Business for sale!!

We regretfully announce that we are no longer conducting business as Suzie’s Spice Kitchen due to personal considerations and would be happy to talk to anyone who might like to purchase Suzie’s Spice Kitchen as an ongoing concern!! We have been a home based business but, of late, there has been enough interest from elsewhere to warrant an expansion to a larger scale operation.  This has been under consideration by us but we have reached the reluctant conclusion that our advancing years and lack of sufficient funding, which is not easily attainable at our age, precludes any further advancement by us. However, someone younger with a little capital, or the ability to source suitable funds, could really make this operation take off, especially with our core best selling products?!!!

If anyone is interested, please, in the first instance, contact us through this means or FB messaging to arrange a meeting for further discussion.

Many thanks to all our friends and customers for your support over the past few years and we wish you all good health, wealth and happiness in your lives.  We’ll no doubt see some of you on the other side of the market stalls, as fellow customers, which means we’ll have more time to chat and socialise — there’s always a sunny side to any situation??!!  Take care folks and stay safe!!

Kind Regards to all!!!

Ian & Suzie


Business stopped by landlord!!

Our landlord has taken it upon himself to order us to cease making our chutneys at home!! He says that his insurance company is giving him grief about us running a business from the house which we are renting from him??!!  Having done some extensive research, it would seem that there are arguments from both sides that are are relevant?!!  According to an article in Money Wise in 2014, a new law was instigated which stated that landlords are not allowed to refuse a tenant who wishes to carrry out a home business from the rented property  — the wording was “Cannot reasonably refuse” Obviously, there are caveats to this and one could be that an insurance company may wish to up the premiums depending on the risk factor of the business concerned??  We are classed as “low to no risk” by the FSA, as our product is made in large saucepans and is mainly boiling of a mix of ingredients, which are never left unattended!!  There is a greater risk of fire from me burning the toast or splashing oil when frying steak etc so, once again, the insurance companies are looking for any excuse to rip off customers for higher premiums!!! As a compromise, if I offer to pay the difference in the premium that the landlord has to pay, then he has no legal right to refuse to allow us to continue?? If anyone out there has experience in this field, please feel free to advise us on how we should proceed!!  I must admit that the best option would be to move to a new property but there is nothing suitable in Turriff that would accept us and our two cats at the moment – so, again, if anyone has any suggestions or ideas, please get in touch, especially if you have a single level property for rent in the Turriff area that is within walking distance of the town centre?? Anyone need a house sitter for 6 to 12 months??  — Just saying!!

Meanwhile, we have run down the small amount of stock that we had left and are relaxing for a while and enjoying the lack of pressure to make enough for the markets each week – an enforced rest you might say??!!  Actually, we always take a break this time of year anyway but it does mean that the extra income we made to make up the rent shortfall has been eroded to zero!!  To finish off, we are not sure yet if we will be coming back to the markets next year and, until our little problems are resolved, one way or the other, would ask for your forbearance and understanding?!!  Please feel free to get in touch about any of the above and apologies to all of our loyal customers for the interruption in service?!!

Wishing you all the best for a Merry, Bright Christmas and a simply astounding New Year!!  Take care folks, stay safe and stay well!!  Bye – bye!!

Thistle Street Market Cancelled – right or wrong??

I suppose it depends on which forecast you follow but, the latest TV forecast has it that Aberdeen will be relatively untroubled by the remnants of Storm Caroline on Saturday morning??  I know that the Health & Safety bods and Meteorologists will have been covering their arses by issuing dire warnings – damned if they do and also if they don’t – crap job??!! but why can’t we be left to make our own decisions about where, when and under what conditions we carry out our business, after all we are grown ups and have been around a fair few years – at least in our case??!! I’m heartily fed up with being constantly told what we can eat, drink, say and think and even where we can go to the toilet from what I’ve been hearing and reading lately?? We have become a nation of yes men/women and tub thumping do-gooders who do more harm than good in most cases, harking back to the bad old days of missionaries turning the”natives'” to the word??!!  What a load of old tosh – leave us alone and let us lead our lives as we see fit, not as they think we should be living it!!!! Who’s life is it anyway???!!!

OK – OK!! I know – shut up Ian!!  It’s alright folks – rant over and as you may have surmised, I’m not best pleased that the market has been cancelled tomorrow and apologies to Maura – this is not personal?!!  To all our loyal customers who had intimated that they would be coming to us to stock up for their Christmas table, all is not lost!!!  Just get in touch with us and we’ll arrange to either deliver or mail your requirements to you – there is time, even if you’re travelling as we can mail to your destination – saves you carrying it??!  We were so looking forward to a really Christmassy Market and, sometimes, things are sent to try us but, we can overcome – some day!! Oh dear!! I’ll be bursting into song next – now that would send folk running – away!!

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing this weekend and over the festive season, stay safe, stay warm and be happy!!  With best wishes and heartfelt thanks for all your support and business throughout 2017 – lotsaluvanstuff from Suzie & Ian xxxxxxxx

Haunted Huntly Hardly Happened?!!!


A strangely slow day at Huntly with not that many folk about!!  Maybe the bitingly cold wind had a part in that ‘cos we wouldn’t have chosen to go shopping had we had that choice??!!  So ………. when we got home eventually having delivered an order to Banchory to Raemoir Garden Centre Foodhall, a nutritious, warm and comforting meal was needed to fortify our systems!! The above pictures show what resulted from our kitchen labours – a stir fried vegetable dish with a generous amount of Suzie’s Sambal to give it an extra zing, accompanied by a spatchcocked chicken smothered in Suzie’s wonderful KB Sauce, with a handful of vine tomatoes baked along with it!!  No potatoes or rice needed although, if you’re really hungry, this would go well with either!!??   Amazingly filling and delicious – very little fat & awesome flavours!!  Highly recommended and very happy to tell you how to go about making it for yourself?!!  Just pop along to The Stewart Hall in Huntly on Sunday 17th December 2017 – it’s indoors, warm and dry so no excuses??!!  We can give you the run down on this recipe and help out with lots of other ideas for using our lovely produce in cooking up tasty, zingy meals and snacks that will liven up any meal time!!

Next Saturday, we’ll be at our usual venue in Thistle Street in Aberdeen, hoping the elements are kind to us but, with true stallholder grit, we’ll be there regardless and would love it if some of you could be there to show your lovely traders some support to reward them for their efforts in bringing a truly wonderful selection of locally produced and sourced delights for your dining tables and Christmas events!!!

Meanwhile, stay warm, stay safe, and see you at the Markets!!

Ho – Ho – Ho?? or Bah!! – Humbug!!!??

Whatever your point of view, there is something about a market in snowy conditions that evokes memories of childhood Christmases?!!  At least for me and my lovely lady!!  We had a busy weekend, firstly at Ballater on the Saturday which was particularly lovely in the snow – cold but beautiful!!  Not as busy as we would hope for but a satisfying number of customers and friends nonetheless!!! It was the last market of the year and we’ll not be going back there until April 2018 when the first market of that year will be taking place!!

Our second venue of the weekend was at The Cullen Bay Hotel on the Sunday, where they were holding the World Cullen Skink Championship contest.  We had a huge table in a room off to the side of the event – warm and dry at least!! – along with a few other traders forming a small Christmas food fair.  It was a fairly long day but it was hugely entertaining and the folk that attended were like minded, well travelled people who took a great interest in our produce!!  We met a lot of new customers and made a few possible new friends, which is always a good thing!!  A wonderful day and our sincere thanks to all the crew at The Cullen Bay Hotel for their hospitality and fabulous food!! They have truly deserved their championship award for the best Cullen Skink – I have tried a few around the North East but theirs is absolutely awesome – rich, thick, loads of fish and way too much cream — but I didn’t let that get in the way of finishing the bowl!!!  Thanks Guys & Gals!!!

Next Saturday, 2nd December 2017, we are at Huntly Farmers Market with over 20 other traders for the normal market day but, there is an extra Christmas Market on Sunday 17th December in the Stewart Hall in Huntly which promises to be a good event and we hope to see all you lovely people there too??!! At least that will not be influenced by weather conditions – unless of course the roads are blocked with snow????  Now I’ve jinxed it??!!

Anyway, to finish off, I would like to mention that we have several great ideas for gifts for friends and loved ones which we will be displaying on our table at both events. We also now sell a small selection of different cheeses from The Damn Fine Cheese Company to accompany your selection of our delicious chutneys and relishes – but only at a select few of our markets!!

Take care, stay safe and see you at the markets!!!!

Christmas season is here – in spades!!!

Hi folks!!  Here we are again – another year older and still doing the business?!! We’ve had a couple of events since I last posted with mixed results but, all good for the exposure and continuity!! Huntly Market was cold but dry and a good turnout of both traders and customers then Thistle Street the following weekend was pretty good too.  In between those was an event at Strichen in Ritchie Hall in aid of the Strichen Toddlers Group, a Ladies Christmas Shopping & Pamper Night!! I was in my element as I was the only man in the hall, every other trader and customer were ladies – I did behave myself – not much choice at my age but it was fun!!  Not much in sales but all in a good cause!!!

We have a couple of new items for the Christmas gift ideas, hampers etc. some of which are in the above pictures, The Chilli Clementine Marmalade with Cointreau is absolutely bursting with a zesty orange intensity that dazzles the palate. It is in small jars at only £3.00 each. Ideal for hampers, individual gifts or as a treat for yourself ?!!!  We have experimented with the fluted globular jar in the much larger size to see if anyone would like a family size gift which comes in at £6.50 and, the nest of three jars, each with a different product of your choice and gift wrapped in Christmas cellophane or boxed, as per your requirements, which is priced at £15.00.  We will try and accomodate any individual requests for gift ideas but are limited by time and the small size of our operation and would need as much advance notice as possible?!!

This coming Saturday is at Banchory Farmers Market which will be a full day as there is an extension of the market through the afternoon to include the Christmas Lights big switch-on!!! Some of us traders will be there until around  4 or 5 o’clock and hope to see all our regular customers and any visitors.  Check out The Banchory Farmers Market Facebook page for all the details of the days events and attractions.

Meanwhile, stay safe, stay well and take care!!

Huntly & Thistle Street – apologies for the long gap!!!

Did we have a summer?? Did I blink and miss it??  Oh well!!  Never mind – here we go again – hurtling towards another winter!!  Mind you, it seems that seasons are becoming a little blurred and morphing into a mish-mash which is an amalgam of all four which can occur randomly at any time of the year??!!!  OK – that’s enough of the amateur meteorology – to matters at hand!!

Huntly Market was a good affair as usual, loads of traders and a good turnout of folk and only a couple of blustery showers. We didn’t do particularly well but it was an enjoyable day nonetheless and some of our regulars were glad we came which, after all, is what it’s all about??!!  Can’t believe that was 11 days ago, I really am slipping with my posts — Sorry!!

Last Saturday was at Thistle Street in Aberdeen and was a fantastic day!!!  A slow start as expected(who wants to get up early on a Saturday if not working??) but became a steady flow through of buying customers that, at the end of the day gave us a nice surprise with a bigger turnover than we expected.  Once again, a huge vote of thanks to Maura and her crew for the organisation and smooth running of the day – always good and extremely helpful – cheers guys and gals!!!  Also a massive thank you to my gorgeous 10 year old granddaughter, Alana, for her cheerful assistance as my cashier and all round stacker, packer, and cheerer upper!!  Fabulously uplifting company!!!

Next Saturday 21st October(already??) we are back at Banchory after having missed last months market due to weather!!  I hope our customers there have not forgotten us in the interim??  Really looking forward to a good day at Banchory Farmers Market and – so far – the forecast is potentially going to be OK with quieter conditions than of late – who knows – and in the end – does it matter?? Nah!! Rain or shine, we’ll be there!!  (I know – it did matter last time??!!) Meanwhile, take good care folks, stay safe and stay alert!!!

Aberdeen outlet at last!!

We have been trying for months – if not for years – to find someone in Aberdeen to stock our produce?? We have sent or taken samples to dozens of Deli’s, specialist food stores etc and, at long last, we have succeeded!!  A huge thank you to J K Fine Foods in Chattan Place in Aberdeen for placing an order with us last Friday. The order has been collected and is now with the store and, hopefully, will soon be on their shelves for our loyal customers – now you don’t have to wait for the Thistle Street market to top up with your favourite goodies.  Whatever you do, if you’re in town, J K Fine Foods is a glorious Aladdins cave of a place to visit and browse!! They stock a fantastic array of delicatessen type foods and delicacies from all around the area as well as butchery and fresh fish counters!!  Why don’t you take a look at their website at and see for yourself??

Ballater Farmers Market was well attended last Saturday with an expanding selection of traders and customers crowding the Church Green in the centre of Ballater. It is without doubt, one of my favourite places in Scotland, not just for the business, although we generally do quite well, but mainly for the lovely people, venue and scenery. The atmosphere is always convivial, the folk all smiling and – mostly – the weather has been pretty good and it didn’t let us down on Saturday!!

We are a little sad because one of our favouite trader friends has now retired and gone off to enjoy some well earned “me time” — ‘Little Jimmy’ of Granite City Fish will no longer be brightening up our day with his cheery banter and wonderful service??!!  Well done Jimmy – it was a pleasure to know you!! – and thank you for your friendship and company over the past few years!!!  Enjoy your retirement!!!

This coming Saturday, 7th October 2107, we will be at the Huntly Farmers Market as usual and hope to see all our regular friends and customers and, I suspect, a rather depleted number of visitors as the seasons move on – but – who knows? there may be still some hardy souls on their travels, who will be very warmly welcomed with the usual hospitality and smiling faces of the Huntly folk!!        Take care and stay safe!!!

Hit & a miss!!


Despite our best efforts on Saturday, having set off for Banchory, we were unlucky enough to be brought to a screaming halt by an unknown obstruction on the back road to Inverurie from Turriff??  I still don’t know exactly what caused the back up but am assuming with the weather conditions of late, that it was flooding or something associated with the incessant rain??!! Suffice to say that by the time I turned around and retraced my steps to try to find an alternate route, it was too late to get there in time to set up before packing up – if that makes any sense?? Mission abandoned!!!   Sorry Banchory, if anyone was looking for us, we hope to make up for it next time and we can always send you stuff if you need in the interim??!!

Meanwhile, Sunday was a total success!!  Deeside Food Festival at Cults Academy was an outstanding day with an amazing number of people attending!!  It was noisy, busy, buzzing and bustling with foodies all taking advantage of the many delights on display and available for tasting, sampling and generally gorging on!!! The range of local suppliers, manufacturers and home producers on display was truly awesome and the atmosphere fabulous with smiling, happy faces aplenty!!! Our only problem was we were in front of the stage where there was a cookery show going on and the speakers on either side of the stage seemed to be pointed directly at us – neither us nor our customers could hear anything whilst it was in progress as the volume was incredibly high and the patter incessant – it did raise a few smiles whilst attempting to explain how our produce could be used in cooking – somewhat ironic really??!! The amount of work in getting the whole event organised and the running of the nitty gritty of the day is a great credit to Rachel Gambro and her merry crew!! There was so much help and guidance available throughout the day and organisers on the spot whenever a need arose – all I can say is a huge and grateful — THANK YOU & WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED!!

Next Saturday 23rd September, we hope to be at Ballater Farmers Market and are, as always, looking forward to another happy and pleasant day at a fabulous venue!!  See you there and meanwhile, stay safe, stay happy and stay alert!!!


Thistle Street – dry & mainly sunny – wow!!!

It was – eventually – a good day but, at the start, we honestly though we’d not see any customers??!!  It was so quiet and with a few gaps in the stall holder ranks – reminiscent of the ghost town in old cowboy movies — all we needed was the tumbleweed??!!!  There was never a large crowd at any one time but a fairly steady stream of passersby(is that how you spell that??) some of whom seemed to be stocking up for a siege? That’s what made it a little strange, those that did come by were buying in multiples – no complaints there – but it didn’t seem like a particularly busy day until we realised that we’d taken about the average for Thistle Street!!  It was also very much easier for Suzie & myself to move around and layout our stuff properly with being able to use our own gazebo instead of the market supplied stalls??!!  Thank you to Maura and crew for your hard work and help – Westend Markets is going from strength to strength – onwards and upwards guys & gals!!

Next weekend we have a double date, with Banchory Farmers Market on the Saturday and the wonderful Deeside Food Festival at Cults Academy on the Sunday!!  We have been to Cults for the past couple of years and it has been an extremely busy and fun day every time – so much going on with something for all the family – cookery demos, jazz band, enough variety of food stalls outside and inside with a range of goodies to suit every palate?!!  If you have the time and are in the area, we highly recommend that you stop by and take a wander around – guarantee you won’t regret it (you might spend a little more money than you perhaps intended ‘cos temptation will be in your path??!!!)

Whatever you decide to do, be safe, be happy and thank your stars that we don’t have hurricanes – spare a thought for those poor people in the Caribbean and Florida who have had their lives destroyed??!!  Take care folks – see you on the circuit somewhere!!!