Ailsa Craig Onions are a variety of a Spanish onion. They have straw yellow skin and are very white inside. They average 1 to 2 pounds in weight (450 to 900g), and 6 to 8 inches across (15 to 20 cm.) They can grow as big as 4 pounds (1.8 kg.) They have a sweet,…
Atholl Brose is a thick, spoonable drink, made from honey, oatmeal, water and whiskey. You mix the oatmeal and water to form a thick paste, let stand a while, then strain the oatmeal out, keeping the liquid. You mix the liquid with honey and whisky, stir or shake well, and serve. It will keep in…
Auld Alliance Cheese Spread
This is used as a savoury spread for nibblies or as a starter. You can spread it on warm toast (either dry or buttered), potato scones or oatcakes.
Black bun is a Scottish rich fruit dessert that could be described as a cross between a square or rectangular-shaped pie, and a cake. It is like a pie, in that it is baked with top, bottom and side crusts, and a filling. But, it is usually sliced and served like a cake.
Blackwood Dry Gin
Blackwood Dry Gin is gin based on alcohol distilled from barley and maize. It is a pale green colour, and has a more intense aroma than many other gins. It is called a vintage gin, not because it’s aged, which it’s not, but because the botanicals used in it change each year so that each…
Bread Sauce Recipe
For Thanksgiving or Christmas (or anytime), consider reviving an old tradition which has just about vanished completely — bread sauce. Bread sauce was always a classic accompaniment to pork or chicken.
Camp Coffee is a black, concentrated coffee-flavoured syrup sold in the UK and in Canada. The syrup is 26 percent chicory root, 4 percent coffee, and sugar and water. It is made by McCormick Foods in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Camp Coffee comes in a square-shape glass bottle, with a very decorative label. The bottle itself…
Cock-a-Leekie Soup Recipe
This recipe apparently has its origins in 18th century Edinburgh, Scotland — where the unlucky rooster that lost a cock fight would be tossed into a pot and fed up to the spectators
Drambuie is a golden coloured liqueur based on aged scotch whisky (Talisker brand), honey and herbs and spices. Among the flavouring, experts figure, is lemon, saffron and sugar; its colour may come from the saffron. It is 40% alcohol. It can be drunk on its own, straight-up or on ice, or used as a mixer…
Note: as of 2004, Drambuie Cream is a defunct product. Drambuie Cream is a liqueur made in Broxburn, Scotland by the Glenard company, as a joint venture between Scottish companies Glenmorangie and The Drambuie Liqueur Company Ltd 17% alcohol, it has actual dairy cream (stabilized) in it, along with honey. It is very sweet and…
Farls are thin, flat bread shaped like a triangle. The base of the triangle is actually rounded slightly, such that if you fit four of them together, you more or less make a circle. They are made from wheat flour (white or whole wheat) or oatmeal. There will be a leavener in the mixture, such…
IRN BRU: A Scottish Soft Drink
IRN BRU is an orangey-rust coloured, fizzy, sweet Scottish soft drink. It tastes like a cross between bubble gum and cream soda. It comes in cans, and glass and plastic bottles. The bottles are 750ml, with a 20p deposit on them (as of 2005.) A bottle size sold in America is 500ml, on a trial…
Neeps is a Scottish term for cooked swede, diced or mashed. It is usually cooked by boiling, but can be steamed or microwaved. Sources Smillie, Susan. Are ‘neeps’ swedes or turnips? Manchester: The Guardian. 25 January 2010.
This is a classic Scottish quick bread recipe for oatcakes.
You can make this a few hours ahead, and then reheat using a bit of milk or butter.
Plain Scones Recipe
A classic recipe for classic scones.
Quick Porridge Recipe
This is so fast, the two minutes this takes is barely enough time to organize the tea and toast to go with. Once you’ve made porridge in a microwave, you’ll never go back to cleaning up a sticky porridge pot again.
Rosemary Oatmeal Fritters
These fritters taste as good as they are good for you
Scots get tired of their food being summarized as haggis, whisky, deep-fried Mars bars, and shortbread in tartan tins. Yet there is something to it. Haggis is oats and offal, of which the Scots both eat a lot. Scots are very proud of their whisky (which they spell without an “e.) And as for shortbread,…
Whipped Shortbread Recipe
Though not exactly actually whipped, whipped shortbread cookies are much lighter than regular shortbread, and almost melt in your mouth.