Jenny MacPherson, Claire Jessiman and Simon Preston review some of this year's Christmas cook books, chef Neil Forbes cooks us up a delicious festive Ecclefechan tart and Carina Contini is on hand to give us tips on creating some tasty, edible Christmas gifts.
Creating A Calm Christmas Kitchen!
It may still be November… and you might not want to hear the C word … but trust us, your Christmas food planning and cooking will be a lot less stressful with Beth Kempton’s guide to a calm Christmas. And it starts right now!
Food writer and lover of all things Italian Vicky Bennison has spent years travelling across Italy, meeting the nonnas and finding out their culinary secrets. Discover just how simple it is to cook like a “pasta granny” in your kitchen at home!
Nigel Slater explains why the humble cheese grater has a special place in his heart!
And wrapping up Soup Month, Chef Kirsten Gilmour makes an apricot, carrot, rosemary and red lentil soup. Yes, really – apricots in a soup!
Soup and using up the leftovers
Ghillie Basan shows us some inspiring ways in which we can use up our leftovers in a pot of soup and Fife food ambassador Christopher Trotter is on hand to give us some expert advice on how to create the perfect stock. Also, Christopher Mullin tells Andrew Thomson about his one man mission to revive the ancient tradition of making mead in Scotland.
5 Ingredient challenge
The Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers talk to Jenny about their new book 'One Pot Wonders' and as November is soup month on The Kitchen Café, chef Alfie from River House restaurant in Inverness shows us how to make a quick fish soup, using only 5 ingredients. Also, as part of Children In Need week, Jenny speaks to Carol MacLennan from the Elgin Youth Café to hear about the difference their cookery classes are making to the young folk of Elgin.
Super Soups & A Culinary Hug From Nigel Slater
Join Jenny MacPherson and the team for more great foodie ideas, stories and inspirational tips.
This week Nigel Slater shares his passion for autumn and winter cooking with a whole bunch of fresh, inspiring recipe ideas. He explains how the plant-based recipes in his new GreenFeast book are comforting, satisfying and certainly not puritanical! Oh, and some pudding-for-breakfast confessions like: “I have been known to open the fridge at 7 o’clock in the morning and glory, there’s yesterday’s trifle…!”
With the clocks changing and winter fast approaching, we’ve declared November to be Soup Month on The Kitchen Café! Chef Neil Forbes shows us how to make a simple but delicious lightly spiced parsnip soup.
Meryl Gilbert from Glasgow’s SWG3 talks about their fresh approach to eating out. The dining space at the Acid Bar is taken over by different chefs and cuisines every few months – like a pop-up restaurant but for longer than one night only! It mirrors the shared space in the rest of the building and allows for greater flexibility and creativity with the food … and a chance for us to broaden our horizons with what and how we eat.