Maman’s Marvellous Macaroni Cheese with Bacon

This has to be my ultimate comfort food. “Maman” This is my name for my Mum.  She is the original Macdougall master chef but is far too modest to admit it.  When I was growing up in the 1980’s Maman was all over the homemade prawn curry,  and a delicious individual chocolate mousse that she…

Splendid Spaghetti with fresh crab, chilli, lemon and parsley.

It always amazes me that so few ingredients can make such a delicious dish.  I found 4 wee Orkney dressed crabs in my fishmonger for £3!  Add some fresh pasta, lemon, chilli and parsley and you’ve got an instant lunch or supper dish that’s as cheap as it is delicious! Crab is a fab source…

Protein Packed Super Salad

I was never a fan of the salad.  As a wee girl growing up in Scotland the best offering at school was a limp, damp lettuce leaf with an unripe ‘peely wally’ tomato – bad times for inspiring children into healthy eating.  Mind you, my school also had the most delicious smoked mackerel pate with wholemeal…

The Ultimate Wrap Snack

As much as I’ve loved getting my bake on recently for Bake For Bipolar February I thought I’d better get back on the healthy wagon.  So I’ve rustled up a very lean and vitamin packed wrap.  I’ve gone with chicken this time but for all my vegetarian chums you can just miss the chicken out….

Fabulous Fruit Bread

This really does look good enough to eat even though I say it myself!  And of course you are getting some fresh berries which are wonderful for you.  The more berries the better.  I love nuts so I’ve used walnut pieces but I sometimes use toasted hazelnuts or almonds.  The base bread is fruit loaf…

Lemon Yoghurt Teacake

These wee teacakes are absolutely delicious.  Citrusy and moist.  An absolute winner every time.  They freeze well if you are in the mood to bake and stock pile for rainy days.  When I make them at home I wrap them in greaseproof paper, cling film and then tin foil.  This ensures all the flavour and…

For the love of baking.

I have loved baking since I was a wee girl.  My Mum and Gran introduced me to the mighty Victoria sponge and all it’s amazing flavour combinations.  Gran used to be a domestic science teacher and did her training at Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science. As well as raising 4 daughters…

Fabulously Fruity Flapjack

This month I will be baking like a linty in aid of Bake for Bipolar 2017 to raise awareness for this great cause.  Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals affected by bi bipolar and raising awareness.  There is nothing better than having a cuppa and cake and a good blether with…

Cracking Kedgeree

As a child my Mum used to make this for me but I wasn’t a fan.  I wasn’t allowed to leave the table until I had finished my helping of fishy goodness and rice.  It was a battle of the wills and I always lost.  I must have got a taste for it because now…

Roast monkfish with delectable herby risotto.

This combination is a cracker.  Monkfish used to be called the “poor mans lobster” because the taste and texture is similar to lobster and it used to be a fraction of the price.  In America it’s known as ‘American goosefish’.  Monkfish tail used to be used and sold as scampi in the UK but recently…