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I blame my Granny!

By Liz Smith, Greenock-based vintage and homecraft blogger Shortbread and Ginger I adore vintage china!  My collection started with a few pieces of my Granny's china which no one else wanted after she died.  I took them to display on my Welsh dresser and of course to remind me of her.  But there were gaps on the dresser and they needed to be filled!  Visiting charity shops soon opened my eyes to the…


A Woman’s Work is Never Dull

On International Women's Day, we take a look back at this feature from a previous issue of Women Together that highlights the incredible achievements of women across Scotland. If you'd like to meet inspiring women in your area, why not look for an Institute near you?   Today women make up 49% of Scotland’s workforce, and are achieving new level of success at work, even in once male-dominated fields. Careers…


Give yourself some TLC

This article from Breast Cancer Now about the important of regular self-checks appeared in a previous issue of Women Together during our centenary year, when we partenered with the charity. The advice and information, however, remain relevant today... Breast Cancer Now’s TLC Campaign Even if you’ve had a mammogram, it is still vital that you check your breasts for any changes and visit your doctor…


Norman Calder Credits Baking Success to Lessons Learned from SWI Members

In this interview from a past issue of Women Together, Great British Bake Off stalwart Norman Calder shares his memories of the SWI from his childhood and reveals how the lessons he learned from its members have stood the test of time... The wonderful world of homemade food makes up a big part of Norman Calder’s fondest childhood memories. With his mother a stalwart of the SWRI in his native Banffshire,…


Divine Chocolate Valentine’s Tart for Two

In the lead up to Valentine's Day, here's a fantastic recipe from Divine Chocolate that appeared in a previous issue of Women Together. It's the perfect treat to share with your other half this February!   Divine Chocolate Valentine’s Tart for Two Serves 2 Preparation and baking time: 15 - 17 minutes Ingredients 1 pack ready-rolled all butter puff pastry100g Divine 70% Dark Chocolate100ml double…


It never ceases to amaze me how quickly life can change! – The beginning of The Batch Lady

By Suanne Mullholland, aka The Batch Lady Eighteen months ago, I had no real email address of my own (sharing a joint one with my husband). I was such a technophobe that the children regularly had to work the tv remote for mummy, and I was sure that my days of dreaming of starting a business were well behind me. Yet in a very short space of time the here I am sitting in my office with my assistant…


Throwing a Burns Supper at Home - An Illustrated Guide

By Scottish Designer Gillian Kyle Planning a home-based Burns Supper for friends and family should be simple, easy and, above all, fun! To help you get it right I’ve created this illustrated guide to throwing a Burns Supper at home; a fun, visual template for creating a memorable night. When organising Burns’ Suppers in the past I've made them overly complicated or too formal - which only results…


Nick Nairn's Haggis Tortellini with Mushrooms in a Clear Broth

  With Burns Night fast approaching, we're looking back at this excellent recipe from top celebrity chef Nick Nairn and Waitrose, featured in a previous issue of Women Together. If you're looking for something a bit different to toast the bard with - while retaining that traditional Scottish flavour - then this is the recipe for you! Nick Nairn's Haggis Tortellini with Mushrooms in a Clear Broth Serves…


Learning to Adapt

By Ghillie Basan, writer, broadcaster and food anthropologist, and ‘Original Spice Girl’ When I wake up in the morning with a view to hills that I can see from my bed, I feel very lucky to be living in a remote glen in the eastern fringes of the Cairngorms National Park. Little has changed in these wild hills where the golden eagles nest and hunt, where the wind-blasted snow can form twenty-foot drifts,…


It started with a book – it turned into a passion!

By Jo Cowie of No Books Were Harmed  Since I first clapped eyes on a photo of a Chinese lantern created by folding the pages of a book, my life has never been the same.   I live on the Moray coast with my husband, dogs and cats. Most of my time is spent in my home office, hand folding the pages of books to form words and pictures, turning them into pieces of art, gifts, keepsakes and curios. I say…