Crossing the Forth Road Bridge over the Firth of Forth and arriving into Fife, is an 18th century mansion where Jenny Thomson lives with her family and holds cooking classes. Jenny ran her own restaurant for 15 years using fresh and seasonal ingredients and after selling her restaurant, began teaching classes in her home. Jenny explores modern ways to make shortbread cookies and encouraged us to add lemon, sage, vanilla or ginger. She showed us how to make petticoat tailed shortbread by shaping it like an Elizabethan petticoat. Important to note, don’t “fiddle” with the dough because it makes the dough greasy. We also made oatcakes, Cullen Skink (fish stew) and Cranachan (cream parfait). We ate our meal in her lovely dining room where a bottle of Scotch whisky waited for us to take home.
Our driver to Fife was Dunfermline local Jack Pryde, a heritage guide who can recite historical facts faster than I could absorb them. Jenny and Jack made for a culturally fun and tasty day. #Courses for Cooks ‪#‎discoverdunfermlinetours‬ ‪#‎jackpryde‬ ‪#‎Jennythomson
Chef Jenny making petticoat shortbreads

Chef Jenny making petticoat shortbreads


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