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Old 05-25-2006, 03:37 PM   #1
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and I have a question if the uk chicks don't mind.

I'm used to mum's homemade Scottish cooking and have been craving it. Does anyone have any lower fat or healthier version recipes for Scottish,Irish,English,Welsh or Australian cooking?

I tried a search using Low fat Scottish recipes but got nothing. In fact I have the feeling the search engine laughed at me.

Any help would be great!

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Old 05-25-2006, 04:02 PM   #2
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Hi Mauvaisroux... WOW - look at the number of posts you've done!

I don't think I've ever seen a recipe book specifically for low fat regional or Aussie cooking - in fact, thinking about it, I don't think I've ever seen a normal fat regional recipe book. I expect you've already tried just reducing the fat until its loss changes the nature of the dish??

Have you looked on Amazon.co.uk and perhaps you could try the iVillages website, I got quite a few low GI recipes there.

Just a thought, there are a series of recipe books from the Australian Woman's Weekly and I'm sure they do a low fat one - you'd probably get that from Amazon.
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:52 PM   #3
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Hi Sarah Ann I'm a bit of a chatty cathy so I've got a lot of posts

I've done small things like reduce fat or switch to Extra - lean ground beef (Shepherd's pie, mince n' tatties) but other than that I am at a loss. I have found some better scone recipes but that's about it. I will try the ivillages site and I think I saw the Women's Weekly books at Chapters here so I will check that out.

I've found some recipes on the Australian WW site but I'm too lazy to do the conversions Guess I will be forced to

Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:13 AM   #4
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I'll do some digging tonight, when I have time, but many of the Welsh recipes are really good, like Welsh pnacakes and Bara Brith, if you go easy on the butter, are quite low-ish calorie and can be low GI too. (Bara brith is a kind of speckled bread.

Some recipes just can't be low fat or low calorie, like Scottish flapjacks, but others are fine.

I'll see what I can come up with.

The Australian Womens Weekly low fat cookbooks are amazing. Their early ones in the seventies and eighties were all celery and cottage cheese, but now they are so fantastic!!! I can highly recommend them!!!
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:46 AM   #5
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Low fat scottish cooking eh? Ha ha ha! Good luck!!!!!
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:53 AM   #6
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Hey what about Scottish Broth? Yummy and full of nutritien

Or even scotch pancakes? made with low fat ingredients they could be the answer to all your prayers!
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:54 AM   #7
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As regards Scottish recipes I think you would really have to 'make' them low fat yourself

Maybe you could write a book!!!

I cannot rememer if you are veggie or not. I know you eat tofu.

There are a lot of recipes for fish out there so perhaps that would be helathier than the fatty meat ones.

These probably aren#'t low fat but see what you can do!


http://www.dundeemessenger.co.uk/lif...fat_recipe.htm

http://www.uktvfood.co.uk/index.cfm?...tegory&sID=463
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http://www.greatbritishkitchen.co.uk/rc_scotland.htm

I really must stop now and get on with my filing!!!!
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Old 05-26-2006, 09:39 AM   #10
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I make a vegetarian version of my mum's Scotch Broth recipe And I do make the pancakes by using lower fat milk and whole wheat flour - they turn out quite good.

Kykaree - I've heard of Bara Brith but never eaten it before - if you can find that recipe that would be terrific!

Peacock -Maybe I should write that cookbook! Can you imagine low-fat Haggis?!?! Actually there is a butcher shop where I live that makes a vegetarian haggis but I haven't tried it yet.

Funny, I can find low fat Italian, Indian, Greek and Chinese cookbooks but not many European ones.

Thanks for the sites - I will check those out!
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Old 05-26-2006, 10:30 AM   #11
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This is the recipe I use for bara brith:

300 gms(10 oz) mixed dried fruit
2/3 pint hot tea
90 gms (3 oz) soft brown sugar
375 gms (12 oz) self-raising wholemeal flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1 large egg

Soak the dried fruit in the hot tea and leave overnight.

Next day, set oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf tin.

Strain liquid from fruit and reserve liquid.

Mix fruit with dry ingredients in bowl, adding liquid until mixture is a soft dropping consistency. Pour into tin.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. [/SIZE]

Wait for it to cool down, slice and butter - and it benefits from keeping for a day or two.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:27 AM   #12
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That sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe Sarah Ann!
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:58 PM   #13
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I love bara brith!! I don't bother to cool it down much though!
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:34 PM   #14
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Oh I got my mate's (Welsh) mum to email me her Bara Breith recipe but I just changed ISPs and forgot to copy that email!

Tell you a nice Bara B recipe that works, Mauvais - in one of Kate West's books, 'The Real Witch's Kitchen' - a nice book for a pagan. You can always modify the fat or sugar contents, replace white flour with wholewheat, etc. I wonder if you can get it on your Amazon? You can take a look at it on Amazon.co.uk anyway! I forget where Kate is from but she's definitely English!

The recipes are not low fat or madly 'healthy' but you can adapt anything with a bit of commonsense!
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Old 05-27-2006, 02:06 AM   #15
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I was talking to my MiL last night and she uses pretty much the same recipe as above - just subbing some of the tea for some Guinness. I wondered why hers never tasted the same as mine!
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