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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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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Keema aloo

If the early part of the twentieth century was heavily influenced by the arrival of Italian flavours, the latter part was definitely defined by one word. Spice. Spices such as salt, pepper and ginger had already made their way to Scotland via historical trade routes, but post-war immigration from India…

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Chilli and lime crab cakes

Crab is one of my earliest seafood recollections, with toast being spread with Shippams crab paste by my Gran for supper before bed sometime in the late seventies or early eighties. The memory of the sweet, earthy briny flavour has never left me and I think that’s why I’m one…

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Double trout fishcakes

The Scots have an inherent love of leftovers, there’s very little which we won’t re-use a second time to prevent waste. Patties are a particular favourite way of doing this and these little fish cakes are a perfect way of using the leftovers from two wonderful dishes. Trout is one…

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Venison Burgers

 Spending a lot of my childhood summer holidays camping in the highlands I got to know that part of the world pretty well. During these holidays I became acquainted with wild brown trout, picked wild raspberries and made jam,  and had my first prawns and crabs I’d watched landed that…

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