Gran’s spring vegetable soup

When I was younger I spent a lot of time with my Gran, she looked after us whenever my parents were working, usually with her elder sister. One of my abiding memories of meals with this hilarious double act who would both go on to become nonagenarians was lunches of…

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Hairst bree – Lamb and summer vegetable soup

This is my take on a traditional Scottish dish which is called variously hotch potch or hairst bree (harvest broth). Traditionally made made with neck of lamb or mutton, I prefer to use the shank as it renders it a bit meatier with less fat in my experience. The vegetables…

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Scotch Broth – The dying national dish?

Who would’ve thought that Scotch Broth would be a dying dish, but the fact is this country has fallen out of love with mutton. While this rich, flavoursome meat is starting to make a comeback and may even be the next ‘trendy meat’, the truth is most butchers say they are…

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Squash and sweet potato soup with coconut and chilli

Squash is possibly my favourite autumn vegetable. I know it’s not really an autumn vegetable, it’s available over a massive growing season, it’s just that as it gets colder the skin gets thicker, but it feels like an autumn vegetable as its at its best and most prolific currently. The…

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Autumn recipes – Lentil soup

Lentil soup

  When the cold weather bites and your heart starts to feel a little heavy at long dark nights through the interminable winter months, there’s one thing that wraps you up like a childhood comfort blanket. A big bowl o’ soup. Lentil soup was never my favourite growing up, I…

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Scottish heritage recipes – Cullen skink

The little Moray town of Cullen on the north-east coast of Scotland will always be synonymous with a soup that is as warming and life-giving as the seas that the men from that town fished were cold and deadly. Cullen skink is literally soup or essence from Cullen. Tradition holds many…

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