Celebrating Scottish Food Bloggers on St. Andrew’s Day

by Jacqueline on November 29, 2012

Scottish Landscape

Conic Hill, Loch Lomond in Winter
Photo Credit: My Dad

Friday 30 November marks St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland. As feast days go, it passes relatively quietly in comparison to Hogmany or Burns Night. As well as being the patron saint of Scotland, Saint Andrew symbolises fishmongers, gout (!) spinsters and sore throats. Poor old Saint Andrew!

How was I going to celebrate this special day? Well, I could extol the virtues of a 16 year old Lagavulin, or make an attempt at a traditional Petticoat Tails Shortbread but I think I’ll leave that to the whisky connoisseurs and the master bakers of this world.

On this day, and after some 22 months of blogging, I thought it would be fitting to showcase some other Scottish food bloggers I have come across on my blogging journey. Let’s start at the North of Scotland…shall we?

First up is Wendy who lives in the Highlands and writes at A Wee Bit of Cooking. The first thing that struck me about Wendy’s blog is how stunning her photographs are. As well as the more traditional Scottish treats such as Tablet, Wendy also shares her own indulgent version of Pulled Pork. Stonkingly good! From time to time, a little guest makes an appearance, who does nothing but melt the heart. Guaranteed. Every time. Have you met Marco?

Such a cutie!

The Adorable Marco – Can you feel your heart melting?
Photo Credit: Wendy Harrison at www.aweebitofcooking.com

Does he not tug at the old heartstrings?

Wendy has also drawn up a useful guide for anyone planning to visit the North of Scotland which lists her personal favourites alongside some  exquisite photos. Have a look here. A visit to A Wee Bit of Cooking is always guaranteed to lift my spirits.

Next on our journey we head south to Dundee where we  find Jac at Tinned Tomatoes. Her blog features a multitude of tasty vegetarian recipes. Currently on my list to try are these Turkish Zucchini Fritters.

Delicious vegetarian recipe

Turkish Zucchini Fritters
Photo credit: Jac at www.tinnedtomatoes.com

Jac is very generous with her knowledge. Her blog captures useful blogging tips and tutorials to assist the food blogging community. She hosts  blogging challenges such as Bookmarked Recipes and co-hosts No Croutons Required. Jac also created the Food Blog Diary  as a way to track monthly challenges and blog giveaways. For those of you interested in counting calories, Jac has expanded her repertoire to include a selection of recipes devoted to the 5:2 regime.

Heading west to the capital we meet Kellie at Food to Glow. Although Kellie is a Floridian she has lived in Edinburgh “for more years than she cares to admit”. I met Kellie at Food Blogger Connect a positive, warm, affable lady who in my opinion, works in a most rewarding role. Her blog is an extension of her profession, illustrating healthy and nutritious meals. A favourite of mine is the Summer Berries Crumble Tart  which uses the nation’s own delicious berries.

A delicious Scottish Summer Tart

Summer Berries Crumble Tart
Photo Credit: Kellie at www.foodtoglow.com

Moving on to my home town of Glasgow and we catch up with Graeme of A Scots Larder. Graeme’s blog has a focus on using and promoting local, seasonal produce. A wine lover, you’ll often find Graeme sat comfortably in front of the fire sampling his latest wine delivery. He loves experimenting in the kitchen and is hoping to one day host his very own supper club Chez Scots Larder. Graeme has also challenged himself to accomplish many food and drink related goals before reaching the age of 40. He is progressing well and pictured below is the result of goal 28; making a soufflé. You can read more about it here.

Attempting a soufflé

Pecorino Cheese Soufflé
Photo credit: Graeme at www.scotslarder.com

Moving towards South West Scotland and we have Janice at Farmergirls Kitchen. A well established and very supportive blogger, Janice posts a whole range of recipes on her blog. She participates in many challenges, book and product reviews. I was most impressed by her demo on deboning a chicken leg. It is not easy to ad lib for 4 minutes in front of a camera and she does it effortlessly (and with a beautiful Scottish accent to boot!)

Deboning a chicken leg

Chicken Leg stuffed with Figs and Goats Cheese
Photo Credit : Janice at www.farmersgirl.blogspot.com

During the Summer, Janice hosted the Scottish round up of Best of British so please visit her blog to be inspired by Scottish recipes. More recently and in partnership with other food bloggers, she dedicated a week to wartime recipes as a fitting tribute to all those who made sacrifices during the Second World War. You can read more about it here.

Beyond Scotland but also worth noting are:

Jill at Mad about Macarons. With the success of her foolproof recipes on making macarons, Jill’s book is now in its second edition. Jill lives in suburban Paris and writes frank and humorous tales of her grappling with the French way of life. Although specialising in sweet treats, Jill also does some tempting savoury dishes such as this delicious John Dory recipe and her recent post for Stuffed Mini Pumpkins.

Lyndsey at Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops. Lynds now lives in Canada with her family and as shown here, is a serious cookbook fanatic. Her dishes are always a pleasure for the eyes thanks to her excellent food styling and presentation skills. Her recipes comprise a wealth of flavours and I particularly like the post on ideas for Bonfire night. I mean, how could you not be tempted by Toffee Apple Tarts?

Unfortunately I don’t know the author’s name behind the formidable LondonEats blog but he describes himself as an enthusiastic amateur vegetarian cook living in London. Notable posts include Wickedly Sinful Chocolate Tart and Let’s make a Crunchie Bar .A category dedicated to Scottish recipes can be found here.

Hopefully, you have enjoyed the tour and discovered some great blogs along the way.

Happy St. Andrew’s Day to all those celebrating!

Meikle Bin is part of the Scottish Landscape

Meikle Bin, Kilsyth Hills, Scotland
Photo Credit: My Dad

 

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Regula @ Miss Foodwise November 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

Lovely round up of equally lovely blogs! I adore the first picture so so much, breathtaking. And the photo credit… my dad. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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2 Jacqueline November 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thanks Regula. I don’t lose sight of how supportive the food blogging community is so it is always nice to pay back :-) Hee-hee my dad does a lot of hikes and I asked him to share some of his photos with me. There were quite a few to choose from!

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3 Regula @ Miss foodwise December 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I bet your dad was very proud to have his pictures up on your blog! Mine would be too! x

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4 Jacqueline December 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Well, I think he might have been a wee bit chuffed :-)

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5 Graeme November 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

Great post Jacqueline, lovely to be included among so many lovely people. Happy St.Andrew’s Day :)

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6 Jacqueline November 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

Great to have you on the list Graeme. Nice to see a food blogger promoting Scottish produce. A Happy St. Andrew’s Day to you too :-)

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7 Sarah November 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

Can’t help but wonder what Saint Andrew did to become associated with sore throats and gout? And while I ponder that, I’ll have a look at the great sounding blogs you’ve recommended. Happy St Andrews Day – are you celebrating?

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8 Jacqueline November 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks Sarah. I know – it’s amazing what a google search will return! Not the most ideal qualities to be associated with :-)
A quiet celebration I think as I’m in Hong Kong at the moment. I tend to celebrate more on Hogmany but I know folks that go to ceilidhs etc. I don’t think St. Andrews will ever be a popular as St. Patrick’s Day :-)

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9 Janice November 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

Thanks for including me in your lovely round up. I’m familiar with most of these blogs and bloggers, I’ve even met some of them ‘in real life’! It’s one of those frosty days today that would be perfect for taking beautiful photos of Scotland. Happy St Andrews Day.

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10 Jacqueline November 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

You are very welcome Janice. Lucky you having met the bloggers in “real life”. I’ve only met a couple..but I live in hope to meet more. Happy St. Andrew’s Day to you too :-)

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11 Jill Colonna November 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

What a lovely surprise, Jacqueline; firstly to be included in such a round-up, thank you and secondly, I completely forgot about St Andrews tomorrow. Will have to rectify that one quickly and catch a haggis around Paris.
Bravo to you and our fellow Scottish bloggers over a glass or 2 of that 16 yr Lagavulin. Cheers!

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12 Jacqueline November 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Hee- hee Jill – Love the idea of raising a glass or too of Lagavulin. Cheers and Happy St. Andrew’s Day :-)

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13 Camilla @FabFood4All November 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Jacqueline, thank you for your lovely round up of Scottish bloggers some of whom I didn’t know were Scottish and others I hadn’t come across before so thank you for highlighting some great blogs!

Happy St Andrew’s Day!

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14 Jacqueline November 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

Thanks Camilla! There are of course other Scottish food blogs but these are the ones with which I am more familiar ;-)

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15 Wendy November 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Wonderful post! Can’t wait to explore some of these links. And Marco is delighted by the compliments! Happy St Andrews Day.

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16 Jacqueline November 30, 2012 at 6:03 am

Thanks Wendy! I couldn’t have featured your blog without Marco – such a cutie!

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17 rebecca November 30, 2012 at 1:02 am

wonderful post and I love lagavulin, have you tried 10 year laddie? will share and check out the blogs hugs

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18 Jacqueline November 30, 2012 at 6:07 am

Aww thanks Rebecca. Not tried 10 year laddie – (love the name BTW!)

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19 Mich - Piece of Cake November 30, 2012 at 7:21 am

What a gorgeous photo, totally breathtaking!

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20 Jacqueline November 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

Thanks Michelle :-)

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21 Karen November 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

An absolutely WONDERFUL post Jacqueline and such a lovely thing to do! I am proud to be half Scots, and obviously with a name like Burns and Booth, my heritage is on show, and I am justly proud if it! I think this post has to be one of the loveliest and most generous I have seen recently, and I am just about to post my own homage to St Andrew’s Day with a special Fish on Friday post, and Scottish fish! Karen

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22 Jacqueline November 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Well thanks Karen – that’s really kind of you to say so. I didn’t realise you were half Scottish but should have twigged with the name :-)
I’ll pop over to see your dish later :-)

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23 Nic November 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Oh what a great post! I spotted some new (to me) blogs and have to go and investigate!!
Happy St. Andrew’s Day to you Jac. xx

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24 Jacqueline November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Oh fab! Glad to introduce you to some more bloggers Nic x
Thanks for the warm wishes :-)

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25 shuhan November 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

very much enjoyed the tour and thanks so much for introducing some great new blogs! I’m going to go off and take a look at some of them now. happpy st andrews xxx

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26 Jacqueline December 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

Thanks Shuhan – so glad you enjoyed the tour :-)

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27 Danielle November 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Great to discover some new blogs. And if I can be cheeky I hope you enjoy discovering EdinburghFoody!

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28 Jacqueline December 1, 2012 at 4:00 am

Hi Danielle and welcome to my blog. Glad to show you some new blogs and thanks for reminding me of your wonderful blog :-)

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29 Fiona Maclean December 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Lovely round up, happy St Andrews Day – and your dad’s picture is gorgeous!

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30 Jacqueline December 2, 2012 at 3:40 am

Thanks Fiona

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31 rita cooks italian December 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

What a beautiful way to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day! So many good Scottish food bloggers…I know that Jacqueline at Tinned Tomatoes is from Scotland, but I did not know about the others!! Great food and an amazing picture of the fabulous Scottish landscape. I visited Scotland a few years ago and I have great memories of its natural beauty.

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32 Jacqueline December 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

Oh thanks Rita. Scotland has a stunning landscape – even looks prettier when the sun shines!

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33 All That I'm Eating December 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Great post and I love that first picture. I have to say I read more Scottish blogs than I realised! Here’s to them!

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34 Jacqueline December 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

Thanks Caroline! I’m raising my glass :-)

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35 Food and Forage Hebrides December 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hi There,

A one who has very recently started blogging about food from my Outer Hebrides home on North Uist, I found your summary of Scottish blogs really helpful. Thanks!

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36 Jacqueline December 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

Hello! Welcome to the world of food blogging. What a great niche to have. Thanks for letting me know of your blog. I’m off to visit it now :-)

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37 Nancy/SpicieFoodie December 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Scotland is so beautiful and I have been wanting to go there for a long time. One day for sure. The puppy really melted my heart:) Thanks for sharing!

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38 Jacqueline December 4, 2012 at 12:02 am

Thanks Nancy. Now that you are based in France it’s just a short flight away!

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39 Laura@howtocookgoodfood December 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm

What a fantastic post Jac. I love your round up which includes a mix of some blogs I know well and others that I don’t at all. I will be off checking them all out now. What a talented bunch the Scots are. The photo that your dad took is pretty special, I bet he must be proud of you and to be featured on your blog!
Enjoy your holiday xx

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40 Jacqueline December 5, 2012 at 2:30 am

Thanks Laura. Looking forward to some glorious sunshine :-)

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41 Monet December 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Hello friend! Wow! What a great roundup of Scottish food bloggers. I can’t wait to visit these sites and try the recipes! I’m glad to be back visiting your blog! I have had to check out of the internet world for the past month or so, and it feels good to be back. I hope you have a beautiful day!

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42 Jacqueline December 6, 2012 at 2:46 am

Hi Monet – lovely to see you back. It sounded as if you were overwhelmed a while back so I’m pleased to hear you are feeling better.

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43 Heather @girlichef December 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

As someone who recently fell head-over-heels for Scotland, I cannot wait to check out these links. I already know Jac, but I’m not familiar with most of the others – thank you! And such achingly beautiful photos from your dad…

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44 Jacqueline December 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

Aww – thanks Heather :-)

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45 Aimee December 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for the round up, Jacqueline! I am a New Englander but spent a blissful 6 months in Scotland back in 2004, and would love to see more of Scotland (both culinary and otherwise) in my Google Reader. This is terrific, and I was so pleased to see I already know Kellie from Food to Glow! So jealous of all you Scots…happy new year!

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46 Jacqueline December 29, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks Aimee for taking the time to comment and welcome to the blog. Which part of Scotland were you in?
I’ve been to New England before – it’s stunning and has beautiful colours especially in the Autumn. The people are so friendly too.
Happy Hogmany and New Year when it comes!

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