Herring for Health. Stekt Sill – Fried Herring

We love our fish’n’chips in Scotland but do we give other maritime morsels a sufficient chance? Undoubtedly not! Our velvet crabs and spoots (razor clams) speed off to Spain, and that Cataplana you enjoyed in Portugal was probably brimming with Scottish landed shellfish! There is little so satisfying as a dressed Fife crab in season straight from the quay and we have all heard of the Pittenweem prawn! I recall years ago there was an entertaining article in the press about…

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We’ll Meet Again!

It’s strange not seeing our family, friends and Småland torp for such a while in these unprecedented times. Thanks to phone and internet we can all keep in touch but needless to say we miss the hugs and shared meals, the small chat and family events. Farming friends are busy with lambing and calving, as they are here in Scotland, and although restaurants and cafés are open for business in Sweden unlike Scotland, such business is currently a shadow of its former self.…

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Linderödsvin

Linderödsvin is a rare breed of pig indigenous to Skåne’s Linderöd Ridge in the south of Sweden. When Bosse and I met he was giving a presentation at Slow Food’s Terra Madre about his pigs, now on Slow Food’s International Ark of Taste. With their long back, big ears and mottled colours from ginger through to dark charcoal they have the sobriquet Gingerbread Pig as their shape is a classic piggy cookie cutter! The meat is superb, slightly gamey and darker…

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Braw Craic & Vackra Ställen

Translated...Good conversations [Scots] & beautiful places [Swedish] It’s hard to believe a year passed so quickly and this blog has suffered somewhat so time to catch up! We have had a super year of Scots-Scandi interaction so here are some of the highlights, both from Sweden and Scotland culminating in a memorable stay at Wallby Säteri. VisitSweden arrived with a delegation of business owners from the hospitality industry and visited our food studio along with other venues across Central Belt and…

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Festive Times in Småland

Not only us love a good meal! In the height of summer, when blossoms are fragrant and lakes shimmer in the sun, Swedes everywhere check their diaries and decide when they will meet up for Julbord (Christmas Table)! I truly love this Scandinavian feast and embrace it! Rather than a frenzied few days of turkey, stuffing and leftovers, Swedes arrange a family weekend early in December before shops, traffic et al is manic. Given the numbers involved, these days most book hotels…

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