Venison and wild bramble stew

Autumn is my favourite season. Yes winter brings snow and Christmas, spring has new-born lambs and delicate vegetables while summer means sunshine and strawberries. But autumn to me is above them all, there is a bountiful harvest on the trees, in the soil and resting on the land. Game is…

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Slow braise ox cheek with whole garam masalas

As I’ve said many times before I don’t believe it is possible to define Scottish food by a style or a flavour. It’s the produce that this land provides that defines the Scottish cuisine. Scotland is a nation with an eclectic history of settlement, war, invasion and immigration and all…

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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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Braised rose veal with anchovies, red wine and rosemary

So finally the establishment has awoken to rose veal it seems. This can only be a positive, less calves being slaughtered at birth, maybe more locally sourced, ethically farmed meat making it’s way onto more family tables. I get mine from Overton farm in Lanarkshire through the various farmers markets…

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