My story and ethos

A passion for Scotland

Born and raised in Scotland, I have spent most of my life exploring this rugged and beautiful country, discovering first hand the natural larder of the nation. A home cook, I am inspired by this rich food and drink landscape, always remaining committed to fresh, seasonal, and local produce. Scottish cuisine is produce driven and my ethos is to treat it with respect and the minimum of fuss, making recipes instinctive and easy to follow, while letting the produce remain the primary focus.

Here I will explore the rich natural larder of Scotland, whilst highlighting niche producers who focus on provenance and welfare. My aim is to also bring heritage recipes to life with a contemporary feel, celebrate the cosmopolitan nature of Scottish cuisine and highlight some of the historical effects on the Scottish food landscape.

Through my blog I hope to also dispel some of the popular misconceptions of the cuisine of Scotland.

I had a week long autumn series commissioned in The Scottish Daily Mail, and have been published in Food 52, Guardian Cook, Daily Record, Quality Meat Scotland, Sunday Post, Great British Chefs, The Culture Trip, and Scots Magazine online. I’m also published in Visit Scotland’s ‘You’ll have had yer tea’ and Quarto Cooks ‘World Atlas of Street Food’.

Though on hamely fare we dine

These words of Robert Burns aptly sum up the nature of the food of Scotland; homely, comforting, and nourishing. Defined by produce, land, and people, let the food of Scotland, and the hospitality of the Scots, welcome you.

Since 2011
A walk through Scotland’s seasons
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Autumn
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Winter

Cooking is love made visible – My havering, thoughts, and memories