Roast chicken with fennel and tarragon

Fennel and tarragon were always slightly scary to me, maybe because of the urban myth that all things with a hint of anise somehow overpower everything. However now that I’ve got to grips with this irrational phobia fennel becomes one of my favourite vegetables when in season. It has such…

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Hairst bree – Lamb and summer vegetable soup

This is my take on a traditional Scottish dish which is called variously hotch potch or hairst bree (harvest broth). Traditionally made made with neck of lamb or mutton, I prefer to use the shank as it renders it a bit meatier with less fat in my experience. The vegetables…

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Roast lamb with mushrooms and Marsala

Pot roasting is not in my comfort zone particularly. I tend to do my roasting and stewing in the oven, maybe because it’s easier to leave to cook, go for a run (or a pint!) and forget about it. Somehow I just trust my instincts better with that method. However the boned…

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Gooseberry and Green Chilli Chutney

 I often feel that gooseberries are the poor relations of the summer berries. Hidden behind thorns, thick skinned, hairy with a brown tail, and with a tartness that can make the sides of your mouth meet in the middle. Why would you bother? Perhaps my love of the gooseberry stems…

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American Popovers with Strawberry Butter by Liberty Vittert

If you’re a fan of STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show you’ve probably seen Liberty Vittert, ‘The American Cook’, cooking up American classics with our great Scottish ingredients. I’m delighted she has agreed to share a beautiful summer recipe that does just that. Take Yorkshire Pudding, and instead of unpopping, pop it,…

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Chicken and chorizo stew

Or soup depending on when and how you eat it….. I love these dishes which are interchangeable in style and purpose. While red meats often imply heavy autumnal and winter stews, chicken can be light and summery whichever way you braise it. Summer really is a time where the food…

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Barbecued spiced ruby veal kebabs

While panzanella and potato salad may be the star sideshows of the barbecue season it is fairly clear in most people’s minds cooking over hot coals means only one thing. Meat. But what does meat mean? It seems when summer finally appears and al fresco dining takes over, often a…

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