As the bounty of the summer months comes to an end, it's the time for root vegetables, mushrooms, brassicas and squash to get their turn in the spotlight. Take a look at ten vegetarian and vegan recipes that showcase the autumnal larder in exciting new ways. Click on the link for some fantastic recipes courtesy of Great British Chefs…

 Travelling to far flung destinations seems like a distant memory these days, and one of the highlights for me is always the amazing local cuisine.

Thankfully, we can experience fantastic food on our own doorstep.

Here are six dishes recommended by Good Housekeeping…Bon appetit!


Did you miss your annual Spanish holiday this year?  You can still experience some of that Mediterranean feel by cooking amazing dishes using Spanish olives. According to Jose Pizarro,

olives have been at the heart of Spanish culture and cuisine for more than 2000 years. The sunny weather of Southern Europe, temperate winters and rich, fertile soil are idyllic for growing the perfect olive. They’re one of the few foods with all four basic flavours – sweet, salty, bitter and acidic meaning they work well in a wide variety of recipes.

Here’s José's guide to the different profiles of the main varieties:
Gordal – sometimes known as Queen olives – are large, meaty and mild, making them a great pairing for tomatoes and in stews. 
Manzanilla meaning “little apple”, are much smaller. Easy to pit, these tender olives are strong in flavour and perfect for salads or to accompany a crisp white wine. 
Hojiblanca olives are a black olive variety, firm, with a robust flavour. They’re a great addition to tapas or in a pasta sauce to add a rich depth of flavour. 
If you fancy trying out one of José’s recipes for yourself, click on the link below...




 Cookbook club


As the nights draw in and the difficulty of choosing presents for friends and relatives for Christmas draws nearer, what better way of spending time than leafing through a beautiful book full of recipes. It’s a medium that’s stronger than ever before, with cookbooks topping bestseller charts throughout the year. Why not follow chefs and other foodies and join the Great British Chefs Cookbook club?

Wellness for Autumn


The SHA Wellness Clinic offer some great advice as the nights draw in and available seasonal produce becomes distinctly autumnal!


“Autumn is in full swing and just like our wardrobe selection changes with the seasons, so should our diet! Why? Because our bodies need to change throughout the seasons, so, eating a salad in winter would be the equivalent of wearing a bikini when the temperatures are cold. Unless you’re living in a tropical country, the idea of wearing swimwear in winter sounds crazy. So should eating salads and tropical fruits!

“Eating a salad in winter would be the equivalent of wearing a bikini when the temperatures are cold.”

So what should one be eating at this time of year? As the temperatures drop, we need to nourish and warm the body from the inside, to balance the yin and the yang. If we’re eating ‘cold’ foods, also known as yin foods, such as fruits, raw vegetables, salads and cold drinks, we’re overpowering the yin, leaving us feeling cold from the inside out and more prone to falling ill. Therefore, the colder months are all about eating the grounding and nourishing yang foods that are going to balance our hormones, strengthen our immune system, boost our energy and feel well all rounded.”

Turnip or pumpkin for Hallowe’en?


While many of have nostalgic feelings about carving out a turnip, it’s incredibly difficult, and, it has to be said, not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as a pumpkins, Jack O Lanterns are so called from the legend of Stingy Jack, a drunkard who bargains with Satan, and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed out turnip to light his way.

If your choice is the pumpkin, then head to Arnprior in Stirlingshire. It’s a great day out for all the family.

Winter vegetable gardeners

Feeling green fingered over winter? If you fancy growing your own vegetables, outside or within a greenhouse, Sue Sanderson recommends ten easy options to keep you busy over the chilly months…

Winter holidays to beat the blues

The majority of us have been dreaming of a sunshine holiday this year, and this is unlikely to become a reality unless the situation changes in the near future. But with time to reflect as we are advised to stay at home, there is no harm in looking at where we could go, if we could shut our eyes and transport ourselves there.

Here are the top five destinations, as recommended by

 Autumn recipe – Jeremy Lee, published by The Guardian

Jeremy says…

“Growing up on the east coast of Scotland, there were many days when baking indoors with my mother was by far the more pleasant option while the elements raged without. I have fond memories of her sitting in our kitchen next to a large cloth heaped with hazelnuts in front of her, hazelnuts that had just been roasted in the oven until their flaky thin skins loosened and could be removed if the corners of the cloth were gathered, twisted, and then rubbed briskly.”



Having a Christmas kitchen nightmare?

As the big day approaches, do you dread the fact that it’s your turn to host the family and cook the perfect Christmas dinner?
Fear not – help is at hand! You may not be able to hire a personal chef for the day, but you could enlist the help of chef Richard Bainbridge by downloading his Great British Chefs masterclass video. Richard was the winner of Great British Menu and is the owner of Benedicts in Norwich He will expertly guide you through every step of cooking Christmas dinner, as if you had a professional chef right there with you in the kitchen!  

Merry Christmas!


“We’ve  been enjoying Seafood week this week, trying out these inspirational recipes from Great British Chefs”

We’re looking forward to celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink fortnight, celebrating our world class produce within our  menus throughout the day .
This event runs from 31st August to 15th September, across five regions -  Lanarkshire, Fife, Moray Speyside, Forth Valley and Loch Lomond and on Orkney.
From salmon to cheese to Scottish beef and whisky, there is something for everyone!