Scotland, a country blessed with a fascinating history, vibrant culture, glorious landscapes and… fabulous food! And we’re not just talking shortbread or haggis. During Scottish Food Fortnight (3-18 September), why not savour Extra Special Smoked Salmon or rich, tender vension steak and sweet, juicy raspberries.
If you want to up your foodie game, just head north of the border… you’ll find the best that Scotland has to offer in store and online right now.
Extra Special Smoked Salmon comes in six varieties. All the salmon is farmed off Orkney, Shetland and the West Coast of Scotland. It’s cured with sugar and salt, then smoked in traditional brick kilns. Delicious on its own, it also adds a touch of luxury to many everyday dishes. Try adding it to scrambled egg or to a frittata with peas, new potatoes and chives. Or stir into pasta with soft cheese, parsley and lemon zest.
Extra Special Shortbread is made in Scotland to a traditional recipe. Make them into something even more special by spreading the biscuits with mascarpone and topping with sliced strawberries. Or top them with Extra Special Salted Caramel sauce and sprinkle with toasted chopped hazelnuts. Or sandwich thin lemon shortbread rounds with mascarpone mixed with lemon curd.
Venison steaks are perfect for a speedy, special meal – they’re lean, tender and rich tasting. For an easy sauce to accompany them, remove the steaks from the pan, then add a good splash of red wine and stir until simmering. Add cranberry sauce and a little orange juice and simmer for a few minutes. Or try marinating the steaks for 2 – 6 hours in red wine with a dash of olive oil and a little crushed garlic and thyme.
Asda Scottish crab meat is perfect for luxurious starters or snacks. Upgrade your prawn cocktail starter to a crab cocktail. Or mix the crab meat with a little finely chopped red chilli, chopped coriander, lime zest and juice and serve with avocado or on toast.
Parts of Scotland are ideal for growing raspberries. For an easy, impressive dessert, half fill a pastry case with mascarpone flavoured with honey and vanilla. Cover with raspberries and then brush with melted redcurrant jelly – stunning! Or for a traditional Scottish dessert, toast oatmeal until golden, cool and mix with cream that has been whipped with a little honey and whisky. Layer in glasses with raspberries.
Haggis is the traditional meal for Burns Night, served with neeps and tatties (mashed swede and potatoes) and whisky. But why not eat it all year round. Make it into a lasagne – just layer lasagne sheets with haggis and chopped tomatoes, cover with white sauce and bake. Or make into a special Scottish-style pie – put in a pie dish with diced carrots, cover with pastry and bake.
Scottish oatcakes make a healthy snack – keep some in your desk drawer for peckish moments. Eat on their own or add your favourite toppings – try peanut butter and sliced banana or cream cheese and marmalade or pate and gherkin.
Or enjoy a sweet treat with the ever-popular Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Tea Cakes and Chocolate Wafers - available in all Asda stores.
Scottish Kippers used to be served for breakfast – much better for you than a fry-up - but that may not appeal to most of us now. So serve them for supper or make into a cheap but luxurious pâté – simply whizz cold cooked kipper fillets with soft cheese in a processor and flavour with a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne and a touch of horseradish sauce. Asda Fishmonger’s Selection Scottish Kippers are sustainably sourced and seriously tasty. Simply delicious!
By Glynis McGuinness