Scottish oatcakes

‘A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people.’ So went the definition for oats in Samuel Johnson’s first English dictionary in 1755. Is it any wonder the Scots have been wanting independence for centuries? These days oats are enjoying a superfood moment in the healthy…

Pulpo a Feira

Pulpo a Feira is one of Spain’s best-loved tapas dishes – a very simple plate of tender octopus slices served with chunks of potato, salt, smoked paprika and olive oil. It hails from Galicia, Spain’s verdant north-western corner that is quite unlike the familiar image of the country. Summer in Galicia is interspersed with Atlantic…

Lancashire hotpot

If English soap Coronation Street had a signature flavour it would be the homely savouriness of Betty’s Lancashire hotpot. In the fictional redbrick town of Weatherfield the Rover’s Return pub has provided a gossip-filled sanctuary from modern life for 50 years. Betty’s hotpot was the lunch that got Coro residents through another afternoon sewing knickers…

French Couscous

Couscous has made heady progress from foreign newcomer to pantry staple in the last 20 years. It has plumped into action as an essential salad at barbecues or as a near-instant mid-week meal. It’s the ideal starchy receptacle for our unstoppable appetite for Mediterranean flavours. Couscous has been even busier in France. The north African…