North Carolina & My Scottish Cooking Course

Last week I was lucky enough to fly to the United States and be an instructor at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.  Where do I start to tell you what an amazing experience this was?  The area is stunning & the locals simply lovely.  The school itself is so inspiring and welcoming and well run; can’t recommend it enough.   Runny marmalade aside, my course went well and the dishes were delicious.  Loved having a great big kitchen as my office for the week and my four students were delightful learners and company.

I’ll post some of the recipes we made in the coming weeks and months.  Until then, here are some photos of the week.

 

Hanoi

First stop on our honeymoon was Hanoi, Vietnam.  I wish I could have captured the buzz and movement and erratic energy of the city in my photos but any shot that tried was just a flat, silent, odourless, cool blur.   And that’s  just not representative of the beeps and clatter and chatter, the countless motorbikes stacked precariously high with eggs or piled with family members, the smoking coals and the sweating cold beers, the heat and the humidity that is Hanoi.

It’s a place that couldn’t be more different to our home in airy, orderly Inverness and that’s why, rather than visiting museums and temples and other sites of interest, we spent our time just wandering the streets, stopping for a beer or some street food and just watching a very different world go by.

Hanoi

Hanoi

Hanoi

Bia Ha Noi

Kitchen

Amazing meal

Hanoi Food

Hanoi

Hanoi at Night