Hi, I have been trying to do a local diet for about 8 months now in South Lanarkshire.
I originally defined local as from Scotland, but laterally have reduced this to about
a 30 Mile radius from my house.
As I was doing this off my own back, I was delighted to hear Mike being interviewed on Radio Scotland recently. It meant I could find others in Scotland who where interested in real pragmatic methods of sustainable living allowing sharing of ideas.
What kick started my big change was moving out of inner city Glasgow to a house and
garden about a year ago. Gardens give you more room to experiment with many ideas.
Here is a list of things I have dabbled with so far and will be writing about shortly:
Since I have been asked for some local suppliers on the west side of Scotland, I have
listed what my family had for dinner at Christmas. This contains links to most of the
suppliers I currently use. I would recommend all of them happily.
Black pudding: Overton Farmhttp://freespace.virgin.net/gibson.nellfield/producers/producers.html)
Smoked Bacon: Fencebay(http://www.fencebay.co.uk)
Eggs: Clyde Organics
Tottie scones: Homemade (flour Doves Farm England, Potatoes SOG Ayrshire)
Potatoes: SOG Link as above
Chipolata sausage rolled in beech smoked bacon:Blackmount organics
and fencebay (http://www.blackmountfoods.com/) Brussel sprouts (sanda): Grown in Garden (http://www.realseeds.co.uk/sprouts.html) Carrots Blanc a Collet Vert & Giant Red: Grown in Garden (http://www.realseeds.co.uk/carrots.html) Turkey: Blackmount Organics See above Venison Steaks: http://www.carmichael.co.uk/venison/index.htm sage & onion stuffing: Sage and onions from Garden Bread crumbs
from homemade bread (doves farm flour) Bread: As above Ice cream: Thorntonhall Ice cream
(http://www.thorntonhallicecream.co.uk/index.htm) Honey: arranview apiaries Fairlie Ayrshire. Cheese board Smoky Garlic: Arran Cheese shop. Old smoky, Apple smoked, Plain Jane: Isle of Kintyre Cheeses Lanark Blue cheese Drinks Scottish Malt Whisky: Isle of arran (http://www.arranwhisky.com/) Beer: Four crates of different beers from Craigmill BreweriesStathaven (http://www.strathavenales.co.uk/) The 80/- Ale is brilliant!
Wine: Some homebrew ones and I cheated on a few Organic ones from France (well it was Christmas)