Hairst bree – Lamb and summer vegetable soup

This is my take on a traditional Scottish dish which is called variously hotch potch or hairst bree (harvest broth). Traditionally made made with neck of lamb or mutton, I prefer to use the shank as it renders it a bit meatier with less fat in my experience. The vegetables…

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Roast lamb with mushrooms and Marsala

Pot roasting is not in my comfort zone particularly. I tend to do my roasting and stewing in the oven, maybe because it’s easier to leave to cook, go for a run (or a pint!) and forget about it. Somehow I just trust my instincts better with that method. However the boned…

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Rose veal potted hough

There was always something satisfying about seeing those little pots of preserved meat in the butchers. Off brown with a shiny pallor from the jelly they looked like pure flavour in a tub. Except for the jelly. I abhor meat jelly, the sight of it dropping out of a tin…

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Dulse braised Orkney brisket

Orkney is an island I’ve long wanted to visit. From the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae to the stunning maritime warmth of Highland Park it’s an island that’s always fascinated me. It’s also a collection of islands with an amazing array of food, and I was delighted when I met…

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Venison Burgers

 Spending a lot of my childhood summer holidays camping in the highlands I got to know that part of the world pretty well. During these holidays I became acquainted with wild brown trout, picked wild raspberries and made jam,  and had my first prawns and crabs I’d watched landed that…

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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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Barbecued spiced ruby veal kebabs

While panzanella and potato salad may be the star sideshows of the barbecue season it is fairly clear in most people’s minds cooking over hot coals means only one thing. Meat. But what does meat mean? It seems when summer finally appears and al fresco dining takes over, often a…

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Rose veal osso bucco with wild garlic pesto

Rose veal really is coming into the mainstream psyche now as a wonderful addition to the repertoire of meats available in British farmers markets and butchers. While this beautiful sweet meat is quite different from white veal, one cut and dish which still speaks only of veal is osso bucco,…

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