Posts Tagged ‘St. Andrews’

St. Andrews International Cook-off

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Well, in all my years of being privy to a whole plethora of International cook-offs, I can quite honestly say I believe the victory in this particular cook-off would be a deserved champion of champions!

All the chefs out-did themselves overall, with team GB knocking out a wonderful, traditional dish of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and the Yankee-Doodle Dandies working their charms on the old bacon and beans. However, the winning dish was a little bit incredible.

Now, for any of you who have the privilege to know me (Joe) will know that my Italian heritage renders me biased to the Italian nation on all accounts. Despite my strongest urges of patriotism aside, the Butternut Squash and Truffle Butter Risotto was a complete tour de force!

The care in which Damiano took in cooking his risotto is something akin to a mother nurturing her newborn child! Infusing the dish of rice and slowly braised slices of butternut squash with a careful scraping of truffle butter, a work of art was created – I would certainly not have minded paying a small fortune (the truffle butter alone came to an astronomical price! But well worth it.)

Keeping in the true spirit of cook-offs, the whole thing was polished off with gusto by the judges and all the contributors so well done to all!


St. Andrews: Sustainability 101

Monday, January 17th, 2011

St Andrews: Sustainability 101.

I have an honest confession to make, i used throw plastic bags away, still use CF sprays and didn’t recycle. That is until i went to St. Andrews! when you see the stunning Fifeshire countryside, the rolling green hills and beautiful coastline, you can understand why they are so conscious about preserving their green and pleasant land up north!

To add another charge to my confession of enviro-terrorism, i never took food and energy/food waste into consideration. My idea of environmentally friendly cooking was cooking with the extractor light bulb fan off! All the food that was cooked with was sourced from around a 30 mile radius out of St. Andrews, it was fresher and exceptionally tasty. Our three chefs knocked up some incredible stuff; Katharine’s stuffed fife squash was a fantastic winter warmer, the smoky cured bacon playing perfectly with the creamy loch Ryan cheese and sweet squash flesh. Christoph’s smooth and silky Cullenskink was worthy of any highlanders own effort and Josh produced a wonderfully light and fragrant Cranachan which really complimented all the ingredients he had used (Scottish raspberries, cream from St. Andrews etc). Not only had the food come from local producers, saving on food miles, but all were cooked with mother nature in mind. Both Katharine and Christoph went for the one pot method of cooking, using less gas and electricity, while Josh chose to create his dish purely using his own man-ergy!

All the food cooked was delicious and deciding who had won was a tough decision. Cooking responsibly and using local food is not just for the dreadlocked, hemp loving bob dylan aficionados of this world. You dont have to be Neil from the “Young Ones” to love a bit of green cuisine, many of the suppliers we used supply to all the top restaurants in the area, it is basically just good, honest food cooked simply. Peace and Love…;-)

How To Find Food In St. Andrews!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Tesco Metro
St. Andrews
KY16 9PD

Open 7.30am-23:59 Mon-Sat
10:00-22:00 Sunday

Medium sized supermarket situated in the centre of St. Andrews.  Good range of local products and Scottish foods, also good international aisles with some Indian, Chinese and Polish ingredients.

The Orchard
201 South Street
St. Andrews

Tel: 01334 472530

Open 9-5pm Monday to Sat.

A wonderful little greengrocers located in the centre of St. Andrews stocking a good selection of locally produced and imported fruits and vegetables.  Much of what’s on offer is relatively familiar but if you have any question or queries just ask!

Minick of St.Andrews

183 south street
St. Andrews,

Tel: 01334 472147

Open Monday to Saturday. 9-5pm

Fantastic butchers shop selling everything from fresh scottish Beef, Lamb, Chicken and             Pork to Scotch pies, Haggis and Eggs.  The owner is called Stewart and deals with many international students so if there is anything you are unsure of, just ask him.

Matthews Food LTD.

17-19 Gellatly Street

Tel: 01382 226 628

Open seven days a week: 9:30 am -5:30pm

Huge selection of foods from all over the world situated in the heart of Dundee.  This store stocks food from China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Indonesia to name but a few.

To reach Dundee you can take the 99C bus from St. Andrews bus station

A train service operates between Leuchars and Dundee with up to two trains running every hour.