BBQ Percy Pig Pork Loin Steaks

Wednesday, 30 May 2018
What better match for the BBQ? Juicy tender pork loin steaks topped with sticky caramelised Marks & Spencer Percy Pigs. Think gammon steak and pineapple - only better! This little piggy went to the barbecue...

I have a feeling that this might be a Marmite recipe. As in you will either love it or hate it. Certainly when I shared it as a work in progress on twitter and instagram the reaction ranged from 'Omggggg so clever' to 'was this a dare?'
Personally I think it's a work of genius but I'm prepared to accept that not everyone might see it like that. In my mind surely there is no better culinary match than Pork and Percy Pig. Pop down to your local butcher for some quality pork and M&S for the iconic gummy sweets and give it a try! Think gammon steak and pineapple - only better. 


Jersey Royals with Wild Garlic and Lemon

Thursday, 24 May 2018
Post in collaboration with Tesco

Jersey Royal new potatoes typically signify the start of Spring and are one of the most warmly anticipated seasonal produce items in the food calendar. In this recipe I've combined them with wild garlic, butter and lemon for a taste explosion of Spring flavours. Serve this vegetarian dish as a hot side or a warm salad. 

My paternal Grandfather Alexander Cameron was a Potato Farmer on The Black Isle. As a little girl I recall nothing better than the taste of his homegrown new tatties served with salty butter. The main varieties he grew were Duke of York, Epicure and Kerr's Pink, much of which was sold to the local chip shop. I don't know about you but when I think of new potatoes the ones that spring to mind are Jersey Royals. So how come my Granda wasn't growing them? Because he wasn't in Jersey is the simple answer! In this instance the clue is in the name and Jersey Royals can only be grown on the island of Jersey. 
(please tell me I'm not the only one that didn't know that?!) 


Cookery Courses & Foodie Experiences in Aberdeen City & Shire

Thursday, 17 May 2018
Looking for a Cookery Class or food experience in Aberdeen City or Shire? Learn a new skill in cooking, baking, butchery, chocolate, BBQ, breadmaking, fine dining, vegan, plant based and more with one of these providers or tutors. Public classes, corporate team building, children's cookery classes, private lessons, confidence to cook, chef for a day, kitchen hire, birthday parties - there's something to suit every taste and budget.

Please do let me know of any other Cookery Courses or Foodie Experiences in Aberdeen City and Shire that I've missed as I'd be happy to include them in this listing.

Cook at the Nook 

CFINE, 2 Poynernook Rd, Aberdeen 

Public Classes 

CFINE's fully equipped modern training kitchen in Aberdeen offers professionally led cookery courses. 

Each class is run by a trained chef/food enthusiast who will guide you in the art of cooking in a number of disciplines including Indian Cookery, Modern Scottish, Fine Dine and Italian Cuisine, sharing their skills and experience in a hands-on environment. 
Trainees will leave ready to impress friends and family with a host of newly acquired skills. 

Corporate team building 
We offer a range of options for your staff team to get involved as part of a team building away-day. The activities can be suited to your needs and are fun and informative, and can prove eye-opening for participants.
The day can be arranged around a number of themes including food waste and food poverty/insecurity.
In the past we have done:
· Ready-steady-cook style competitive games using surplus or 'waste' food
· Creative cooking with an emergency food parcel
· Scenario based challenges like budget planning/cooking on a very low income.

Community Classes
Cook at the ‘Nook are running cooking classes where we aim to use surplus food where possible to make healthy, tasty meals on a budget. Also part of the course is that we work with our partner organisation who could help you or your group whether that be:
· Home Efficiency
· Employability
· Balancing a Budget
What services can we offer the community?
· Join one of our own Cooking on a Budget Courses
· Run your own Cooking on a Budget Course
· Hire Cook at the ‘Nook for a Community Event
· Basic Cooking skills
· Basic Knife Skills 

The Bread Maker
50/52 Rosemount Viaduct, 

£100, 10am - 3pm, max 6 in a class, everything you make you take home

The Bread Maker is a commercially focused social enterprise. Situated in the heart of the city it offers a very unique course taking participants through the bread making process. 
We will give you the confidence to produce bread in your own kitchen, giving you a real talking point of any meal. 
The course covers every aspect of bread making from scratch, including hand mixing, proving, finishing and firing. Breads covered are un-yeasted breads, various whites, wholemeal, ciabatta, foccacia and pizzas. 

Garioch Community Kitchen 
Wyness Hall, Jackson Street

Garioch Community Kitchen is a Scottish Charity that provides practical cooking sessions for members of the local community.
  • Adults Cookery Classes
  • Childrens Cookery Classes
  • Children's Birthday Parties
  • Private or Commercial Hire

The Mixing Bowl

The Mixing Bowl is a community food interest group that meets monthly for talks, tasting, demonstrations and cooking workshops. The events are run by local food enthusiasts.
Meetings are usually held at St Devenick’s Church Hall in Bieldside unless otherwise specified. Costs vary depending on the event content but are generally between £10 to £15. Everyone is welcome but places need to be booked in advance via the website

Cook’s Day Off - Samantha Pack
Samantha Pack, the owner, Italian-British, passionate about food 
I love teaching; my style is “hands-on” workshops hence the groups aren’t more than 8/10 people (depending on the type of class).

Best selling class is Macarons: people will learn all the tricks of the trade and they are able to reproduce this beautiful delicacy. All my classes are open to any skill level.

Classes I am currently teaching:
  • GLUTEN FREE: I finally nailed the right flours combination that allows me to prepare the best fresh gluten free tagliatelle and pizza. 
  • ITALIAN BAKERY: Ciabatta bread and Pizza, restaurant style. 
  • ITALIAN DESSERTS: Tiramisu, almond Biscotti and Amaretti.
  • PASTA PARTY: how to prepare fresh pasta and learn how to use the pasta machine. Preparation of three sauces: tomatoes, basil pesto and Bolognaise.
  • CONFIDENCE TO COOK: open to THREE students only. Allows me to run almost a 1 to one class. It’s perfect to who has a very low confidence on cooking. My program covers all the possible skills. We will start from knives skills and then bakery, pasta and sauces making, puddings.

Angus & Oink
BBQ School

Cocoa Ooze 
New Jasmine House, Greenbank Place, East Tullos, 
2 hour workshop - £38.50 

Come and try our tasty chocolate making workshops with our master chocolatiers. Whether it's someone's birthday, hen party, girls day out or just an excuse to get together and learn the art of chocolate making, Cocoa Ooze can cater to all occasions. 
You and your group will learn how to make truffles & chocolate bars and experiment with flavours. Taste testing is a crucial part in making the chocolates so you will be delighted to hear that we do encourage this. Whatever you make on the day you will be able to package and take home with you. That is of course if you don't eat it all at the workshop.. 

Wark Farm 
Cushnie, Alford, Aberdeenshire
Butchery Experience - half day £75 (Butchery & Meat Cookery) whole day £120 (Butchery, Farming and Meat Cookery) 

Wark Farm is offering vouchers for half and whole butchery and meat cookery days, giving you the opportunity to test your knife skills, learn more about how to cook different cuts and find out what's involved in rearing organic sheep and cattle. 

Eat On The Green 
Udny Green,Ellon 

Chef for the day - half day £100 - includes a light lunch, full day £200 and includes a 4 course dinner 

Offering a unique experience for people of all cookery skills and abilities the Chef for a Day package gives you the opportunity for some one-to-one tuition and the chance to experience the buzz and excitement of a busy professional kitchen; learning new skills and techniques, whilst producing mouth-watering dishes which can be re-created at home. The day starts with a chat with Craig Wilson, owner/proprietor, following this you will meet with the kitchen brigade and then will be put to work helping to prepare for the busy lunch and dinner services. 

Kincardine Cookery 
Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O'Neil, Aboyne 

Group courses start at £75 and include a delicious lunch. Private lessons are tailored to your own foodie interests and tastes, and prices start from £150 plus ingredients. 

Louisa and Rupert were teachers at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London before moving up to Aberdeenshire in 2015. They currently run Kincardine Cookery, a private catering company, that also offers cookery teaching. They run regular courses throughout the year at Kincardine Castle and can provide private lessons for individuals or small groups in your own home. Courses cover everything from how to chop an onion to advanced pastry, bread and butchery skills. 

Brunch & Learn
Classes can be booked at

Nicola and Jo's plant-based classes are held once a month at No1 in Banchory in beautiful Deeside.
The classes are aimed at those who want to learn more about plant-based cooking and desserts.
Nicola has cooked her way around the world bringing international flavours to your plates and Jo runs Jo's Healthy Cupboard and has been making healthy treats and desserts for over 3 years.
Neither are trained chefs but both extremely passionate about plant-based and healthier cooking.
At a brunch & learn workshop you will watch as Nicola and Jo prepare delicious savoury and sweet treats with a different theme each month.
Guests also get to eat their food in a relaxing and fun environment. Everyone goes home with the recipes to make delicious plant-based food at home.

Union Square, Aberdeen 

Learn to cook Tasty Thai at Thaikhun - £59 per head 

Our Cookery and Cocktail classes run every Sunday at 10am and can hold up to maximum 15 people.
Course includes - One cocktail (Coconut Mojito), two courses, recipe cards and a Thaikhun apron. 

1 Union Terrace, Aberdeen 

Escape your home kitchen for a session learning how to master Thai food with us here at Chaophraya. 
Sessions run every Sunday at midday. £69 per person. 

Cooking classes feature: 
  • Welcome fruit punch on arrival 
  • Introduction to Thai ingredients and where to source them 
  • Watch a short demonstration by our Chef 
  • Try your hand at cooking two dishes 
  • Tasting session 
  • Chaophraya Apron 

Shirley Vass Venezuelan Cooking

Originally from Venezuela Shirley has lived in Aberdeenshire since 2003. 
Cooking workshops are held mainly at Number One, Banchory AB31 5SE. 
Workshops usually last 2 hours and the cost per person is £30.

I am not a trained chef, just a Mum who loves to cook and enjoys teaching others. I just want to initiate people into the world of the Arepa, perhaps the most famous and loved dish of the Venezuelan cuisine. During the workshop, participants will have the chance to learn more about the origins and evolution of the Arepa and actually prepare it along with the 3 most popular fillings. We would also enjoy a traditional Venezuelan homemade lemonade and time permitting we'll learn how to prepare some quick side dishes/tapas. After the workshop, we would all enjoy the product of our efforts. At-home cooking sessions, hen parties and Birthday cooking parties are also available. Arepas are gluten-free, and very versatile, which allows you to adapt it to a vegan or vegetarian diet. 

Little Buddha Bakes
Debbie Thornton
Raw & Vegan Food Workshops

North East Scotland College (NESCOL)

Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen

Part time courses to help you master the art of recreational cooking and baking.

Subjects include breadmaking, cake decoration, can't cook need to cook! fine dining, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Itallan, Scottish, gluten free, vegetarian, home baking, desserts and more.

Bothies & Bannocks – Calum Lockerbie 
£85pp for a morning trip to the market, cookery class and 3 course meal (drinks not included). 

Bothies and Bannocks has been set up by myself, Calum Lockerbie, a local lad with a passion for top quality, seasonal local produce. My aim is to provide chauffeur driven food tours and experiences in Aberdeenshire. 

Our monthly “Market Day Cookery Class” is a cookery class with a difference. With a maximum group of 8 we will meet in Aberdeen in the morning for a brief introduction before I drive us out to one of the many fantastic local Farmers Markets Aberdeenshire has to offer. 

Here we will get a chance to chat with producers and learn about seasonality and what makes their product so special. As a group we will decide, based on seasonality and availability, what to buy for our cookery class. Obviously, we will have time for nibbles, coffee and a yap before we head back to the bus. 

On the way back to Aberdeen we can stop at a speciality drinks shop and choose some, wine, beer or soft drinks to go with our meal. We will then arrive back at the cook school where we will meet our very energetic, fun and talented chef. Using a good balance of hands on cookery and chef’s demos we will produce a three-course meal to enjoy with some drinks. 

Expect a fun, informative casual day out where we will meet great people, hear stories and eat some excellent locally produced food. 

Kids in the Kitchen

Lynne Cartledge
Kids in the Kitchen Aberdeen
Tel No: 07764 852101
Visit the website:
Facebook: kids in the kitchen Aberdeen

This post was originally published in December 2016 and revised May 2018. 

Spiced Courgette, Carrot and Feta Fritters

Sunday, 13 May 2018
Fritters are surely the single most delicious way to deal with a glut in the garden! These lightly spiced vegetarian courgette (zucchini) and carrot fritters contain feta cheese for a tangy flavour. Whilst they work well as a side they are also great for breakfast and surprisingly tasty served cold in a packed lunch or picnic.

Spiced Courgette Carrot and Feta Fritters

My Granda Monearn was a fantastic gardener. A greenhouse full of the best smelling and tasting tomatoes ever, luscious strawberries protected under a net and laid on straw and three carefully weeded and precisely laid out vegetable patches. I also vividly recall him storing his onions in old pairs of my Granny's American tan tights! I'm assuming that there must have been some method in such apparent madness?! My own exploits in vegetables haven't been quite as fruitful partly due to the fact that I only have a couple of raised beds, nevertheless nothing tastes better than something you have lovingly grown yourself, protected from the ravages of weeds and slugs and harvested with your own fair hands. I was delighted to be approached by Aberdeen's Duthie Park as part of their National Gardening Week event line up to host a Vegetable Cookery Workshop within the Education Room of the Winter Gardens. Alas all my ingredients came from the supermarket - bar the foraged wild garlic - but hopefully the event provided some inspiration to the real gardeners who attended.

Edible Scottish Adventures - April 2018

Friday, 11 May 2018

Eek! 11th May already?! That means I'm seriously behind with my monthly retrospective for April. As I said last month - better late then never. Although it looks like this may be becoming a habit. Must try harder! Time to take a quick look back at what you might have missed in April across my social media and on the blog. The algorithms of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook don't always want to let my followers see everything I post so this retrospective monthly roundup is my cunning way of attempting to beat the system. Expect barbecued tomahawk, sunshine, street art, dogs, pizza and lots of wild garlic!


Royal Wedding Lemon and Elderflower Drizzle Muffins for Harry and Meghan

Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Make your own muffin versions of Harry and Meghan's wedding cake. Elderflower and lemon are THE top baking flavours of 2018 as the Royal couple have chosen them for their wedding cake. This quick and easy muffin recipe incorporates lemon and elderflower in both the sponge and a sugary drizzle.

Who's excited about the upcoming Royal Wedding? I most certainly am. Don't Harry and Meghan make just THE most wonderful couple? Being a step removed from the 'next in line to the throne' limelight of William and Katherine I reckon it's going to be the most non royal, royal wedding that we've ever seen. I've watched them all over the years. I was only 9 in 1981 for Charles and Diana and still have a collection of memorabilia. For Andy and Fergie were were on holiday but I remember watching bits of the proceedings through shop windows. Edward and Sophie, Charles and Camilla and even Zara and Mike. I tuned in to them all! My children joined in watching in 2011 for Will and Kate and some fantastic photos from then came up in my Facebook timehop recently. Seems that we like any excuse as a nation to celebrate and what better one than a Royal Wedding?

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