Scottish Food, Simple Recipes and St. Andrew's Day (2024)

Scottish food is often made on St. Andrew’s Day as he is the patron saint of Scotland. Find lots of delicious and traditional recipes here. (Click the pic)

Happy St. Andrew’s Day!

(Click on the photo above for a list of my Scottish recipes.)

November 30th is St. Andrew’s Day, celebrating the patron saint of Scotland. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk to you a little more in depth aboutScottish food and drink, especially traditional Scottish recipes. You already know I’m always promoting a lot of food from my homeland.

Unfortunately, I feel many Scottish and British foods, like haggis, neeps and tatties, have been unjustly maligned. Many people who carry on the stereotype and describefood from the UK as being “bad and bland”, have never even stepped foot on foreign soil.

The BBC Good Food Show, Glasgow – Scotland

You’ll remember that I was at the BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow last month, and was overwhelmed with the array of delicious food and drinks which were available from local producers and companies. Not to mention being on the interview stage along with Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Paul Martin!

In between the times that I was being interviewed by the lovely and vivacious, Lotte Duncan, and speaking at the VIP lounge, I spoke with many of the owners of the Scottish food and drink companies at their booths. Every single one of them was so passionate aboutcreating the very best Scottish products, from salt to ice cream, to smoked seafood to chocolates, and everything in between.

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Here are some of the wonderful companies/products which were at the show. They are all produced in Scotland and many are available in the US with free shipping.

Hamlyn’s Pinhead Oats comes first, because this is the brand of oatmeal I used to win the World Porridge Championship Specialty Award. In fact, so did my co-winner, Chef Chris Young. Here we are at the BBC Good Food Show together again, along with the girls at the Hamlyn’s booth!

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Hamlyn’s is produced from premium Scottish oats, grown and milled in Scotland – 100% Scottish from seed to mill to finished product. Quite a few of their products are available in the US via Amazon (link above). I have my oats ordered via subscription, so I’ll never run out! I’ve been soaking the pinhead oats overnight (about 1/2 cup oats in 1 1/2 cups water). The following morning, I cook itfor about 8 minutes. It’s a quick, nutritious and tastybreakfast. Trust me the Scots know their oats,so if you really want the best, I hope you’ll give Hamlyn’s a try.

Tunnock’sTeacakes, Caramel Wafers and Snowballs are some of Scotland’s most popular chocolate snacks. I love them all! My dad used to go into thecafeabove the little bakery when he was in elementary school and eat his lunch there.

That very same bakery is now making millions of teacakes, wafers and more, each week! I grew up eating their delicious chocolate goodies as a little girl. Tunnock’s is still a family owned businessso I was reallyexcited to get my photo taken with the current owner!

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Magnum Cream Liqueur is only available in a few US locations (like Nashville and some East Coast cities), but this delicious liqueur should be–not because I’m telling you how good it is, but it just won a gold medal at the 2014 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco! It’s a wonderful Scotch whisky and Dutch cream liqueur.Scottish Food, Simple Recipes and St. Andrew's Day (5)

Border Biscuits are available online via Amazon, here in the US. All I can tell you is that someone had told me that I needed to try these biscuits (cookies) during the first part of my stay in Scotland. Luckily, they were at the Good Food Show! Well, they were right, they were delectable, especially the dark chocolate ginger biscuits.

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Perthshire Oatcakes are made by Chris Young, who is my co-winner for the Specialty Award at the World Porridge Championships, and his lovely wife, Fiona. I sampled most of his varieties at the BBC show. My personal favorite are their award winning traditional oatcakes. You can order Perthshire Oatcakes on Amazon in the US.

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Of course there were lots of booths selling cheese, black pudding, meat products, ice cream, bakery items and other delicious Scottish food. However, those cannot be exported, unfortunately, so you’ll have to go to Scotland to taste them.

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Mackie’s of Scotland (ice-cream, but you can buy their crisps (potato chips)

Billington’s of Lenzie
Ramsay of Carluke
Capability Browns

SCOTLAND: The Year of Food & Drink

Scottish Food, Simple Recipes and St. Andrew's Day (9)As you can see there was something for everyone, but the one thing in common was the quality of all the food and drink. Hopefully, I’ve convinced you to want to try at least one new Scottish food or recipe. If you are planning to visit Scotland and have never been before, you are in for a treat! I think you’ll agree that nothing I posted above looks “bland or boring”, right? If you have any questions about Scotland or Scottish food and drink, I’d be happy to answer them.

I’d love to also mention Plan Bee Ltd, and Guide Dogs, which were both at the BBC Good Food Show. If you are in the UK, please check out their sites and see if there’s any way you can help out these wonderful organizations.

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen a few photos of me and the top celebrity chefs in the UK. These were taken at the BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow, promoting Scottish food. To my American audience: The Great British Bakeoff TV show will be viewable in the US soon!

The good looking guy in the purple shirt is Paul Hollywood, and Mary Berry is the lovely lady in pink. Together they are the judges for the bakeoff show. The other good looking guy in black is none other than Chef James Martin. James is incredibly talented, and a wonderful person to boot.

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Lastly, I’d like to tell you about another Scottish company, although it is not associated with food and drink, its standard of quality is unrivaled. I was extremely fortunateto receive a magnificentBegg & Co. cashmere scarf as a gift when I was in Scotland. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever owned anything quite as luxurious! I am compelledto tell you about it, as this is one of the most finely made products I have ever seen.

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Begg & Co. was founded in Scotland in 1866 (exactly 100 years before I was born) and has kept the same standard of quality since that time. Reading about Begg & Co. was like an intriguing history lesson. I learned so much about the company, its standards and craftsmanship.

For example, my scarf is woven with 8 kilometers of the finest gossamer cashmere yarn, and is so incredibly soft! And I’m not putting it in a drawer to save it for a special occasion–I wore it in Scotland with my raincoat, and have been wearing it here in Southern California with everything from my jean jacket to evening wear. It’s so very versatile. Their scarves are available on Amazon!

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If you ever want to splurge on a top quality Scottish made scarf,consider Begg & Co.

Happy St. Andrew’s Day!

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Scottish Food, Simple Recipes and St. Andrew's Day (2024)


What do you eat on St Andrew's Day for kids? ›

It is common to attend dinners and eat traditional Scottish dishes like cullen skink, haggis, neeps and tatties, cranachan or sticky toffee pudding. During dinner, people can recite poems written by famous national authors like Robert Burns. Then it's time for some music and dancing!

What is the national dish of Edinburgh? ›

Haggis. Haggis is our national dish, and the first recipe dates back to the 15th century (in recorded history).

What do Scottish people do for St Andrew's Day? ›

The day is an official bank holiday and provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Scottish culture and traditional cuisine and dance. Typical St. Andrew's Day activities include plenty of food, drink, music and dancing, with festivities often lasting long into the night.

What is the signature Scottish meal? ›

Haggis Scotland

When you think of Scottish food, haggis always comes to mind. One of our most traditional and famous dishes is haggis, neeps and tatties, (turnips and potatoes). A delicious combination of meat, oatmeal, onions, salt and spices, haggis is really flavoursome.

What are 3 foods that are from Scotland? ›

Explore more Scottish Cuisine on a Food Tour in Edinburgh

If the holy trinity of Scottish cuisine with Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties is not your style, there are many more to choose from iconic dishes like Scotch Broth to indulgent treats like Cranachan and Shortbread.

What food is served on St Andrews Day? ›

Scotland's food and drink plays a big part on St Andrew's Day. For starters, the traditional soup dish cullen skink is often served; made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. When it comes to the main course, many people celebrate Scotland's patron saint with haggis, neeps (turnip), and tatties (mashed potato).

What kind of greens does St Andrews have? ›

The course has 7 large double greens which share 2 holes each with the hole numbers for each double green adding up to 18 each. The Swilcan Burn runs across the 1st and 18th fairways and together with the 17th Road Hole bunker and Hell Bunker, are arguably amongst the most well known hazards in golf.

What color do you wear on St Andrews Day? ›

St Andrews Tartan

If you are looking for a tartan to celebrate this special day then it has to be the blue and white How To Wear a Sash guide if you aren't too sure on what style to wear it in!

Do Scots still eat bannocks? ›

And what better way to enjoy a 'fly cup' than with a tasty bannock! There are almost as many different bannocks as there are regions in Scotland. In Aberdeenshire a bannock is a hearty pancake usually served with butter and jam, whereas in Angus it refers to an oatcake, and in the Borders it's more like a fruit loaf.

What dish is traditionally eaten in Scotland on 25th January? ›

Haggis is traditionally served as part of the Burns supper on or near January 25, the birthday of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns.

What kind of food is Baba Edinburgh? ›

BABA is a George Street dining destination in its own right. A bold turquoise palette and eye-popping textiles set the scene for what's to come: contemporary co*cktails and inventive cooking that blends Middle Eastern with Scottish influences.

What is a fun fact about St Andrews Day? ›

3. He was crucified on an X-shaped cross. St Andrew was crucified on 30 November 60AD, by order of the Roman governor Aegeas. He was tied to an X-shaped cross in Greece, and this is represented by the white cross on the Scottish flag, the Saltire, since at least 1385.

Who is patron saint of Scotland? ›

St Andrew has been celebrated in Scotland for over one thousand years, with feasts being held in his honour as far back as the year 1000 AD. However, it wasn't until 1320, when Scotland's independence was declared with the signing of The Declaration of Arbroath, that he officially became Scotland's patron saint.

Why is St Andrews so famous? ›

It is the birthplace of golf, and the Royal and Ancient Club, which was created in 1754, has been the headquarters of golf ever since. St. Andrews also has a castle and a university, which is the oldest in Scotland, founded in 1412. Prince William is perhaps the university's most recent famous alumnus.

What's a full Scottish breakfast? ›

So, what is a full Scottish breakfast? Usually made up of bacon, link sausages, Lorne sausage (also known as square sausage or slice), black pudding, haggis, baked beans, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, toast, tattie scones and fried eggs, the full Scottish breakfast is a sight to behold.

What is traditionally eaten on Burns Night? ›

Haggis, neeps and tatties

It's an absolute Scottish classic and should certainly be enjoyed on Burns Night!


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