Centenary cookbook celebrates Scottish food and farming folk

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee Pix-Ar.co.uk'John Jeffrey Rugby legend and hill farmer in the Scottish Borders
Pic Alan Richardson Dundee Pix-Ar.co.uk'John Jeffrey Rugby legend and hill farmer in the Scottish Borders

A SPECIAL “Centenary Cookbook” produced to celebrate NFU Scotland’s 100 years features recipes by local farmers Jim and Jo Sutherland of Lauder and the ex-Scotland rugby flanker, John Jeffrey.

Farming folk from throughout Scotland were asked to contribute their favourite family recipes featuring Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork for the book, which was compiled by Quality Meat Scotland. The book also features some starters and desserts.

Jim and Jo, who have two recipes in the book, farm at Hillhouse Farm at Oxton. Their starter is Carfraemill pâté with Auntie Catherine’s oatcakes, Auntie Catherine being a family friend from Inverness who always brings a box of homemade oatcakes whenever she visits.

For a main course, they share their recipe for Herbed Roast Scotch Lamb with Basil and Mint Pesto and New Potatoes, featuring lamb from their own farm.

Meanwhile, John Jeffrey’s main course recipe is Scotch Lamb Curry although JJ as he is known, who won 40 caps during his international career, freely admits

that his tasty dish is one of his wife Anne’s creations.

John – in partnership with his father, Jim and Anne – runs 1,300 Scottish Blackface and Greyface ewes over 1,300 acres at Deuchrie, near Dunbar. A competent cook as a result of being a bachelor for many years, JJ stills enjoys spending time in the kitchen and was delighted to contribute to the cookbook.

All profits from the sale of the books will go to the NFUS Centenary Trust which has been set up by way of a legacy of this milestone in the Union’s history.

Celebrity cook Lady Claire Macdonald penned the welcome page of the cookbook, describing the array of recipes as “a mouth-watering variety suitable for every taste and ability.”

She also highlighted the quality of produce Scots have on their doorstep. “I love reminding people about the sheer quality of Scottish produce and how very lucky we are to have access to such quality,” she said.

Quality Meat Scotland chairman, Jim McLaren, also a former NFU Scotland president, said the cookbook was a colourful tribute to the dedication of those

who work in the farming industry.

Jim said:“My hope is that this cookbook will not only commemorate a wonderful milestone in the Union’s history but also serve as an enduring celebration of Scotland’s iconic meat brands – Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork - in farmhouse kitchens across the land.

“Our thanks to all those who took the time to respond to the requests for recipes for this book which is also a celebration of the quality assurance and traceability behind the brands and the many great characters involved in our industry.”

Nigel Miller, NFU Scotland president said: “Our thanks go to Quality Meat Scotland for their hard work in creating this cookbook.

He said: “It is a fantastic celebration of Scottish produce and I am sure the book will provea popular purchase during the year of Centenary fundraising events we have planned for 2013.”

The cookbook, priced £10 will also be available to purchase at centenary events throughout 2013 and from NFU Scotland by ordering on 0131 472 4000.