Treasured tastes of the Islands

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Delicious home recipes originating from Scotland’s islands, including Shetland and the Inner and Outer Hebrides, have been captured in a new recipe book produced by VisitScotland.

The book ‘You’ll Have Had Yer Tea? Treasured Tastes of Scotland’ features more than 40 recipes submitted by members of the public following a nationwide appeal by the national tourism organisation.

Each recipe is accompanied by a special memory giving the background to each dish. Whether it’s a childhood recollection of helping mum bake shortbread or frying the catch of the day after a fishing trip with granddad, each delicious recipe is brought to life by the story behind it.

The book also offers some ‘foodspiration’ so that people can embark on their own culinary adventures around the country, highlighting regional specialities and food and drink experiences unique to certain locations.

Island recipes in the book include ‘Herring in Oatmeal’ submitted by Alan MacKenzie, VisitScotland’s Island Manager for the Outer Hebrides, and ‘Pan-fried Trout with Potato Scones and Crowdie’, a childhood favourite of Steve Mathieson, Island Manager for Shetland, who remembers fishing with his dad and uncles in the waters of Burrafirth Bay, Unst.

Diana MacPhee’s recipe for ‘Whisky & Heather Honey Cranachan’ takes her back to school holidays spent on Skye, while Ronnie Eunson’s ‘Shepherd’s Pie’ evokes vivid memories of his childhood on Fair Isle.

You’ll Have Had Yer Tea, which is available free of charge in VisitScotland Information Centres throughout the country, is published as new research reveals that more than half of families in Scotland do not sit down for meals together on a daily basis.

The national tourism organisation is now urging families to enjoy dining together and create more mealtime memories.

The research, carried out by Scotpulse on behalf of VisitScotland, showed that only 47 per cent of people in households of two or more sit down as a family to eat dinner every day, while 8 per cent said they would never do this and 9 per cent had not done this in the last week.