Keeping it Scottish and Simple with Jak O’Donnell

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I recently attended the Royal Highland Show as a guest of Quality Meat Scotland and was fortunate enough to catch up with Jak O’Donnell, Chef/Patron of The Sisters restaurant, after her demonstration of cooking with Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork. After a good chat about Scottish food…

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Smoky chilli macaroni cheese

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I often wonder where the Scottish love of macaroni (and) cheese began, in fact the love of macaroni in general. I read my Gran’s cookbooks from the twenties and macaroni was already a staple in the Scottish kitchen, probably brought over by the emigrating Italians of the late 19th and 20th…

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Waking up to organic with Organic Trade Board

Cooking porridge for wake up to organic

In recent weeks more and more stories surface about the level of infection in factory farmed meat. Hot on the back of the horse meat scandal it’s understandable why so many people are turning to organic produce which has guaranteed animal welfare, is better for the environment. With this in…

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There’s flavour in those hands

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Six months ago I wrote for the What It Feels Like… website about confidence. It proved to be quite a cathartic experience of self-discovery…. ‘Tumharay haat mein zaika hai’ ‘Excuse me?’ ‘It translates from Urdu as your hands have flavour’. ‘Thank you’. I have flavour in my hands? Should this…

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Tattie scones with kiln roast smoked trout

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If you had to ask for a list of the top five Scottish foods I think there’s a good chance that tattie scones would sneak in there. They’re the ubiquitous comfort food that no matter what your preference when it comes to a cooked breakfast, these little slices are always…

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Chicken and chorizo stew

Chicken and chorizo stew

Or soup depending on when and how you eat it….. I love these dishes which are interchangeable in style and purpose. While red meats often imply heavy autumnal and winter stews, chicken can be light and summery whichever way you braise it. Summer really is a time where the food…

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Treasured Tastes for Visit Scotland Year of Food and Drink

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I’m very excited by this initiative from Visit Scotland to showcase the recipes which come from a multitude of childhoods. What better way to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink than a book which captures the essence of the comfort of sharing food? I already know what I’m entering and…

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