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From the humble haggis supper to the finest single malt, Scotland's food and drink scene is as unique as the nation itself. Rosalind Erskine, a food and drink writer for The Scotsman, is joined by guests and experts to give you an insight into what's cooking in
Scotland. If you like a good bit of scran, this is the podcast for you.

Episode Date
Debunking whisky myths & favourite drams from experts
On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by a panel of whisky experts - James Campbell from Spirit of Speyside, author and OurWhisky co-founder Becky Paskin and consultant Blair Bowman. The panel discuss their favourite drams in a whisky show and tell, debunk whisky myths, chat about the magic of Speyside, give tips on tasting whisky and talk about what's happening in the industry this spring.
Apr 30, 2021
Distilling in the rainforest, foraging & how Hendrick's came to be - with Lesley Gracie
On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by Hendrick's master distiller Lesley Gracie who discusses how and why she created the 'unusual gin' back in the 90s. Hendrick's is often cited as having helped kick off the current Scottish gin boom, something which Lesley also chats about. As well as this, we find out more about her expedition to the Venezuelan Amazon rainforest and what she found there - and how it influenced a one-off gin. Lesley also reveals her favourite way to drink Hendrick's and her inspiration behind the latest limited edition Hendrick's lunar gin.
Apr 23, 2021
The story of Arbikie - from field to bottle to climate positive pea spirit
On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by Arbikie co-founder Iain Stirling. Arbikie Estate is a family-owned working farm perched on the east coast of Angus. Iain chats about how his family have farmed the land - on the Angus coast - for centuries and why he and his brothers decided to establish a distillery on site. Iain also discusses Nadar, the business's climate positive pea spirits, as well as their foray into single malt whisky after the success of their rye whisky. Tune in to find out who Iain's dream dinner party guests are and what drinks he'd take with him onto a desert island.
Apr 16, 2021
Chef Lorna McNee on her career so far
On the latest episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by head chef of Cail Bruich Lorna McNee to talk about her impressive career to date.

From humble origins working as a kitchen porter in an Italian restaurant to training with the late Andrew Fairlie and winning the Great British Menu in 2019.

Cail Bruich was recently awarded a Michelin star - the first in the city for 18 years.

Lorna talks about how working with Andrew Fairlie has shaped her work ethos and why taking the best of Scottish produce and doing very little to it is the secret to great food.

She also reveals her food nightmare and why she can't wait to be serving food on plates rather than boxes post pandemic.
Mar 28, 2021
Scran celebrating women in the food and drink industry: Rachel Suttle
Rachel is a mum of two and the Managing Director of Hidden Lane Brewery in Glasgow. Rachel started her career aged just 13 working in hospitality and this sparked a lifelong passion for the industry. She worked in cafes, hotels, bars and nightclubs, building a rich understanding of the various environments and styles of customer service. Eventually she worked for Budweiser and Diageo, where her love of and passion for beer developed. She took a career break to look after her kids and support her husband in his business enterprises, before returning on the other side of the hospitality industry with Hidden Lane Brewery - a real passion project for her. She is hugely enthusiastic about all things food and drink and her brewery's organic nature using only the best of ingredients perfectly sums up her ethos.
Mar 22, 2021
Scran celebrating women in the food and drink industry: Julie Swee Lin
Julie is a Malaysian cook, food writer and broadcaster from Glasgow who owns the Kopitiam, a small Malaysian night time cafe in Shawlands.
Mar 19, 2021
Scran celebrating women in the food and drink industry: Jacine Rutasikwa
Jacine is co-founder of Matugga Distillers, which launched the first rum distillery in Central Scotland in 2018. Together with her husband Paul (Head Distiller), Jacine produces award-winning artisanal rums that are handcrafted from scratch at the family-owned distillery in Livingston. Jacine is a Chartered Professional Marketer and has over 20 years’ experience in media, marketing and business development with major global companies and consulting firms in the U.K and the U.S. She has two daughters aged 7 and 4 years old.
Mar 15, 2021
Talking homebaking and Scottish produce with GBBO winner Peter Sawkins
On this episode of Scran, Rosalind is joined by The Great British Bake Off winner, Peter Sawkins. Peter discusses how he got into baking, Scottish influences in his bakes, what it was like being on the show and his new role as an ambassador for the new campaign from Scotland Food and Drink titled Scotland brings so much to the table.

Chef Barry Bryson also joins Rosalind on a call to discuss the importance of seasonal produce, how best to shop and cook with local, seasonal produce as well as revealing who his dream dinner party guests would be.
Mar 12, 2021
Scran celebrating women in the food and drink industry: Giselle Dye
Giselle is a co founder and Director of Bellfield Brewery, a microbrewery in Edinburgh’s Abbeyhill that produces exclusively gluten free and vegan beer. Started in late 2015, Bellfield is now a well known brand in the Free From space, with seven beers in bottle, can, mini cask and keg and draught. Bellfield has a taproom, beer garden and brewhouse. Giselle also works as a PR consultant/Director at Pagoda PR.
Mar 12, 2021
Scran celebrating women in the food and drink industry: Gemma Paterson
Gemma grew up on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides of Scotland. After studying Russian Language at the University of Glasgow, she worked at The Balvenie distillery studying the art of making whisky and looking after visitors from around the world. Gemma’s whisky journey brought her from Speyside to Stateside, New York City, where she travelled the country as Ambassador for Balvenie. Today Gemma resides in Speyside and now as Global Ambassador for Balvenie, connects with drinkers around the world telling stories and sharing drams.
Mar 09, 2021
Scran celebrating women in the food and drink industry: Diana Thompson
Diana Thompson has over 30 years’ experience within the wine and hospitality industry, including working overseas and national and international roles in the UK.

A Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certified tutor, after working independently with
hotels and restaurants for 12 years, Diana launched Wine Events Scotland in 2016 during the
first Fizz Feast annual festival, and works with producers and consumers, holding wine
workshops, tastings and events across the UK.

Diana has received numerous awards, including Scottish Enterprise Awards’ Most Resilient
Wine Marketing Enterprise 2020 and ‘Wine Event Organiser of the Year 2020’ at Lux Food &
Drink Awards.
Mar 05, 2021
A sustainable guide to cooking
Food waste is one of the biggest unrecognised contributors to our carbon footprint.

On this episode of Scran, Rosalind is joined by Scotland's national chef Gary MacLean and Zero Waste Scotland's Andrew Pankhurst to find out more about food waste and how to prevent it.

From Gary's batch cooking and vacuum packing methods to Andrew's tips on recycling and composting - it really is an eco friendly guide to cooking.

With Glasgow set to host the 26th Climate Change Conference it's time that Scotland follows a more sustainable approach to cooking and eating. Expect practical tips and some laughs around recycling faux-pas.
Feb 26, 2021
Valentine's Special with Tom and Michaela Kitchin
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and it’s a great time to spoil yourself or a loved one with a special meal - even if it's a home-cooked meal this year.

On this episode of Scran, Rosalind chats to a well-known couple on the Scottish food and drink scene - Tom and Michaela Kitchin - about their businesses, how they met, what they’ve been cooking in lockdown and working together as a married couple. They tell us how this is the first Valentine's Day they’ll be spending together, due the restaurant being temporarily closed.

Jon O'Connor, brand ambassador at Isle of Bute Gin, also shares an easy to make cocktail that you can try at home.
Feb 12, 2021
Highlights from Scran's Burns Night
Welcome back to Scran for our third series. Host Rosalind Erskine is back with a brand new line-up of guests talking all things Scottish food and drink.

It couldn't be more fitting than to start with one of the most patriotic days of the year - Burns Night. On the 25th of January The Scotsman hosted a Burns Night Live event on its social media channels where our panel where joined by an international audience.

Rosalind was also joined live by Scotland's national chef Gary MacLean, Scotsman Heritage writer Alison Campsie and BenRiach brand ambassador Stewart Buchanan.

The event also featured a guest appearance from Sam Heughan, an exclusive poem read by Alexander McCall Smith and a chat with James MacSween of the world famous MacSween haggis.

To watch back the live event:
Jan 29, 2021
The Scran Christmas Special
A very merry welcome to the Scran Christmas special! While Christmas will be different this year, we can still enjoy a nice plate of food, which is what this episode is all about, whatever your diet.

Our first guests will be sure to warm your hearts and get you laughing. Rosalind is joined by founder of Socialbite, Josh Littlejohn MBE, and Itison founder Oliver Norman. They tell Rosalind about their partnership which began six years ago. The 'Buy a Homeless person a meal' at Christmas devised by Socialbite 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, Rosalind is 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, Rosalind shares her best supermarket finds for our festive favourites.

Music attribution: Christmas Rap and We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Kevin Macleod from-filmmusic-io/
Dec 18, 2020
200 years of Johnnie Walker
On this week's episode of Scran, we partnered with Johnnie Walker to celebrate 200 years of the brand.

On this episode, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo and the author of ‘A Long Stride’, Nicolas Morgan. Published this year to coincide with the bicentenary, the book takes a look at the history of Johnnie Walker, exploring how it grew from a humble grocery store in Kilmarnock to the global brand it is today.

Rosalind is also joined by author and whisky consultant Blair Bowman. He is widely known for founding World Whisky Day and listeners of Scran will know that Blair has featured on the podcast before.

Blair chats about what blended Scotch is (and the difference between blended malt), his favourite Johnnie Walker drinks and, of course. his desert island drams.
Dec 11, 2020
Scran turns one - the best bits from seasons one and two
On this episode we are celebrating a whole year of Scran.

From our first episode at Edinburgh's Christmas market, to recording in lockdown, host Rosalind Erskine and guest specialist reporter Caitlyn Dewar discuss the highlights and funny bits of the last year.

Listen back to chef Nick Nairn's cooking tips, Sam Heughan discussing whisky, Michel Roux Jr's family foraging and a whisky tasting at the Craigellachie hotel.

Caitlyn and Rosalind also discuss their favourite lockdown cocktails and meals, who they'd share a quaich with and shopping locally during the pandemic.
Dec 04, 2020
Talking whisky with Sam Heughan
On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine is joined by a very special guest: Outlander star Sam Heughan.

Sam is a Scottish actor who is best known for playing warrior Jamie Fraser in Outlander, the historical drama TV show based on the novel series of the same name. Set in Scotland in 1793 at the time of the Jacobites uprising, it has gained fans from all over the world.

In 2019 Sam realised his dream of releasing his own whisky, The Sassenach. Sam talks about what inspired him, why he chose a blend over a single malt and when fans in the UK can buy a bottle.

Sam also discusses his drams of choice, as well as some favourite foods... and some not-so-favourite foodie moments.
Nov 20, 2020
World-renowned chefs Michel Roux Jnr. and Stevie McLaughin share their stories
This week features not one but two chefs from Michelin star restaurants: Michel Roux Jr. and Stevie McLaughlin.

The first part of the episode features Rosalind's visit to Crossbasket Castle to meet Michel Roux Jr. Michel now runs Le Gavorche, one of the first restaurants to gain a Michelin star in 1974. He talks about his famous family name that is synonymous with fine dining, and his humble upbringing, cooking for his icon Sir Alex Ferguson and the key to restaurant success.

The second part of the episode features Stevie McLaughlin, head chef at Scotland's only two Michelin star restaurant. Rosalind finds out about Stevie's career that started with an interest in Choux pastry, his first encounter with Andrew Fairlie at One Devonshire Gardens and tips on how the future generation of chefs can progress in the industry.
Nov 06, 2020
Celebrating International Scottish Gin Day
This week on Scran we chat all things Scottish gin with Gin Cooperative founders Natalie and Martin Reid, and Sean Murphy, author of the book 'Gin Galore'.

With International Scottish Gin Day falling on 24 October this year, Martin and Natalie discuss how and why they set it up.

Sean chats about the rise in popularity of Scottish gin and what can be learned from whisky, and we all mull over our favourite gins and why flavoured options seem to be on the rise.

Finally Rosalind is back in her kitchen, this time making a Scottish G&T with a twist.
Oct 23, 2020
Down at the pumpkin patch
As Halloween is just around the corner, this episode of Scran is all about pumpkins.

Rosalind finally gets back on the road again to visit two pumpkin farms - Arnprior in Stirling and Kilduff in East Lothian.

Opened in 2015, Arnprior was one of the first pick-your-own pumpkin farms in Scotland. Run by Duncan and Rebecca, who live on the farm with their children and Duncan’s parents, the Arnprior pumpkin patch is a popular family day out every year.

Rosalind then heads east to Kilduff Farm in East Lothian. Owners Lucy and Russ talked to her about their decision to open in 2018 and their quest to reduce waste associated with Halloween and pumpkins.

Finally we couldn’t talk pumpkins and autumn without chatting about some people’s favourite seasonal drink - the pumpkin spice latte. Find out how to make one at home.
Oct 16, 2020
How the malt riots led to the birth of whisky
This week Scran takes a look back at Glasgow's malt riots and how they kick-started the whisky industry we know and love today.

Joining Rosalind are Emily Coyle, brand development manager at the Glasgow Distillery company, and Norry Wilson, founder of Lost Glasgow, a Facebook page with a global following that shares tales of Glasgow’s colourful and diverse history.

Emily tells us about The Glasgow Distillery’s latest whisky release, Malt Riot Blended Scotch Malt Whisky, inspired by the 1725 Malt Tax Riots which started in Glasgow and spread across the country. Norry discusses Glasgow's rebellious past and recent history, and why you should fear the women over the men.

Finally Rosalind creates two Glasgow Distillery cocktails at home using Malt Riot - Malt Riot Glasgow Whisky Sour and the Ginger Riot.

Scran listeners can get £5 off your bottle of Malt Riot Blended Malt Scotch Whisky - listen to find out the exclusive discount code.
Oct 02, 2020
The future of Scottish food and drink - with Mairi Gougeon MSP and James Withers
This week's Scran takes a look at the health of Scotland's food and drink sector - and a look back at the 2020 Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.

Joining Rosalind are guests James Withers, Scotland Food and Drink CEO, and Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment and MSP for Angus North & Mearns.

James and Mairi share their thoughts and insights into the fortnight. They also discuss how the industry has been affected by the pandemic, why supporting Scottish producers is important to them and what opportunities they see for the Scottish food and drink industry. Plus we find out who their dream dinner party guests would be.

Chef Stevie McLaughlin is back in the kitchen, and this week he's giving his top tips on how to cook Scottish langoustines.
Sep 25, 2020
A culinary tour of the Highlands
Scran is taking a culinary tour of Scotland, chatting to a range of local legends about their businesses, produce and their community.

This week, Rosalind is on a socially distant tour of the Highlands chatting to various entrepreneurs about why their location is key to their success and at the heart of their product.

Our first guest is Jamie Delap of family business Fyne Ales, which began in 2001 when his parents decided to turn their dwindling farm into a brewery after sampling craft ales down south and seeing a gap in the market for craft ales in the area.

Next up is Jill Clark of Highland Connage cheese, an award-winning family owned organic cheese maker, which started 15 years ago on a farm at Ardersier.

Finally Rosalind speaks to Keith Paterson, founder of Shore Seaweed. Based in Wick, they are growers, harvesters and processors of natural Scottish seaweed.

This episode is produced in partnership with Scotland Food and Drink and we are almost at the end of this amazing campaign which sees Scotland's food industry celebrate local legends with regional producers showcasing their produce through their social media with the aim of encouraging people to source, buy and eat Scottish food and drink.
Sep 18, 2020
A culinary tour of Scotland's central belt
On this episode, Rosalind's culinary tour of Scotland takes her to the central belt. She talks to business owners about their passion for their work and why the local food scene has lots to offer.

Scott Smith, chef and Root to Market founder discusses the concept, how he and his team set it up in a short space of time, what produce is available and his top dinner party guests.

Next up, Nikki Strorar, farmer and owner of a family-run Ardross farm shop based in Fife, talks about setting up the shop and regenerative farming.
Finally Brian O'Shea, founder of The Paisley Drinks Co. chats about the rise of craft soda, childhood nostalgia and supporting local businesses through lockdown.

This episode of Scran is brought to you in partnership Scotland food and drink. We are now halfway through Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, which runs until 20th September. These two weeks see Scotland's food industry celebrate local legends with regional producers showcasing their produce through their social media with the aim of encouraging people to source, buy and eat Scottish food and drink.
Sep 11, 2020
A culinary tour of North East Scotland
This episode of Scran is brought to you in partnership 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 his 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 me 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.
Sep 04, 2020
Scran on the road - part two
This week is the second part of our Scran on the road series.
On this episode, Rosalind travels from Speyside to the Moray coast to speak to business owners and staff about reopening following lockdown.
Firstly, Rosalind chats to owner of Bootlegger's Bothy and the Bothy Bistro, Ruth Scott and head chef Andy Fyfe about the pop up kitchen overlooking the Moray coast and how the pandemic has made them become more creative.
Rosalind then heads to Elgin to speak to brand ambassador for Glen Moray, Iain Allan about their dial a dram service.
A bonus from last week's episode, Danny Grant head chef at the Craigellachie talks about why Scotland’s food larder is more than enough to cook up a storm.
Finally Charles Gladstone from Glen Dye cabins and cottages talks about the rising popularity of a staycation and why Scotland is a dream destination.
Aug 21, 2020
Scran on the road - part one
Welcome to our first 'Scran on the Road' episode! This week, host Rosalind Erskine starts her engine and ventures to the Craigellachie Hotel in Speyside to see what the offering is now that doors are open.

Kevin Smith, managing director at the hotel, talks about how the hotel has adapted during the lockdown. He also talks about the hotel's refurbishment back in 2014 and how this led to a star-studded relaunch party with guests including Kate Moss and Noel Gallacher.

Whilst at the hotel, Rosalind visits the Quiach, the world's leading whisky bar, home to over 500 bottles, and enjoys a whisky tasting with bar manager Angus Bryce-McVay.

Continuing the whisky trail, Rosalind visits the Whisky Shop in Duffton and chats to owner Mike Lord. He discusses how his once intimate Whisky Colours festival has evolved into a hybrid with both in-person tastings and virtual experiences. He also shares what drams he has in his cupboard.
Aug 14, 2020
Sourcing the best seafood
Eating locally caught seafood isn't something we do enough of in the UK. But with over 100 different species of fish caught in UK waters, why not give it a try?

In this episode of Scran, Rosalind discusses a campaign called Sea For Yourself, which is all about encouraging us to cook and eat more fish caught in UK waters.

Rosalind is joined by chef and seafish ambassador Rachel Green, and Jim Cowie, owner of the Captain's Galley seafood restaurant in Scrabster.

Rachel shares her insights into why, as a nation, we don't eat enough fish. She also provides some great cooking tips and shares some simple yet delicious recipes. Jim talks about the importance of sustainability and why eating seasonally and locally is key.

He also talks about the importance of traceability and why the local fishmonger can provide you with all the knowledge you need. Also, find out why Rachel and Rosalind will be visiting Jim in the near future.

Nick Nairn is back with his tip on how to cook fresh mussels, whilst in Rosalind's kitchen she serves up some hand-dived scallops delivered by the Ethical Shellfish Company and a Bloody Mary.

As Jim puts it: "There's a fish for every dish and a dish for every season."
Jul 31, 2020
Scran outtakes and best bits so far - bonus episode
From unheard outtakes to adventures across Scotland, on this bonus episode of Scran, Rosalind Erskine takes you through some of her favourite moments of series one and two.

Expect awkward breathing, laughter and weird and wonderful food favourites.
Jul 24, 2020
What to expect now restaurants and bars are open
It has been a long four months of lockdown, but finally indoor hospitality can reopen in Scotland. On this episode Rosalind chats to Stevie McLaughlin, head chef of Scotland's only two Michelin star restaurant - Restaurant Andrew Fairlie - about lockdown, how the staff and restaurant have been prepared for opening and what diners can expect.

Rosalind also heads out to a newly opened beer garden in Glasgow, Cranside Kitchen, to discuss the reopening restaurant scene in the city with Glasgowist editor Paul Trainer.

From beer garden to inside the bar, Rosalind speaks to publican Michael Woods, who owns The Amsterdam, Saint Lukes and the Winged Ox. Michael speaks about takeaway pints, reopening to customers both inside and out and how things will be very different from before.

Nick Nairn is back in the kitchen giving his cooking tips. This time it's how to bake a loaf of bread - for those who didn't manage to master it during lockdown.

Finally Rosalind shares her lockdown food and drink that you can enjoy at home.
Jul 17, 2020
The rise of Scottish rum - the expert's guide
On this episode of Scran, Rosalind finds out more about the growing trend for distilling Scottish rum.

Often cited as the next big thing following on from Scottish gin, the production of rum has been steadily growing in Scotland over the last two to three years.

Rosalind is joined by Jacine Rutasikwa, co-founder of Matugga Distillers in Livingston, and Kit Carruthers of Ninefold Distillery in Dumfries.

Kit and Jacine discuss why they decided to start making rum and how a rum can be Scottish, as well as giving advice for those looking to get into the industry. Jacine and Kit also chat about their favourite rum drinks and the upcoming virtual Scottish rum festival.

Nick Nairn is also back with his cooking tip and Rosalind discusses her lockdown food and drink of choice.
Jul 03, 2020
Family drams with Billy and Alistair Walker - plus Nick Nairn's career highlights
In this episode of Scran, recorded ahead of Father's Day, Rosalind chats to Billy and Alistair Walker about how whisky has shaped their careers.

Nick Nairn also joins Rosalind on a call to discuss his career highlights - from being the youngest Scottish chef to receive a Michelin star to cooking for the Queen. Nick also shares his cooking tip for this episode: how to make perfect pasta.

Finally Rosalind talks about what she's been eating and drinking at home over the last two weeks.
Jun 19, 2020
Nick Nairn on the crisis facing restaurants - plus how to invest in a whisky cask
On this episode of Scran, Rosalind chats to celebrity chef Nick Nairn about the current crisis and its effects on the hospitality industry - and how restaurants are adapting.
Nick also talks about what he's been enjoying cooking at home in lockdown and shares his tips on how to make a whisky sauce.
Continuing the whisky chat is Simon Aron from Cask Trade. Simon gives his advice on investing in whisky casks and why this is a much more interactive and romantic prospect than conventional investments.
Finally, Rosalind discusses her lockdown food and drink of choice - including a family favourite, delivery options and a newly released gin fizz.
Jun 05, 2020
The healthier beer revolution - and Nick Nairn's tips for steak
This week, Rosalind chats to two pioneers of the beer industry who are offering healthier alternatives to classic pints.

Jason Clarke, creative Director of Genius Brewing, discusses their craft light lager and their mission to provide quality craft beer at a fraction of the alcohol and calories. Jason also talks about how the rise in healthy living has affected the beer market and how America is leading the way.

Rosalind also speaks to Sonja Mitchell, founder of Jump Ship Brewing, about her alcohol-free beer, which launched last year. Sonja discusses why she moved from marketing into brewing and her reasons behind launching an alcohol-free beer - Yardarm lager.

Acclaimed chef Nick Nairn also joins Rosalind on a call to give some cooking tips - this week he reveals how to cook a perfect steak.

Finally Rosalind gives her ideas on food and drink to enjoy at home.
May 22, 2020
The expert's guide to whisky - with Blair Bowman, Kirsty McKerrow and John McCheyne
This week Rosalind chats to a range of whisky experts in the lead up to World Whisky Day on 16 May.

Blair Bowman, author, whisky consultant and founder of World Whisky Day, talks about why and how he founded the day, his journey into whisky and how you can train your nose to pick up on the subtleties of a dram.

John McCheyne, Master Brand Ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, chats about his whisky memories, what members can expect from the society, how to host a tasting at home and his favourite drams.

Finally, founder of the Edinburgh Whisky Academy Kirsty McKerrow discusses her career in whisky, what courses are available at the academy and how people can take part online from home.
May 08, 2020
How Scotland's food industry can overcome the crisis - with James Withers, Mark Greenaway and Petra Wetzel
Welcome to season two of Scran - the podcast that's passionate about food and drink.

We are now airing fortnightly and this week we delve into the coronavirus crisis and lockdown - and how the food and drink industry is coping.

Rosalind is joined by James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food and Drink, award-winning chef Mark Greenaway and Petra Wetzel, owner of WEST Brewery.

James chats about Scotland Food and Drink, how the organisation is helping members and how the industry can navigate this current crisis together and come out the other side.

Mark shares his tip on cooking at home and discusses what he thinks the future holds for restaurants after coronavirus.

Petra talks about the impact of the lockdown on her businesses, beer delivery and why WEST will no longer be supplying Wetherspoons pubs.

Rosalind also talks about her lockdown cuisine - a sardine bolognese, and favourite G&T, made with Edinburgh Gin's Seaside Gin.
Apr 24, 2020
The secrets of the Birch tree - with Birken Tree
Welcome to series two of Scran - the podcast that's passionate about food and drink.

We are now airing fortnightly and this week, listeners are invited to take a stroll in some ancient woodlands in Perthshire as host Rosalind Erskine chats to founders of Birken Tree, Rob and Gabrielle, about how and why they harvest Birch water and the health benefits provided by it.

Rosalind also chats to restaurant critic for the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, Cat Thomson, about foraging finds, menus and what she's cooking now we are all at home.
Apr 10, 2020
Secrets of a wine connoisseur - with Diana Thompson
Do you know how to pair wine and food? Does glass shape really affect wine taste? This week Scran answers all these questions and more as Rosalind chats to founder of Wine Events Scotland Diana Thomson.
Diana hosted Edinburgh's first Fizz Feast festival last year and is set to launch Edinburgh Uncorked this year, along with the second instalment of Fizz Feast.
Diana chats about how wine price doesn't necessarily affect taste, how to choose a good wine and how to taste it. Plus which glass is best - as shape really does matter.
Caitlyn Dewar from the Edinburgh Evening News is in the studio talking about her favourite wines and the rise of the wine bar.
Mar 20, 2020
Behind the scenes at Gleneagles - with executive chef Simon Attridge
This week Rosalind goes behind the scenes at one of Scotland's most famous hotels - Gleneagles - to chat to executive chef Simon Attridge.

Simon chats about Scotland's larder and its influence on the menus at Gleneagles, what it was like to gain a Michelin star at 25 and working with Heston Blumenthal.

Rosalind is also joined in the studio by Gaby Soutar, The Scotsman's restaurant critic, to discuss the evolution of fine dining, her thoughts on the Gleneagles breakfast and dinner as an experience.
Mar 13, 2020
The story of Beers Without Beards - with Amelie Tassin
If you're a woman who loves beer then Beers Without Beards - a group for women who like beer and would like to get together to enjoy it in good company - is worth checking out.

To celebrate International Women's Day we sit down and talk craft beer with the group's founder, Amélie Tassin.

Amélie discusses how and why she set up Beers Without Beards, what new members can expect from meet ups, craft beer collaborations and their plans for International Women's Day.

Scotsman Food and Drink editor Sean Murphy is also in the studio to chat about brewing and his desert island drinks.
Mar 06, 2020
Pirates, smugglers and illicit distilling - the Glengoyne story with Gordon Dallas
Whisky is one of Scotland's major exports as well as a huge tourism driver. But did you know that some whisky history also includes illicit distilling, pirates and vagabonds? This week we delve into just that with the Glengoyne story, as told by their whisky experiential ambassador, Gordon Dallas.

Rosalind finds out how Glengoyne was inextricably linked to the rapid rise of Glasgow as an industrial powerhouse, through violent vagabonds and Victorian entrepreneurs to modern day pirates.

Rosalind also chats to Sean Murphy, editor of Scotsman Food and Drink, about distilling's murky past in Scotland.
Feb 28, 2020
Celebrating women in the hospitality industry - with Giovanna Eusebi and Kate Fairlie
With International Women's Day just around the corner, this week Scran is celebrating women in the hospitality industry with a live recording from a special fundraising dinner at Eusebi's in Glasgow.

Rosalind chats to owner Giovanna Eusebi about her restaurant and family influences, as well as her motivation behind hosting the women in hospitality dinner.

Kate Fairlie discusses how she's keeping her husband Andrew Fairlie's legacy alive and chief executive of HIT Scotland David Cochrane talks about how this charity is helping to support those getting into the industry, including fundraising efforts such as climbing Kilimanjaro and eating the 'world's highest' Burns supper.
Feb 21, 2020
The community spirit behind Scotland's favourite gin - with Iona Cairns
Unless you've been living under a rock, you won't have escaped the seemingly unstoppable rise of Scottish gin.

One brand that seems to encapsulate the ethos of championing not just local produce but a sense of community is the Isle of Harris Gin. Produced on the island at the newly opened distillery, the gin is known for its unique flavour - created with the main botanical sugar kelp - and eye-catching blue bottle.

This week Rosalind Erskine chats to Harris gin's brand ambassador Iona Cairns about the gin's creation, rise in popularity, what happened when thy ran out of bottles, and why you should visit the distillery if you have a sweet tooth.

Gaby Souter, The Scotsman restaurant critic, is also in the studio with her must-visit restaurants of the month (and some to avoid).
Feb 14, 2020
How to forage - and Valentine's dining tips
Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and it's one of the most popular nights of the year to dine out.

This week, love is in the air as host Rosalind Erskine chats to chef Paul Wedgwood, owner of Royal Mile eatery Wedgwood the Restaurant.

As well as giving his tips for cooking a slap-up romantic meal at home, Paul also discusses what diners can expect when eating at his restaurant (spoiler: it won't be as expensive as you might think) and how he sources his ingredients - often by foraging in woodland in and around Edinburgh.

Rosalind also speaks to Edinburgh Evening News reporter Caitlyn Dewar about her thoughts on February the 14th, and why a good dinner out is not just for Valentine's day, it's for life.
Feb 07, 2020
How craft beer conquered the world - with Brewdog co-founder Martin Dickie
Even if you're not a beer drinker, the name Brewdog won't have escaped your attention in recent years. From humble beginnings in 2007 they've grown to become a global brand with 82 bars around the world.

This week Rosalind ventures up to Ellon to visit the home of Brewdog. She chats to co-founder Martin Dickie about his passion for brewing, the logic behind the name and their innovative business model.

Rosalind chats to Scotsman Food and Drink editor Sean Murphy about the reasons behind the rise of craft beer.
Jan 31, 2020
Burns Night Special: the expert's guide on what to eat and drink
Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!

This week we celebrate the culinary traditions of Burns Night, with expert tips on haggis and whisky.

Rosalind is joined by Mark Thomson, the brand ambassador for Scotland for Glenfiddich, who recites 'Address to a Haggis' and shares his insight into which whisky should be enjoyed with the traditional dish.

Rosalind also welcomes James Macsween, managing director of Macsweens Haggis, and Scott Monroe, Head of East of Scotland region for Marks and Spencers.

They talk about working together to create their delicious haggis and how they are catering to a more diverse global market than ever - with the help of 'Scottish Veggie Crumble'.
Jan 24, 2020
The secrets of Chinese cooking - with Glasgow chef Jimmy Lee
This week we'll get you out of the January blues and into the rhythm of 2020, and we'll talk about Veganuary and Chinese New year all in the same episode.

Host Rosalind Erksine chats to Lychee Oriental founder and chef, Jimmy Lee about his Chinese New Year traditions, his childhood exploring the drinks cabinet and his new gluten free menu.

Rosalind also chats to Edinburgh Evening News what's on and food reporter Caitlyn Dewar about new foodie finds in the capital and her thoughts on the Veganuary trend.
Jan 17, 2020
Down on The Buffalo Farm
Buffalo mozzarella doesn't sound very Scottish. But one Fife farmer is aiming to change all that.

This week Rosalind goes to visit Steven Mitchell on his buffalo farm near Kirkcaldy.

He talks about why he chose buffalo, the unique characteristics (and sounds) of the animals, and his ambitions to produce Scotland's first ever buffalo mozzarella.
Jan 10, 2020
The botanics of gin - with Hamish Martin of the Secret Herb Garden
Gin is this week's theme, and more specifically the botanicals that make each one unique.

Rosalind is joined in the studio by Hamish Martin, co-founder of the Secret Herb Garden. He talks about growing his business from a derelict plot of land on the outskirts of Edinburgh into a specialist seven-acre herb garden and visitor centre. He also discusses The Old Curiosity Gin, which he launched in 2017.

We also get the background to Scotland's gin renaissance from Sean Murphy, Scotsman food and drink editor, and author of the acclaimed 'Gin Galore: A Journey to the Source of Scotland's Gin'.
Jan 03, 2020
A master blender's guide to whisky
It's a whisky-flavoured show this week, as Roz chats to Rachel Barrie about being one of the first female master blenders, her creations to date and what whisky she would take to a desert island.
Dec 20, 2019
Scottish Fusion
This week's Scran is all about Malaysian food with a Scottish twist.

Ros talks to Julie Lin, award-winning restaurant owner and head chef at Julie's Kopitiam, about her journey from street food vendor to restaurant owner.

Sean Murphy, editor of the Scotsman food and drink website, also makes a debut appearance on the show to discuss his background in the industry and his favourite food hotspots at the moment.
Dec 13, 2019
Festive flavours at the Christmas Market
The opening episode of Scran has a distinctly festive theme. Rosalind ventures along to the Christmas market in Edinburgh to sample some Gluhwein and cheese fondue, and we hear about foodie traditions from around the world.

She also chats to to The Scotsman's Gaby Soutar about the life of a restaurant critic - and of course we get some hot tips of where to eat out in Scotland right now.
Dec 06, 2019
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Nov 21, 2019