Royal Highland Show round up!

A thousand thanks to all you Chefs who presented at Scotland’s Larder Live Theatre at this year’s Royal Highland Show.What an amazing and entertaining bunch you are, giving your time and supporting this spectacular event. It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with you…my sincere thanks and here is the role of honour…

Craig Wilson ‘The Kilted Chef,’ Eat on the Green Lewis, Mhor http://mhor.netNeil Forbes, Café St Honoré http://www.cafesthonore.comIain Campbell, Campbell’s Bakery https://www.campbellsbakery.comCameron MacMichael & Mark Baratt, Cringletie House https://www.cringletie.comChris Rowley, Ballintaggart Farm http://ballintaggart.comGraeme Pallister, 63 Tay Street http://www.63taystreet.comCarina Contini, Contini https://www.contini.comPaul Newman, Thyme at Errichel Restaurantžinskas, Schloss Roxburghe Hotel; Andrew Whitley, Bread Matters & Scotland The Bread http://www.breadmatters.comAli Abercrombie, AliBob @ Cairn O’Mohr McKenna, & Sommelier Severine Sloboda, The Gannet; Morven Hastie, Wishingwell Farmhouse; Robbie Penman, Scottish Culinary Team Manager; Jamie MacKinnon, The Seafood Ristorante & Wendy Barrie, Scottish Food Guide.

With such fabulous produce, chefs from across Scotland cooked their
specialties live on stage to great audiences: from the only Ark of Taste Selkirk Bannock to preparing lobster, prime Scotch beef and lamb; classic cranachan, scones and breads, seasonal berries and greens, wonderful sustainable seafood …and crazy ice cream sundaes!

Four days of whisking, sautéing, steaming and even smoking, it is hard to believe it is over for another year!

It was a pleasure to take the stage with such fascinating and skilled folk, hearing of their travels and inspiration, their menus and experiences. The audiences enjoyed getting to know the people and places as well as the produce.

We were treated to Tom’s passion for bread, Ark of Taste Native Bred Aberdeen Angus from Vytas, the Culinary Championship entry from Robbie, Scots Italian flair from Carina and a blend of Celt and Auld Alliance from The Gannet!

Andrew gave us insights into heritage grains, Paul shared some of his spice secrets with us from Errichel, and a lucky prizewinner on the day will get to cook with Craig in his kitchen!

Scottish Cheese Trail Tasting Kiosk was in action again with well versed students and cheesemakers offering tastings to the public, along with giveaway Scottish Cheese Trail postcards to send to friends. 

Scottish Bread Championships 2018 – Year 2 of the Championships and entries almost doubled! Created and convened by Scottish Food Guide & Scotland the Bread and supported by Royal Highland Show, we are delighted to be creating such an interest and enthusiasm in artisan breads, free from additives, and in the Scottish grains used in many of the entrants’ recipes.

In the blind tasting of 82 loaves Woodlea Stables, Fife was the Supreme Champion for the second year running with Reserve Champion a new enterprise with a great name, Riddle-Me-Rye in Edinburgh.

Several breadmakers took the opportunity of meeting the public and offering bread sampling at the display stand and were warmly received. Details of winners here….

More Members’ News from around the country…..

Errichel has last minute 5 nights in their Margmore Cottage from 23rd  July – check out their website for other last minute offers

Save 10% with Demijohn Gin Deal – Until the end of July they are offering a 10% discount*on any of their 7 gin drinks purchased either online or in-store. Choose your favourite gin and then simply use voucher code: summergin2018 at time of purchase. With their annual Elderflower pick complete they also have wonderful vinegars on sale online or in their delightful shops.

Take your pick from the five delicious varieties in our Scottish Biscuit Assortment. Perfect for sharing with family and friends over a nice cuppa from Walkers.

It’s been another good week for Whitmuir veg. The real star this week is the first big harvests of summer kale from the fields! Kale is an incredible superfood and one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, if not the most. The health benefits are well worth a google. Also come and see their piglets…ever so cute!  Also with new cafe menu, their favourite additions including:
– Croque Monsieur – baked ham from Whitmuir farm and Scottish cheese (D)     and béchamel sauce (D) (£5.95) – Nicoise salad containing potato, green beans from Whitmuir farm, tomato, egg (E) and dressing (M) (£3.50) – Whitmuir minute steak with caramelised onion and tomato (£6.95). And don’t forget to check out specials board for desserts and specials and a strawberry and banana milkshake!

Pick Your Own is well and truly up and running at Craigie’s, many of you have already been picking fruit and enjoying the delicious strawberries and raspberries. If you’re going to come along to PYO be sure to check fruit availability on website first. This is updated daily.

Ballintaggart launch their picture perfect East End Cottage in Balnaguard (just a few minutes walk from the Farm). The bedrooms have king-sized beds, crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets, feather and down pillows and duvets, waffle bathrobes and beautifully sourced accessories.




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