Try For a Taste That’s Udderly Marvellous – Scottish Heather Honey Milkshake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons Scottish heather honey
  • 1 teaspoon malt extract (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream
  • A sprinkle of crushed Scottish shortbread, for garnish

Instruction:

  1. In a blender, combine the milk, ice cream, heather honey, malt extract, and vanilla extract.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a tall glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed Scottish shortbread.
  5. Serve immediately with a straw.

Enjoy!

Castle Kitchen Cooking

How about trying Scotch Collops? This traditional Scottish dish dates back centuries and would have been familiar to people living in the Outlander era.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thinly sliced beef (traditionally from the round or rump)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish

Method

  1. Begin by pounding the beef slices with a meat mallet to tenderise them. Season each slice with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent.
  3. Push the onions to one side of the skillet and add the beef slices in a single layer. Cook for a few minutes on each side until browned. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.
  4. Once all the beef is browned, sprinkle the flour over the onions and beef in the pan. Stir to combine and cook for another minute to cook off the raw flour taste.
  5. Add the beef stock and mustard, stirring well to incorporate. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the beef is cooked through.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley if desired. Traditionally, Scotch Collops would have been served with mashed potatoes or bread to soak up the delicious gravy.

Enjoy! Let us know if you make this recipe and we would love to see a photo! Share it on social media and tag us!

Heritage is at the heart of friendship with WeeBox

The Herald – Best of Scotland magazine

Amy McCusker, is founder of WeeBox, Scotland’s global subscription box. This month she tells the transatlantic tale of US subscriber Danna Kane and WeeBox maker, Amy Britton.

It never ceases to amaze me that more than five million Americans claim Scottish ancestry.

So many of our global WeeBox Clan subscribers come from the United States and one that we came to love early in our journey was Danna Kane from New Jersey.

We had always loved her social media comments and couldn’t believe it when we got to meet her last year at New York Tartan Week.

As luck would have it, Amy Britton, founder of Britton Scotland was also part of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce delegation to Tartan Week. Danna and Amy met there too and the rest is transatlantic friendship history.

I have been lucky enough to work with Amy Britton on a number of gifts.

At the heart of Britton Scotland’s ethos lies a commitment to preserving Scottish heritage while embracing sustainable practices. She is an award-winning Scottish-based designer who stands as a beacon of conscientious design.

“Our vision is to create not just products, but lasting legacies that intertwine Scottish tradition with a conscious commitment to the planet,” Amy said.

“From using recycled zips and woven labels derived from plastic bottles to repurposing offshore waste, every element of our production process defines a route to a sustainable future.”

Amy’s passion for heritage textiles was kindled by her grandmother. “My granny encouraged my love of heritage textiles, which has grown over the years,” she explains. “We deliver products that stand the test of time, weaving together tradition and innovation.”

Through WeeBox and a connection forged at New York Tartan Week, Amy’s creations found their way into the hands and hearts of Danna and her family in New Jersey.

“For years, I’ve been dreaming about Scotland all that the beautiful country has to explore,” shares Danna. “WeeBox has been my window into Scottish culture, allowing me to explore its wonders until I can finally visit in person.

“One of the highlights of my WeeBox experience was discovering Amy Britton’s work. Her commitment to using recycled materials and creating timeless pieces resonates deeply with me.

“I personally now have more Amy Britton products than I could count but they truly are some of my favourite bags! “Over the past year between chatting and working together to make custom pieces for my family, we have formed such an amazing friendship.”

Amy responded: “While it’s always nice to see people in person, it’s lovely to have developed a friendship through WeeBox. Danna reminds me of myself in younger years, and I am always here to lend an ear and offer any advice I can.”

For Danna, Amy’s friendship has enriched her love for Scotland and fostered a sense of belonging. Through WeeBox, I found not only a favourite Scottish maker but also a dear friend,” she said.

“I will forever treasure our friendship, which would not have been possible if it weren’t for WeeBox.”

Looking to the future, Amy said: “Continuing to measure and reduce our carbon footprint is paramount, as is expanding our product ranges. But above all, fostering connections with our customers, like Danna, remains at the heart of our mission.”

For Danna, the future holds the promise of finally stepping foot on Scottish soil, embracing the land that has captured her heart from afar. “I look forward to many more years of memories with not only Amy Britton but everyone who makes up the WeeBox Clan,” she says.

“I will forever be grateful for how much Amy McCusker and her WeeBox have enriched my life.”

In a world where borders often divide, I am proud of how WeeBox has contributed to connecting individuals across continents through a shared love for Scotland’s rich heritage.

If you are a Scottish maker and keen to expand your international market please get in touch hello@weebox.co.uk. I’d love to hear your story.

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Amy flies the flag for Scottish producers at NYC Tartan Week

Imagine spiralling New York skyscrapers coupled with the skirl of the pipes, highland dancers, Westies and everything Scottish in between – and it still doesn’t capture the magic of NYC Tartan Week!

So what is it all about? In 1998, the US declared April 6th ‘National Tartan Day’, recognising the contribution of those of Scottish descent.

In 1999, two pipe bands and a small group of Scottish Americans marched from the British Consulate to the UN – this was the very first parade.
America is home to around five million people of Scottish descent and April 6 was chosen as it coincides with the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, Scotland’s own ‘Declaration of Independence’.

It is a glorious celebration of the deep affinity so many Americans feel for Scotland and this year, tour guide Andy the Highlander and I were lucky enough to be at the heart of it.

Arriving a few days before the parade, we celebrated at the Launch Party and then attended the NYC Tartan Week Mòd, a Scottish Gaelic singing competition hosted by TV presenter Joy Dunlop. Congratulations to the winner Sean Heely and a special well done to WeeBox prize winner Catriona Geras.

The Caledonian Club Ceilidh is always a highlight with an appearance from the Shetland Vikings who showed up in such numbers that their arrival may have caused an earthquake!

The day of the 26th annual NYC Tartan Day Parade finally dawned with beautiful clear, sunny skies.

We were honoured to be invited to a pre-parade brunch at the Carnegie Corporation of New York by Kate Newburger for some much-needed fuel.

Andrew Carnegie is a unifying symbol of the purpose of NYC Tartan Week – to celebrate Scots and their contributions to the United States.

Then on to the parade – Andy and the Highlander and WeeBox were well represented, from our subscribers to our makers, Andy’s fans and followers, our 160-strong clan marched proudly and loudly down 6th Avenue to be greeted at the end by Grand Marshal, Scottish actor Dougray Scott.

The NYC Tartan Parade host Iona MacGowan is a dear friend and did an incredible job. She said: “Together, Andy, Amy and their WeeBox community embody everything we love about this celebration: friends, fun and pure Scottish spirit.”

One of our makers, Eilidh of EJ Designs, came all the way from the Outer Hebrides and said: “It was an amazing experience that I will never forget and great exposure for my small business. I’m thankful that WeeBox encouraged me to join them as I could not have done it alone.”

Drea, a WeeBox subscriber and winner of our ‘NYC Trip for Two’ competition said: “Words cannot express the gratitude that I have. You gave me the opportunity to walk in a giant parade to celebrate my Scottish heritage, one that I have honoured since I found out that I was Scottish.”

Tartan Day New York Committee President Kyle Dawson said: “We were thrilled to collaborate with WeeBox this year as one of the sponsors of our second annual NYC Tartan Week Mòd. Amy brought the same enthusiasm and passion she shares with the WeeBox Clan at the NYC Tartan Day Parade to our Mòd, elevating the experience for all participants as we continue to grow the event.

“It is the spirit of collaboration we continue to strive for during NYC Tartan Week – providing opportunities for businesses, creatives, artists, entrepreneurs and more on both sides of the pond to develop deeper personal connections with Scottish heritage in America.”

Overall, I think Andy the Highlander summed it up best.

He said: “NYC Tartan Week was everything we could have hoped for and more, the atmosphere, the people, the events and of course, the tartans!

“It’s such a special celebration of Scotland and it was such an honour to meet our supporters from all around the world.

“It’s so touching to see how much Scotland means to people from all around the world and especially those who have proud Scottish roots and ancestry.”

Feed the Soul – Scottish Recipe

Ingredients

  • 300g smoked haddock fillets
  • 1 root of fresh turmeric
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 6 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 chilli, finely sliced
  • Fresh dill

Method

  1. Carefully slice the haddock fillets thinly in a diagonal direction with a sharp knife
  2. Using a microplane, grate the ginger and turmeric root. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and soy sauce together in a small pan.
  3. Add ginger and turmeric to the dressing. Gently warm it up and leave it to infuse for an hour.
  4. Place the slices of fish on the serving plate. Spoon the dressing over and leave to marinade for at least 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with a few slices of chilli and a bit of fresh dill.

Cream of the Crop – Cranachan with Highland Crowdie Recipe

Cranachan is a traditional dessert made with whipped cream, raspberries, oats, honey, and in this case, whisky! It’s deliciously creamy and sweet.

Ingredients

  • 75g pinhead oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 250g raspberries or similar
  • 500ml crowdie thinned with cream
  • 4 tbsp honey, plus a little extra to drizzle
  • 4 tbsp whisky

Method

  1. Toast the pinhead oatmeal and brown sugar in a frying pan until lightly browned. Set aside to cool for use later.
  2. Crush the raspberries (leaving a few for decoration) with a spoon or puree and then sieve to remove the seeds.
  3. Next in a bowl mix the crowdie with the cream. Then take the majority of the oatmeal, honey, and whisky and fold them into the mixture.
  4. Spoon into serving dishes, top with the rest of the oatmeal, add the raspberries as a garnish and drizzle with some honey and whisky.

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The prize

  1. Trip to New York Tartan Week during the month of April 2024, to be arranged with the winners and in time for the Tartan Day Parade on Saturday, April 6th
  2. The prize will be for two people 
  3. The prize will consist of travel to and from New York, a one-night stay in a New York hotel, two tickets to march in the parade with WeeBox and Andy the Highlander, two tickets to the post-parade afterparty with WeeBox & Andy the Highlander, and exclusive WeeBox gifts 
  4. The prize does not include spending money, meals, or transfers

Who can enter

  1. Entrants must be aged 21 or over
  2. Entrants must have an active WeeBox subscription which began in March 2024 or before
  3. All entrants must have met the conditions of the competition set out below 
  4. Entrants must be available for travel during the weekend of 6th/7th April 2024

How to enter

  1. The competition opens on 6th March 2024 at 21.00 hours and closes on 20th March 2024 at 23:59 hours. This will be on GMT. Any entries received outside the competition period will not be accepted
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With Love, From Scotland – Valentine’s Day

Consistently voted the most romantic place on earth, bring a wee bit of Scottish romance home this year with our guide to a Scottish Valentine’s Day.

From romantic getaways to delectable Scottish treats, discover the perfect way to add a touch of Scotland to your romantic celebrations.

A Day to Make Our Hearts Happiest

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world and in Scotland it is full of traditions, including giving flowers, anonymous cards, special messages and, above all, lots of love.

People across Scotland are getting ready for the year’s top celebration of love, with many already buying bouquets of roses and the all-important Valentine’s Day card.

Traditionally, a popular Scottish custom was for young unwed men and women to write their names on bits of paper, place them in a bonnet or a hat, and wait for each person to draw one name out. If the name was read out three times, it meant a marriage would take place.

Scots also express their undying love by sending anonymous cards to someone they admire with a special message or poem hidden inside.

Romantic Roaming in a Highland Wonderland

With our top suggestions of wonderfully evocative Highland walks, as well as recent snowfall making things all the more picturesque, true love might just be in the air.

Here is a pick of just some of Scotland’s most romantic walks in and around our stunning Highlands region.

Highlands Glen Affric

Glen Affric, home to the third largest area of ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland, is a place where time seems to have stopped, where the human presence is less felt. So, what better place to go if you want to feel awe at nature, and that there’s only you and your lover in all the world? This is the setting of Landseer’s painting Monarch of the Glen. Standing in the presence of a forest this old does something to your sense of time and perspective. 

Clackmannanshire: Dollar Glen

The path takes you up through woodlands, past the Burns of Care and Sorrow, which plunge down tumbling waterfalls. Overlooking this peaceful glen stand the ruins of Castle Campbell, the 15th-century stronghold of Clan Campbell. Dollar Glen has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to its habitats and geology and it stands as a beautiful sanctuary, tucked away in the shadow of the Ochils. 

Angus: House of Dun and Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

Montrose Basin is a short distance from the house and offers further spectacular walks for visitors. The tidal basin, which makes up part of the estuary of the River South Elk, is home to over 80,000 migratory birds and you should keep an eye open for otters, roe deer and red squirrels along the way. 

Aberdeenshire: Drum Castle

One of Scotland’s oldest tower houses is surrounded by sprawling grounds and the Old Wood of Drum, which has oak trees dating from the 1700s. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the former owners, the Irvine family, by Robert the Bruce in 1323 and it is a property closely connected with the Jacobite story. When walking the ancient oak forest, you may be lucky enough to spot wildlife, such as red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers. 

Argyll and Bute: Crarae Garden

This is one of the jewels of Argyll and Bute and the finest example of a Himalayan-style garden in the UK. The peaceful paradise has a gorge, rippling burn, waterfalls and cliffs and has a different look all year round as each new season brings fresh blooms. Crarae Garden is open daily, and an accessible toilet is available at the property. 

Perth and Kinross: The Hermitage

Visitors can stroll beneath giant Douglas firs, among the biggest trees in Britain, along the river Braan, past the Ossian’s Hall folly and look out over the crashing Black Linn Falls. And there is adventure in the woods, too; keep an eye open for the ‘hidden’ totem pole, tucked away behind the trees. 

Shaken, Stirred… Served

Whether you’re a connoisseur or beginner, these Edinburgh Gin creations are sure to be the toast of Valentine’s Day.

Edinburgh Gin is distilled in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, taking inspiration from the blend of contemporary and historic traditions and creativity that surrounds it. This has led to a new generation of flavoured Scottish gins that have taken a taste of Edinburgh to the world. Here’s a selection of romantic cocktails you can prepare at home. 

East Coast Negroni

“Breathe new life into this classic aperitif, with the briny botanicals of our Seaside Fin and a hint of grapefruit to tempt the taste buds.”

Ingredients: 

  • 25ml Seaside Gin
  • 25ml Suze Liqueur 
  • 25ml Campari 
  • 3 dashes of grapefruit bitters
  • Sea salt & rosemary to garnish 
First Kiss

“A velvety sipper with tropical notes, finishing with a sweet, fruity kiss.”

Ingredients: 

  • 35ml Valentine’s Gin
  • 15ml Raspberry liqueur 
  • 60ml pineapple juice 
  • Fresh raspberry for garnish 
Raspberry Sparkler

“Bursting with the freshest raspberries for a taste of spring sunshine!” 

Ingredients: 

  • 50ml Raspberry Gin
  • 25ml simple syrup 
  • 25ml lemon juice 
  • 25ml raspberry puree 
  • Soda 
  • Raspberries 

Raise a glass to Valentine’s Day with one of these Scottish cocktails! Set the mood even more with our February Heart in the Highlands WeeSounds playlist.

WeeBox is the original Scottish subscription box and the perfect-last minute gift for the Scot or Scot-lover in your life this Valentine’s Day!

Host Your Own Burns Night with WeeBox!

It may be many years old but the tradition of the Burns Supper is as fresh and enjoyable today as it ever was… so here’s how to enjoy a personal celebration of the Scottish bard, Robert Burns!

It is estimated that around 9.5 million people take part in a Burns Supper across the globe each year. It is a uniquely Scottish phenomenon that has been successfully exported worldwide!

How did it all begin?

Robert Burns Cottage

On July 21 1801, close friends of Burns held the first Burns Supper to mark the fifth anniversary of the bard’s death. They would never have guessed that nearly 220 years on this would have grown into a worldwide phenomenon.

The date of Burns Night soon switched to his birthday, January 25, thought it is not uncommon to hear of Suppers held from early January to late February.

Within a few years of the first dinner, Burns Suppers were held across Scotland, but in England, India, America and Jamaica too; with Canada, Australia and New Zealand following.

This spontaneous, global growth was because the Burns Supper was the kind of party Burns himself would have enjoyed. So what better way to showcase and celebrate his life, poems and songs?

Create Your Own Brigadoon!

Setting the scene at home is half the fun! Try creating lots of ambience with candlelight, tartan, thistle and red rose centrepieces and of course a well-laid table brimming over with a Scottish feast.

Some of your past WeeBox gifts can help to set the scene too! Your bonnie wee ceramic bothy is the perfect addition. Pop in a tea light and let it cast its warm glow on your Burns table. To welcome guests, hang your tweed bunting from December’s WeeBox – sure to bring a smile!

Running Order to Keep You Right!

Start with some Scottish music, candles and a table set with your finest tartan and tweeds. Make sure your glasses are filled with wines and whisky, and the table is spread with fruits, oatcakes and cheeses.

The Guid Man or Woman o’ the chair says a few introductory words (i.e. the host!) and then recite the Selkirk Grace:

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be Thankit!

Start with a warming cock a’leekie soup, followed by the main event of the haggis. Pipe the haggis in with some uplifting bagpipe music and then recite ‘The Address to a Haggis’. We’ve created the perfect playlist to guide you through the running order of your Burns supper.

Fill your dram and then toast to ‘The Haggis!’

The main meal of haggis, neeps and tatties is served – we recommend neat malt as a haggis sauce – followed by dessert, with our favourite Cranachan.

It’s Supper Time!

Savouring Scotland’s excellent food and drink is one of the highlights of the Burns Supper.

It is customary to serve three courses and here are our suggestions for inspiration.

Scottish Starters

Cullen Skink – the most indulgent warm chowder

Smoked salmon with dill and oatcakes

The Haggis

The haggis is the main event at a Burns Supper – if you can catch one that is! We would never attempt to make one from scratch, so definitely recommend buying your haggis (the best quality you can). Serve with neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and mashed potato), the buttery the better and our favourite, whisky cream sauce.

Pudding and Cheese Board

Cranachan – a Scottish favourite, this is toasted oats doused in whisky with raspberries, honey and whipped cream.

Rustle up your favourite cheeses (of course all the better if Scottish!) with oatcakes and a touch of quince. Often described on Scottish menus as ‘kebbuck an’bannocks‘.

Now to the whisky!

A Burns Supper must be one that the great man himself would have enjoyed, so a dram or two is a must! Alternatively, a non-alcoholic option could be a wee glass of our national drink, IRN-BRU.

Why not try your hand at this delicious Scottish cocktail too:

The Classic Claymore

Umeshu is a Japanese liqueur made by infusing rice wine with Ume, a relative of the plum. The liquid has nutty complexity as well as fruit sweetness. This depth and intrigue pairs beautifully with the honeyed fruit notes in The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old whisky to make for a lovely sweet and fruity winter cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 40ml The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old
  • 20ml Umeshu Plum Sake
  • Ripe plum for garnish

Method:

  • Stir ingredients with ice in a masking glass
  • Strain over ice in a rocks glass
  • Garnish with slices of ripe plum

Cocktail tip:
Feel free to adapt the proportions of the recipe – the two ingredients fit to gather so wonderfully that both drier whisky-led versions or well-stirred Sake-led ones are delicious.

And What Happens After the Meal?

After the meal is entertainment, usually starting with a Burns song or poem or two. Then comes the Immortal Memory, which should always be semi-serious, ending with the toast “to the immortal memory of Robert Burns”.

Old brown paper background

The Toast to the Lassies is given, followed by the Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before as many more Burns poems and songs as you would like.

At the end, the Guid Man or Woman thanks all the entertainers and people behind the scenes, before everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne. Remember to cross your arms and join hands only when you get to the line: “And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere, and give’s a hand o’ thine”.

Above all, have fun as you celebrate your connection to the heritage and culture of Scotland!

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