The Mountain Cafe Cookbook

I used to spend a lot of my childhood holidays in and around Aviemore but I’ve not been to the town in about twenty five years. I think that might need to change in the near future with a visit to The Mountain Cafe, where Kirsten Gilmour, after an interesting personal…

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Smoked Haddock Risotto – A vlog

I love to cook risotto, if you know me, follow me or read this blog then this isn’t news. So I have decided to write a little ebook on it. As part of that project I made a video cooking the risotto I probably enjoy most. Smoked haddock. Made from…

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Scottish heritage recipes – Stovies

Stovies

  The ‘Auld Alliance’ with France in 1295 that would last over 250 years brought much more than just armed assistance to Scotland. The food and wine flavours of that country would last within the Scottish cuisine and in the Scottish dialect far longer than the armed support of our…

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My Forever Autumn

‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’, so wrote Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables and whether you dream of New England in the fall or reminisce of conkers in the playground, autumn is a season filled with romance and nostalgia. There’s nothing…

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Earthy Monsoon Pakoras and Spicy Hot Chai by Sumayya Usmani

With a large population of Scots Pakistanis and indeed Scots descendent from all over the sub-continent, pakora is very much a staple in Scotland. I’m delighted to welcome Sumayya here to share her childhood experiences of pakora and chai as the rain teemed down whilst growing up in Pakistan. The…

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Fideua with mussels

The cuisine of Spain holds a huge amount of fascination for me. A country that thrives on sitting as a family and celebrating food, one so diverse with flavours and history and with such a richness. In fact much as Pakistani cuisine is a confluence of South Asia I find…

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Raspberries in January

There’s little in this amazing world of flavours that gets me as excited as the one that is currently approaching perfect ripeness. The Scottish raspberry. It has long been my favourite fruit, possibly even my favourite flavour and it’s not that all too common a trait of parochialism that inspires…

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