16
Aug
2011
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Ardross Farm

There are exciting times ahead in Crail as their first official food festival draws ever closer. With many local producers now confirmed to be taking part in the festival, I was fortunate enough to chat with Nikki from Ardross Farm, whose family firmly do their bit to promote local produce. Having farmed in the local community for over a century, the Ardross family saw the benefits in opening up the fruits of their labour to the hungry folk of Fife. Their venture has proved hugely successful, culminating in a broad customer base, which spans across Fife and beyond. The business has...
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16
Aug
2011
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Speckled Chocolate Muffins

As a savoury fiend who turns to wine, cheese and olives in my hour of need, chocolate tends to fall off my foodie radar from time to time. However, I’m not completely inept to the charms of the brown gooey stuff, as the half eaten jar of Nutella in my kitchen cupboard will tell you. I do enjoy chocolate, but there’s one thing I find just a little too rich on the chocolate front, and that’s the double chocolate muffin. I always struggle to finish one, and as much as I enjoy the moist, chocolatey goodness, I felt that I...
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16
Aug
2011
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The last person to visit London

I know, it’s hard to believe that I hit the ripe old age of 26 before adorning my finest tourist getup and boarding the shuttle to London. My reasons for not having visited our capital city prior to last week were fairly unremarkable. Being the opportunist that I am, I tend to opt for more exotic climates, where my disposition generally becomes a little sunnier. The prospect of visiting a city where I could understand the native tongue was an alien one, but having returned with some of my preconceptions being both met and shattered in the same weekend, it...
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15
Aug
2011
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Crail Calling

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With the sun shining, the wind in my hair and a grumbling tummy, I embarked upon my first trip to Crail recently. As a new visitor to Crail, I was entirely objective as to what I might find. I pictured a small seaside town ripe with neighbourly camaraderie, the sort of place where every corner you turn there are huddles of locals catching up on the recent happenings. Upon my arrival this was confirmed, but what I didn’t expect was a village that exuded such beauty. A village where a great deal of effort has been made to keep things...
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15
Aug
2011
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This year’s must have…..the aubergine!

Being generally attracted to all things of the purple variety has led to my adoration of the aubergine. However, rather than being able to recount my numerous dalliances with this versatile fruit to one and all, I have always felt in the minority with my love for this purple gem. My nearest and dearest all seem to have had an unpleasant encounter with the eggplant at some point in their lives, ranging from trying a piece raw to having delved into the pickled variety. Considering the versatility of the aubergine, and how widely used it is across a range of cuisines, I have always found its unpopularity a...
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15
Aug
2011
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What, no microwave?

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These were the words that literally flew out of my mouth upon starting my new job and discovering that there are no microwaves. To put this into perspective, I am generally the type of person who is happy to go with the flow. I’m not bound by the laws of habitude, or plagued by the necessity of routine. However there is one exception, and that is my over reliance on the work microwave. I love a hot lunch, and in a bid not to give fifty percent of my salary to Marks and Spencer, I regularly make huge pots of soup...
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