Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A cookbook for your Scottish friends!

Don't forget to enter my November giveaway!

I thought I would share a little bit of my culture with everyone today and also give you some gift ideas for your Scottish friends. For those who don't know, I was born in Scotland to Scottish parents and spent my whole life immersed in Scottish culture even though I grew up in Canada.
When I was a child my aunties would mail Scottish comics to me from time to time. One of my favourites was always The Broons. This comic depicted the life of a close knit family in Glasgow and followed them through all of the seasons and adventures they got up to.

Maw Broon was the matriarch of the family and was always cooking something! Much to my delight we can now get copies of her cookbooks! They are available on Amazon and are just wonderful! They really look like someone's old cookbooks complete with hand written notes, clippings from magazines and coffee stains! They are available on Amazon and would make wonderful gifts for your Scottish friends - though when I say Scottish I don't mean someone who has a great-great-great-great-great grandparent who came from Scotland...I mean someone who was born there and whose parents have a Scottish accent! Someone who doesn't have a grasp of Scottish culture and the language might not be able to understand the recipes and stories or even know who The Broons are!

This is one is the original - full of wonderful traditional Scottish recipes!

This one is full of lots of cottage style recipes including Hogmanay (Scottish New Years) recipes A But an' Ben is a Scottish cottage!

This one has all sorts of Burns Night recipes. Second to Hogmanay this is the biggest celebration in the Scottish calendar. Burns Night celebrates the the birthday of Scotland's national poet Robbie Burns!

These books have brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood and have all of the recipes I cant wait for the Little Prince to enjoy through his life! Yes we eat Haggis and shortbread!

Have a fabulous day!


Sonja said...

THIS made me smile! I kept nodding the entire time and heard my grandmother talking to me in my ear!! I am so excited!!

Do you celebrate these Holidays?! My husband and his family looked at me crazy when I tried explaining it to them!!

This makes me love you even more! :)

Veuve and Varsity said...

Yay I was born in Scotland too!

JulesTX said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check this out at Amazon. I too was born in Scotland, Glasgow to be specific.

Red Lipstick Style said...

Oh, I knew you were a special doll! I'm 1/4 scottish! I'm excited to learn a bit about my culture and will look for this on Amazon. May this is where I have my love of cottage chese from?!

Pink Martini said...

My Dad was born in Canada and his family was very Scottish. He was buried in his kilt and we would attend the games in Maxville when we could. I'll be sure to check this out! :)

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Jill said...

I love the Scottish books! What a great way to share your family history with the Prince.

EntertainingMom said...

My father's side of the family hails from Scottland (mother's from England)... we have a tartan and all! And I have had hagis! (sp?) :)

Blair said...

I need to check this out!...Thanks!

Have a great day, missy!

OceanDreams said...

What a cool story, I like that you have the original cookbook. Sounds delicious!