Author Archives: Scotland The Bread

Spanish Migas: a recipe in homage to scarcity and cold

Many thanks once again to our supporter Nuria Cabellos González for sharing this recipe with us, for a popular breadcrumbs-based dish that Nuria describes as giving homage to times of scarcity and cold. “Snowy days at the beginning of the year are supposed to bring spirit to the crops,” she says. “Let’s trust the elements.” […]

Rediscovering wheat diversity for the public good

This essay originally took the form of a lecture given by Scotland The Bread Chairman Andrew Whitley as part of the series ‘What’s for Dinner? The future of Food & Farming in Jersey and elsewhere’ at the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Showgrounds on Friday September 30th 2016. The series was organised by Alasdair Crosby, […]

Flour to the People: the project so far, and looking to the future

The past two months have been filled with enthusiastic conversations, sourdough success stories and the sharing of many baking tips during our Flour to the People events with community food hubs and workshops for bakers. Watch Lyndsay and Miller-Manager Connie Hunter introduce the project in this short video made by UKRI. Over 100 people from six communities […]

Organic September: Farming for Biodiversity

The recent release of an RSPB analysis titled ‘A lost decade for nature’ showed that the UK has failed to reach 17 out of 20 UN biodiversity targets agreed on 10 years ago. The other side of the scale holds the news that sales of organic food and drink hit a record high during lockdown, […]

Sourdough September 2020

(Photo: Wee Boulangerie’s ‘Flour of Scotland’ loaf for a previous Sourdough September) The Real Bread Campaign’s 8th annual, international celebration of the oldest way of leavening a loaf is underway. Three ingredients = a world of Real Bread. This year’s focus is on the diversity of bread that can be made with just three ingredients, and […]

Missing links in the grain chain: the benefits of participatory plant breeding from Syria to Scotland

A crop breeder visits a field in which a new variety of tef, a staple cereal crop, is being grown by a local farmer in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia

Photo: A crop breeder visits a field in which a new variety of tef, a staple cereal crop, is being grown by a local farmer in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia [Tara Wight 2018] By Tara Wight Cereal production in Scotland is dominated by a small number of conventionally bred varieties of barley, wheat and oats. These […]

The Solidarity Bag: Pass it Forward to Community Bakeries

Bulk bags of wholemeal flour

We have launched the Solidarity Bag: a 16 or 8 kg bag of flour paid for by you and delivered to the brilliant community bakeries working across Scotland to keep their communities fed. With her experience working with foodbanks, our new Flour to the People Project Coordinator Lyndsay Cochrane is well placed to introduce this new […]

Flour to the People: A Community Bread Project

Scotland The Bread’s Flour to the People Project Coordinator Lyndsay Cochrane introduces our Innovate UK Covid-19 rapid response funded project. Loaves disappeared first. Then flour. Empty shelves are a stark motif of the Covid-19 crisis. Overnight, lockdown caused a quadrupling of demand for local flour. Like other specialist mills and food businesses, the Scotland The […]

The Fife Fermenter: a Five-Year Vision for a Scottish Grain Hub

Our recent experiences during the pandemic have demonstrated how important local food chains are to resilience and wellbeing. There’s a huge opportunity for Scotland to take the lead in this area. Scotland The Bread are joining Nourish Scotland in calling for Scottish Government commitments to a National Food Plan and to monitor food security in […]