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SCOTS ARE THE MOST SPONTANEOUS
A quarter (23%) of respondents say picnics are the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and - given the beautiful and dramatic locations for picnics in Scotland - it is perhaps unsurprising that 70% say eating outdoors is an adventure. Beaches (28%) are the first choice of spot, with local parks coming a close second (26%,) and a fifth of respondents (20%) preferring peaceful woodlands.
Few (just 3%) Scots believe picnicking is a romantic pursuit but four in ten say that it's a great family occasion with 84% thinking that eating outdoors is an ideal way to spend quality time with children. Two in five (43%) also say that picnics - with the combination of fresh air, a chance to get some exercise and nutritious picnic foods - are a healthier alternative to eating indoors.
Nearly three quarters (73%) of people in Scotland agree that preparing for a picnic is a lot easier nowadays thanks to the wide variety of suitable picnic foods - such as pre-prepared salads and ready-cooked chicken - which are easily available in supermarkets. This means that picnics no longer have to be planned with military precision although 27% of Scots keep their picnic gear easily to hand so they can head out at a moment's notice - perhaps not surprising when 52% say that food tastes better on a picnic!
This sentiment is echoed by celebrity chef, Lesley Waters: "As soon as I see a glimpse of sunshine, I want to be outside eating in the fresh air - food just seems to taste better. I love picnics - it really is a great way to share food and fun in the great outdoors. Salads are ideal picnic food - quick to prepare and are bursting with colour, flavour and texture. Pre-prepared salads are also really easy to transport as they're ready to eat straight from the bag."
Lesley has developed some delicious salad recipes which are ideal for picnics: see www.bringonthesalads.com which also features handy tips on how to make the most of a picnic.
19 March 07
Sheila Dillon, the presenter of the programme, spent some time in the area visiting, amongst others, Mey Selections beef and lamb producers.
Caithness farmer, Danny Miller, the Chairman of North Highland Products, was asked to explain just what were the benefits of the Mey Selections brand, both to beef and lamb producers and the great discerning British public.
“The quality of our products, all of which emanate from the North Highlands, are consistently high, all of the time. When a consumer in London, Leeds or Oxford buys a Mey Selections product he or she is buying a promise of the North Highlands’ good value,” he explained.
Danny also commented on the benefits to farmers in the area. “North Highland Products was established to gain a premium for farmers and food producers by successful branding. We in the North have all the key attributes necessary for a strong and successful brand and Mey Selections has succeeded in capturing these and firing the imagination of the consumer.”
Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsburys Brand was also interviewed by the BBC and she said that, “Mey Selections provided the quality products that Sainsburys customers were looking for.” Mey Selections
15 February 07
Crimson Edge PR will help host a number of events across Scotland to celebrate Scottish Food Fortnight www.scottishfoodfortnight.co.uk adding to the campaigns current list of events.
Scottish Food Fortnight was established in 2003 to raise awareness of the quality and variety of food and drink on offer in Scotland, and to change the habits of what we eat and where we buy it. Producers, retailers, restaurateurs, farm shops, farmers' markets and hoteliers across Scotland host events to promote and celebrate Scottish produce.
The campaign boasts Lady Claire Macdonald as one of its patrons and is endorsed by sponsors, Scottish celebrities and chefs, local producers, retailers, restaurateurs, hotels, schools and is supported by the Scottish Parliament.
Scottish Food Fortnight 2007 will be
held on 1st - 16th September 2007, and promises to be bigger and better
than ever before. Everyone has a chance to participate and promote
Scottish produce in 2007 and to find out how, or to register your
interest, send an email to
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The next Pie Recipe is already in and its a savoury one so you can now have a choice with Broccoli & Wensleydale Flan has been sent in by andy anderson and is from his mother's collection of over 40 years ago and probably comes from an early wartime recipe collected for an Athol Crescent Cookery book. Athol Crescent used to be the place in Edinburgh where students were trained in the arts fo cookery and other skills.
The first recipe in is Cindy's Banana Cream Pie from Cindy Sobrero in California. Starting with pies following some sassy comments on the message board recently.
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