Clapshot

Clapshot

I have no idea why swedes and turnips have their names switched either side of the border between Scotland and England, they just do. For this recipe you need what I know as a turnip, the large purple vegetable with the orange flesh rather than that beloved of Baldrick. This…

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Seaweed on a Hebridean Island by Fiona Bird

Dried Seaweed

Once a poverty food, seaweed is now a sought after ingredient that hides the so called fifth taste, umami. At high tide limpets use their feet to wander from their rock to get their radulas into seaweed. The seaweeds that limpets graze upon are autotrophs or primary producers, at the…

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Raspberry, elderflower and muscat trifle

Raspberry and elderflower trifle

Trifle is one of my abiding memories of the 1980s, originally from the Birds packets and then homemade with fresh fruit and I think possibly swiss roll as well. And while for many it’s probably a little twee for me it’s an ideal comfort dessert and a wonderful sharing bowl…

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Skirlie

Skirlie

Skirlie is one of those wonderful Scottish words that’s just so descriptive, and my introduction to it was during my vegetarian days when Dad made it as an alternative to stuffing for me on Christmas Day. It is perfect for this purpose, as well as being good for stirring through…

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Pan roast loin of venison with redcurrant jelly

Pan roast loin of venison

For me when it comes to a celebration of Scottish food venison is the ultimate flavour and venison loin the perfect treat for guests. I particularly enjoy when it is from wild red deer but any venison will do for this. I always find myself serving venison with fairly classic…

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Pheasant braised with cider and star anise

Pheasant braised with cider and star anise

Cooking with pheasant is one of the joys of winter, a bird that is beautiful in feather, and which adds such an amazing aroma to the kitchen when cooking. I prefer to pot braise pheasant as I find it keeps a good degree of moisture in the flesh and is…

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An inspiration to forage by Mark Williams

Pretty much since I started to blog and then tweet I’ve followed Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Many a time I’d find myself desperately trying to get a signal on a beach or a forest to ask him what some seaweed or shellfish or berry was as it looked…

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Apple and bramble crumble

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Foraging is a term that is on everyone’s lips these days. Wild garlic, mushrooms, nettles and elderflowers are now seen as fairly standard ingredients as the search for free food has become fashionable. However growing up in the 1980s, for me wild food meant only one thing. Brambles, lots of…

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