Award-winning Angela sings produces’ praises


A ST BOSWELLS bed and breakfast owner will sing the praises of Borders produce on telly this week.

Co-owner of the award-winning Whitehouse Country House B&B, Angela Tyrer, was chosen to appear in BBC Scotland’s country magazine show Landward tomorrow because she is staging a cookery demonstration using only local food at the Highland Show.

Mrs Tyrer won the Borders Food Network prize for ‘Borders Best Breakfast’ earlier this year. And her winning breakfast terrine dish will be the subject of the hour-long demo this morning in the food theatre.

Mrs Tyrer said: “It’s very important to show people the Borders is not just a wonderful area to visit but is also a place where there is great local food.”

The Landward crew, including presenter Dougie Vipond, were at the five- star B&B filming for three hours last Tuesday and they will take more footage from today’s show for tomorrow’s programme.

“Dougie was helping prepare the dish. I tried to persuade him to wear an apron, but he wouldn’t. They asked why the Borders is such a good place for food. You just need to look outside your door,” said Mrs Tyrer.

“Our farms produce the highest quality beef, lamb and pork, our cereals and vegetables are as good as you will find, we have market gardens and orchards and there is an abundance of game and really fresh fish from rivers and the North Sea.”

The unique terrine she will recreate today includes bacon, sausage, haggis, Selkirk Bannock, eggs and black pudding and all are sourced in the Borders. She came up with the idea of a breakfast terrine because she makes the forcemeats for fishing guests and others.

“I do that as part of lunches and thought why not a breakfast terrine?”

The hotel-trained operator entered the Borders Best Breakfast category because: “It was specifically a dish that enabled people like myself to showcase a dish using local produce. It’s a good way of showing the Borders can produce food.”

Three of the ingredients are prize-winning in their own right – from JC Douglas butchers in St Boswells and Hardiesmill near Gordon – and representatives from both will be with her on the stage today.

Mrs Tyrer said: “It’s very good that we are getting more about the Borders on television. Our guests at Whitehouse appreciate that we do everything we can to source our food locally. It’s an important part of their experience as visitors to the Borders”

The area is being highlighted at this year’s Highland Show because the Borders would have been in line to host it if the show still moved around the country as it used to.

This year, in place of that, there are more than 40 local businesses represented in various locations at the national event which runs from today to Sunday.