Here in Scotland we have the most magnificent scenery,cuisine and people and it is not until you have travelled the world extensively that you realise how truly special a place Scotland really is . At http://www.visitscotland.com/about/food-drink/chefs/ you can now find out all you need to know about what makes this tiny little country of ours great . Visit Scotland website is a great place to research everything including Food and Drink and i am proud to say they are not just concentrating on our brilliant Chefs but also our bakers now too. Baking in Scotland is a huge passion and is taken very seriously indeed . I am really glad to see groundbreaking advertising by our countries Tourism Body to promote this increasingly popular Profession and hobby . I take my hat off to Visit Scotland in sitting up and taking notice of this ever increasing profession and promoting it to the world .
Baking with Melanie Andrews
My brand new Baking recipe book is now out today for 2015 and its a cracker ! You can purchase it here online with a 25% Discount if ordered at this website . You will find millions of books cheaper elsewhere by well known and not so well known Authors ,but all my recipes are tried and tested hundreds of times over. Its important to buy a Recipe book which is easy to follow , and yet creates great results. You dont need hundreds of ingredients to make a great Cake - just a great recipe and a great teacher ( Author) . I can be contacted here or my social media pages with any questions regarding any of my recipes. So you dont only get a great book and great recipes but your own personal tutor . I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as i enjoyed making them.
To start off the New Year i was invited to bake Live again on Scotlands brand New Television Channel - STV Glasgow . This is a great new show for this area with all the up to date information on all kinds of topics. Each night they have a guest Chef/Baker on to cook up a storm for the lovely two presenters- Jennifer and David. They are both just lovely genuine people and very professional. I triuly love this show . Each night they also feature talented young bands playing live in their compact and bijou studio. Last night i showcased my very own No Cook . No Bake Cranachan cake for the viewers and this went down a storm . Sadly most people were driving home and the 3/4 bottle of "Glayva" that went into the sponge was not a great start to our brand new Dont drink and drive laws here in Scotland. Needless to say they all took home goody bags . Look forward to working with you again STV Glasgow.
Great news peeps - My 2nd Book - " Baking with Melanie" is now published and available now at www.authorhouse.co.uk .
This will be available in all good book stores in next few weeks and online in ebook form from all online retailers such as amazon etc .
You will be able to buy the book from this website on ebook or paperback form in the next few weeks and also at www.scottishbakingawards.co.uk .
But if you cant wait then www.authorhouse.co.uk is the place to go. Enjoy the baking folks and keep sending in your pictures of your great bakes - loving them all !!
Watch this space on how you could get involved in the massive Loch Lomond Shores Food and Drink Festival in September 2015. We will be looking for experts to provide Masterclassess on Sugarcraft, Chocolate and all types of Baking and Patisserie . You will also be able to bring along on the day your best cakes,breads,biscuits,chocolates,Novelty cakes and just about any type of baking you can think of to be judged by our panel of experts, Should your cakes win - you will go away with your very own "Scottish Baking Award" If you love baking and dont know how or would like a little help in some new skills then this is the venus for you . A Traditional High tea with Award winning Homebaking will be available over this 2 x day event just to round it off. A Fantastic local Award winning scottish band will be keeping the thousands entertained on the stunning loch shores . Why would you miss it ? Keep watching this space for all the details .........
This week marks the beginning of my Epic treck across Scotland to find the Best Afternoon Tea in Scotland's Hotels . I start with the big guns - The 5 Star Hotels of Distinction. From Ackergill House in Wick North of Scotland to The Scotsman in Edinburgh to Cringlettie House in the Borders and the West - One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow. I will be reviewing over 30 of the finest Hotels in Scotland for Afternoon Tea and will post Live reviews as and when i have them. The Hotels in most cases will not have advance notification until i arrive , no money will change hands in turn for a great review, no membership is required , no media involvement (until after the review of course ! ) I believe we need to get back to earning honest great reviews from Professional people that know what they are talking about. Too many Awards are given for just about anything these days from people and organisations you have never heard of that have no experience or prior knowledge of the industry you are in . This is insulting in my opinion. I am no blogger , Newswpaper Food critic or fame hungry entrepenuer . I am a Professional Chef and Master Baker who has founded a very successful " Scottish Baking Awards " My views are my own but are also Expert. Looking forward to seeing you all !
Next year is the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festivals 10th Year and is also Scotlands year for Food and Drink. To celebrate in style i will be appearing with a chosen list of winners from our last 5 years Scottish Baking Awards to provide Masterclasses for the 25,000 expected crowd. Not only is this one of the most scenic and beautiful locations in Scotland ( If not the world) it is also one of the biggest and best Festivals in Scotland. This runs over the weekend 5th and 6th september 2015. More details to follow soon.
The last few weeks have been frantic - between filming and organising the 4th Annual Scottish Baking Awards , helping launch the BBC Good Food ,Bakes and Cakes show in London and appearing on Scottish Television Live to name but a few !!