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Oxtail – Food to Nourish Those We Love

Recently, oxtail has become rather fashionable in restaurants and with some well-known chefs increasingly offering the humble oxtail on their menus. And no wonder. It is full of sweet and succulent flavour which comes from the meat being so close to the bone. It is therefore excellent as the base of stocks and sauces but […]

Posted on: 09 January 2012
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In Celebration of the Hare

January is a cold, wet, and dreary month. Christmas is over, the hours of daylight are short and it’s a long time ‘til Summer. On top of which we are often found struggling with new diets and saving our pennies after the excesses of Christmas and Hogmanay. What we don’t need to do is make […]

Posted on: 20 December 2011
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Venison Pie Recipe

Venison is the culinary term for any kind of deer be it hunted or farmed; the meat is some of the best you can find in Scotland. The meat is somewhat like beef with a more gamey flavour and tends to have a much leaner texture than beef. It is best served with a sweet […]

Posted on: 14 October 2011
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Brambles are Back!

We are blessed in this part of Scotland to have a profusion of wild blackberries or brambles in our hedgerows and woodlands – they thrive in poor soil and along our country lanes and have a depth of flavour rarely matched by cultivated types. Our advice is, do as we do at Knockderry Country House  […]

Posted on: 22 July 2011
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Knockderry Squid

People can often be put off cooking squid as it requires a bit of prior knowledge. However, it is easy once you know how. Begin by cutting off the tentacles, and pull the ‘quill’ out; a plastic like shard in the center of the body. Reserve the silvery ink-sac to colour the dish later. Peel […]

Posted on: 04 July 2011
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