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The Walled Garden of Scottish Fruit – Fyvie Castle. Wild garlic and nettle soup recipe.

By Davie Sharp
Continuation from June issue.

Wild garlic and nettle soup

(Often known as the soup of twos)

1. Wearing gloves pull two good handfuls of garlic and stinging nettles and wash thoroughly under cold running water and chop. The nettle loses its sting when cooked.
2. 1 large onion, diced, and an equal sized potato, diced (if the potato skin is free from damage use unpeeled)
3. 1pt of good chicken stock
4. 1pt of full cream milk
5. 1tbs lump of butter
6. 1tbs oil.


1. Heat butter and oil and fry onion and the blanched stems of the garlic until the onion is opaque.
2. Add potatoes, chicken stock and chopped garlic and nettles. Bring to the boil then simmer for about 15 mins.
3. Add the milk and cook on until the potatoes and the garlic and nettles are tender ensuring the full cream milk does not singe.
4. Mash or blend the mixture until it is smooth and creamy, season with sea salt and pepper.

NB. In Europe it is often served with crusty bread and cheese.

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March 2018
Planetary Rover

Planetary Rover
By Bill Graham

Bill Graham started his working life at the coal face – as an apprentice mechanic of the mine for the National Coal Board in the collieries of his home county of Fife. It was a Coal Board scholarship that enabled him to go on to study for a BSc in engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

He graduated with first class honours and went on to take a Master’s degree, with a thesis on aspects of thin gas films in lubricating high-speed low-friction bearings.

That link between abstract theory and direct practical hands-on application is something that’s been a feature of so much of what he does. His career has taken him from managing a large industrial laboratory to meeting astronauts and making a model Mars rover from scrap!
From university he went on to the Mining Research Establishment at Isleworth in London, working on the design of automotive mining machinery for remotely-operated long-wall coal faces. The machinery was guided along the coal face through tiny quantities of radiation scattered off the coal-rock interface.
His next job would give him an opportunity to travel in a different direction and take a pilot’s licence in spare time. “It was quite a change indeed,” he says. “After working deeper than 2,000 feet underground in my early days in Fife, I was up to 11,000 feet in the air, in Cessna and Piper aircraft. This was at Cambridge where I went to work at Hinxton Hall, home of the TI Group’s research laboratories.”
The TI Group of more than 140 companies manufactured a vast range of products – from steel to machine tools, from gas cookers to aircraft components. They set up research laboratories at Cambridge to develop the use of new materials such as plastics and ceramics, and they had the most advanced research equipment of the time and leading scientists and engineers to work with it. And they were set up with a vision. Basic research had contributed so much to winning the war and now in peacetime it would be applied to solve problems and create new opportunities for a post-war resurgence of industry…

To read the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the March 2018 issue, or download a copy from our shop!