Scotch Broth – The dying national dish?

Who would’ve thought that Scotch Broth would be a dying dish, but the fact is this country has fallen out of love with mutton. While this rich, flavoursome meat is starting to make a comeback and may even be the next ‘trendy meat’, the truth is most butchers say they are…

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Squash and sweet potato soup with coconut and chilli

Squash is possibly my favourite autumn vegetable. I know it’s not really an autumn vegetable, it’s available over a massive growing season, it’s just that as it gets colder the skin gets thicker, but it feels like an autumn vegetable as its at its best and most prolific currently. The…

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Braised pickled red cabbage with sweet spice

Autumn is here and my thoughts immediately turn to slow cooking; both the wonderful array of vegetables that the ground gives up as well as meat from Scotland’s natural larder. One of my favourite side dishes is taking the humble red cabbage and over the course of an hour or…

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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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Autumn recipes – Lentil soup

Lentil soup

  When the cold weather bites and your heart starts to feel a little heavy at long dark nights through the interminable winter months, there’s one thing that wraps you up like a childhood comfort blanket. A big bowl o’ soup. Lentil soup was never my favourite growing up, I…

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Beef and mushroom stew

To my mind Scottish food is very much defined by the quality of the natural produce rather than a particular flavour or style. Traditionally many dishes would have been cooked in one pot over an open fire but the flavours would have depended on the season, on the area of…

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