12 episodes

Please join me for some entertaining fly-on-the-wall style chat with characters talking about food and drink in Scotland and beyond. Every month you’ll have the opportunity to listen to recordings with authors, chefs and producers; whisky and gin distillers; and with people in communities with a story to tell. The aim of the podcast is to bring you voices from far and wide to give you an insight into what is going on, what is being produced, how people think and, possibly, how they survive – basically any tenuous link to food and drink! Please tune in or download and share.

Spirit and Spice Ghillie Basan

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Please join me for some entertaining fly-on-the-wall style chat with characters talking about food and drink in Scotland and beyond. Every month you’ll have the opportunity to listen to recordings with authors, chefs and producers; whisky and gin distillers; and with people in communities with a story to tell. The aim of the podcast is to bring you voices from far and wide to give you an insight into what is going on, what is being produced, how people think and, possibly, how they survive – basically any tenuous link to food and drink! Please tune in or download and share.

    Ep12-Eating like a feral animal, eating for physical fuel, eating for fun

    Ep12-Eating like a feral animal, eating for physical fuel, eating for fun

    Food plays different roles in the life of Lee Craigie. Nomadic storyteller, elite racer, bike adventurer, mountain bike champion and Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland, Lee is a cycling legend. As long as there is food and a bottle of wine in my pack, I feel inspired to hop on a bike and head for the Highland Trail with her!

    • 36 min
    Ep11-Fish skin bikinis, the bush toothbrush, gin-flavoured cheese, goose burgers and the Orkney spirit

    Ep11-Fish skin bikinis, the bush toothbrush, gin-flavoured cheese, goose burgers and the Orkney spirit

    During the Orkney International Science Festival and Foraging Fortnight, Ghillie had the opportunity to talk to several local characters and contributors to the events – Liz Ashworth, Ann Rendall, Anna Canning, Callum McInnes and Richard Shearer – who share their stories and expertise. With thanks to Foraging Fortnight for supporting the Orkney podcasts and to Selenaarte for the image of Stromness.

    • 34 min
    Ep10-Carry On Dramming with Bruichladdich Highballs, Cartwheels on Jura, spirit-filled Wellington Boots and the Botanist Gin

    Ep10-Carry On Dramming with Bruichladdich Highballs, Cartwheels on Jura, spirit-filled Wellington Boots and the Botanist Gin

    On a trip to the beautiful island of Islay for the first Taste Islay Jura festival to celebrate the local food and drink, Ghillie meets some of the whisky characters and heavyweights  – Billy Stitchell, former Master Distiller of Caol Ila; Jim McEwan, former Master Distiller of Bruichladdich; Simon Coughlin (former owner of Bruichladdich and now Chief Executive Officer for Remy Cointreau) and James Donaldson (forager for The Botanist Gin) – and gets an insight into how important whisky is for the island as the distilleries and village communities are intertwined.

    • 53 min
    Ep9-Fishing, community and being close to nature

    Ep9-Fishing, community and being close to nature

    Walkers Shortbread is his life and his passion, but Jim Walker is also a community man and feels that his business and Speyside are intertwined. Relaxing with a dram, Jim chats to Ghillie in her whisky barn about humble beginnings becoming multi-national on a bit of good quality butter, flour and sugar!

    • 18 min
    Ep8-Whisky tasting, whisky tales, Scapa and The Glenlivet

    Ep8-Whisky tasting, whisky tales, Scapa and The Glenlivet

    During the Orkney International Science Festival and Foraging Fortnight, Ghillie can’t resist attending a special tasting at Scapa Distillery with the legendary and entertaining, Alan Winchester, formerly Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, and a quick chat with Mick Swanney who is part of a small team making the delicious fruity spirit.

    • 29 min
    Ep 7-Buffalo feasts, whisky confessions, fine women and the buffet of life

    Ep 7-Buffalo feasts, whisky confessions, fine women and the buffet of life

    On a visit to Orkney for the International Science Festival, Ghillie enjoys a special dram with renowned cookery writer, Rosemary Moon, who shares her passion for whisky, food and the big buffet of life!

    • 20 min

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