Category Archives: Scotland

Burns, Farmer & Poet!

With Burn’s Night once more upon us I should like to add some recipes from the archive that are not just Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. Recorded in the fifties, these recipes represent a large element of tradition including the standard … Continue reading

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Doing Porridge

In Great Britain today the serving of time in prison is colloquially referred to as ‘Doing Porridge’ The principal reason for this is that the dull, grey, washed out existence of prison life is supposedly the equivalent of a constant … Continue reading

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Another Taste Of Scotland!

In the course of writing up the National stuff I have probably spent more time on the cuisine of Scotland than that of England, N. Ireland and Wales put together! But then, why not? Kathleen Mackay Robertson was a native … Continue reading

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The Pie Of Scotland

It has been said that in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on any given Saturday night you are never more than six feet from a Scotch pie! But be that as it may! The Scotch Pie was an Industrial Revolution pie, intended … Continue reading

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The Great Norse Cod!

For almost 200 years, from the end of the eighth century until the reign of Alfred the Great, Danish and Norwegian pirates harassed and looted the British coast, (though mainly the Scottish bit,) at will! And towards the end of … Continue reading

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Aberdeen – The Final Chapter

And so we come to the final pen and ink drawings from Jessie M. King’s little book. I’ve added a few more ‘little known facts about Aberdeen’ to accompany the images. Slains Castle, an eerie ruin on the cliff tops … Continue reading

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Aberdeen – Some Little Known Facts

Continuing with the series of sketches from the book  by Jessie M. King, c.1910. To accompany them I have come across some interesting, little known facts, gleaned from a very comprehensive site at http://www.aberdeencityandshire.com Rowies, made out of bread dough … Continue reading

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Aberdeen . . . A Burgh Of Royal Heritage

“Blythe Aberdeane, thow beriall of all tounis, thie lamp of bewtie, bountie and blythnes.” William Dunbar, a 15th century poet and royalist. The city of granite, established during the reign of Malcolm III (1058-93) has always sparkled, appealing to both … Continue reading

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The Evolution Of The Granite City . . .

Aberdeen, also know as the Grey City, or the Silver City with the Golden Sands. Amongst the masses of notes and newspaper clippings will sometimes come a little gem like this. This particular pamphlet is dated 1910 and attributed to … Continue reading

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‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, gang aft agley’

Robert Burns, poet, farmer and philosopher. (25th Jan. 1759 – 21st July 1796) A Burns Supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Burns suppers are normally held on or near the poet’s birthday of 25th … Continue reading

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