Pan fried pigeon with barley and walnut risotto

Pigeon is a meat which gets a very mixed reaction, for many they automatically think of the dirty grey scraggly ‘rats with wings’ which are so beloved of railway bridges, park benches, and statuesque poets. Not the most appetising of creatures. However wood pigeons are an entirely different matter, plump,…

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Feed the family. Reduce the waste

Leftovers were a staple for me during my childhood in the west of Scotland. I probably didn’t even know the term existed; we just took it for granted that any food which was left would be reused. Mum would regularly make stovies from leftover meat and broth which seemed to…

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Asparagus and lemon risotto

To celebrate the Scottish asparagus season I’ve decided to share one of the recipes from my little ebook, Risotto – A blank canvas of flavour. There’s another five recipes to be found inside using delightful Scottish ingredients but for now sit back and enjoy the true dawn of a late…

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Rose veal osso bucco with wild garlic pesto

Rose veal really is coming into the mainstream psyche now as a wonderful addition to the repertoire of meats available in British farmers markets and butchers. While this beautiful sweet meat is quite different from white veal, one cut and dish which still speaks only of veal is osso bucco,…

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Wild Garlic Pesto

  It seems that wild garlic is everywhere at the moment as for a few weeks each spring hordes of people armed with scissors and plastic bags stalk the riversides, woodlands and parks of Britain. A first foray into the world of foraging for many this free, abundant and delicious…

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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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Smoked haddock risotto with seaweeds

Five minutes chatting to Iain McKellar of justseaweed.com about the range of products he forages off the Isle of Bute on the beautiful Scottish west coast was enough to have me more than a little excited by the possibilities. Frequently recently I have been wandering along coastal beaches and wondered…

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