We were asked by F.E.L. to provide catering for their Christmas shindig in Stirling for approximately 60-90 guests potentially attending. The brief was fun, really fun! I was to use produce from as many suppliers as I could include that were part of Stirling Food Assembly. Another aspect was that the food should be in the form of tasters.

A feast took shape as I tried to curtail my portioning to ‘tasters’. Slow cooked brisket chilli was a hit topped with rich crème fraiche, a farmer’s hummus was topped with fresh flowers, and veg from the veggie box. Also from the veggies, savoury tarts and an epic frittata, which are a classic way to showcase hearty Scottish veg. Fresh salad and sourdough from just around the corner and of course shortbread and brownies using coconut sugar. It was a lovely experience in a crowd of inspiring people.

If you’re not familiar with the Food Assembly concept, it is a community led online market for local suppliers to sell their produce. The idea is that anyone can pre-order online during the week and collect their delicious bounty on a set day at a local collection point. It’s a wonderful thing as the produce available in Scotland is amazing, and you get to meet the suppliers themselves when you collect. A bit different than going to your local express supermarket, so look it up there may well be one near you!

Stirling Food Assembly is a highly successful branch, with a strong regular custom and wide range of suppliers. They run a slick operation and are passionate about introducing people to local food straight from the supplier. I was later asked to join them as they promoted the Food Assembly, by providing tasters so I know how much they care and love the produce themselves! Below were some of the tasters we provided with a shout out to some of the suppliers.

Beetroot smoothie bowl topped with raw spiced raisin granola

Locavore Chapel farm veggie box, Laurianne’s Raw Cakes granola, Katy Rodgers natural yoghurt

Coconut shortbread topped with raspberry curd

IQ Coconut palm sugar, Perthshire Preserves raspberry curd

Hot chai with superfood chocolate tasters

IQ Coconut palm sugar, IQ superfood chocolate bar

Toulouse sausage scotch eggs

Ardunan Farm Toulouse sausages, Egglicious Eggs

Rye melba toasts topped with crowdie and roasted grapes

Riverside bakery caraway and rye bread, Katy Rodgers Crowdie

Sourdough crostini topped with Lady Mary wild garlic cheese

Riverside bakery Pain de Lothian, Strathearn Cheese co. Lady Mary

Gluten free sausage rolls with curried tomato and chilli chutney

Ardunan Farm sausages, Perthshire Preserves and Locavore veggie box

Pork belly skewers with plum and apple chutney

Ardunan Farm pork belly, Perthshire preserves