Scran season 2: A Christmas food and drink special - and helping the homeless with itison and Social Bite

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 18th Dec 2020
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

This week's Scran is celebrating Christmas food, drinks and finding out more about a long-standing charitable effort to help end homelessness.

Our first guests on this Christmas episode of Scran will be sure to warm your hearts and get you laughing.

I am joined by founder of Social Bite, Josh Littlejohn MBE, and Itison founder Oliver Norman, who talk about their partnership which began six years ago.

The 'Buy a Homeless person a meal' at Christmas devised by Social Bite and hosted on the platform Itison sold 36,000 hot dinners in its first year and has grown ever since.

They talk about the impact of the campaign and why it never fails to surprise them.

Next, I am joined by Scotsman picture editor and food writer Catriona Thompson, who talks about all the best vegetarian and vegan finds - for those who have had one too many nut roasts.

Finally, I shares my best supermarket finds for the festive feast this Christmas.

Listen to the episode in full


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Bonus Scran - St James Quarter Seafood Festival Preview with Ka Pao and Duck and Waffle

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• Listen back to episodes from series one and episode one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty and twenty one and twenty two from series two of Scran.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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