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From the humble haggis supper to the finest single malt, Scotland's food and drink scene is as unique as the nation itself. Rosalind Erskine, a food and drink writer for The Scotsman, is joined by guests and experts to give you an insight into what's cooking in
Scotland. If you like a good bit of scran, this is the podcast for you.

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From the humble haggis supper to the finest single malt, Scotland's food and drink scene is as unique as the nation itself. Rosalind Erskine, a food and drink writer for The Scotsman, is joined by guests and experts to give you an insight into what's cooking in
Scotland. If you like a good bit of scran, this is the podcast for you.

    Connecting local produce and people - Bowhouse

    Connecting local produce and people - Bowhouse

    This week Rosalind continues her amble around Fife where she visits Bowhouse - a part of the Balcaskie Estate, located in the heart of the East Neuk, between Elie and St Monans.

    Bowhouse aims to connect small growers and producers with restaurants and shoppers, giving everyone better access to local ingredients and produce. There are on site producers who operate from there permanently as well as others who run stalls on their market weekends.

    Rosalind speaks to Rosie Jack, Manager at Bowhouse who tells her all about this innovative local facility. Rosalind also meets with some of the residents including Lucy Hine of Futtle, an organic brewery, taproom, bottle shop and music venue, Hazel Powell and Giacomo Pesce of Baern Cafe, which boasts a rather singular oven; Tom Booth of East Neuk Market Garden and Fiona Fraser of the Bothy Kitchen.

    • 39 min
    An autumn orchard in Fife, Naughton Cider and Sips Champagne

    An autumn orchard in Fife, Naughton Cider and Sips Champagne

    On this episode of Scran Rosalind travels to the North East of Fife to meet Peter Crawford of Naughton Cider. Peter tells Rosalind all about cider's history, the process for making his cider (mostly by hand) and how champagne plays a huge part in this process. They also chat about his other business Sips Champagne - inspired by his student days working in Oddbins.

    • 36 min
    Working up an 'Appetite for Adventure' with Ghillie Basan and Lee Craigie

    Working up an 'Appetite for Adventure' with Ghillie Basan and Lee Craigie

    Do you have an 'Appetite for Adventure'? Well, if so, then this may be the podcast for you!

    On this episode of Scran, Rosalind is joined by Lee Craigie and Ghillie Basan who were part of this sustainable food and travel project. Appetite for Adventure was created to celebrate Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 and to promote sustainable active travel and food tourism through hostelling.

    Hostelling Scotland teamed up with Adventure Syndicate for this project where, Lee, an ex-professional mountain bike rider and Ghillie, a well-known cook and food author took on the North Coast 500 and experienced some of the finest locally sourced food and drink Scotland has to offer.

    You'll hear all about their adventures on an alternative route, the amazing food and drink they consumed and why Ghillie, a non-cyclist has been converted.

    • 34 min
    The Hebridean Baker, island tradition, folklore and food

    The Hebridean Baker, island tradition, folklore and food

    On this week's Scran Rosalind is joined by TIk Tok star the Hebridean Baker aka Coinneach Macleod. Coinneach tells Rosalind about how his social media following took off overnight and how he was once referred to as 'how a shortbread cookie might sound if it came to life'. They talk about Coinnleach's love of his home and his native Gaelic and the infamous Scottish deep fried Mars Bar. With a new book  just released, 'My Scottish Island Kitchen', Coinnleach shares his passion for Hebridean cuisine and food culture.  We also get a great tip for Bake Off fans.

    • 25 min
    A taste of Lanarkshire Larder

    A taste of Lanarkshire Larder

    This week we are in beautiful Lanarkshire, in the heart of Scotland, an area with a long tradition of food production. Rosalind went along to visit some of the businesses who now make up Lanarkshire Larder, a regional food group that includes food and drinks producers, restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and farm shops, all of whom share a passion about the provenance and quality of products they sell.

    First up, everyone's favourite - cheese. Rosalind met Selina Cairns who runs Errington cheese and who founded Lanarkshire Larder.

    Next up was a visit to Thankerton farm to speak to owner Michael Shannon who rears and produces all the meat for his butchers and supply shop - Damn Delicious.

    Moving on to Strathaven, Rosalind sat down with Theo Giameos, owner of Roasted. His business ethos is very much focussed on sustainability, locally sourced products, socially consciousness and environmentally friendly practices.

    Finally you'll hear Rosalind chatting to Andrew and Linda Smellie of Greenhall Country Cafe and Farm Shop. They have been growing and expanding a business; the original idea for which was born at a dinner party where they served crocodile, ostrich and wagu beef.

    • 58 min
    The Scottish Gin Boom

    The Scottish Gin Boom

    This week we're revisiting a topic close to our hearts, Scottish Gi. Making gin, selling gin, promoting gin, writing about gin and well, drinking gin - we've got it all this week. But we're also asking if Gin's time has come. Are we passed the peak and is Gin's time in the sun drawing to a close?

    First up Rosalind speaks to Sean Murphy, whisky and gin expert and author of two books on Scottish gin. Sean has been researching the very best in Scottish gin particularly and he talks about why he thinks the industry has flourished in recent years.

    Next up is Jamie Shields from Summerhall Drinks Lab in Edinburgh. Jamie just so happens to host the Talk Gin Podcast with Sean. Rosalind caught up with him about all the wonderful and sometimes weird things he gets up to with alcohol and they discuss whether rum may be the new gin.

    Finally on this week's episode Rosalind speaks to Natalie and Martin Reid of the Gin Cooperative and founders of the Gin Cooperative Awards to get their take on how the Scottish gin industry is doing, where it might be headed and how their awards offer a unique insight into quality Scottish gins.

    • 44 min

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