Treasured Tastes for Visit Scotland Year of Food and Drink

 In Havering, Scottish Heritage

IMG_4233-0.JPGI’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 I hope many of you will join in too!

You’ll have had yer tea?!

National appeal to uncover the ultimate ‘Treasured Tastes’ of the Scottish people launched by celebrated chef

Scottish chef and food enthusiast, Shirley Spear has joined VisitScotland to launch a nationwide appeal to find Scotland’s most treasured tastes.

Whether it’s a plate of Granny Mary’s mince and tatties devoured after a game of hide and seek in her Glasgow tenement; or a comforting bowl of Uncle Jim’s Scotch broth following a bracing walk along the Fife coast – the national tourism organisation wants to highlight the places and people behind the country’s favourite family meals and recipes handed-down through the generations.

As a lasting legacy of the Year of Food and Drink 2015, a special number of the delicious memories will be compiled into a unique one-off recipe book entitled – You’ll have had yer tea? – Treasured Tastes of Scotland. The book, due to be published later in year, will take readers on a culinary journey from the shores of Shetland all the way down to the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.

As well as showcasing traditional food and drink, the book will help shine a light on the personal stories behind family recipes, inspiring readers to revive some great home-cooking as well as encouraging them to come and sample Scotland’s wonderful natural larder.

 Shirley said: “It’s such a pleasure to be involved in this delightful project. I’ve long been an ambassador of family cooking. Some of my most cherished memories are of spending time with my Mum, baking jam tarts and fairy cakes, followed years later with teaching my own children how to cook simple, basic things at home and making the most of seasonal ingredients such as gooseberries and rhubarb from the garden and turning them into delicious treats. And now I hope to pass on stories about where our all our delicious ingredients come from to my gorgeous grandchildren.

“We all have these food memories that instantly transport us back to a precious time in our lives. ‘Treasured Tastes of Scotland’ will provide a voice for these recipes and the stories behind them from all over the country so that people both now and in the future are inspired to visit Scotland and sample its amazing local produce. I‘m very much looking forward to reading the entries and hope that as many people as possible will take part in this nationwide search.”


You can submit your own favourite family recipes and the story behind it by emailing or by posting your submission to Treasured Tastes, VisitScotland, 94 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JH.

Join the conversation on social media using #treasuredtastes

You can also help encourage others to share their Treasures Tastes by sharing the story through your own channels, either by blogging, through social media, in a newsletter or through an article.

For more information or to talk about how you can support the project, please contact Louise Purves, VisitScotland Corporate Press Officer, on or 0131 472 2052

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