New book to share family food and memories

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Food fans in Angus are being asked to share their gastronomic memories to form a new book of Scotland’s most treasured tastes.

The appeal has been issued by Scottish chef and food enthusiast Shirley Spear on behalf of VisitScotland, so whether it is Grandpa Bill’s take on the Forfar Bridie, devoured during a family picnic at the beach in Arbroath; or a slice of Auntie Margaret’s special Dundee Cake after a day playing in Camperdown Park, the tourism agency wants to highlight the places and people behind the country’s favourite family meals and recipes.

As a lasting legacy of the Year of Food and Drink 2015, a number of special food memories will be compiled into a unique recipe book, ‘You’ll have had yer tea? - Treasured tastes of Scotland’.

As well as showcasing traditional food and drink,it will help to shine a light on the personal stories behind family recipes, inspiring readers to revive some great home-cooking as well as encouraging them to come and sample Scotland’s wonderful natural larder.

Shirley said: “We all have these food memories that instantly transport us back to a precious time in our lives. ‘Treasured Tastes of Scotland’ will provide a voice for these recipes and the stories behind them from all over the country so that people both now and in the future are inspired to visit Scotland and sample its amazing local produce.”

Recipes must be submitted along with a treasured story about the location or circumstances behind the meal. All entries will be placed in a prize draw to win a one-night B&B stay for two at the Three Chimneys and The House Over-By in Skye. Entries can be submitted until July 3. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.visitscotland.org/Treasured-Taste.aspx