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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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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Smoked Haddock Risotto – A vlog

I love to cook risotto, if you know me, follow me or read this blog then this isn’t news. So I have decided to write a little ebook on it. As part of that project I made a video cooking the risotto I probably enjoy most. Smoked haddock. Made from…

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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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Raspberries in January

There’s little in this amazing world of flavours that gets me as excited as the one that is currently approaching perfect ripeness. The Scottish raspberry. It has long been my favourite fruit, possibly even my favourite flavour and it’s not that all too common a trait of parochialism that inspires…

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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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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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