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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 with demand. Jock told us, 'after 4 ...

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Beachside snacks at Sands Cafe in Aberdour, Fife

Like many beach side sites seasonality has proved a problem for cafes in Aberdour over the years. That was until Nova and Ervin Gamble took over Sands Cafe two years ago. Now the Bistro at Silver Sands is open all year round. In winter the cafe is still busy with walkers on the popular Fife Coastal Path and since a travel site highly rated the cafe's disabled access the location has proved popular with whee ...

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Cramond Falls Cafe, near Edinburgh

Handy for both Fifers and for people in Edinburgh,  the Cramond Falls Cafe is five miles from the centre of Edinburgh and about 10 miles south of Dunfermline. Owner, Elaine Stuart has made sure there's a welcome all year round - there's lots of outdoor seating by the scenic River Almond for the warm weather and log burning stoves inside for the winter walkers. The area is really popular with dog walkers and ...

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Mary’s Milk Bar, Edinburgh

Mary, of Mary's Milk Bar in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, graduated from ice-cream university.  Naturally, Italy tops the University league tables when it comes to making ice-cream and Mary Hillard, originally from Yorkshire, studied at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna. However,  childhood visits to milk bars in Scarborough and Whitby - both of which are still open today - provided the ...

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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.  Lu ...

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The sun shines on the Sundial Cafe, Limekilns, Fife

Ricky de Marco is a regular at the Sundial Cafe in Limekilns, Fife. The Edinburgh art impresario is not the only fan; locals in the scenic waterfront village keep coming back for the homebaking. Mike (pictured below) and Sandra Graham opened the cafe in September 2012 after careful restoration of the 400 year-old building. Clearly a labour of love, the restoration has revealed the beautiful stonework, compl ...

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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 bonny festivals North of the border … Have ...

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Broomhead Bothy: of picture houses, green shield stamps and stovies

How do you make your stovies? Are you a corned beef kinda gal or sausage? Starting this Friday 14 March, the Broomhead Bothy comes to the Broomhead flats in Dunfermline and, in the community flat on the ground floor, will provide weekly cookery and art workshops as well the opportunity to pop in and share stories. Tales of green shield stamps and long gone picture houses are already being shared on the proj ...

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Avocado Sweet welcomes new food writer!

Avocado Sweet is delighted to welcome food writer Hazel Cameron to the team. We will be featuring regular posts from Hazel's blog The Grumbling Tummy which she describes as covering food 'from fine dining to fish fingers and everything in-between'. It can also be reached anytime by clicking on the contributor box on the right.  Having roved around the country, Hazel settled back in Fife seven ago where she ...

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Love is in the air at the Hopetoun Farm Shop – Valentine’s Cooking Masterclass

Cooking your loved one a meal on Valentine's could be the ultimate act of romance or a sure fire way to end it all. If your meal tastes like Kenny Whittle's at the Hopetoun Farm Shop's Valentine's Masterclass on 6 February, then love probably is on the cards. Watching someone else cook is always more relaxing then doing it yourself so even if you've no intention of rustling up the dishes, the masterclass is ...

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