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23/01/17 New Lanark Ice Cream , New Lanark Mill Hotel # , , , ,

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

On of the first nights of celebration in the Scottish calendar is Burns Night! Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January each year. The first celebration took place in 1801 in Alloway, and today Burns Night is celebrated around the world. The traditional fare is Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) and of course a few drams of whisky. If you fancy shaking things up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of some other Scottish food & drink you can incorporate into your Burns Night meal…


New Lanark Ice Cream – made at New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanarkshire

End your meal with something sweet and enjoy some award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream! Made to a traditional recipe in the historic Mechanics’ Workshop building in the village of New Lanark. We produce a range of flavours from the classic Simply Vanilla to more adventurous Scottish flavours like Irn Bru , Puff Candy and Raspberry Cranachan! Available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Café. (for wholesale enquiries please contact 01555 666875). Find out more about New Lanark Ice Cream here.


Ooft! Scotch Bonnet Sauce sauce – made in the Scottish Borders

Spice up your meal with some Scotch Bonnet sauce! The pepper used to make the sauce is named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat.

“This is a sauce made to an old family recipe from Trinidad and is aged for between one and two years before bottling. The recipe was developed by my wife’s father Rudy DeCoteau who was a master peppers maker living in Maracas St Joseph. The unique smooth flavor is developed when the sauce is laid down like fine wine to mature in vats for over a year before bottling. During that time the vats are checked and shaken weekly. Its along slow process but we think its worth it. Hot sauce, chilli sauce, pepper sauce.” Find out more about buying  Ooft! Scotch Bonner Sauce.

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Image Credit – Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce Facebook page


Seriously Good Venison – reared in Cupar, Fife

Try something other than Haggis…..Seriously Good award winning venison, Highland beef, Hebridean hogget & mutton and rare breed Perthshire pork. Find out more about buying Seriously Good Venison.

 

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Image Credit https://seriouslygoodvenison.co.uk/


Dunlop Dairy Cheeses – made in Ayrshire

Finishing your meal with a cheese board? Enjoy a selection of Scottish cheeses from Dunlop Dairy – a traditional Ayrshire cheesemaker. Find out more about buying Dunlop Dairy Cheese.

Image Credit Dunlop Dairy Facebook page

 


Isle of Harris Gin – made on the Isle of Harris

If whisky isn’t your tipple of choice why not try some Isle of Harris gin? Distilled in the heart of Harris, this gin is made with local waters and made by local hands. Find out more about buying Isle of Harris Gin.

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Image credit – Isle of Harris Gin Facebook page

 

If you don’t fancy cooking why not visit the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One Restaurant for a delicious meal? Take a look at the menu here!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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25/04/16 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Spring Food & Gift Fair 2016 – Meet the stallholders!

Spring Food & Gift Fair 2016 – Meet the stallholders!

On Monday 2nd May New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair will highlight the best of local goods with a variety of stalls showcasing tasty food, drinks, crafts and gifts from across the country. This is a fun day out for the whole family to make the most of the Early May Bank Holiday, getting a taste of Scotland as well as picking up some beautiful gifts.

The Fair is being held in the forecourt and inside the Institute for the Formation of Character which celebrates its Bicentenary in 2016. Entry is free and the fair is open from 10am – 4pm.

Visitors will be able to choose from a range of Food Stalls selling tasty food such as burgers, cheese, pickles, condiments & a hog roast. This can all be washed down with a range of Drink Stalls selling everything from artisan coffee from Glasgow to locally made cider & beer. For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be a range of Confectionary Stalls selling candy floss, fudge, tablet and lots of other sweet treats. There will even be a special Pop-Up New Lanark Ice Cream Parlour in the Institute’s River Room for children to make their own Ice Cream Sundaes.

At the Fair there will be a fantastic range of Craft Stalls from artisan makers selling glassware, handmade jewellery, cards, paper goods and woodwork. These will be accompanied a selection of Knitwear & Textiles Stalls, including New Lanark Wool & Textiles which is produced on-site using historic textile machinery. There will also be plenty of Gift Stalls, giving visitors the chance to treat themselves or pick up a present for a loved one with Prints & Photos, Health & Beauty Products and Children’s Clothing

Let’s meet some of the stallholders…

 

All Things Nice Food

We are a family run, local business producing artisan products using only the finest ingredients. Our jam, chutney and marmalades are handmade in small batches in a kitchen, not a factory. No artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives are added, only using natural sugar and fruit for sweetness (no fructose, fruit syrup, corn syrup or any other unrecognisable ingredients you’ll often find in your supermarket products). We use traditional recipes, sometimes with a modern twist, resulting in a delicious, quality product which is as good as we can make it. Our gift bags, with your choice of contents, make perfect presents for birthdays, Christmas, special occasions or just to say thankyou to a neighbour, teacher or friend.

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Laura Haining Jewellery

Laura Haining Jewellery offers a diverse range of sterling silver necklaces, bracelets and earrings. These are embellished with pearls and precious gem stones; beautifully simple and balanced for weddings and special occasions. A complimentary collection of desirable and stylish costume jewellery reflects the wearer’s individual personality.

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The TOPMAN

A selection of hand turned spinning tops in a variety of woods. I am based in Ayr South Ayrshire and I sell my tops at fairs throughout the SW of Scotland. Spinning tops are my passion and I have a collection many different styles some of which are hand turned by myself including the traditional whipping top of street play of yesteryear.

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Jessica Stafford Cameron Designs

Jessica Stafford Cameron has a BA in Painting from San Diego State University and MA in Design from University of Leeds. Jessica has illustrated the books ‘The Tale of Jessie the Highland Cow,’ ‘I Once Had a Chimpanzee’ and colouring books, written by her father-in-law Roy Cameron. Jessica has also produced Gaelic greeting cards and prints with Gaelic proverbs paired with her illustrations for the Gaelic Book Council. While working abroad in New Zealand she met her Scottish husband, Roy’s youngest son. They are now living happily ever after in Scotland.

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Superlative Pearls

What started as a hobby, moved quickly to become a passion and ended up an obsession!! Hand made jewellery and all things glittery – I just can’t stop making them, so much so that I had to end up selling them to fund my obsession. My customers seem happy enough with that!!!!
I design and make necklaces and earrings from freshwater pearls, Czech crystal and silver beads. I usually only make one or two of the same designs in my necklace range, not because I want to offer exclusivity, but mainly because my memory is so bad that I cant remember previous designs!!!
My jewellery is sparkly and fun and because this is more a hobby than a business I can afford to sell my gorgeous jewellery at pocket friendly prices. The more I sell the more I get to make!! Everyone wins!

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Creative LM’ents

Items are all handmade, including soft furnishings, home décor items and stitched gifts. Some of the items you’ll find on my stall are Cushions, Doorstops, decorative woolen wreaths, stitched gift items for young and old, fabric hangings and fabric embellished cards for a variety of occasions. I’m a self-taught crafter with a passion for creating beautiful items for my clients to enjoy. I love working with fabrics and wool to create a variety of items for your home. I’m a mother, a wife and I also work in a day job for an Architect (so design is in the blood). Crafting is a bit of an escape, something that I can immerse myself in after all the daily chores are complete and I get great enjoyment out of the items I create.
My products are lovingly made; I love using textiles and use a lot of tartan and wool fabrics for my makes. I up cycle items such as travel rugs into cushions and you will sometimes find me raiding the remnant bins in search of those hidden gems! Bits of cut offs that I can create something that will be loved and enjoyed. I like trying out new things, a recent idea is combining my passion for working with textiles and an urge to make cards… the result a range of bespoke fabric decorated cards for all occasions.

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Memories Recaptured – Anne Scott

I am a local artist who resides in Lesmahagow. I love to paint especially Scottish Landscapes and Seascapes. From these paintings I produce glass heat resistant coasters,place settings and paperweights. There are a variety of different sized prints some of which are in mounts and some in frames. The most recent project was to put some of my prints onto mugs. On the day of the Fair I will also have some very reasonably priced original framed oil and acrylic paintings.

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Real Lanarkshire Photography

I am a local photographer, from Hamilton, who has been taking photos for over 20 years. My work mainly consists of urban landscapes and cityscapes of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. I work in both colour and monochrome, with images taken during the day and at night. My portfolio includes both standard and panoramic images which emphasise the natural beauty of our local area. Mounted prints are available in a variety of sizes to suit all pockets and can be supplied with frames or as print only if necessary. Images can also be ordered as acrylic or aluminium prints if desired.

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Pauline Rae – My Secret Kitchen

Our products are made from unique spices and the best ingredients, then custom blended for flavours you can’t find in the supermarket. They are all natural, without MSGs, added preservatives or gluten. We have quite a large product range including olive oils, balsamic vinegars, teas, chocolate powders, herbs and spice blends. Pop along to my stall to taste them for yourself.

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The Funky Fudge Company

The Funky Fudge team are proud to provide a vast range of luxury hand-made Fudge, Tablet, & Macaroon from Hebridean Sea Salt & Caramel to Eton Mess and our now famous Millionaire Fudge. We are also delighted to announce a new addition to the Funky family our hand-made, mouth-watering Chocolate Truffles. Tasting is Believing!!!

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Cabbie Kids

Cabbie kids make slogan giftware for children and babies. Humerous t-shirts and unique Scottish gifts all made from fine, found and vintage fabrics.

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The Floss Boss

Candyfloss & Popcorn machine hire in Ayrshire and Glasgow. Available for birthday parties, weddings, fetes, gala days or any other event!

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The Upcycled Timber Co

All of our products are handcrafted in our workshop in Fife using reclaimed whisky barrels, pallets and timber. We transform discarded wood into beautiful, functional and quirky accessories and furniture for you, your home and your office.

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Linda Slater – Paper Floristry

I use a variety of cardstock, paper,vellum or mirri board to create my flowers. They are hand stamped, heat embossed cut out and shaped to create different effects. I love working with different textures and particularly love creating the different colour combinations.

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Flavours ‘n’ Favours

I am a professional chef/baker and started out making wedding/novelty cakes and favours. With increasing demand for tablet and fudge for favours and subsequently further orders for some of my produce, I decided to branch out and do some local fairs selling my tablet, fudge and some home baking. All my produce is hand made by myself using quality ingredients and no preservatives.

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Jamberry Nails by Gillian

Jamberry Nails Wraps are a durable and easy to apply affordable nail product just launched in the UK. They have no drying time, are chip resistant and waterproof. They come in a wide range of colours and designs with more than 300 to choose from to suit any style or occasion. We even have a Junior Jamberry range with wraps suitable for little hands and fingers.  They are long lasting, and last around 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes.

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Les Plaisirs d’Odette

Les Plaisirs d’Odette produces the finest French cuisine. It’s the ideal gift and the perfect starter and dessert for any dinner table. With French owner Emma’s selection of sweet treats (from gift wrapped French macarons to salted caramel) and savoury jars of pork, duck or fish pâtés and vegetable spreads and relishes, there is something for everyone’s taste and fancy. Just browse through the online store. Alternatively, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for the list of farmers’ markets and food festivals that we attend. See more at www.lesplaisirs.co.uk

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Sew & Saw

We are a couple based in Cumbernauld & having previous careers in Engineering & Nursing we now find ourselves as full time crafters travelling all over the country meeting new & interesting people. When travelling further afield for our “work” we often have our caravan Herbie in tow & stay a few extra days.. It’s a hard life being a crafter!!

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Servus Haggis

Servus Haggis is made from deer offal, toasted pinhead oatmeal, onions, some suet (a mix of beef and venison), some salt and a handful of spices. That’s it. No artificial colours or flavours. No preservatives. Just good, wholesome food plus a load of time, love and attention.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard Remedies are known for their effective, organic, natural and wild harvested health and products.

Our products are certified by the soil association, this means you won’t find parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours, or anything else we believe could cause you or the planet harm in any of our products.  Just lots of lovely pure natural and organic ingredients.

We believe in honesty and indicate every organic ingredient on our labels and website. We are the WORLD’S FIRST health and beauty company to be awarded 100/100 ethics in an independent audit by the Ethical Company Organisation.

We have products suitable for all the family from beautiful skin care to treating the treatment of eczema. Visit me online at https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/racheljohnston and follow me on Facebook for special offers and monthly free prize giveaways www.facebook.com/RachelJohnstonNYROrganic/

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That’s My Fleece

Small family business specialising in producing hand-knitted baby garments. Christening Shawls and Gowns, Girl’s and Boy’s wear and not forgetting a range of premature babywear. All our garments are hand produced using machine washable wools, allowing for everyday use. We also have a range of baby accessories, gifts and cards, as well as seasonal children’s sweater for the Halloween and Christmas periods. Orders can be taken for any garments which do not appear on our current range for both children and adults.

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FOAL drinks

Support new, local, Scottish business today and try a bottle of FOAL. This brand new drinks concept brings the flavours of fantastic orange and lemonade to the premium, craft soft drinks market in a classy glass bottle. Try it on its own or as a mixer with your favourite gin and JOIN THE REVOLUTION.

FOAL was born from an idea – one of the favourite non-alcoholic drinks throughout the UK has always been fresh orange and lemonade. However, with such a tipple comes the problem of having to buy two separate drinks– there is no ready to drink, convenient alternative.

Two years on, FOAL (Fantastic Orange and Lemonade) was brought to the market in March 2016. Now it’s available to enjoy guilt-free – at only 80 calories per bottle – with your favourite meal, or as a refreshing mixer with gin or vodka.

FOAL aims to retain its key values and prides itself on being a Scottish Brand with a Scottish Attitude. We are a proud, determined and honest brand. We may be the underdog, but we are not afraid to stand up and fight for our place in the market.

Stockists are starting to pop up across Scotland, so whenever you see the black silhouette, Join the Revolution, try a fantastic new soft drink and support young, brave new business!

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12/03/15 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , ,

How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

Did you know that New Lanark make our own Ice Cream? Our Award Winning Dairy Ice Cream is made using fresh milk to a traditional recipe and is available in a range of delicious flavours, from Vanilla to Jammy Dodger!

New Lanark Ice Cream Ltd is owned by the New Lanark Trust, so whenever you buy a cone or tub of our Ice Cream you’re contributing to the restoration and development of the historic village within New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Andy, Ronnie (photographed below) and Jim from the New Lanark Ice Cream Team recently attended the Ice Cream Expo 2015 in Harrogate.

We’re delighted to say that our ‘Vanilla’ flavour was awarded a Diploma of Merit in the Dairy Ice Cream, artisan class. Our ‘Vanilla Pod’ and ‘Jaffa cake’ flavours gained a Diploma in the Open and Open flavour classes respectively. Congratulations to the team!

New Lanark Ice Cream Team - Andy and Ronnie

After our success at Harrogate, we thought this would be the perfect chance to visit the New Lanark Ice Cream factory to find out how our delicious Ice Cream is made…

 

Step 1. All the secret ingredients are mixed together in a machine called the ‘Pasteuriser’. This huge machine can hold up to 220 litres at a time, and cooks the mixture in the temperature controlled enviroment over a period of up to 24 hours.

 

Step 2. Next comes the ‘Batch Freezer’, the mixed up liquid from the pasturiser is poured into the Batch Freezer in batches of 10 litres at a time. At this point special flavourings and ingredients can be added.

New Lanark Ice Cream being poured into the Batch Freezer

 

Step 3. The machine then takes 10 minutes to freeze each batch into a frozen consistency that isn’t solid, but still manageable allowing it to be poured into tubs like you can see below…

 

Step 4. Depending on the flavour of Ice Cream being made, solid ingredients are mixed in at this point using a spatula. Today we’re making Jammy Dodger Ice Cream so the ‘jammy’ flavour and biscuit pieces are mixed in gradually. 

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Step 5. The tubs are then transported to the Blast Chiller which freezes the Ice Cream quickly at a temperature of around -22 degrees!

Step 6. TASTE! What can we say – freshly made Ice Cream has to be the next best thing since sliced bread. New Lanark Ice Cream isn’t aerated so the consistency is very thick and creamy. 

 

New Lanark Ice Cream is available to buy at our Ice Cream Parlour in the Mill Café, is sold in a number of local farm shops and is served in hotels & restaurants across the country. We make over 60 flavours of Ice Cream and 20 flavours of sorbets. If you have a special requirement or taste we can also do bespoke flavours! Email our Ice Cream chef/production on [email protected] to find out more. 

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Anyone for a cone?

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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14/11/12 New Lanark Mill Hotel # , , ,

Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

GIRL power is alive and well in the kitchen at New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Unusually for a male-dominated industry, a practically all-woman kitchen team is now in place under new Head Chef Linsey Scott.

And award-winning Linsey (31), born in Polbeth and now living in Breich, promises: “I’m taking the menu here back to basics – delicious unpretentious dishes, generous portions, beautifully presented.”

Her numerous awards show just what a great appointment she is for New Lanark – Hit Scotland Scholarship in 2009; Hospitality Salon Culinaire; winning Gold at La Parade Des Chefs in 2009; Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2011; and at this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards, Linsey was voted Hotel Executive Chef Médaille d’Or, the top accolade.

The four other ladies cooking up a storm at New Lanark Mill, voted the best hotel in Lanarkshire by readers of Tripadvisor, are chefs Barbara Connolly, Robynne Greenshields, Sarah Henderson and Amy North.

They’re joined by Commis Chef Jamie Donaldson and Junior Sous Chef Leon McIntyre who provide some male balance in the female-dominated kitchen!

“They make a great team and are all wonderful to work with,” said Linsey. “They’re full of enthusiasm, passion and drive – exactly what you need in a top chef.”

Linsey always loved cooking and her interest first started with her favourite class, Home Economics, at West Calder High School plus her parents’ encouragement and support.

After taking an HNC at West Lothian College, she held a variety of restaurant posts including seven years at Cannon’s in West Calder and spells at Livingstone’s in Linlithgow, Dalhousie Castle and Compass World Class Dining at RBS Gogarburn.

Her high-flying career really took off when she joined the Aurora Hotel Collection and worked her way up in three years from Senior Sous Chef to Food Development Manager.

“It was a fantastic part of my career but it was time for a new challenge. I wanted to get a better work-life balance, the opportunity at New Lanark came along and I grabbed it with both hands.”

Now she has the chance to make her mark with her team.

“It’s my job to lead and advise them. I always tell them to think first of all about seasonality, local produce, flavours, textures and how it’s going to look on the plate. And most important of all – when you’ve cooked it, taste it. It’s amazing how many chefs don’t do that; you have to put yourself in the shoes of the person eating it.”

The new dinner menu at New Lanark Mill reflects her own personal taste for great food cooked to perfection.

“We’re not looking for Michelin stars here, we just want to provide great satisfying dishes at good prices that people will love to eat.”

Starters include Cullen Skink, Shetland king scallops and Stornoway black pudding with a cider and apple glaze and aromatic duck fritters. Mains range from beer battered haddock fillet with hand-cut chips to roast chicken breast with colcannon croquette and dry aged steaks from the chargrill while desserts include white chocolate cheesecake, apple and almond caramel sponge, marmalade ice cream and tiramisu. To see the menu click here.

And Linsey’s rung the changes in the bar menu too with sandwiches, salads, steak and haggis pie, home-made burgers, working lunches and afternoon teas proving especially popular. The bar menu is available here.

She added: “To keep us on our toes, any special requests or healthy diets are all welcome at New Lanark. Nothing is too much hassle – just ask and we’re always happy to accommodate you.”

Sarah Henderson (18), from Carnwath, is a demi chef de partie which means she’s learning her trade as a chef and currently specialising in the kitchen’s sauce section. With help from the senior chefs, she’s also being supported to gain her SVQ Level 3. The former Biggar High pupil came to the hotel two years ago. “It’s great to be part of a fun, female team. I love baking and one day hope to be a pastry chef,” she said.

Robynne and Amy are also about to make a start on their SVQ qualifications while also gaining valuable experience in the real kitchen.

And Jamie said: “Although the girls outnumber us in the kitchen, it’s a great place to work and we all get on great. I’m learning a lot from the ladies, especially about finesse, presentation and attention to detail. That’s what makes the difference between a good and a great dish.”

General Manager John Stirrat believes his team led by Linsey is set to be a winner.

“People have a more down-to-earth culinary mindset nowadays and I’m delighted that Linsey is overseeing a shift away from stuffier dining towards unfussy real food at affordable prices. With her award-winning background, I know she and her team will create a fantastic new dining experience at New Lanark.”

Girl Power captures the kitchen – Linsey (second right) with, left to right: Sarah, Amy, Barbara and Robynne.

 

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