Scottish heritage recipes – Cullen skink

The little Moray town of Cullen on the north-east coast of Scotland will always be synonymous with a soup that is as warming and life-giving as the seas that the men from that town fished were cold and deadly. Cullen skink is literally soup or essence from Cullen. Tradition holds many…

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Scottish heritage recipes – Cranachan

I rarely make desserts. I’ve mentioned this before. The desserts of my childhood, which I would have every day when being looked after by my Gran, were simple affairs, ground rice or custard, lovingly made to order and always with a square of cooking chocolate or a cube of jelly…

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Scottish cosmopolitan recipes – Kedgeree

The cuisine of Scotland is steeped in the history of cooking from the natural larder at the people’s disposal. Whether this be kings and queens feasting on venison, duck, beef and salmon; or the servant living on oats and kale the Scots have always used well that which is at…

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Scottish heritage recipes – Cock a leekie soup

“Though on hamely fare we dine” Robert Burns, though known the world o’er as Scotland’s national poet was born into a poor farming family in Ayrshire rather than the Georgian gentry. Using his wit and intelligence he found himself at many a wealthy table eating the finest of foods. However,…

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Smoked haddock risotto with seaweeds

Five minutes chatting to Iain McKellar of justseaweed.com about the range of products he forages off the Isle of Bute on the beautiful Scottish west coast was enough to have me more than a little excited by the possibilities. Frequently recently I have been wandering along coastal beaches and wondered…

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#40by40 – Cooking with hogget

Hogget. It’s one of those words that requires further investigation isn’t it, like a tantalising little conundrum? ‘What is hogget you ask? Ah well my dear boy, tis a little secret not for your ears, said the kindly headmaster’. Despite sounding like a character from an Enid Blyton book, it…

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#40by40 Salt bake a whole fish

Some dishes take hours of loving preparation, cooking and plating up to deliver the wow factor to the senses. Then there are some which punch so far above the sum of their parts you wonder if you’ve maybe forgotten something. Salt baking a fish is one of those dishes. Minutes…

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