Festy cock

Scottish cuisine is full of dishes with ancient names that seem fairly odd to the modern tongue; Cullen skink, skirlie, rumbledthumps, and clapshot all spring immediately to mind. However ‘festy cock’ seems to take this tradition to a whole new level, but what exactly is it? Whether celebrating Shrove Tuesday,…

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Roast pumpkin risotto for #pumpkinrescue

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

   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

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

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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Feed the family. Reduce the waste

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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Ground rice with stewed rhubarb

Of all the flavours of my west of Scotland childhood there is one that always springs to mind. Despite the proliferation of mince and tatties, steak pie and broths of various types, it is a dessert that speaks of my youthful sweet tooth. Ground rice pudding with stewed rhubarb. My…

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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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