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Smoked Haddock and Leek Risotto with Poached Egg

By Lindsay Guidi, Home Cook School A home cook from the youngest possible age, I took inspiration from my mother and grandmother who always believed in involving children in the preparation of family meals. In later years this investment paid dividends for my art school contemporaries who were regularly treated to my delicious, yet economical, banquets! Travel has since provided the stimulus for…


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…


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…


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…


Quilters Have It Covered

Ann Hill, coordinator for The Quilters’ Guild in Scotland (known as Region 16) celebrates the resurgence of the craft – and the SWI’s part in helping raise its popularity. Quilting in Scotland has never been as popular as it is at the moment. We have seen a large increase in the membership of the Quilters’ Guild in Scotland and also in our local communities. Some of this is certainly down to the…


SWI in the City…musing over coffee

By Ann Milne, who founded the new style SWI group Deen Divas in Aberdeen in 2015 Today I went out for coffee. I met a friend and we went into town, with the intention of heading to the cinema to watch the new Avengers movie, so that we could pretend to be cool and have something to chat about with the young folks at work, what could be nicer. But we got distracted. We got very distracted. The power…


Thank Fifi - Why I Quit the Day Job

Established in 2011 by Wendy H Gilmour, Thankfifi covers Wendy's journeys through fashion and style, travel and life.  Having balanced a career in PR and marketing alongside the blog, after almost seven years Wendy has recently taken the leap and quit the day job to work full time on Thankfifi.  In the post below she talks about how she came to make the tough decision and why she is following her dreams... First…


Foodie Quine - Edible Scottish Adventures

Claire Jessiman is a Scottish Freelance Food and Travel writer based in Aberdeen who has been blogging her Edible Scottish Adventures as Foodie Quine since 2012.  A mum of two and wife of one, she is passionate about cooking from scratch, seasonality, food education and family-friendly recipes. She's always keen to seek out local food specialties, markets and experiences whilst travelling in the UK…