We've picked out nine of the most interesting and influential Scottish food blogs on social media

In the old days if you were looking for inspiration for what to cook or bake would involve buying a book or consulting your granny.

However, in these halcyon days of the all consuming internet, it’s never been easier to find recipes, research trends or see what the latest celebrity chef is up to.

For some people, their passion for food and drink has led them to create regular blogs and write about their experiences. An excellent source of knowledge, advice and inspiration, we’ve picked out nine of the most influential Scottish food blogs online:

1. Tinned Tomatoes

Regularly topping the Foodies 100, TinnedTomatoes (Jaqueline Meldrum) is a leading vegetarian and vegan food blogger with a site that features over 600 easy vegetarian and vegan recipes with photos and simple instructions.

Chickpea cucumber mini pittas. Picture: TinnedTomatoes

Chickpea cucumber mini pittas. Picture: TinnedTomatoes

Using the name of her blog as a reminder to be more creative – Jaqueline found herself becoming fed up using tinned tomatoes as the basis for many of her meals – she decided to use it to chronicle her new found passion for creating recipes.

She now regularly writes articles, blogs and recipes online and has become one of the most successful and prolific Scottish bloggers around.

2. Foodie Quine

Claire Jessiman, created her blog in 2012, taking the name from the doric for a young girl or lady from Aberdeen/shire. A farmer’s daughter from The Black Isle, her mother was also heavily involved in food which meant she started her passion at a young age.

She now has over 5,000 followers on Twitter and her blog features regular updates on all things Scottish food related, she is also available to provide a range of Food Education, Demonstration, Writing and Consultancy services throughout Aberdeen City/Shire and further abroad.

3. FoodanddrinkGlasgow

Glasgow Foodie explorers Mark and Emma grew their blog through their mutual love of food and exploring new venues. Ably assisted by food connoisseurs Fred and Cleo (their cats) the pair regularly blog about their adventures in Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond.

They can regularly be found on twitter and even have their own youtube channel featuring recipes and chronicles of their various adventures.

They also carry an excellent drink section with loads of great beer reviews.

4. BoyseatScotland

Donnie and Raymond own a food shop/deli in the capital and as you can tell by their blog love to eat out. Their adventures are not constrained to Edinburgh and you’ll find regular reviews from their travel around Scotland.

On their blog they share reviews on everything from drinks and bar snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, casual pub grub or dinner in one of our top restaurants.

Their site also carries food news from around Scotland as well as a fun cocktail trail and a places to do list.

Look out for their regular updates on Twitter.

5. A Scots Larder

It’s not unusual to see Graeme at Scots Larder at various food and drink events about the year, the man is very passionate about Scottish food and travels the country extensively in search of the very best food stories.

Cranachan. Picture: A Scots Larder

Cranachan. Picture: A Scots Larder

Graeme is on a crusade to dispel the myth that Scottish cuisine is simply haggis suppers and his regular recipes feature many traditional Scottish dishes updated for modern taste buds.

Best of all he regularly focuses on Scottish ingredients and the niche products he finds on his travels.

6. Scottish Mum

Based in Aberdeen, Scottish Mum is probably the most prolific writer on this list, regularly blogging on everything from parenthood and cooking to living in Aberdeen.

She has over 10,000 followers on Twitter which is a testament to the quality of her blog where she regularly posts recipes, cooking techniques and pictures of the results.

She’s also a keen follower of other blogs, many of which can be found on her site, which means she’s always keeping abreast of what’s going on in the Scottish food scene.

7. Food to glow

Honey Harissa with black bean pasta. Picture: Food to Glow

Honey Harissa with black bean pasta. Picture: Food to Glow

Food to Glow is the creation of Kellie Anderson, an American ex-pat living in Scotland. Using her background in health education, Kellie creates a range of recipes that are aimed at those seeking a healthier, cleaner option.

Mainly plant based – though you will find the occasional decadent treat – her recipes use only the best British ingredients and often take inspiration from her travels.

Perhaps most interestingly, she caters for many different diets and though many of her recipes aren’t vegan she often provides a vegan alternative. Food to Glow also offers many gluten free options.

8. Edinburgh Foody

For those of you based in the capital this will no doubt be a hectic month, thankfully the team at Edinburgh Foody are there to keep you right with an excellent set of reviews, previews and food and drink advice.

Though the team hails from outwith Scotland’s borders, the team – Danielle Ellis, Caroline von Schmalensee and Amy Brewer – are certainly passionate about Scottish food and drink and happily celebrate it in all its forms.

With their combined experience the Foody team will more than happily take you a guided tour through all the best food and drink Edinburgh has to offer, before whisking you off across Scotland and beyond with their recipes and foodie adventures.

If you are a fan of bread (who isn’t) then you have to check out their bread section for all the advice you’ll need on how to get, or make, great bread.

Picture: Edinburgh Foody

Picture: Edinburgh Foody

9. Keep Calm and Fanny On

With possibly the best name on this list, Keep Calm and Fanny On is one of the most unique takes on food blogging out there. Another Foodies 100 favourite the Keep Calm and Fanny On blog began as a tribute to Fanny Cradock’s Cookery programme. Taking inspiration from one of the queens of cooking, the blog aims to put a modern vegetarian twist on some classic Cradock recipes.

Keep Calm is also home to some excellent reviews, articles and foodie news. We challenge you not to like it.

 

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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