Fifers are being urged to share their favourite recipes and the memories that go with them.
Scottish chef and food enthusiast Shirley Spear and VisitScotland have made a nationwide appeal to find Scotland’s most treasured tastes.
The national tourism organisation wants to highlight the places and people behind the country’s favourite family meals and recipes handed-down through generations.
The closing date for entries is this Friday, July 3, and all entries will be placed in a prize draw to win a one-night stay for two at the Three Chimneys and The House Over-By in Skye.
The prize includes dinner at the Kitchen Table at the award-winning restaurant at which diners can watch the chefs at work during a busy night’s service.
An estimated £16.7m is spent on food and drink every year by visitors staying in Fife, with the region well known for its freshly caught seafood, soft fruits, cheeses and meats.
As a lasting legacy of the Year of Food and Drink 2015, a special number of food memories will be compiled into a unique one-off recipe book entitled - ‘You’ll have had yer tea? - Treasured tastes of Scotland’.
The book will take readers on a culinary journey from the shores of Shetland all the way down to the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.
As well as showcasing traditional food and drink, the book will help 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: “I’ve long been an ambassador of family cooking. Some of my most cherished memories are of spending time with my mum, baking jam tarts and fairy cakes, followed years later with teaching my own children how to cook simple, basic things at home and making the most of seasonal ingredients such as gooseberries and rhubarb from the garden and turning them into delicious treats.
It reminds me of going to one of Fife’s many pick-your-own farms armed with a small basket full to the brim with berries freshly picked that morning.Manuela Calchini
“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. I‘m very much looking forward to reading the entries and hope that as many people as possible will take part in this nationwide search.”
Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “Everyone has a delicious unforgettable meal they remember and invariably it is as a result of the food, company and setting. My personal favourite is homemade scones smothered in strawberry jam.
“It reminds me of going to one of Fife’s many pick-your-own farms armed with a small basket full to the brim with berries freshly picked that morning.
“The Year of Food and Drink is a celebration of our natural larder and delicious dining experiences but we want people to continue sampling our famous fare long after 2015 is over.
“The recipe book idea is a way for us to inspire people across Fife to discover more about the culinary offering that is on their doorstep and be proud of the traditional tastes created in their hometowns or family holiday destinations”.
Recipes must be submitted along with a treasured story about the location or circumstances behind the food. Entries can be sent either online at www.visitscotland.org/Treasured-Taste or by post.
Full terms and conditions are available on the VisitScotland website.