Kirsten and Al Gilmour

Grandad’s pickles, pissing contests, illness and strength

From her grandad’s pickles to winning awards for her busy cafe in Aviemore, Kirsten Gilmour has come a long way from that little girl on the farm in New Zealand. She has shared her story and recipes in the Mountain Cafe Cookbook, but her success has been bittersweet as she and her husband, Al, have had to face the challenges of his cancer and treatment while trying to keep her passion for food and the cafe alive. Kirsten and Al talk candidly about how this has affected their lives.


“Listening to Ghillie share her passion and knowledge about world food is always captivating, she’s the ultimate tour guide to food from around the globe”
Pennie Latin, Senior Producer and Presenter. BBC Radio Scotland


Welcome to my new Podcast, Spirit & Spice, produced by Katie Still. I say it’s ‘my podcast’ but really it is a ‘collaboration’ as I couldn’t do it without Katie and her expertise.  Formally a presenter/producer for the BBC, she is an experienced freelance broadcaster and film maker and still covers Olympic and Paralympic Games for the Olympic Broadcast Services.

So, please join us for some entertaining fly-on-the-wall style chat with characters talking about food and drink in Scotland and beyond.  Every month you’ll have the opportunity to listen to recordings of 20-60 minutes with authors, chefs and producers; whisky and gin master-classes; and with people you don’t usually hear from – the ones who risk their lives at sea; brave the elements to rear and cull; bake, cook, and teach in communities; or simply people, young or old, who have a story to tell.  The aim of the podcast is to bring you voices from far and wide to give you an insight into what is going on, what is being produced, how people think and, possibly, how they survive – basically any tenuous link to food and drink! Please tune in or download and share!


Claire Macdonald

Eating Dirty with Scotland’s First Lady of Food

Ghillie joins Claire and Godfrey Macdonald for lunch with their dog Darcy.  As Claire unleashes her thoughts about food, producers and chefs in Scotland, Godfrey reveals that life as the High Chief of Clan Donald is not all about splendid castles and champagne!


Ann Miller

Hairy legs and whisky with Ann Miller, International Ambassador for Chivas LTD

Gather your bottles and glasses and join us for a chaotic whisky tasting masterclass in Ghillie’s whisky barn. Ann is guiding us through Glenlivet’s newest whisky, Captain’s Reserve, as well Glenlivet 18, Nadurra matured in Oloroso sherry casks, Braeval and Alt a Bhaine.



Yemisi Aribisala

Aphrodisiacs, snails and hairy women

Yemisi Aribisala author of Longthroat Memoires has a lively chat to Ghillie about Nigerian culinary culture at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. There’s more to snails when they come out of their shells and a whole new business could brew on the Island of Barra.




Jim Walker

Fishing, community and being close to nature

Walkers Shortbread is his life and his passion, but Jim Walker is also a community man and feels that his business and Speyside are intertwined. Relaxing with a dram, Jim chats to Ghillie in her whisky barn about humble beginnings becoming multi-national on a bit of good quality butter, flour and sugar!


Gilli Allingham

Mrs Garlic says “it’s chic to reek”

The Really Garlicky Company is both a surprise and a delight. Who would have thought that some of the best garlic could be grown in Scottish Highlands? Ghillie catches up with Mrs Garlic, Gilli Allingham, one half of the husband and wife team, to find out why on earth they thought of growing garlic when they could have stuck with potatoes, barley, cattle or sheep!


Ozlem Warren

Swimming with watermelons and how to lure a husband 

Before she appears at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, cookery author and teacher, Ozlem Warren chats to Ghillie about her fond memories of growing up in Antakya in southern Turkey and how cooking aubergines at Stirling University led to marriage!



Lee Craigie

Eating like a feral animal, eating for physical fuel, eating for fun

Food plays different roles in the life of Lee Craigie. Nomadic storyteller, elite racer, bike adventurer, mountain bike champion and Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland, Lee is a cycling legend. As long as there is food and a bottle of wine in my pack, I feel inspired to hop on a bike and head for the Highland Trail with her!