How often do you get lured into a delicious-sounding recipe by its headline and photo only to realise that it’s overly complicated and faffy?
On the menu we have: cockie-a-leekie soup, stovies, tattie scones, oatcakes and tablet. It doesn’t get more Scottish than this.
I think this illustrated recipe approach is just so much more fun, welcoming and easier to follow. I hope you agree?
In truth, this Scottish Recipes project has been something I’ve been wanting to turn my hand to for such a long time! But, as with most things, we usually all need a little spark to turn that good idea into something tangible.
For Traditional Recipes of Scotland my impetus goes back to writing and illustrating my 11 Inspiring and Iconic Scottish Brands story I published in March. The brands I feature include Baxters, Walkers, Nairn, Macsween and Johnnie Walker: Scottish mega-brands that all rely on locally-sourced, natural, quality Scottish ingredients that they then transform into Scottish food and drink of world-wide renown.
Inspired by the underlying Scottishness of these brands, I sat down to capture the essential simplicity of 5 much-loved traditional Scottish recipes through illustration.
I just love the authenticity, fullness of flavour and good old-fashioned Scottish heartiness of each of these recipes.
OK, tablet not so much but who doesn’t deserve a wee sugary treat occasionally?
So let’s get cooking…
Cock-a-leekie soup recipe
There are many variations to this recipe: some do not use the chicken meat preferring just to use a chicken stock; long grain rice or barley can be added to thicken; and traditionalists may use prunes. All of which work.
But this chunky wholesome recipe I’ve illustrated is a sure-fire winner every time. Hence why its the go-to starter for a Burns Supper.
One pot comfort food doesn’t get any better than stovies. It is traditionally made from the Sunday Roast leftovers but sausages (skin removed) serves as a worthy substitute.
There is no right or wrong way to make stovies but the trick is to cook until the potatoes and other veggies have absorbed much of the flavoursome stock until beautifully soft and easy to cut with a fork or spoon.
Tattie Scones recipe
The tattie scone is undeniably tasty but it is also very easy to make and highly versatile. It is typically associated with the traditional Scottish Breakfast but, as a special treat have, you ever tried a tattle scone with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon? Beyond delicious. Or toasted and served with lashings of butter
Why bother to make your own oatcakes when there are lots of great options readily available out there? Because homemade is always best! Your home-baked oatcakes will be free of unhealthy vegetable and seed oils and ingredients you can’t pronounce plus they are so easy to make. I especially like the uneven and wobbly ones. Its a recipe that’s ideal for a first-time little kitchen helper; lots of messy scrunching work involved. So embrace the traditional, bake your next batch of oatcakes and be sure to share the fruits of your endeavours by inviting some friends over.
What is more traditional than tablet? And in a way, like many other very traditional things, the way I consider tablet today is quite different to the way I did when as a kid or how how my kids today consider tablet. In short, my taste for overtly sweet things has changed.
But what I really value and appreciate about tablet today is that it is not a brand and it does not come perfectly wrapped in enticing packaging. That just wouldn’t be tablet, would it? I’ve pretty much eliminated sugar from my daily life but a wee piece of tablet with a strong coffee is one of life’s little pleasures….mmmm.
So, if you share a similar passion for these recipes, why not reach out to an old friend or two and invite them over to enjoy one or two of these recipes with a short little hand written Recipes of Scotland notecard? It doesn’t get more personal and warmly Scottish than that.
Till next time,
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