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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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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Bavette with red wine and shallots

Bavette is one of those cuts that many people seem to find baffling when they see it on the butcher’s counter. A bit like onglet there’s an uncertainty of how to cook it, slow or fast? Babette is the perfect cheap cut for a summer barbecue, over really hot coals…

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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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Raspberry, elderflower and muscat trifle

Trifle is one of my abiding memories of the 1980s, originally from the Birds packets and then homemade with fresh fruit and I think possibly swiss roll as well. And while for many it’s probably a little twee for me it’s an ideal comfort dessert and a wonderful sharing bowl…

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