Dornoch Castle Hotel is one of Sutherland’s landmark buildings and sits in a prime spot opposite the 17th-Century cathedral once at the centre of a media storm after pop singer Madonna – then at the height of her fame – and film director Guy Ritchie had their baby Rocco christened there 18 years ago.
Food and Drink
Wine expert Susy Atkins is on a mission – and the message she wants to get across is that wine is not stuffy, but something everyone can have some knowledge of and talk confidently about.
Some 19 years ago, Taste of Grampian started out as a small event designed to stimulate the local food and drink sector.
Ballater, just over an hour’s drive from Aberdeen, is a favourite destination of ours. When our children were younger, we enjoyed camping weekends there and regularly walked our dogs on the scenic paths around Loch Muick.
If you are in Oban and fancy a slightly different vibe, why not take a trip across the bay to the restaurant at Kerrera’s marina for a nautical feel.
What are your thoughts on rose wine? Is it something that you think of as a seasonal drink or a wine that always has a presence in your wine rack?
National barbecue week starts on Monday, May 28, but budding grill chefs are no longer confined to just one week a year – having a barbecue has become a popular way to cook any time the sun comes out.
While it’s whisky that everyone associates with Scotland, another amber liquid, beer, has also been popular for a long time.
It’s unsettling to realise it’s more than 40 years since I first went for a curry and a few drinks on a Friday night. Then, of course, I tended to be heading into the restaurant at about half past 11 having spent an evening in the pub with friends.
Spend an hour with Gennaro Contaldo and you are guaranteed to be fed, for this 69-year-old is still passionate about being in the kitchen.
I had avoided the temptation to press my nose to a window to see what all the fuss was about at Cafe Harmony – every time I walked by at weekends, it always seemed busy with happy, smiling diners.
We were definitely having a better afternoon than our pal from Finland – in my humble opinion.
Spring is here and with it comes longer days and – hopefully – some warmer weather. And how better to celebrate the end of winter than by raising a glass of fine British gin?
For centuries the traditional sign that summer has arrived is the eruption of the creamy frothy elderflower in the hedgerow. This ancient plant is synonymous with the magic and mystery of nature as bumble bees hum around the saucer-sized blossoms rich with pollen, packing their baskets with yellow gold as they have done for time immemorial, ready to transform it into sweet, sticky honey.
Spring is taking its time arriving, and although we have the joy of light evenings and early mornings, we do still suffer the on-going chilly weather and I feel the need to continue to cook with winter-type ingredients.
The Pier cafe bistro was always a favourite of ours on family visits to Aberdeen beach, so I was saddened when it was destroyed by a fire at a neighbouring restaurant.
Recipes: Michelin star chef, Tom Kitchin, bridges the gap between winter and spring using leafy green vegetables
This time of year can make chefs a little impatient. We’re so close to spring that we can almost taste it, yet a chill – and sometimes snow lingers in the air, reminding us that winter is only just ending.
Wing Yip – the UK’s leading Oriental supermarket – is encouraging fans of Oriental food to try creating authentic Chinese dishes at home.
When choosing a restaurant to visit, I always like to act on recommendations. So after finding out that a friend used to work at the Learney Arms in Torphins, I marked it down as next on our list to visit.
Forget thick white, seeded or wholesome brown bread - it’s sourdough bread that’s been the big talking point of late.
Families, friends and colleagues are being encouraged to take part in the Be a Star, Bake a Cake campaign which supports Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.
“Anchors away!” is usually the cry that signals a safe and welcoming haven for ships at sea, but we bumped into not one but two anchors on sentry duty just inside the entrance to The Silver Darling restaurant at Aberdeen Harbour.
A competition will be held to crown the world’s best buttery, amid concerns that traditional methods of making the delicacy are at risk of being forgotten.
I love it when a restaurant gets you talking, especially if you’re still talking about it days after you’ve dined there.
So many more cafes are now expanding and opening up in the evenings with many trying to do something just a little different, which is a great sign. Kirk View Cafe & Bistro on Union Terrace has just celebrated its first year of trading and is now running theme nights as well as afternoon teas and pre-theatre meals. The cafe states on its website that it is a family-run business that sources local ingredients, so myself and some friends were eager to try it out.
Now and again we enjoy a trip to Inverurie on a Saturday. They have a plethora of independent shops where you can pick up something different, and with a few birthdays coming up I managed to purchase them quite quickly so we had plenty of time to fit in some lunch before heading back to Aberdeen.
There’s one sound I hear that takes me back to my childhood in an instant - the distinctive “clanging” sound of rigging hitting masts.
Anne Shooter talks about her recipes’ family roots and how Jewish food is changing.
I have been a resident of the Mid Stocket area of Aberdeen for a number of years, and while it’s a great spot to live with plenty of amenities, one thing it does lack is a variety of restaurants and bars.
Two-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux jun is a Norway Seafood Council skrei cod ambassador. Here’s two of his delicous recipes featuring the Norwegian national delicacy.
Michelin-star chef Tom Kitchin shows how to transform a mid-week meal into a culinary treat using local seafish.
Melissa Hemsley talks about removing the pressure and guilt from cooking.