Wild venison with port and whole spice

Venison and dark spices were made for each other. The richness of the game alongside the earthy, evocative flavours of black cardamom, star anise, and mace is a work of beauty. When you throw in the warming glow of the fortified wine from the Douro what evolves is a stew not…

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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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Gooseberry and Green Chilli Chutney

 I often feel that gooseberries are the poor relations of the summer berries. Hidden behind thorns, thick skinned, hairy with a brown tail, and with a tartness that can make the sides of your mouth meet in the middle. Why would you bother? Perhaps my love of the gooseberry stems…

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Chicken and chorizo stew

Or soup depending on when and how you eat it….. I love these dishes which are interchangeable in style and purpose. While red meats often imply heavy autumnal and winter stews, chicken can be light and summery whichever way you braise it. Summer really is a time where the food…

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Barbecued spiced ruby veal kebabs

While panzanella and potato salad may be the star sideshows of the barbecue season it is fairly clear in most people’s minds cooking over hot coals means only one thing. Meat. But what does meat mean? It seems when summer finally appears and al fresco dining takes over, often a…

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Raspberries in January

There’s little in this amazing world of flavours that gets me as excited as the one that is currently approaching perfect ripeness. The Scottish raspberry. It has long been my favourite fruit, possibly even my favourite flavour and it’s not that all too common a trait of parochialism that inspires…

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