Month: September 2014

Scottish Lamb Food Festival [Review]

Thank you to Laurent Vernet Head of Marketing for Quality Meat Scotland, for hosting today’s Street Food Festival in Glasgow. The food on offer was delicious, four very different lamb dishes, and such generous portions! We enjoyed the food demonstrations with Jaqueline O’Donnell, my favourite was the lamb sausages with pistachio and herb coating mmmm. The butchery demonstrations were also very interesting, we were shown how to debone a leg of lamb, and were encouraged to have a go. Lots of very useful tips too! I have come away with lots of ideas for lamb dishes, after all there...

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A Question and Answer session with Raymond Blanc

In 1972, Frenchman Raymond Blanc moved to England, finding work as a waiter at the Rose Revived restaurant in Oxfordshire. When one day he was forced into the kitchen by a chef taken ill, Blanc’s career suddenly changed direction. Since then, the self-trained chef has earned himself Michelin stars, opened his own restaurants, and established The Raymond Blanc Cookery School. Now the chef explains just how this came to be.     Q: What was British food like when you first moved to the UK? Thirty years ago, England was a very different place. Food was class-led and luxury...

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Any horse lover knows that Lipizzaner stallions are the crème de la crème of the equestrian world. The pride of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, and champions of classical dressage, the equine breed are so prized that in World War Two, American troops risked their lives to preserve the remaining Lipizzaner horses behind opposition lines. Fearing the Germans would kill the horses to feed their men, troops broke through German SS lines to rescue them.   Ahead of The Spanish Riding School’s much anticipated trip to the UK, we visited their Austrian quarters to find out just what...

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An interview with Alistair Darling

What is the legacy of the Commonwealth Games 2014 for Scotland and the UK? One of the conditions that are imposed if you are hosting an event on this scale, such as the Olympics or Commonwealth Games is the legacy. If you look at the Olympics, there has been some disappointment despite the great triumph that they were, that many of the training facilities that these athletes used to train are now closing due to funding drying up. You can’t get to Olympic or Commonwealth standard with the basic facilities. I can only hope that facilities around Scotland don’t...

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Our War – East Lothian looks back at World War One

2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A new exhibition in the John Gray Centre Museum opening on 17th May will examine East Lothian’s contribution to the campaigns of World War One, from the experience of the soldiers and local regiments that served overseas, to the effort on the home front and the effects on the landscape and towns of East Lothian.  Our War: East Lothian 1914 – 1918 is on until Sunday 30th November 2014 and there will be related events and activities throughout the six months of the exhibition, check the What’s...

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