Empowering independence through flavour by Sumayya Usmani

Sumayya Usmani had the wonderful opportunity to teach a week of Root Camp in beautiful Bute on Scotland’s west coast. Here she shares her experience. Sharing a week, with a group of strangers is challenging, but when it’s a group of sixteen teenagers, the challenge is amplified. When I accepted…

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Apple and bramble crumble

Foraging is a term that is on everyone’s lips these days. Wild garlic, mushrooms, nettles and elderflowers are now seen as fairly standard ingredients as the search for free food has become fashionable. However growing up in the 1980s, for me wild food meant only one thing. Brambles, lots of…

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Venison Burgers

 Spending a lot of my childhood summer holidays camping in the highlands I got to know that part of the world pretty well. During these holidays I became acquainted with wild brown trout, picked wild raspberries and made jam,  and had my first prawns and crabs I’d watched landed that…

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Keeping it Scottish and Simple with Jak O’Donnell

I recently attended the Royal Highland Show as a guest of Quality Meat Scotland and was fortunate enough to catch up with Jak O’Donnell, Chef/Patron of The Sisters restaurant, after her demonstration of cooking with Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork. After a good chat about Scottish food…

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Treasured Tastes for Visit Scotland Year of Food and Drink

I’m very excited by this initiative from Visit Scotland to showcase the recipes which come from a multitude of childhoods. What better way to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink than a book which captures the essence of the comfort of sharing food? I already know what I’m entering and…

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