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Many Challengers and prospective Challengers will have read Andy Howell’s sound advice on TGO Challenge Preparation. However, a glaring omission in Andy’s guides is that there is no mention of the local Scottish delicacies, such as haggis and Forfar bridies, that you may come across as you traverse Scotland. I won’t write here about the […]

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As I wrote after last year’s Challenge, I’m not one for astronaut food. I don’t like eating out of foil bags, I find the food bland and I am particularly averse to paying high prices for this stuff. I prefer to think ahead about food, cook using readily available ingredients and eat in cafes and […]

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I’ve just finished reading ‘The Sunlit Summit’, a biography of W.H. Murray. Murray was a pioneer Scottish climber in the 1930s who wrote what I think is the finest Scottish mountaineering book ever written – ‘Mountaineering in Scotland’. Murray and his pals were hard men – no modern fabrics, crampons, protection equipment in these days […]

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I’ve had an occasional blog about food – mostly restaurant reviews for many years. I haven’t posted for a while but I’ve now decided to broaden the scope and start a new food blog. I won’t be deleting my reviews blog but new reviews etc. will be on the new blog. So – welcome to Bistros and […]

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Eating the Highlands

Just after I finished this year’s TGO Challenge, my wife had a knee operation and, as part of her recuperation, we planned a short holiday in the Highlands. After a rather unfortunate post-pub nocturnal experience with midges in Mull, Anne insists on indoor plumbing rather than a tent so we planned this around places that […]

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Food that you cook in and eat from bags always puts me in mind of Star Trek, the 1970s sci-fi TV series. The famous quote from Star Trek that they remind me of is when Captain Kirk and Chief Engineer Scotty encountered some strange and unusual life forms and Scotty said in his American-Scottish accent: […]

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Courgettes (Zucchini if you are Italian or American) in Scotland are a bit unreliable but the warm weather this summer has really suited them. Expecting a poor crop, we planted 6 plants and now we are overwhelmed with yellow courgettes. Simple roast courgettes are really nice but more variety is needed so we’ve been looking […]

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It wasn’t that long ago where the title of this post would have made no sense at all. The Highlands were a culinary desert – restaurants were few and far between, the great local ingredients were shipped south and if you could find a vegetable, it was often old and shrivelled. How things have changed. […]

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