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Minty Pea Purée on Sourdough Toast

Pea purée on buttered wholemeal spelt sourdough bread. Few foods can match the vivid green of puréed frozen peas. The fresh taste of the peas combines beautifully with the mint an lemon to produce a very green flavour. Gena Hamshaw of … Continue reading

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Adventures in sourdough bread.

Wholemeal spelt sourdough bread with oxtail stew. I have never baked my own bread. This is despite having had a go at cooking many different things over the years and so recently I decided to rectify this omission. Given that … Continue reading

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The origins of semi-dwarf wheat

John Linnell, Wheat (1860) The late summer landscape of 19th Century England, such as painted by John Linnell, was filled with fields of tall golden wheat ripening in the sun. Across the Atlantic the prairies of the midwest states inspired the words … Continue reading

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Oat Avenanthramides

Oats are one of the quintessential foods of the traditional Scottish diet. In terms of health benefits they are best known for their fibre content, particularly their beta-glucan content. Less well known is that this humble grain contains a unique class of … Continue reading

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Himalayan Rock Salt

Photo credit: julajp. A relatively recent addition to our British shops, and once restricted to health food shops, it now seems that pink Himalayan salt can be found almost everywhere even appearing in major supermarkets. A quick browse of the … Continue reading

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Caboc and Crowdie: Traditional cheeses of Scotland

Originating in the Western highlands Caboc is one of Scotlands oldest cheeses. Dating back to the 15th Century it was known as a chieftain’s cheese, due to its rich double cream ingredients and high fat content. Reputedly the recipe originates … Continue reading

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Seaweed Oatcakes

Few foods rival the iconic status of oatcakes in the traditional Scottish diet. Making them for myself has recently become an aim of mine through which I have learnt that while the various traditional recipes are simple enough their execution … Continue reading

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The Arbroath Smokie

A pair of Arbroath Smokies tied at the tails High above the shingle beach and tiny dilapidated harbour on the rocky clifftops of the Angus coast north of Arbroath lies the village of Auchmithie the original home of what was once … Continue reading

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Bere and Beremeal Bannocks

Beremeal bannock with Orkney cheese and rowan jelly “At the sight of Dumbarton once again, I’ll cock up my bonnet and march amain, With a gude claymore hanging down at my heel, To whang at the bannocks o’barley-meal.” – John, … Continue reading

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Cullen Skink

Cullen Skink Cullen skink is a traditional thick Scottish soup originating from the North East of Scotland that has remained popular to the present day. It can be found on the menus of local restaurants here in the North East and is often served … Continue reading

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