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Slow dough – a sourdough renaissance

There are corners of Instagram where photos of beautifully scored loaves, crumb shots and the hashtag #sourdough abound. Where discussions revolve around hydration, refreshment schedules and proving times, and tips are swapped for getting the best oven spring. But this fascination with all things sourdough isn’t limited to the internet. While sourdough might once have […]

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Slow Food Scotland Chef Alliance Meeting

Slow Food Scotland Chef Alliance Meeting

Sunny day, fresh air, a cat lazing on the grass, …sounds like the beginning of a film. But in fact, we were at the Cyrenians Farm, for our Slow Food Scotland Chef Alliance meeting.
No whites, but comfortable clothing suitable for a harvest day. Yes, our chefs in Scotland were out for a harvest day.
Rob Davidson, […]

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Scottish Bread Championships

Scottish Bread Championships

Bread one of the most important staple foods in the world, perfect food to promote one of the Slow Food principles: support and celebrate the traditional methods, good taste and heritage foods. Wendy Barrie, Slow Food Chef Alliance member, co-created the Scottish Bread Championship, a platform to celebrate good baking methods, and to embrace […]

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Changing a name doesn’t change history

Changing a name doesn’t change history

The Bayer Monsanto merger has gone through, what campaigners have dubbed the ‘marriage made in hell’ got the blessings of EU and US regulators. And on day one Bayer made the announcement that it’s going to continue selling products like Roundup under the established brand name but it will ‘retire’ the name Monsanto.
Mad Men’s Don […]

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Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground – Part 2 Or how vegans kill the planet.

Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground – Part 2 Or how vegans kill the planet. Missed Part One? Read about the very non Vegan production  methods to make certified Vegan dairy alternatives here

Attacks on restaurateurs, farmers receiving death threats and vegans proselytising, warning meat eaters of fire and brimstone had me recently ask where the official line might be between vegan and crazy. Which is why I reached out to the British Vegan Society and got the chance to talk to Louise Davies, responsible for campaigns, policy […]

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Learning and enjoying Ark of Taste

Learning and enjoying Ark of Taste

Slow Food Ark of Taste is not just about gathering data of heritage foods and displaying them on the book shelf, but it is about reviving foods, growing, making and enjoying them at the dining table again. Wendy Barrie, Scotland’s Leader for Slow Food Ark of Taste says “The Ark of Taste was created by […]

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Clean Kilo

Clean Kilo

A former scientist, Tom Pell, is determined to provide consumers with the option to cut down the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill and the environment. This is an issue that has become ubiquitous in recent times with the showing of BBC’s Blue Planet II and the plethora of news articles around the […]

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Caring for carers – not just for Christmas

Caring for carers – not just for Christmas

Talented chefs have joined Slow Food Chef Alliance to promote taste, better food, which is made using local & seasonal produce. The last Christmas blog provided good suggestions for a hearty delicious festive meal. The reality is that not all of us can choose what to have for Christmas.
Slow Food Chef Alliance  member Colin […]

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Here is to a more sustainable Christmas!

Here is to a more sustainable Christmas!

The UN Convention estimates that, in terms of biodiversity, there are around 13 million different species in this planet, however according to the FAO 75% of world’s food production is based on only 12 plants and 5 animal species.
Industrial agricultural goods, highly processed and convenient foods are found everywhere and slowly detaching people from the […]

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Not just Bannocks & Brose!

Not just Bannocks & Brose!

December is a busy time for us, snow lies on the hill more often than not and the animal feeding rounds take longer whilst the days are shorter.  After the lull in November the restaurant & accommodation welcomes in many a festive party and the place twinkles with fairy lights.  Although we are busy, we […]

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