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Sinning my soul with a festive fib

Sinning my soul with a festive fib

I won’t be the first, I know, but I wish you a happy new year. I hope the first few days of 2015 have been peaceful and pleasant and that you are looking forward to a fantastic 12 months. Some of you might remember that my December had been less than peaceful or pleasant. I wish I […]

Bake Off beats them all

Bake Off beats them all

Why would a homely BBC TV series about baking be thrashing ITV’s big-budget entertainment spectaculars such as X-Factor? That’s the question that has ITV executives worried. Its one-time blockbuster weekend show is looking peely-wally compared to the record ratings being achieved by the Great British Bake Off. I think I have a clue: warmth. There is […]

Make your own rosehip jelly

Make your own rosehip jelly

Many years ago, in my dim and distant primary-school past, my classmates and I would be encouraged every autumn to spend the weekend gathering up rosehips from hedgerows to bring them into school. We were told that this would help raise funds for school outings and equipment. We must have been easily led, for it never occurred […]

Confessions of a secret school-meals fan

Confessions of a secret school-meals fan

I was chatting to a school-meals lady the other day. Pupils were eating healthier foods in Scotland’s school canteens, she said, because they didn’t get much of an option. It was either healthy eating or nothing, which meant that many teens headed down town for a pie and chips and a can of cola. I can’t be sure, but […]

How to make the classic buttery

How to make the classic buttery

The browser search which brought most visitors to this site last year was: “How many calories in a buttery?” Yes, it’s a mystery to me, as well. For those of you who don’t know the culinary traditions of North-east Scotland, the buttery, also known as a rowie, is an individually sized flat bread made of […]

Cake Mixture

Importance of proofreading

The current Leveson Inquiry into press standards in the UK has explored the wilful trickery of some sections of the media, but it has not explored a far bigger trap, in my view: the dangers of careless proofreading. Many a newspaper has landed in hot water because a sub-editor in a rush against deadline has […]

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