Mince and tatties

This dish is such a classic and a favourite of the Scottish people, especially here in the North East. It’s a hearty yet easy meal to make and is delicious on a cold Autumn of Winters day. We love making this dish now and again and enjoy it with fresh garden tatties (potatoes) and creamy neeps (turnips).

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Blackberry, Apple & Bilberry tart

I love the deep purple colour of this Scottish blackberry, apple and bilberry tart its so beautiful and the flavour certainly doesn’t dissapoint either. It’s such a delicious warming tart to eat when the seasons change to Autumn and can be enjoyed with freshly made warm custard, whipped double cream or vanilla ice cream. My kids really enjoy this tart after a delicious hearty Scottish stew and it also works really well the next day for leftovers.

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Scottish Crowdie Cheese

This traditional Scottish crowdie cheese is so delicious and creamy and spreads really well on Scottish oatcakes, biscuits or even in a sandwich. Its really easy to make and traditionally was a great way to use up excess milk.

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Traditional Scottish Beef Stew

We love this traditional Scottish beef stew. Its very simple and very much like how Scottish beef stew would have been cooked traditionally. I like to use the slow cooker for this beef stew as it creates the most delicious melt in the mouth stew and the kids absolutely love it! Its packed with nutritional wholefoods and you can serve it up alongside delicious seasonal vegetables too for an extra veggie boost. I like to serve my traditional scottish stew with creamy mashed potatoes to mop up the beef gravy, stir fried kale fresh out of the garden and a whole head of buttery broccoli. What a treat!

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Cock a Leekie Soup – Traditional Scottish Recipe

This traditional scottish recipe for cock a leekie soup is based on the traditional simple way of cooking cock a leekie soup. There are more modern variations of cock a leekie soup with carrot and prunes but my version is based on the old traditional way of making cock a leekie. Its really simple and easy to make and this recipe creates such a delicious healing, nourishing bowl of soup. The whole family enjoys it and although we didn’t frequently eat this growing up we will be adding it to our lunchtime recipes from now on.

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Cullen Skink Soup

I have a couple of recipes for making this soup but this one is definitely my favourite. It’s based on an old traditional Scottish recipe by Janet Murray that I have tweeked to replicate the soup my Dad would make us as kids.

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Slow Cooked Beef and Dumplings Stew

This hearty slow cooked traditional beef stew went down a treat on a cold Sunday afternoon. Tender meaty chunks, seasonal vegetables and buttery dumplings. A delicious winter meal for the family and really easy to put together in advance in the slow cooker.

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Iced Ginger Sponge

Adapted from Janet Murray’s CookbookWith a fine feeling for food, 1972

I love old cookbooks especially Scottish ones, I love to think and imagine the foods of my ancestors…how they prepared foods, what was available and what they thrived on locally. This delicious recipe is adapted from an old family Scottish Cookbook.

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