Isle of May
Dougie Vipond visits the Isle of May, five miles off the Fife coast, to meet the resident warden and some of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers who help out on the island. Each year the Isle is visited by thousands of seabirds and the birdwatchers who come to see them. In the week before the visitor season started Dougie joined a work party carrying out essential maintenance on the island.
Nick Nairn begins a three part mini-series looking at the latest science in sports nutrition. He discovers some unexpected ingredients are now considered an essential part of an elite athletes diet. This week Nick prepares a beetroot starter.
Beetroot soup with crème fraiche and chives.
1 x clove of garlic – peeled and chopped
½ stick of celery – peeled and sliced
1 x small carrot – peeled and sliced
1 x medium onion – peeled and sliced
2-3 teaspoons of Cumin seeds
750gm peeled and thinly sliced beetroot.
1 – 11/2 litre of Beef stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crème fraiche and chives to garnish.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan then add the onions and coat well. Add the chopped garlic, carrot, cumin seeds and celery and cook for 5-6 minutes without colouring.
Add the beetroot and stock, season then bring to the boil before turning down the heat to a simmer for approx 45 minutes or until a knife passes easily through the beetroot. Cooking time will of course depend on how thinly the beetroot has been sliced.
Remove from the heat and liquidize until smooth. Adjust seasoning. Place into the serving bowl and garnish with crème fraiche and chives.
Sarah Mack examines the impact of the E.U. ban of battery cages on Scottish egg producers. While our farmers are complying with the ban, some competitors across the channel are ignoring it, meaning they produce eggs much cheaper than Scottish producers.
Adventurer Andy Torbet begins a three part series travelling by Kayak from central Perthshire to the Bass Rock in the North Sea. Along the way he’ll pass on some top tips for kayakers and reveal the history of landmarks he passes along the way.
Tay Reed bed
The reed bed on the banks of the River Tay is the biggest of its kind in the UK. The reeds are used as roofing materials by Thatchers but the beds are also a haven for a whole range of wildlife. Euan McIlwraith joins the annual reed harvest.
- Dougie Vipond
- Series Producer
- Simon Cousins
- Andy Torbet
- Euan McIlwraith
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