Wild Garlic Pesto

  It seems that wild garlic is everywhere at the moment as for a few weeks each spring hordes of people armed with scissors and plastic bags stalk the riversides, woodlands and parks of Britain. A first foray into the world of foraging for many this free, abundant and delicious…

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Scottish heritage recipes – stewed mutton

‘I can’t believe the cook’s belted me again, his stinking beery breath shouting in my face. I only left the spit alone for two minutes to run to the toilet and it’s only blackened a little……’ I often walk in to The Great Kitchen at Stirling Castle and close my eyes, allowing…

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Spring salad with wild venison chorizo and goats cheese

I think the marriage of Scottish produce with Spanish flavours is  fairly sublime. So do the Spanish I imagine, they import enough wonderful seafood from these shores. A couple of years ago Anja Baak from Great Glen Charcuterie sent me a sample of their wild venison chilli chorizo and I was…

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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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Beer and rosemary soda bread

  Beer and bread are age-old partners. Both made from readily available cereal crops, they have long been the staple of the working man. In fact, if you look back to the Sixteenth century in Scotland, you’ll find that the food allowance for servants in the courts of the gentry…

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Aromatic one pot chicken

Spice has long been on the menu in Scotland, whether from trade, conquest or immigration the peoples of this land have had a taste for the exotic and aromatic. A look at the menu of Mary, Queen of Scots in the great kitchens of Stirling Castle in the 1500s will…

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Autumn recipes – Lentil soup

Lentil soup

  When the cold weather bites and your heart starts to feel a little heavy at long dark nights through the interminable winter months, there’s one thing that wraps you up like a childhood comfort blanket. A big bowl o’ soup. Lentil soup was never my favourite growing up, I…

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