Art & Design

Open Studios North Fife this weekend

Painter Sharon Black, Ladybank and furniture designer Mark McCance, Kinloch are just two of the artists opening the doors of their studios to the public for the Open Studios North Fife weekend from Saturday 7 May to Monday 9 May.  The weekend is an opportunity to see the interesting spaces

Interiors

Olga Krasanova puts the wind up Dunfermline’s architecture

Here is a fascinating opportunity to look at a work in progress by one the most talented artists working in Dunfermline. Olga Krasanova is originally from Siberia but has become fascinated by the ample heritage and varied architecture of her new hometown and is inspired in particular by the actual wall and brick patterns of Dunfermline. The Central St Martins graduate says, ‘It might strike as an odd idea but I’ve been living in three countries and in over five

Writing & Film

Adventures in Being Human: bestselling author appearing at Oakley Library

Bit of a coup for Oakley Library tomorrow, 17 March, when it hosts a talk by award winning, bestselling author Gavin Francis. Francis will be discussing his hugely successful Adventures in Human Being, recent winner of the Saltire Society Awards Non-Fiction Book of the year 2015 and described by Hilary Mantel as ‘A sober and beautiful book about the landscapes of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent.’ A Sunday Times Bestseller, the book was also named one of the Economist Books of the

Food & Drink

Craig Millar@16 West End Restaurant, St Monans, Fife

On a clear sunny day, the terrace at Craig Millar’s restaurant, 16 West End, St Monans, Fife feels like it’s overlooking the Mediterranean rather than the Firth of Forth. The short brasserie menu had three fish choices, including fish pie, haddock and chips or cod on a saffron and gnocchi broth and the two meat options included slow cooked ox cheek, all of which around were around the £15 mark, with the rib-eye steak costing £24. Make sure you phone

Events

Here comes the Fresh Air Festival – it must soon be summer!

Dunfermline’s Fresh Air Festival (28 May) is fast becoming one of the best events of its kind, ambitious in scale with a range of activities almost too long to list and yet with a simple, outdoorsy, low cost vibe that makes for a great day out. The Festival is held in the Public Park (not the Glen!) which is handy for both bus and train with the train stopping virtually in the park. There are three elements to what is on

Shopping

Mackerel California-style; recipe from the Fyfe Smokery

Here is our latest recipe from Elaine Hardie at the Fyfe Smokery, Bruce Street, Dunfermline. Mackerel is a sustainable choice of oily fish, found all around the coast of Scotland and is abundant in health benefits and flavour. Try this Californian style recipe, made with common store-cupboard ingredients, and dream of sunshine…. Mackerel California-style Serves 2-4 2 fillets of mackerel 115g butter 2 tsp paprika 1 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp white pepper