Spirit & Spice with Ghillie Basan

Fri 1 Nov

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A lunchtime flavour odyssey for Faclan Fringe with award-winning chef Ghillie Basan, whose books have been nominated for the Glenfiddich Guild of Food Writers and Cordon Bleu Awards.

Finger Food on the slate to pair with whisky. To start: –

  • smoked salmon with green juniper cream;
  • whisky and spice cured venison;
  • rose-scented poached apricot filled with harissa labna;
  • grapes pickled with spices; seared scallop marinated in ginger and soy;
  • a drop of raspberry chaat;
  • tangy cheese with saffron pear.

To follow: –

  • a bowl of butternut squash laksa, and
  • an orange and date salad to refresh the palate, (leading nicely into)
  • a slice of chocolate fridge cake tinged with orange zest to complete the meal.

The sequence is designed to accompany Captain’s Reserve whisky for a real flavour journey as described in Ghillie’s book. She will talk guests through the flavours.

(The whisky as an accompaniment is – of course – optional)

Please note that entry to this event is not included in the festival pass for Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival.

Spirit & Spice is a portrait of family living and eating in the Scottish Highlands using Scotland’s fabulous produce, wild food and whisky.

Ghillie Basan is the award-winning author of over 40 cookbooks. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, she has travelled the world to research different cooking traditions and has unparalleled expertise on the use of spices. But her heart has always been at home in the remote corner of Scotland where she brought up her two children.

In Spirit & Spice Ghillie delves into the Scottish larder, using her knowledge of spices to shine a new light on local ingredients. She shares her expertise in pickling, preserving, smoking and cooking outside. She opens up whole new worlds of flavour with her food and whisky pairings and can be relied upon to find a dram to go with any meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Most importantly, she traces the stories behind the recipes to paint an inspirational and heartfelt picture of family life in one of the wildest and most beautiful corners of Scotland.