Food and drink

Courses for Cooks in Cowdenbeath – pick up some skills in time for Christmas

Courses for Cooks is owned and run by Jenny Thomson. A cook and chef for over 20 years, Jenny trained at the Leiths School of Food and Wine, London. She  worked as a private cook in Scotland, France, Canada and the United States before coming back to Scotland to work as a chef in St Andrews. Jenny is passionate about good, seasonal home cooking produced with the minimum of fuss and

Champagne by Reubens Wine Store, Dunfermline

Champagne is still the drink we choose when celebrating a special occasion, whether it is a milestone birthday, getting hitched, the birth of a child, winning the division one play-offs. It is a luxury product, but when you know the difficulties the wine growers have to overcome in the vineyard cycle then you realise why. The Champagne region lies in northern France, 80 miles north-east of Paris, just below the

Night Market at Balgove Larder, St Andrews

Inspired by similar night markets from around the world two local girls Jamie Craig-Gentles and Liana Nickel started the Night Market in 2014 at Balgove Larder near St Andrews. Wednesday 24 September was the last of the summer markets but we’ll keep you posted as soon as the next one is in the diary. Stalls include Dunfermline chocolatier, Gill and Stan Lyth of Hello Chocolate.

The perfect Italian loaf – baked in Crossgates, Fife

Jock Sharp has slept for just four hours in the last two days. We caught up with  the joiner turned baker on Sunday at the Walled Garden near Kincardine and heard how the wonderful real breads he and his wife Fiona make at their bakery in Crossgates have found such an enthusiastic audience among the bread connoisseurs of Fife that the pair have to work flat out to keep up

Guide to the 2014 Food Festivals in Scotland

by The Grumbling Tummy Grab your diary and save the date because here are the 2014 dates for all these fantastic foodie events going on this summer and beyond. Again this year I apologies to my friends south of the border – there is just too much going on down there to list.  I hope that you might be tempted to pack your weekend bag and take a trip to try out the

Savour: Edinburgh food event at Summerhall

Just when you thought it was impossible to improve on Tunnock’s teacakes along comes these bad boys. Space teacakes are from Zukr Boutique, who also produce an enticing range of marshmallows including the whisky and orange confection (pictured below). Harvey Nichols ex-pastry chef David and designer/photographer wife, Maggie whip up these ‘edible clouds of joy’ from their premises in the Pentland Hills.  Luckily the space teacakes will be coming in

New microbrewery, bar and restaurant for Dunfermline

David Austin’s self-confessed low boredom threshold has been good for Dunfermline in Fife. Having opened Reuben’s, a cafe/deli which quickly became popular in the town, he soon added a wine store. The venue, named after his son, then started hosting wine tastings and live music events. After that came the de Brus beer, the town’s own blond ale developed by David and named after King Robert the Bruce. The beer