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Strapping sheep shearers plus food and drink! It’s the Royal Highland Show

Strapping sheep shearers, horsemen and women wearing impossibly fitted clothes, and quack commandos rounded up by a blind sheep dog, are some of the eclectic combination of attractions at the 2015 Royal Highland Show running until Sunday 21 June. Here at Avocado Sweet however, we try not to be too undignified in our rush to the food hall, now known as Scotland’s Larder Live.   The event hosts over 100 food and

Success for Rosyth Community Market

Stall holders at the very busy Rosyth Community Market offered a few explanations for event’s success. Fiona Frazer, Woodlea Stables, who had to nip back to Crossgates twice to restock bread, believes it’s because ‘people in Rosyth are very loyal to their community’. Providing an event to harness that loyality however, is down to the efforts of the Community Council; their second community market was on Sunday 31st May. Another

Foodies walking tours of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Would you consider signing up for a foodies walking tour of your home town? Alan Chalmers, after seeing foodie walking tours in cities in Canada and America, decided to start one in Edinburgh, and more recently, in St Andrews.  It’s true that most of his customers are tourists,  ranging from high end visitors to backpackers, who save up the £49 for the food tour as the main treat during their

First pop up restaurant near Crossgates, Fife

Couple, Jock Sharp and Fiona Frazer, who run a small holding near Crossgates selling fresh eggs and homemade bread, hosted their first pop up restaurant on Saturday 16 May. The Flamkuchen was the brilliant idea of Liane Cumming who has worked at Woodlea Stables since 2014. From Fife originally, Liane had spent two years living in Germany where she discovered a love of flammkuchen, the German version of pizza, which

Summer night markets return to Balgove Larder, St Andrews

The summer night markets at Balgove Larder, St Andrews start again tonight, Wednesday 13 May. Live music and local food and drink producers will be there including Eden Mill Brewery,  Watsons Chocolates and Spice of Fife. From 5pm until 9pm.

Create crab linguine with the Fyfe Smokery

Crab is the featured shellfish this week in our second recipe by Elaine Hardie from the Fyfe Smokery, Dunfermline. When buying crab, you have the choice – live and whole, or cooked and prepared for you. British brown crab is affordable and delicious and this recipe shows exactly how easy it is to prepare this versatile shellfish. The meat is sweet and delicate, and lends itself to many different recipes. It

Gordon Castle; gin, jam and glorious gardens

At over eight acres Gordon Castle’s walled garden in Fochabers, near Elgin, is one of the largest and oldest walled gardens in Scotland. Owners Angus Gordon Lennox and his wife Zara have commissioned award-winning garden designer, Arne Maynard to recapture the former beauty of the garden and create a major visitor attraction in the north east of Scotland. The plans, pictured above, certainly show an elegant and handsome garden for

Arctic Char; the new salmon on British menus?

Welcome to our new series of seafood and fish recipes on Avocado Sweet by Elaine Hardie from Fyfe Smokery, Dunfermline. Here Elaine tells us about Arctic Char – worth considering as an alternative to salmon or trout.  Arctic Char The Arctic Char is a fish native to Britain, and is now farmed as a result of ongoing developments in aquaculture since the 1970s. Now that it is being farmed could

Mimi’s Bakehouse, Edinburgh

Mimi, aka Michelle Phillips, wanted to create a cafe and bakery where customers felt like they were being given a big hug. That may sound sugary  but the pretty retro decor, designed by Eskimo, does indeed feel comforting and the huge old-fashioned shop counter of generously portioned strawberry cup cakes, rocky roads and millionaire shortbreads is a sight for sore eyes.  If none of that works then Scott Clearie, son-in-law

Fyfe Smokery, Dunfermline, Fife

Elaine Hardie was cooking oxcheeks when the gas engineer who was fixing her gas asked her if she’d like to manage the Fyfe Smokery with him. Peter Murphy realised that the oxcheeks were a clue to someone who was obsessed with cooking and food in general and could bring that passion to the independent fish retailer & smokery in Dunfermline, Fife. That was in 2013 after Murphy’s long career as