Guest Blog: Alison Henderson | Cooking fish outdoors

Guest Blog: Alison Henderson | Cooking fish outdoors

Who are we? We are Dave, Jules, Ali and Rob, all good friends and are fire and food fanatics. What do we do? We teach, make fire, forage, cook and entertain - in the Wild! Ingredients and the environment are hugely important to us and shape what we do and our ethos: local seasonal sustainable simple - the ingredients are the star of the show, not the wizardry of the chef On 4th August, Dave and Ali hosted ‘Fire & Feast #2’ - a full day, hands on workshop when participants learnt how to cook in the outdoors, deep in The Woods of East Lothian. Backwoodsman skills of building and maintaining fire and wild cheffing skills such as ponassing fish (curing and then hot smoking it over fire) roasting, baking in salt & cooking in an earth oven were all covered. We then kicked back, late afternoon for a magical Woodland Feast around the campfire. The Feast To start, a fire cooked to taste of the sea: Ponassed...
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Guest blog – Alison Henderson, Colstoun Cookery School

Guest blog – Alison Henderson, Colstoun Cookery School

Colstoun Cookery School Scotland Alison Henderson, freelance forager, recipe developer and cookery school teacher at Colstoun Cookery School recently held a Fish & Seafood course for her students. Colstoun Cookery School Scotland offer a range of day long cookery courses, aimed at students of all abilities who want to learn how to make delicious food. They use only locally sourced ingredients (where possible) from East Lothian and pride themselves on being the greenest cookery school in Scotland. Using renewable heat and LED lighting to composting all of their food waste, they aim to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. In their very first year, Colstoun Cookery School won the Scottish Rural Award for Best Start Up and in 2018 we were finalists in the Rural Education category. They've taught thousands of students from many varying levels of expertise, from absolute beginners through to the team of a Michelin Star restaurant. Their doors are open to students of all abilities, all they ask...
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Queen Margaret University – our fish business

Queen Margaret University – our fish business

East Lothian Food and Drink BID As part of the East Lothian Food and Drink BID initiative, we were offered the opportunity of working with second year students from Queen Margaret University (QMU). Initially it was to produce a podcast about our fish business, but the students decided to do a video as well.The students came to interview Pamela and visit our shop/fish premises to find out all about the fish processing business.Pamela was then invited to QMU to watch their presentation of the podcast and video, and give feedback on the results - which she was very impressed with. Many thanks to the students for all their help and hard work.You can view the short clip they produced below:https://youtu.be/tBoTaYKJrvc?rel=0Visit the East Lothian, Scotland's Food and Drink County website for further information....
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Seafood in schools workshop

Seafood in schools workshop

Seafood Scotland Pamela Zenati, one of the partners of our business, was last week at Preston Lodge High School for the seafood in schools workshops run by Seafood Scotland. Pamela is wearing the french Label Rouge apron which was once worn by a member of the Roux family. The workshops were held to educate all the kids at the school about fish and the benefits to including omega 3 in your diet....
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Iain Gray MSP promotes Small Business Saturday UK

Iain Gray MSP promotes Small Business Saturday UK

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Scotland To help promote the campaign this year, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Scotland arranged for me to visit James Dickson & Son in Cockenzie, one of many great small businesses in East Lothian. They epitomise the kind of business that Small Business Saturday is all about. Dickson’s have been serving local customers since 1921, and there are currently three generations of the family involved. Being so rooted in the community, over generations, and prioritising customer loyalty over many years – these are exactly the kinds of strengths our small businesses can bring to the local economy.We should do all we can to thank all of our local small firms and shops for the vital contribution they make to the local economy, adding to the local community and boosting diversity on our high streets.Find out more about Small Business Saturday....
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