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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Pot roast hogget

   As I sit on the plane back from Terra Madre I am feeling humbled, inspired, and reminded of the wonderful produce that Scotland has to offer and the duty to which I am bound to celebrate it. This dish is fairly typical of my favourite type of cooking; take…

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Drawing on my passion by Anna Koska

Bringing food and ingredients to life takes on so many forms, whether through cooking, through writing or through illustration it is essential to treat the food with integrity, to give it a purpose. A couple of years ago for the sadly defunct ‘Food Niche Collective’ site we asked Anna Koska…

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My Forever Autumn

‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’, so wrote Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables and whether you dream of New England in the fall or reminisce of conkers in the playground, autumn is a season filled with romance and nostalgia. There’s nothing…

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Braised pickled red cabbage with sweet spice

Autumn is here and my thoughts immediately turn to slow cooking; both the wonderful array of vegetables that the ground gives up as well as meat from Scotland’s natural larder. One of my favourite side dishes is taking the humble red cabbage and over the course of an hour or…

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Earthy Monsoon Pakoras and Spicy Hot Chai by Sumayya Usmani

With a large population of Scots Pakistanis and indeed Scots descendent from all over the sub-continent, pakora is very much a staple in Scotland. I’m delighted to welcome Sumayya here to share her childhood experiences of pakora and chai as the rain teemed down whilst growing up in Pakistan. 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 – Cock a leekie soup

“Though on hamely fare we dine” Robert Burns, though known the world o’er as Scotland’s national poet was born into a poor farming family in Ayrshire rather than the Georgian gentry. Using his wit and intelligence he found himself at many a wealthy table eating the finest of foods. However,…

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