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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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 – Cranachan

I rarely make desserts. I’ve mentioned this before. The desserts of my childhood, which I would have every day when being looked after by my Gran, were simple affairs, ground rice or custard, lovingly made to order and always with a square of cooking chocolate or a cube of jelly…

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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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#40by40 Salt bake a whole fish

Some dishes take hours of loving preparation, cooking and plating up to deliver the wow factor to the senses. Then there are some which punch so far above the sum of their parts you wonder if you’ve maybe forgotten something. Salt baking a fish is one of those dishes. Minutes…

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