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Scottish Recipes
Traditional Scottish Recipes like stovies and scotch broth soup
Traditional Scottish Recipes like stovies and scotch broth soup


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The Clootie Well at Munlochy in the Black Isles is a fascinating and quite eerie place where folk hang rags and bits of clothing in the hope of healing. Read more at where there are more photos and a video.

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It’s getting cold enough for Clootie Dumpling folks! Here’s our recipe, taken from where you can learn about the history of this tasty treat and what Clootie means.


125g suet
250g plain flour
125g oatmeal
250g mixed sultanas and currants
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
75g sugar
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
4 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of flour for the cloth

How to Make

1. Rub the suet into the flour and add oatmeal, baking powder, sugar, sultanas and currants and the ginger and cinnamon. Blend together and add the eggs and syrup. Stir well and add just enough milk to firm.

2. If you are using a cloth (cloot), put it into boiling water first then spread onto your table and sprinkle a liberal amount of flour over the inside. Put the mixture into the middle and tie up, leaving a wee bit of space for the mixture to expand.

3. Place an upside-down saucer at the bottom of a deep pan and put the tied cloot in and cover with boiling water and simmer for about 3 hours. The saucer stops the cloot sticking to the pan.

4. If you'd rather use a bowl it will need to be greased before adding the mixture. Leave an inch space at the top for the pudding to expand. Cover with greaseproof paper and tie.

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My new short story, Burnt Vengeance, is now live at Read it if you dare! Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing this strange tale dear reader. Chris xx

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Who has been to see the stunning teapot collection at Christie’s of Fochabers? Here is part of them. Our favourite is Noah’s Ark, can you spot it?

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you feel low, suicidal, have anxiety or depression then please do not suffer alone. People do care about you and so much help is available. There are many free services where trained and empathic people can talk to you in person, on the phone or by e-mail, text, Facebook Messenger, etc. These are listed at along with some great advice. Do also seek out a trusted family member or friend to confide in. Please do not suffer alone because people do care about and love you.

If you are that trusted work colleague, friend or family member and someone has confided that they are suicidal then please do something about it. Please take the person seriously and listen and then take him or her to their GP or A&E so that they can get the help they need. Otherwise lives will be lost and families will be broken-hearted and devastated.

Please share this post and help save lives.

A reader recalls a recipe for a White Fruit Cake or Pound Cake many years ago but has mislaid it. She remembers that it is a pound each of flour, butter, sugar, eggs, sultanas and 4oz of glace cherries and 4oz of ground almonds. She cannot remember cooking time and temperature.

Can anyone help please?

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On my other website I am running a competition to win £25.00 in just 10 days to one lucky winner. Enter each day at

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If you are lucky enough to still be enjoying summer sunshine the this hot chicken salad with raspberry recipe is ideal. It is quick to make and will serve four people and uses some of the finest Scottish ingredients such as beetroot, raspberries and honey.


2 skinless, boneless breasts, cut into strips
2 slices white bread, crusts removed and cubed
25g butter
120g bag mixed salad leaves
175g cooked beetroot, sliced
125g raspberries
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Scottish honey

How To Make

Griddle or fry the chicken strips until cooked through.

Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and then melt the butter and fry the bread until it becomes crisp and brown.

Place the salad leaves in a serving bowl and add the beetroot, chicken, raspberries and croutons.

Mix the oil, vinegar and honey together and heat in a small pan.

Drizzle over the salad and serve immediately.

More Scottish Recipes can be found at

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Arbroath Smokies were discovered by accident! Can you believe that we almost lost out enjoying their distinctive smoky flavour! Find out about the legend, droothing, fit o' the toon and where you can have them delivered direct to your home at

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Have your pet painted on a stone that you can hold and cherish, use as a paperweight or have as a unique ornament from only £40 by Aberdeenshire artist Karla.
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