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.
The Scran Christmas Special
A very merry welcome to the Scran Christmas special! While Christmas will be different this year, we can still enjoy a nice plate of food, which is what this episode is all about, whatever your diet.
Our first guests will be sure to warm your hearts and get you laughing. Rosalind is joined by founder of Socialbite, Josh Littlejohn MBE, and Itison founder Oliver Norman. They tell Rosalind about their partnership which began six years ago. The 'Buy a Homeless person a meal' at Christmas devised by Socialbite and hosted on the platform Itison sold 36,000 hot dinners in its first year and has grown ever since. They talk about the impact of the campaign and why it never fails to surprise them.
Next, Rosalind is joined by Scotsman picture editor and food writer Catriona Thompson, who talks about all the best vegetarian and vegan finds - for those who have had one too many nut roasts.
Finally, Rosalind shares her best supermarket finds for our festive favourites.
Music attribution: Christmas Rap and We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Kevin Macleod from-filmmusic-io/
200 years of Johnnie Walker
On this week's episode of Scran, we partnered with Johnnie Walker to celebrate 200 years of the brand.
On this episode, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo and the author of ‘A Long Stride’, Nicolas Morgan. Published this year to coincide with the bicentenary, the book takes a look at the history of Johnnie Walker, exploring how it grew from a humble grocery store in Kilmarnock to the global brand it is today.
Rosalind is also joined by author and whisky consultant Blair Bowman. He is widely known for founding World Whisky Day and listeners of Scran will know that Blair has featured on the podcast before.
Blair chats about what blended Scotch is (and the difference between blended malt), his favourite Johnnie Walker drinks and, of course. his desert island drams.
Scran turns one - the best bits from seasons one and two
On this episode we are celebrating a whole year of Scran.
From our first episode at Edinburgh's Christmas market, to recording in lockdown, host Rosalind Erskine and guest specialist reporter Caitlyn Dewar discuss the highlights and funny bits of the last year.
Listen back to chef Nick Nairn's cooking tips, Sam Heughan discussing whisky, Michel Roux Jr's family foraging and a whisky tasting at the Craigellachie hotel.
Caitlyn and Rosalind also discuss their favourite lockdown cocktails and meals, who they'd share a quaich with and shopping locally during the pandemic.
Talking whisky with Sam Heughan
On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by a very special guest: Outlander star Sam Heughan.
Sam is a Scottish actor who is best known for playing warrior Jamie Fraser in Outlander, the historical drama TV show based on the novel series of the same name. Set in Scotland in 1793 at the time of the Jacobites uprising, it has gained fans from all over the world.
In 2019 Sam realised his dream of releasing his own whisky, The Sassenach. Sam talks about what inspired him, why he chose a blend over a single malt and when fans in the UK can buy a bottle.
Sam also discusses his drams of choice, as well as some favourite foods... and some not-so-favourite foodie moments.
World-renowned chefs Michel Roux Jnr. and Stevie McLaughin share their stories
This week features not one but two chefs from Michelin star restaurants: Michel Roux Jr. and Stevie McLaughlin.
The first part of the episode features Rosalind's visit to Crossbasket Castle to meet Michel Roux Jr. Michel now runs Le Gavorche, one of the first restaurants to gain a Michelin star in 1974. He talks about his famous family name that is synonymous with fine dining, and his humble upbringing, cooking for his icon Sir Alex Ferguson and the key to restaurant success.
The second part of the episode features Stevie McLaughlin, head chef at Scotland's only two Michelin star restaurant. Rosalind finds out about Stevie's career that started with an interest in Choux pastry, his first encounter with Andrew Fairlie at One Devonshire Gardens and tips on how the future generation of chefs can progress in the industry.
Celebrating International Scottish Gin Day
This week on Scran we chat all things Scottish gin with Gin Cooperative founders Natalie and Martin Reid, and Sean Murphy, author of the book 'Gin Galore'.
With International Scottish Gin Day falling on 24 October this year, Martin and Natalie discuss how and why they set it up.
Sean chats about the rise in popularity of Scottish gin and what can be learned from whisky, and we all mull over our favourite gins and why flavoured options seem to be on the rise.
Finally Rosalind is back in her kitchen, this time making a Scottish G&T with a twist.
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