Empowering independence through flavour by Sumayya Usmani

Bread was made daily

Sumayya Usmani had the wonderful opportunity to teach a week of Root Camp in beautiful Bute on Scotland’s west coast. Here she shares her experience. Sharing a week, with a group of strangers is challenging, but when it’s a group of sixteen teenagers, the challenge is amplified. When I accepted…

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Roast pumpkin risotto for #pumpkinrescue

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Dooking for apples, treacle scones, guising and turnip lanterns. This was pretty much what defined my 1980s childhood Halloween in the west of Scotland. However as more and more we are exposed to the influx of culture from across the Atlantic, trick or treating and pumpkins have sadly become the…

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Pot roast hogget

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   As I sit on the plane back from Terra Madre I am feeling humbled, inspired, and reminded of the wonderful produce that Scotland has to offer and the duty to which I am bound to celebrate it. This dish is fairly typical of my favourite type of cooking; take…

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Cranachan cheesecake

Cranachan cheesecake

I rarely find myself writing on here these days, weeks seem to pass, recipes pile up and nothing appears. However having found a glut of wild raspberries by Loch Maree today I felt I had to mark the occasion by finally posting my recipe for cranachan cheesecake. This is a…

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#WakeUpToOrganic with Scottish Berries and Spiced Yoghurt

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On the morning of 15th June 2016 all over the UK, independent retailers will be hosting Wake Up To Organic events, dishing up mini breakfasts, blogger demos and visits from local producers and suppliers. I will be joining in with a delicious healthy breakfast of Scottish berries, pepped up with spice and…

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Slow Food Glasgow launch with #GrowGlasgow

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Slow Food – the international, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world – is launching its new Glasgow group with a campaign to encourage Glaswegians to grow their own food. The campaign, using the social media hashtag #GrowGlasgow, calls on people across the city and beyond to make…

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Feed the family. Reduce the waste

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Leftovers were a staple for me during my childhood in the west of Scotland. I probably didn’t even know the term existed; we just took it for granted that any food which was left would be reused. Mum would regularly make stovies from leftover meat and broth which seemed to…

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