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We’ve joined forces with the talented folks at Bill Baber to highlight even more businesses who are designing and creating in Scotland, just like us! This is part of our Meet the Maker blog series. This month’s spotlight is on The Crafty Kit Company.  Founded by Jo Lochhead in 2012, The Crafty Kit Company produces best-selling craft kits that are stocked by independent and national retailers such as John Lewis, including needle felting, knitting, sewing, and cross stitch kits. For each kit that The Crafty Kit Company sells, it is committed to donating one ‘impact’ to good causes worldwide, and also supports local...

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We’ve joined forces with the talented folks at Bill Baber to highlight even more businesses who are designing and creating in Scotland, just like us! This is part of our Meet the Maker blog series. This month’s spotlight is on Caroline Wolfe Murray who creates wonderful homewares using traditional Harris Tweed, bright Liberty fabrics and, recently, laser cut wood pieces. Caroline lives in East Lothian, just outside of Edinburgh. She chatted with Lucy from Bill Baber about her inspiration and her favourite parts of Scotland. Can you tell us how your business got started? After studying archaeology and working as an archaeological illustrator...

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If you absolutely love Korean or Japanese street food and are craving a fake-away without the takeaway guilt, try these crispy partridge bao buns! Made with absolutely delicious and healthy partridge breasts, each mouthful is delicious. Perfect for a night in and the kind of sharing food where each person can build their own bao bun to their liking!  Equipment: You can use a food processor to make the sticky Korean sauce. You'll need a steamer to steam the bao buns with.  Ingredients:  Partridge marinade:  6 partridge breasts cut to bit size pieces 150ml of buttermilk  ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper ¼ tsp garlic powder...

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We make handmade up-cycled gifts in Scotland and wanted to feature some other makers and small businesses that are from Scotland too. This is our second small business to be featured in this blog series called Meet the Maker.  Bill Baber is a family run handcrafted knitwear business based in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. We sat down to have a chat with Jack Baber about the story behind Bill Baber.  Jack Baber from Bill Baber Knitwear How did the Bill Baber business get started?  My parents started working together over 40 years ago. My Mum, Helen, had studied and worked in...

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With comfort food at the top of everyone's list this winter, I've been making food that not only nourishes the body but also feeds the soul. I feel like during this strange time that we're experiencing having a comforting feed is necessary. This recipe would work with venison, wild boar, hare or any wild red meat mince that you have available. I've tried it with moose mince and it's delicious. Adding the milk may seem like a strange ingredient, however, the milk balances the acidity in the tomatoes and also in turn helps balance any "gamey" flavours that may be...

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