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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Skirlie

Skirlie

Skirlie is one of those wonderful Scottish words that’s just so descriptive, and my introduction to it was during my vegetarian days when Dad made it as an alternative to stuffing for me on Christmas Day. It is perfect for this purpose, as well as being good for stirring through…

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Pan roast loin of venison with redcurrant jelly

Pan roast loin of venison

For me when it comes to a celebration of Scottish food venison is the ultimate flavour and venison loin the perfect treat for guests. I particularly enjoy when it is from wild red deer but any venison will do for this. I always find myself serving venison with fairly classic…

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Pheasant braised with cider and star anise

Cooking with pheasant is one of the joys of winter, a bird that is beautiful in feather, and which adds such an amazing aroma to the kitchen when cooking. I prefer to pot braise pheasant as I find it keeps a good degree of moisture in the flesh and is…

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