Borderers urged to share recipes

Seven-year-old Darcey Burnham gets a lesson in Scottish cooking from leading chef Shirley Spear.
Seven-year-old Darcey Burnham gets a lesson in Scottish cooking from leading chef Shirley Spear.

Berwickshire residents are being urged to share recipes passed down through their families, giving them a chance to see these published as well as enter a special prize draw.

The call for recipes is part of a nationwide appeal launched by Scottish chef and food enthusiast Shirley Spear and VisitScotland to find Scotland’s most treasured tastes. Whether it’s a plate of Granny Mary’s mince and tatties after a game of hide-and-seek in her Greenlaw garden or a comforting bowl of Uncle Jim’s Scotch broth following a bracing walk at St Abb’s Head - VisitScotland wants to highlight the places and people behind the country’s favourite family meals and recipes handed-down through generations.

As a lasting legacy of the Year of Food and Drink 2015, a special number of the delicious memories will be compiled into a unique one-off recipe book entitled - ‘You’ll have had yer tea? - Treasured tastes of Scotland’. The book will take readers on a culinary journey from the shores of Shetland all the way down to the rolling hills of the Borders.

As well as showcasing traditional food and drink, the book will help shine a light on the personal stories behind family recipes, inspiring readers to revive some great home-cooking as well as encouraging them to come and sample Scotland’s wonderful natural larder.

The nationwide appeal was officially launched by Shirley Spear, owner of the renowned restaurant The Three Chimneys in Skye alongside chief executive of VisitScotland, Malcolm Roughead.

The Year of Food and Drink – and recipe book project – present a perfect opportunity to highlight the fantastic range of food and drink available in the Borders and regional specialities such as Border Tart, Selkirk Bannock, Borders lamb, Hawick balls, Kelsae cheese, Jeddart snails and Parkin biscuits.

Food and drink is a vital contributor to the region’s economy, sustaining jobs at producers’ and suppliers’ businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops and playing a key part in a wide range of local events and festivals.

Recent GB Tourism Survey figures also revealed that an estimated £14.06m is spent on food and drink every year by visitors from Britain staying overnight in the Borders.

Treasured Taste recipe entries must be submitted by July 3, visit: Recipes must be submitted along with a treasured story about the location or circumstances behind the meal. Entries can be sent either online on the dedicated webpage or by post. All entries will be placed in a prize draw to win a one-night B&B stay for two at the Three Chimneys and The House Over-By in Skye.

Paula McDonald, VisitScotland Regional Director for the Borders, said: “Everyone has a favourite foodie memory and this is a great chance for us to share the very best family recipes from the Borders.”