I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers….

Lucy Maud Montgomery wasn’t wrong, and in Scotland we are blessed in autumn, the harvest is bountiful, there is an abundance of wild food, and the seas are filled with goodness. Autumn isn’t only the season of turning leaves and lengthening dusk, it’s a time for generous plates and long, slow cooking.


Haddock, cod, mussels, and langoustines are at their best. For the forager there’s an abundance of mushrooms, elderberries, and brambles. The ground is beginning to give up roots of all varieties, while furred and feather game is readily available.

Autumn in Queen’s Park

Rye and rye soda bread

The weather has definitely taken a turn for the colder this week, and winter isn’t far away. Soup weather. I generally find it impossible to have soup without bread, dipping it in while the soup cools to palatable temperature. The great [...]

Autumn larder – Barley pudding

This is a throwback to the days of rationing from my Gran’s 1940s cookbook. I’ve adapted it to bake in the oven like a traditional rice pudding, rather than cooking on the hob, and added the classic rice pudding flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg. [...]