Category Archives: Scotland

Halloween – A Romantic Poem

Robbie Burns wrote some weird stuff. From the ‘Address to a Haggis’ to ‘The Cottars Saturday Night’ his poetic works range far and wide. Halloween is a romantic tale for an ethereal night though somewhat tongue if you can actually … Continue reading

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10 Things You Never Knew About . . . Robbie Burns

Robert Burns, poet, farmer and philosopher. (25th Jan. 1759 – 21st July 1796) The traditional Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Normally held on or near the poet’s birthday of 25th January they … Continue reading

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The Scottish Kitchen

Like England, food in Scotland today is an eclectic mix of many cultures – English, Scandinavian (via the Vikings) Italian, Indian and Chinese. In Scotland, the Scots hold on tightly to their culinary heritage still using local, seasonal foods when … Continue reading

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Lady Maclean – The Lady Writer

Celebrity Cooks come in many guises, but Lady Veronica Maclean was something of an enigma, a one off. In the archive I came across a book entitled ‘Lady Maclean’s Diplomatic Dishes’ , dated 1975, and began to look into it. … Continue reading

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The Haggis : Variations On A Theme

Burns Night is once more upon us and that most revered of Scottish foods, the haggis, that jewel in the crown of the Scottish kitchen, once more comes to the fore. It will take centre stage at many a traditional … Continue reading

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The Scottish Kitchen

Like England, food in Scotland today is an eclectic mix of many cultures – English, Scandinavian (via the Vikings) Italian, Indian and Chinese. In Scotland, the Scots hold on tightly to their culinary heritage still using local, seasonal foods when … Continue reading

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Scotland The Brave!

Though I have written much here about Scotland, Granny Robertson herself was born in in the coastal town of Leven in Fife, and though the archive contains numerous articles on national foods there is not so much of a more … Continue reading

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The Burns Night Alternative

In Burns day haggis was not an every day meal. Rather it was a luxury food revered by those sufficiently affluent to be able to afford it. It is more than possible that Burns’ ‘Address To A Haggis’ was ironic … Continue reading

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The Venison Game

Venison was once the rich man’s prerogative : the food of Kings. Indeed, many of the great houses of England, Scotland and Wales, and to be honest those of northern continental Europe as well, began life as hunting lodges of the … Continue reading

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A Poetic Interlude

Granny Robertsons Cookbook consists of more than just recipes and cookery tips. It also has little gems like this tucked away in it. The illustrations are excellent though I have no idea of the identity of the artist. All the … Continue reading

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