Lamb meatballs with smoked garlic and rosemary

When I was growing up, lamb was probably my least favourite meat, possibly the woolly lanolin flavour that seemed to be the overriding memory of lamb dishes of the 1980s. However these days I can’t get enough of it, especially from Scottish heritage breeds and Scottish lamb is very much…

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Scottish heritage recipes – Mince and tatties

For children of my generation and older growing up in the west of Scotland there must surely have been no meal as ubiquitous and warming as mince and tatties. Whenever I think back to meals in my early years it’s hard to remember any set dishes that we would have…

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Seafood Broth

Quite simply the finest fish soup I’ve tasted this side of Marseilles – Felicity Cloake, Guardian Cook, January 2014 To me holiday always means two things. Sea and food. Travelling overseas is always inspiring with the food culture of another nation really bringing it to life in so many ways,…

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Cockles and mussels in ale

Shellfish. In particular mussels. There’s fewer foods which divide opinion as much or are looked upon with such trepidation by so many. Whether it be the belief they require so much knowledge, effort, skill or that they are a time bomb of tummy trouble waiting to happen so many people…

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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 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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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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