It’s mid-January, and neither the news or the weather are particularly heartwarming at the moment.

This is the time when we turn to comfort food, to improve our mood and give us something to look forward to on these chilly evenings.

These recipes will inspire us, and keep us going until the first signs of spring appear…!

Ever wanted to enjoy your favourite wine, whisky, coffee or beer where it was lovingly crafted/

Click on the link to see VR could take you there…



Are you expecting vegan visitors over Christmas?

Are you stressing about what festive fare you can offer them without leaving them feeling a bit left out?

Panic no more!

If you’re looking for a degree of invention click on the link below to explore some of the most inventive vegan dishes in the UK, and who knows – you might be persuaded to do Veganuary!


 We’re all counting down to Christmas, and the traditional Advent Calendars are already being opened.

What about taking part in the Great British Chefs Advent Calendar 2020?

Click on today's date to reveal a fabulous new prize, then simply answer the question for your chance to win it.

Each competition will close at 11.59pm GMT.

It’s fun, and free to enter each day.

Good luck!


Christmas dinner

 Following Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that a family Christmas is now possible, there is the added dilemma of having to plan and cook a Christmas meal for our bubble of no more than 8...

But there may be an alternative!

From award-winning bacon packs for all the trimmings to restaurant quality food from all over Scotland, there’s something for all no matter how large or small your festive celebrations may be.

Hopefully some of these suggestions may alleviate your worries and result in a less stressful Christmas in the kitchen!


Thinking of booking a skiing holiday in the Alps next year?

Everyone hopes we’ll be back on the slopes soon.

If not, you can always console yourself by making some of these fantastic recipes using the amazing gruyere cheese – starting with raclette.


Click on the link and transport yourself to a rustic hut deep in the Swiss Alps surrounded by glaciers, forests and rivers!



 November is upon us…

 If you are planning a trip to the countryside, expect to see Barbour clad gun toting groups of stalkers and shooters, out to bag a few birds or something larger.

Species you can hunt at specific times of the year in Scotland include pheasant, partridge, grouse, common snipe, woodcock, duck, brown hare, mountain hare, red deer, fallow deer, sika deer and roe deer.

Check for information.

The shooting of game is regulated in order to preserve and protect the balance of the species. Closed seasons provide the game the opportunity to breed and mature.

 Here are some fantastic recipes for venison…

The word venison refers to the meat of a deer, most commonly roe and red in the UK. It is classed as game and can either be farm or park reared. Venison is a red meat, similar to beef but leaner and with a slightly richer taste. It is increasingly popular in the UK for its distinctive flavour and high protein content, becoming widely available in supermarkets and butchers.

 Click on this link for some fantastic and inspiring recipes…

 I thoroughly recommend Josh Eggleton’s venison burger recipe!


I don't want to panic you, but it's' only 50 sleeps till the big day!

While you may not be able to welcome all your family into your home on the big day, you can always console yourself with plenty of time to menu plan for the big day. Here are tips from last year's Great British Chefs website to get you into the mood...


Do you love Spanish food?

Then read on!

The decision to close bridges to so many of our favourite Mediterranean destinations has been made even harder to accept with the restrictions regarding licensed premises in many parts of Scotland. If you are planning a trip to your to favourite Spanish tapas bars or restaurant you may find it is either closed, open under restricted hours, and possibly even unable to offer you so much as a sniff of Rioja.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t seek out these pleasures in your own home as ingredients are widely available in Scotland, and there are fantastic recipes to create your own authentic Spanish cuisine…

 Just click on the link below and enjoy…!


 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...