• Trout Tales

    I would never claim to have any great skill as a fly fisher-woman, or in fact a huge amount of experience, but the few days I have spent on the bank of river or loch have been very precious indeed. My father introduced me to fly fishing when I was a child and he took me out a few times in a little wooden boat on a local lake. Then, as now, I was allowed to borrow from him a small split cane rod of which I have become incredibly fond. I have been told that it does nothing to help my (very poor) casting technique and that I should try a modern, more flexible rod but its unique character and links with the past enhance my days on the riverbank to such a degree that I am happy to sacrifice hope of more success.

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  • Macnab revisited

    This time of year, and grouse in particular, always remind me of my father who achieved his Macnab in August 1988 and would annually regale us with his account of that very glorious day. On the Brora and the Blackwater in North East Sutherland he caught 2 salmon, the first before breakfast. Later that day he shot 2 ½ brace of grouse over pointers and setters and finally at 9.30pm in fading light, after a 3 hour stalk in midge infested heather, shot his stag. It was a major sporting triumph and my father is, justifiably, very proud of his achievement.

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  • Dorchester Festival, including recipes

    I know everywhere looks better in the sun but I can safely bet that Dorchester on Thames is pretty gorgeous whatever the weather. I had never been there before today but am already thinking up excuses to go back and spend some time wandering round what must be one of the prettiest but also vibrant small towns in the country.

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  • Looking forward to next year already

    I had absolutely no idea what to expect at the Wiltshire County Show, hosted by Barbury International Horse Trials this weekend. The date has been in my diary for quite a while as I was invited much earlier this year to demonstrate at the CGA Festival of Food which was, for the first time, a central part of the county show but having had a spectacularly busy few months I hadn’t given very much thought to what the event was going to be like.

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  • When I was asked to do a dinner for 30 people in a marque recently I thought it sounded like a fun and reasonably straightforward job so agreed to do it straightaway. The hostess was keen for the food to be unusual and surprising which is the most exciting brief you can be given and had me straight in the kitchen experimenting with unusual flavours and textures. I worked on a wonderful new starter involving beetroot, apple and horseradish; a classic combination I know but this was going to be presented in a very different and rather exciting way. Unfortunately, the host couldn't quite overcome his aversion to beetroot so the world launch of my horseradish meringues will have to wait for another day.

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