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PUBLIC URGED TO SUPPORT SCOTTISH FOOD AND DRINK FORTNIGHT NEXT MONTH

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. Once again, the Fortnight is encouraging the great Scottish public to take part by changing just one thing (#onethingfortnight) about how much Scottish food and drink they buy and eat.

This year’s celebration will take place between Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 17th September 2017 inclusive, and we would love everyone across Scotland, of all ages, to join in to champion Scotland’s delicious larder and change one thing (#onethingfortnight) for 2017.

Tying in with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is profiling the following daily food themes and asking everyone, to simply change one thing (#onethingfortnight):

Sat 2nd Sept Picnic Sun 10th Sept Weekend lunch
Sun 3rd Sept Afternoon tea Mon 11th Sept Coffee break
Mon 4th Sept Office meeting Tues 12th Sept Breakfast
Tues 5th Sept Packed lunch Wed 13th Sept Family meal
Wed 6th Sept TV dinner Thurs 14th Sept Street food
Thurs 7th Sept Sport snack Fri 15th Sept BBQ
Fri 8th Sept Children’s party Sat 16th Sept Fine dining
Sat 9th Sept Drinks party Sun 17th Sept Brunch

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, said:

“Using the daily themes as inspiration, we are searching the archives for historical recipes and asking chefs to provide us with recipes that offer their own modern take on a theme. We will be sharing these recipes, old and new, with the public, alongside other fascinating and delicious hints, tips and facts about Scottish food and drink.

“All the while, we’ll asking people to make use of these ideas to change ‘#onethingfortnight’ about the way in which they interact with Scottish produce. For example, an office worker may switch to Scotch Beef or Scottish Salmon in their daily sandwich; families may seek out Scottish labels on food and drink at the supermarket or visit their local butcher or baker – the possibilities are endless.

“Just one change can make a huge difference, so please do get involved and let us know what you are doing to support the Fortnight. We’ll be offering a prize at the end of the Fortnight to the person we deem to have been the most dedicated supporter of the campaign on social media and who has best embraced the #onethingfortnight ethos. Journalists and bloggers will also be in the running for their own prize if they show their support!”

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 will be officially launched at the start of September at an event in Glasgow at which more detail will be unveiled.

Get Fresh at Haddington Farmers’ Market on 30 January, 2016

The first spring blossoms might seem a long ways off in these grey days of January, so do yourself a favour and add some freshness to your plate for that extra boost of Vitamin D to see you through the winter months. Natural foods high in vitamin D include fish oils, fatty fish, mushrooms, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.

Crops might grow slowly in these dark days of winter but, thanks to our mild maritime climate, many farmers and producers keep the harvest coming. Between the array of fresh pickings you can enjoy leeks, cabbages, spinach, root veg, watercress, lettuce, coarsely, chervil – making sure that your winter menus are anything but barren.

Winter has a lot going for it, but fresh produce is usually not on that list. In colder climates, eating locally through the winter can be downright challenging. But we’re here with some good news: Every meal doesn’t have to revolve around potatoes and onions, even though they are delicious and are the maintain stay of many recipes. With a bit of advanced planning and creativity, it’s possible to eat fresh fruits and vegetables with plenty of nutrients and flavour all winter long.

goody-bag-lootThe main reasons for local, seasonal produce tasting good are that it’s grown in optimum conditions and it’s fresher because it reaches you sooner after being harvested and the stallholders at HFM are the growers themselves so pass on great cooking tips.

As each year ends, a new season arrives, together with a supply of fresh ingredients that offer you comfort from the cold. From hardy root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus, winter produce delivers a surprising range of flavours for you to enjoy with family and friends.

Haddington Farmers’ Market has over 20 stalls offering the best local food and drink and set against the wonderful backdrop of Court Street.  The market attracts a loyal following, as well as appealing to day trippers.  The stalls provide a huge variety of fresh, local and healthy produce for your everyday needs, for treats or as a gift.  Particularly popular are our fresh and smoked fish; free-range meats and venison; bread; deli products; three cheese stalls; beer and apple juices.  You’ll also find fruit and vegetables, chutneys and jams, cakes, eggs, honey and bespoke wooded crafts.

Haddington Farmers’ Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month at Court Street, Haddington, from 9am-1pm. There is ample free parking behind Court Street and the market is a great venue from which to explore the market town of Haddington.

The January Haddington Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturday 30 January, 2016.

Beetroot Brownies Recipes

Brighten up your plate and your palate with Beetroot brownies:

Ingredients

  • 500g whole raw beetroot (3-4 medium beets)
  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g bar plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder

Method

  1. Wear a pair of rubber gloves to stop your hands from staining, then top, tail and peel the beetroot – you’ll need about 400g flesh. Roughly chop and put into a large bowl. Add a splash of water, cover with cling film, then microwave on High for 12 mins or until tender.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. While the beetroot cooks, butter then line a 20 x 30cm traybake or small roasting tin. Roughly chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes. Tip the cooked beetroot into a sieve, drain off any excess liquid, then put into a food processor or blender with the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Whizz until the mix is as smooth as you can get it. The chocolate and butter will melt as you do this.
  3. Put the sugar and eggs into a large bowl, then beat using an electric hand whisk until thick, pale and foamy, about 2 mins. Spoon the beetroot mix into the bowl (it won’t look too pretty at this stage, but bear with me), then use a large metal spoon to fold it into the whisked eggs. Try to conserve as much air in the mixture as you can. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, then gently fold these in to make a smooth batter.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25 mins or until risen all over, with just the merest quiver under the centre of the crust when you shake the pan. Cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares.

Haddington Farmers’ Market: Saturday 19 December, 2015

goody-bag-lootHaddington Farmers’ Market is always special. Offering more than just the best of the season’s produce, Haddington Farmers’ Market is an atmospheric alternative to crowded shops during one of the busiest and most hectic times for shopping in the year. Oozing character, its stalls festooned with seasonal decorations as shoppers enjoy the great variety of home grown produce, friendly atmosphere and first class customer care. Where else could you speak with the producer who knows his produce inside out and who is more than happy to offer you advice and tips on the best cooking methods?

grottowebExtra care and attention is always afforded to HFM customers – twelve months a year – but this December excitement is mounting as HFM prepare for an early visitor. On Saturday 19 December, Santa and his golden grotto Lothian Bus will make a special visit. Not only will his little helpers will be singing Christmas Carols, Santa has promised there will be a goody bag for each child who would like to say hello.

Haddington Pipe Band will be playing a selection of traditional tunes, mulled wine and hot spiced apple juice, plus a range of mouth watering tasters will be available. There is also an opportunity to win a HFM hamper – packed full of delicious local produce.

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at a local Christmas market? Christmas shopping is never a chore at the market thanks to the huge array of speciality stalls offering unique present ideas and you can create your very own bespoke HFM hamper for your food loving friends.

Worried about parking? Santa’s golden grotto bus isn’t taking up all the room. There is loads of free parking behind Court Street and the market is next to bus stops to and from Edinburgh and the rest of East Lothian. The market town of Haddington offers some lovely cafes and restaurants, as well as a range of individual shops which are well worth exploring (see a list here).

Christmas is a very special time of year. Make your Christmas even more special with produce from Haddington Farmers’ Market and a visit to Santa.

Come the festive season, there’s nothing better than a spiced, warming glass of this mulled wine. Try this mulled apple juice, which the kids will love.

1ltr Laprig apple juice

strips of orange peel

1 cinnamon stick, plus extra to garnish, if you like

3 cloves

sugar or honey, to taste

Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused. Sweeten to taste.

Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.