Scran season 2: A culinary tour of North East Scotland

The latest episode of our food and drink podcast, Scran, is now live.

Published 4th Sep 2020
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

This episode of Scran is brought to you in partnership with Scotland Food and Drink and today marks the launch of the Scottish Food and Drink fortnight from the 5th - 20th September.

Scran will take a culinary tour around Scotland, chatting to a range of local legends about their businesses, produce and their community.

This week host Rosalind is on a socially distant tour of the north east as she chats to various entrepreneurs in Aberdeenshire about their passion for growing their businesses and why the culinary scene there is booming. Her first guest is owner of House of Botanicals,

Adam Elan-Elmegirab, who talks about a creative idea that led him to research and recreate the famous Boker’s bitters, which was first created in 1828.

Next up Rosalind chats to skipper of the Budding Rose, Peter Bruce, who tells her about his family roots in the fishing industry and the importance of continuing this legacy.

Then Hungry Squirrel Nut butter founder Susan Yule discusses how she developed her business when she was looking for an alternative to peanut butter for herself and her children.

Finally, our new friend of the podcast, chef Stevie McLaughlin, tells us how to make a restaurant classic - lobster thermidor.

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• Listen back to episodes from series one and episode one two three four five six seven eight nine ten and eleven 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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