Meet Kat Riach, one of our new food bloggers. Kat lives in Fife and is passionate about seasonality, local produce and home cooking. This week Kat takes a look at some of autumn's bounty.
To borrow from the old Chinese saying, we live in interesting times. From the threat of terrorist attacks and missile crises to natural disasters and flu pandemics, there’s something to keep most of us awake at night worrying.
I find maps endlessly fascinating, though not the electronic GPS kind which, though practical on occasion, don’t have the same allure as a fold-out paper one.
THERE WASN’T much scope for George Lowden when he opened for business in Dundee in the 1840s as an optician and maker of instruments. Scientists elsewhere had been inspired by the presence of a comet and eclipse in the Scottish skies in 1737. But recalling his own early days, Lowden noted: “For a few years I had a hard pull to live, besides having to teach Dundee what scientific instruments were, and how to use even such a simple apparatus as a thermometer.”
When Lizanne Kempsell moved up to Angus to get married, she found herself living on a property that had a field attached. An empty field needed something to occupy it and before she knew it, she had her first donkey, Adieu.
When I was a child beetroot was more of a punishment than the wonderful earthy reward that it is today. All kids in the 80s knew that beetroot was something that grew in jars far, far away. If you were posh your mum would buy the crinkle slices and it served no purpose other than to destroy your taste buds and colour everything it touched - including the rest of your food. Hands up if you remember purple chips!
Donning the world’s most famous coat is a dream come true for Joe McElderry. The X Factor winner is playing the title role in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and, despite it being his first major theatrical appearance, his performance has earned him top reviews and standing ovations up and down the country.
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Forget adult colouring books – papercutting is the new craze. And local artist Boo Paterson has been creating works out of paper since she was a child, attracted by its texture, strength and adaptability.
From tart blackberries to sweet strawberries and juicy peaches fruit obviously lends itself to desserts: fruit pies, crumbles, compote cake, fruit in ice cream ... the list goes on, says Garry Watson, chef proprietor of Gordon's Restaurant in Inverkeilor.