Friday 27th November 2020,
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Along the tide-mark

The word ‘foraging’ brings images of journeys among hedgerows and fields for wild foods – herbs, berries, nuts, wild garlic and mushrooms – but it happens on the shore as well. For Martin Gray, one of the most experienced and [...]

November 15, 2020 Stories from the Islands
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Painting the waves

I’m fascinated by the movement of water and how it reacts in different circumstances, how it breaks and how the energy of the wave expels itself. It is constantly changing. As a small boy I was terrified of the waves, [...]

May 20, 2020 Arts & Crafts

A passion for food diversity

Ben Reade of Edinburgh Food Studio is coming to Orkney to describe how some of the most appetising dishes can come from food we find at our feet – from garden weeds and seaweeds to fermented foods with simple ingredients [...]

August 25, 2019 Food Journeys

A Taste of the Neolithic

“The main course will be shin of beef braised in an un-hopped bere malt beer, because I don’t want bitterness there. I am hoping to acquire some neep tops to serve with it. It’s a strange situation because the Italians [...]

August 19, 2019 Food Journeys
Zeki Basan

Old Ways and New Journeys

“I’m nothing more than someone who is trying to gain an understanding of my past history through learning the skills that have enabled us all to be here standing on this earth today.” These words come from 19-year-old Zeki Basan [...]

July 16, 2019 Summer Issue 2019

Living off the Land

Unless you are a forager, you might not know that the early leaves of the rowan tree taste like marzipan, that shoots from the pine tree can make an awesome spice, that the saponins in birch leaves make a cleanising [...]

July 3, 2019 Food Journeys, Summer Issue 2019
Wendy Barrie-foodstyling

Fresh food approaches for Scotland

Wendy Barrie is coordinating Foraging Fortnight events on mainland Scotland, and coming to Orkney to speak on Swedish food from the wild. Mary Leonard has been finding out more about her background. Affectionately known as Scotland’s Foodie, Wendy Barrie is, [...]

July 2, 2019 Food Journeys

Dining Off the Beaten Track

Writer, broadcaster and food anthropologist Ghillie Basan is coming to the Orkney International Science Festival, excited at the prospect of getting an insight into the role of food tourism in the islands, as well as a glimpse into the lives [...]

July 1, 2019 Food Journeys

The plants that heal

What do swallows stuffed with eggs, arsenic and lemon have to do with herbal remedies and beauty products? Perhaps not a lot these days, but you might be surprised at the concoctions used and the reasons behind using them several [...]

March 6, 2018 Making and Doing, Summer Issue 2019
Birsay Solar Panels

Orkney schools help solar power

School pupils around Orkney are busy collecting data which may reveal the benefits of steering solar panels to track the daily movement of the sun. The project has been devised by David Craig, Regional Co-ordinator Edinburgh and West Lothian of [...]

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