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Jonathan Stanley
Yangtzeshire hotpot – or Lancashire Hotpot made in a Chinese furnace

Yangtzeshire hotpot – or Lancashire Hotpot made in a Chinese furnace

AWAY FROM politics my other real love is authentic cooking, especially from central China. If you fancy a twist on an old favourite then try this yourself.

My family is very much of ...

Jonathan Stanley
 Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

BREXIT, Europe, EU, Remoanians, immigrants, Single Market… I don't think I'm the only one believing this debate is becoming somewhat stalled. An avalanche of cliches and acronyms gives that away.

Scotland has ...

Charles Harris
A Christmas journey

A Christmas journey

IT WAS my birthday and it felt doubly special, despite the early Scottish weather, on the journey down to Durham and my friends Tom, Carolyn and Deborah, for Christmas this year.

It ...

Jackie Anderson
Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Advocaat

Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Advocaat

Making your own Advocaat

I have been making my own Advocaat at Christmas for as long as I can remember and the family always loved it. It can be sipped neat or ...

Jackie Anderson
Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Royal Icing' your Christmas Cake!

Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Royal Icing' your Christmas Cake!

NOW that your marzipan has dried nicely it's time to make your Royal Icing and decorate the cake.

ROYAL ICING

Ingredients

1lb of sifted icing sugar ...

Charles Harris
The pursuit of excellence and the Turner Prize

The pursuit of excellence and the Turner Prize

I SHOULD like to ask this time, for you the reader to please seriously consider those questions of art and culture that our modern media does not address for us. For this week we all saw and heard ...

Jackie Anderson
Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Marzipan-ing your Christmas Cake!

Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Marzipan-ing your Christmas Cake!

THIS NEEDS to be done at least a week before you ice the cake so that the marzipan dries and is not too moist. Otherwise you will have to buy ready made marzipan.

MAKING ...

Jackie Anderson
Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Bake your cake now before it's too late!

Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Bake your cake now before it's too late!

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING to do this weekend? Why not make your own Christmas cake? After this weekend you will not have long enough to feed it!

This is the cake I have made ...

Dr Eamonn Butler
Allan Stewart – an appreciation

Allan Stewart – an appreciation

I KNEW Allan Stewart not only as the man who taught me basic economics (or Political Economy as it was then) at the University of St Andrews, but also as a Conservative activist (and parliamentary ...

Charles Harris
The pursuit of excellence

The pursuit of excellence

‘In the past Art lead in the Renaissance, it assisted in the Reformation, it aided the Romantics and it ended with the Impressionists.’

WHEREAS FOR six hundred years Art led mankind in ...

Charles Harris
The necessity for reform in art education

The necessity for reform in art education

THIS WEEK I shall feature contemporary art education, where there is a vital need to reform an unchecked bias for modernism. While personally I take no pleasure by waving a finger to question our universities ...

Charles Harris
The necessity for new conventional traditional Art today

The necessity for new conventional traditional Art today

I WILL begin this week by discussing those streams of unspoken thought that separate us as human beings from each other, and how exceptional art from the Great Tradition marvellously allows us ‘to see the world  through ...