Whilst most people will be deciding which chocolate egg to consume this Easter we decided to take a more seasonal approach to Spring dining. And the result, a rather unusual and delicious savoury/sweet shortbread. Thinking you’d probably rather stick to a chocolate egg? I promise you that you will be amazed at how good this shortbread is. Perfectly paired with a cup of tea or as a sweet biscuit with cheese it was inspired by one of our food heroes, Carlo Petrini. We recently had a visit in Scotland from Carlo, the founder of Slow Food which encouraged us once again to ...

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Today, the 25th January marks the birthday of Scotland’s most famous bard and one of our national heroes, Rabbie Burns. Long standing traditions at Burns’ Suppers have become as much a tribute to Scottish food and drink, as to his work. But few probably realise just how closely each of the courses from Scotch Broth to Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Cranachan and Cheese and Oatcakes washed down, most likely with more than just, a wee dram of whisky ties in with Burns the man, from his childhood experiences to his writing and his, shall we say, vivacious love for life. ...

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Last minute food shopping? Fear not.  Here is our recommendation on where to get the bare essential starter item for making it an ultra special Scottish foodie Christmas:  the quintessential king of smoked fish, Salmon. Although Scottish Smoked Salmon is still considered somewhat a luxury food item, steady supply has maintained the prices at relatively the same levels they were years ago, making it an affordable food item that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. Salmon can be of course be farmed or wild. The latter is rarer and more ...

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Christmas Canape
At Christmas there's nothing better than a few canapes and a glass of fizz with your friends and/or family is there? Why not try this canape? It's our favourite this year. It's easy to make and showcases some of the produce from local and passionate Scottish producers. It's cooked on a Salt Block which we love, but if you don't have one, you still have time to add it to your Santa list (or use a hot griddle/pan in the meantime). Christmas Canapé:    Partridge with Chestnuts, Kale, Mushrooms & White Truffle Oil. Served on Seaweed Water Biscuits.Makes 30 2 ...

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Food Smoking & Salt Block Cooking Workshop in Glasgow: The Perfect Christmas Gift.
Is it because we are in the age of molecular gastronomy, where you could argue food is sometimes tricked into being something it isn’t, that it feels so good to unleash your culinary creativity using salt, one of nature’s purest minerals in an altogether different way?The concept of using a Himalayan Salt Block for curing, cooking, chilling and serving was brought to my attention recently by the Scottish company Salt House.  From curing Scottish salmon for gravadlax, searing super fresh tuna, cooking prime Aberdeen Angus steaks, making a delicious chilled salted ...

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It's always frustratingly difficult to choose a dish to cook on St Andrews Day. Essentially you could choose anything iconically Scottish. But having that huge repertoire at our disposal can sometimes make it feel even tougher. Much easier to have a straight forward 'go to' dish like the haggis for Burns' night on 25th January. Lucky for us and hopefully for you that dilemma can be extinguished with a fish dish that pays homage to St Andrew, the patron saint of Fishermen. Chris Naylor, one of our guest chefs and of 'Bespoke Catering' fame, cooked this incredibly tasty ...

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