection of home baking and fresh savoury bagels. And of course Contini’s other venues are all in full swing. https://www.contini.com
Planning your holidays for the upcoming year? Knockinaamthought you might like to know what is happening in Dumfries and Galloway throughout the year so they have helpfully displayed all events on their website for you to plan your trip – so much going on in such beautiful surroundings. https://www.knockinaamlodge.com
The Ethical Dairy’snew Bluebell Cheese won ‘Best Product Award’in the chilled and frozen category at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show. Held at the SEC in Glasgow, the event is Scotland’s largest fine food and drink trade show. Bluebell is the fifth cheese to be launched by The Ethical Dairy from their milk farmed by the pioneering cow with calf method on their family farm. This means the calves stay with their mums to suckle rather than being separated from them shortly after birth, which is the norm in dairy farming. Bluebell is a semi-soft blue cheese sold in individual truckles, created by cheesemaker Steven Palmer, whose late uncle was famous blue cheese maker Ernie Wagstaff of Stichelton Dairy. Bluebell sold out over Christmas however the company plan to release a Limited Edition Blueheart version of the cheese for Valentine’s Day. http://www.theethicaldairy.co.uk