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Add a bit of sparkle to jam

September 23 2017

So we’re at the end of another glorious strawberry season and if you still have a bit of a glut to use up, there are all kinds of ways to incorporate this healthy fruit into cooking, says Martin Hollis, executive chef at the Old Course St Andrews

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Perk up pasta with some home-made pesto

August 26 2017

For me, late summer is the perfect time to whip up a salad, says Martin Hollis, executive chef of The Old Course St Andrews. A lot of the best salad ingredients are at their tastiest at this time of year. With produce like avocados, garlic, lettuce, spring onions and spinach all in season, I recommend creating delicious batches of your favourite salads to use throughout the week.

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Cranachan – our unofficial national dish

July 29 2017

Both oatmeal and raspberries are intrinsically Scottish ingredients, says James McKay, head chef at the Bay Hotel, Pettycur in Fife. One conjures up images of hearty bowls of porridge, while the other can be popped into fizzing glasses of Prosecco in the heady days of summer, or added to desserts. Cranachan, which is almost a national dish here in Scotland, effortlessly combines both oatmeal and raspberries – not to mention whisky if you like!

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Garry’s putting gas on the back burner

July 8 2017

In the past most chefs wanted to cook on gas and I was no exception, whether cooking at home or working in my restaurant kitchen, says Garry Watson, chef proprietor of Gordon's Restaurant in Inverkeilor.