Awesome New York Baked cheesescake

I was lucky enough to visit New York and stay with a lovely American family I had cooked for when they were holidaying in Scotland.  They would visit Scourie,  spelled “Scoury”, which is a village on the north west coast of Scotland, about halfway between Ullapool and Durness.  A stunning spot but because it is…

Leg of lamb steaks with ratatouille

This combination of flavours is a cracker.  The ratatouille is delicious enough to enjoy by itself and versatile enough to be served with any other meat or fish.  Spring lamb is so popular at the moment and most supermarkets are selling whole legs of lamb half price.  Such is it’s popularity I couldn’t track any…

Cheftastic!

I had a stint in a professional restaurant kitchen last week.  What a baptism of fire!  All stainless steel and bench fridges.  A ‘Rational’ cooker which is a bit like ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’  a portal to every kind of cooking method!   You can grill, roast, bake, steam,stew,blanch or poach food all…

The Marvels of The Mediterranean Diet

There has been a lot in the press recently about how a Mediterranean diet can help  depression.  My great friend Stu who lives in Sydney Australia is red hot at sending me the latest articles and news reports from Australia on the subject.  Thank you Stu! The study at Deakin University in Victoria Australia found that…

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…