Slow Food Ark of Taste in Scotland

In this world of mass production and glitzy packaging some may think heritage foods are less interesting and more expensive. They would be mistaken as they are fascinating, flavoursome and our future! Whether they be landrace breeds of animal or ancient varietals of fruit and grain, they have much to offer and their continuation is invaluable for environmental food production. Indigeneous species prosper in their region – local foods work! They offer delicious, clean, honest food with low food miles and…

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Norwegian Travels

Heidal is a beautiful conservation village at 600metres in the Norwegian parish of Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland. Heidal Hotel is an exquisitely crafted wooden roadside inn, in the River Sjoa valley. Having been unloved for a wee while, it has been bought by a local farmer who is busy restoring it to its former glory. Not only is it a lovely spot to stay, but he also makes his own delicious sausages from moose, wild reindeer and lamb, that he serves in the…

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Slow Food Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre

When Carlo Petrini first took part in a protest campaign against McDonald’s fast food chain in the 80’s I wonder if he realised then he would be leading a global grass roots movement that ‘envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.  Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries.’ The biennial…

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Wild wolves in Dalsland and wild crustaceans on M/S Donalda

Just returned from a Swedish Christmas where Santa is Tomte, reindeers deposed by goats, and ham the centrepiece rather than turkey. Naturally every country has its own traditions – indeed what better than a thriving food culture to show the health of a Nation? After family celebrations we headed north a little where it was a cool crisp white minus 10 degrees. The panoramic views from the locks at Trollhattan, my husband’s native heath, were breathtaking and paths deserted. The fishing…

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