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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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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