Scotty Brand were kind enough to send us some of their newly available Scottish Coleslaw and Scottish Potato Salad. We buy a lot of coleslaw as it’s just so much easier than making it, but I find many potato salads very vinegary and tend not to buy them. Scotty Brand potato salad was actually quite creamy and oniony and went down pretty well with the kids. I am trying to be good food wise so I had some sugar snap peas, runner beans and broccoli for my evening meal with a generous helping of both the potato salad and coleslaw. It was actually pretty filling.
The pots are 300g and should be available in Asda now for £1.
Scotty Brand says
Scotty Brand Scottish Coleslaw
A blend of shredded cabbage, carrots and onions combined with our special mayonnaise for just the right mix of creamy, crunchy, tanginess. The recipe has been used by the Adams for almost 20 years – it is creamier than many coleslaws. The cabbage is cut by hand before the ingredients are combined together in small batches of exactly the right proportions in Craig’s shiny new preparation room.
Scotty Brand Scottish Potato Salad
A creamy combination of diced potatoes, salad onions and mayonnaise. The potatoes are cooked in small batches and cut a little larger than most to allow you to savour the potato flavour and to give an improved texture. Scotty Brand potato salad is an ideal accompaniment to a green salad or it is a luxurious side-dish for many main dishes.
In Scotland, we all know it’s the birthday of the Bard coming up. If you don’t know who – it’s Rabbie Burns, and we celebrate it on the 25th January every year, so Friday night will be haggis night in many households around the world. Robert Burns was a poet who is now looked upon as being the national poet of Scotland. His birthday is celebrated by both Scots and Non Scots worldwide.
Our children will have Burns celebrations at schools, and many a charity function will be held in his name on Friday night. I’ll never forget a local poet giving a lament to the haggis a few years ago at a special school, where the lady poet was swinging huge kitchen knives above her head before she ripped the haggis open ceremonially.
A logistical nightmare, our knives had to all be locked away forever after that one. At least with me being there, I knew where the new-found fascination for knives came from. I pity the parents of other kids who had no idea why their kids would suddenly have taken to brandishing knives above their heads like daggers with a swagger!
Back to the cooking…
The traditional dish is haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties.
There are vegetarian versions of haggis, but not everyone likes the meat or the vegetarian options as they can be quite spicy.
As an alternative, this weekend, we did a trial run of slow cooked mince with meat from Andrew Gordon Butchery and Fine Foods and the new Neeps & Tatties from the Scotty Brand range.
As always in our house – anything from the slow cooker gets the thumbs up from me for ease – and always tastes fabulous.
Slow Cooked Mince, Neeps & Tatties. Alternative Burns Night Supper
Brown the mince with the chopped onion on a thick bottomed pan.
Add the mince and onion to the slow cooker. Add in the neeps, tatties and carrots. Add boiling water to almost the top of your ingredients.
Add a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper and a stock cube, or stock pot if you prefer a stronger taste.
Put the lid on and leave for 8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.
If you want to thicken your hotpot, half an hour before the end of cooking, mix up cornflour with cold water and mix to a smooth paste. Add to your hotpot and fold in until it thickens. If you over thicken, add a little boiling water to fix it.
Scotty Brand sent us some lovely Kestrel potatoes before Christmas. They are fabulous for using for lots of potato things, boiling, baking or roasting. Mashing is just one of the ways that they can be used really well.
Potatoes are really quite good for us. I read a lot of negativity around root vegetables, and I can never quite understand the reason for it. They are high in folic acid which helps our immune system and our white blood cell production, so for that reason alone, I think they should stay part of a balanced diet to eat well.
With around 93 calories per 100 grams, it is easy to count them into a good meal plan,
I like some plain cooking with potatoes and for this recipe, I kept it very simple indeed.
2 - 3Chillies or PeppersChoose brightly coloured options and chop finely
Simply boil potatoes in a pan for 15 - 20 minutes until soft.
Drain potatoes and begin to mash. After a minute, add the butter and mash a few more times. Then add the milk to finish mashing your potatoes into a thick creamy consistency. I add my milk a tablespoon at a time, just in case. Too much milk will also spoil the consistency of the potatoes.
Serve and top with chopped chillies or peppers (or both)
A delivery of Scotty Brand raspberries arrived and the raspberry making machine had to begin turning it’s wheel. With some sponge cake left over from another day, I decided to make a lovely little glass of fast and delicious raspberry trifle.
The raspberry cheesecake from the Scotty Brand website looks amazing, and I think I will need to try that next. Look at this…
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Our delivery of strawberries arrived, and two boxes were eaten almost immediately by children who ate them like sweeties. They were so sweet and juicy that I was reminded of the strawberries we used to get as kids.
Our challenge came via this adorable recipe from Scotty Brand for cheesecake pots. You can download the Scotty Brand recipe from the link, and my version is below. I didn’t have all the ingredients to hand, so I have changed the recipe to suit my kitchen cupboard.
The kids wolfed down some glasses of cheesecake as soon as they were made and they didn’t have the chance to set. We only have 3 glasses left for after their evening meal tonight. I suspect they will disappear sharply.
Strawberry Cheesecake Makes up to 8 glasses.
600 g Scotty Brand strawberries, blended
500 g cream cheese
200 ml whipping cream, whipped
30 g gelatine
6 tbsp hot water
3 tbsp icing sugar
400 g digestive biscuits, crushed
100 g butter, melted
1. Melt butter and mix with crushed biscuit crumb. Press into individual glasses.
2. Beat soft cheese (mascapone here) and mix with 3 tablespoons of icing sugar. Fold in whipped cream.
3. Blend the strawberries until it’s a pulpy mush.
4. Dissolve 30 g gelatine using hot water. Add half to the cheese mix and half to the blended strawberries.
5. Pour a layer of the blended strawberries into the glasses. I put mine in the freezer for 10 minutes to set the strawberries a little.
6. Smooth the cheesecake mix as the next layer.
7. Pour the last of the blended strawberries on the top and leave overnight to set.
8. Add strawberries, cream or topping before serving.
My two favourite produce providers are the reason for the fabulously speedy wolfing down of Spaghetti Bolognese for our evening meal. It’s amazing how much difference the taste of good meat and vegetables makes to the enjoyment of what we eat.
The same Scotty Brand carrots used to make the Carrot and Orange Soup, added a lovely sweetness. Combined with the gorgeously tasting steak mince from Andrew Gordon Butchery and Fine Foods in Aberdeen, the two ingredients made for a fantastic meal.
Feel free to use half portions. I had three adults and four children to feed with these proportions.
1kg Steak Mince
1 Large Onion
5 Large Carrots
Teaspoon Cinnamon or Nutmeg
500g Carton of Passata
Salt & Pepper
50g Butter (Optional)
Brown mince in a thick bottomed pan, or a good frying pan on a low heat. I added a couple of tablespoons of Rapeseed Oil to help it along.
Chop onions finely and add to the browning mince.
Slice carrots and add to the pan.
Boil the kettle and add a pint of water to the mix. Leave to simmer for 25 minutes, and top up the water if necessary.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Put the pasta on to cook.
Once the mince has simmered, add the tub of passata, turmeric and either cinnamon or nutmeg.
Simmer the passata and mince mix for 5 minutes.
Drain the pasta and use boiled water to rinse the spaghetti until it runs clear.
Add the butter to the pasta if you like the taste, and mix it through.
As a Scotty Brand Blogger, I am loving the boxes of goodies arriving with instructions on how to make something that I haven’t made before. This week, the challenge was to make Carrot and Orange soup, which I managed quite easily. I had a couple of packs of carrots torn open and being chopped within about 10 minutes of them arriving at my door.
I didn’t read the recipe properly and thought that it only needed 600ml stock and so quadrupled the contents as my boys eat huge portions of food. Don’t make the same mistake as I did, as I then had to up the milk quantity by four times as well – AND transfer my soup into a much bigger pot. I’ll give you the Scotty Brand quantities and not mine, as we ended up with an obscene amount of soup which is now stored in the freezer for other cold days to come.
I also made the cardinal mistake of doing kids homework while I put the soup ingredients together, and I had put the butter in the microwave to melt. It was after the soup was eaten that I discovered I hadn’t put it in the pot. I have to say, the soup without the butter was delicious, so I’d say it was an optional ingredient and all in all, the recipe is fabulous and can cope well with some modifications.
450g Scotty Brand carrots sliced
1 chopped onion
65g plain flour
600ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 orange (juice and rind)
Salt and finely ground pepper
Melt butter and add onions and carrots (I just added the onions and carrots to the pot with the stock and flour).
Cook gently, and stir in the flour and cook for a further 1/2 mins (oops, I missed this step).
Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, then simmer for 20/30 minutes (you really have to stir frequently because of the milk).
Liquidise before adding orange juice and shredded rind (I left out the rind as one of my boys doesn’t do bits in soup).
Serve sprinkled with parsley and, if you like, a dollop of fresh cream or plain yogurt.
We received our package of potatoes from Scotty Brand just before we headed up to the top of Scotland with our caravan. Sending a pack by way of my brother and his wife, I took 3 bags of their lovely potatoes with us. We had a couple of baked potato meals, that I didn’t manage to get pictures of before my 3 strapping lads tucked into them.
On the days I made slow cooked soup and meatball casserole, I was much quicker off the mark. For casseroles and soups, I rarely measure out ingredients unless it is to add spices and strong flavours. At home, my slow cooker is a huge 6.5L pot, and there is always some left over to freeze for another day, but the pot for caravan cooking is 3L and makes just enough to feed the family for one meal.
For slow cooked meatball casserole done where space is limited.
2kg potatoes, peeled and sliced
couple of carrots, sliced
teaspoon of ginger paste
few cumin seeds
2 x stock cubes
I would usually pan fry the meatballs and onions, but being short of space in the van, I just threw them in the pot with the potatoes, carrots, ginger paste, cumin seeds and clove of garlic. Sprinkle in the stock cubes with a dash of salt and pepper.
Add enough boiling water to read almost up to the top of your ingredients, turn the slow cooker on, 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on slow.
I had no cornflour with me, so some gravy granules it had to be for a thickener, a little more salt and pepper to taste, and then it was simply served up to hungry children.
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Just tried the large loaf recipe and it was spot on thankyou xx do you have any good gluten free…
Oh wow we did this last night and it was brilliant! So tasty! I wish I'd known about doing this…
Google it! I do it all the time for converting US measurement to UK ones