Char Sui Pork

Over the last year, during the many lockdowns we have had, I’ve tried to vary my cooking and break away from my usual ‘go to’ dishes. This is partly because I know have plenty of time to do so, but also because I was given the threat that if I didn’t start using my cookbooks,…

Tattie and Neep Waffles with Haggis

It’s Burns Night, and with it comes a feast of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties in abundance, along with a wee dram or two. Every year we are always left with too much of all three, and end up eating them for about the next three meals and it gets a bit repetitive. Recently I became…

Caledonian Cream

A lesser known Scottish dessert is the Caledonian Cream, a tasty mix of cream cheese, cream and marmalade on a bed of boozy oranges. Cream and booze, really whats not to like? This is tasty alternative to Cranachan, the more common Scottish dessert. Marmalade would seem to be a weird choice to mix in a…

Mary Berry’s Spiced Ginger Pudding with Toffee Sauce

I love ginger, in any form and definitely in biscuit or cake form! It’s also no secret I am a bit of Mary Berry fan, so when it comes to cake and pudding it is usually her books I reach for. One of her recipes I enjoy is this spiced ginger pudding with a rich…

Mary Berry’s Cottage Pie with Dauphinoise Potatoes

There is nothing more comforting than cottage pie. Simple, tasty and not particularly healthy, unless accompanied by a side of vegetables. It’s no secret that I am a fan of Mary Berry, and the queen of all things comforting has this pretty tasty and artery clogging cottage pie. Rich meaty mince sauce topped with a…

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Winter is definitely coming. So, it is time to get the soup pot out and start to make lots of warming tasty soups to get through these chillier times. Soup is great, warming, nutritious and great to make in bulk and freeze for those soup emergencies. This easy Roasted Tomato and Red pepper soup is…

Braised Beef in Red Wine

With more time on my hands because of the lockdown and the winter nights drawing in, my slow cooker has been getting a lot of use. I received my slow cooker years ago as a wedding gift, it sat in a box for about 5 years before one day I decided to give it a…

Haar at Home

I previously wrote about the fantastic meal we had at the beginning of the year at Haar in St.Andrews, it seems like a lifetime ago now with all that has been going on! During lockdown, particularly early on, I took the opportunity to use the free time I now had to do more cooking from…

Seared Peach and Prosciutto Salad

This is a really quick and simple salad, great for a lunch or to be served as part of a wider spread. With peaches in season right now in the UK, it’s a great time to enjoy them, even better with a crisp cold glass of white wine. Seared Peach and Proscuitto Salad (Serves 2…

Mezze – Vegetarian Dishes

Meat-based dishes are great as part of a mezze but veggie dishes can really lighten the richness and also help a little with any spiciness!These next dishes are simple and tasty, and don’t have to be eaten as part of a mezze, the hummus and baba ganoush could be eaten just with flatbread while watching…