10 hour brisket

I was never a fan of meat as a child. I’d avoid it at all costs, and while this never extended to the ubiquitous Monday mince and tatties I far preferred the childhood comforts of macaroni and cheese, or that eighties classic; chicken kiev! In fact such was my loathing…

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Scottish heritage recipes – Stovies

Stovies

  The ‘Auld Alliance’ with France in 1295 that would last over 250 years brought much more than just armed assistance to Scotland. The food and wine flavours of that country would last within the Scottish cuisine and in the Scottish dialect far longer than the armed support of our…

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My Forever Autumn

‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’, so wrote Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables and whether you dream of New England in the fall or reminisce of conkers in the playground, autumn is a season filled with romance and nostalgia. There’s nothing…

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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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Braised lamb shanks in ale

To my mind, in Scotland, autumn is the most glorious season of the year. The land is lit up in an array of colours reflecting the sun sitting low on the horizon giving its last vestiges of warmth to the land before the days drift into impenetrable darkness. And the…

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