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Scottish Lunch

May 20, 2014
Scottish Lunch - Fiona Lynne

What do you do when you’re seven and a half months pregnant? Host a lunch for six of your favourite girlfriends and cook four courses…

Hmm. I might not recommend it as normal practise but it was a lot of fun, even if I could have slept for three days afterwards! I have this wonderful group of friends here in Luxembourg who all met kinda-by-accident one warm sunny day when I posted a suggestion to go for after work drinks on facebook, and most of the women who turned up hadn’t met each other before.

Well they’re all lovely so they got on really well. We started having these monthly lunches, where we take it in turns to cook a meal from our “home” country. So far we’ve been treated to Columbian, Mexican, Norwegian, Romanian, French, South African… this is a good group of women to know! These lunches have become a highlight of my month and I’m always gutted if I have to miss one (S.Africa – I’m looking at you).

May was my turn, and since there’s another English girl in the group, I said I’d host a Scottish lunch, in honour of my mother’s side of the family.

Scottish Lunch - Fiona Lynne

Scottish Lunch / Tattie Scones with Smoked Salmon - Fiona Lynne

Scottish Lunch / Haggis Filo Packages - Fiona Lynne

Scottish Lunch / Fiona Lynne

Scottish Lunch - Whisky Toffee Almond Tart / Fiona Lynne

Scottish Lunch - Cranachan / Fiona Lynne

Scottish Lunch

I love these lunches. It’s such a fun idea, if you have a group of international friends, or live in an expat context – or even if you just want to pick a cuisine out of a hat and try with some friends! Nothing says friendship quite like gathering around a big table with lovingly prepared food.

The Menu.

Appetisers:
Oatcakes with Smoked Cheddar Cheese and Plum Chutney
Tattie Scones with Scottish Smoked Salmon & Sour Cream (recipe)

Starter:
Leek and Potato Soup (recipe)

Main:
Haggis Filo Parcels (or Sausagemeat alternative!)
served with Neeps & Tatties, and Whisky Cream Sauce

Dessert:
Cranachan (recipe)
Whisky Toffee Almond Tart (recipe)

To drink:
Irn Bru
Glenfiddich 15yr Single Malt Whisky

All photos except the Cranachan, Tattie Scones and Tart were taken by my creative and talented friend Gabriela Pinaud (if you’re in Luxembourg or Paris you really need to hire her soon…).

/// UPDATE: Did you find your way here via Pinterest or Twitter? I don’t write about parties and recipes so often, but I do write about offering hospitality even if you’re the stranger, and old fashioned recipe swaps and about the best legacy you can leave being one of gathering people together. So maybe stick around for a bit? You’re so welcome here. ///

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  • Oh my goodness!!!! It looks delicious. πŸ™‚

    1. You look amazing, Mama!!! I want to rub your belly for goodluck.

    2. Your kitchen and house are soooo cute!

    3. I love the idea of an international lunch club even the cooking part seems intimidating.

    4. The Tattie Scones with Scottish Smoked Salmon & Sour Cream look amazing!!! *drooling over keyboard*

    Love you beautiful,
    Teen
    P.S. So sorry we lost you during the meeting last time! We miss you. xoxo

    • fiona lynne

      We can do some mutual belly-rubbing πŸ˜‰ One day I will have you over with your wee one and mine and we’ll eat tattie scones and smoked salmon all night long! Love you xxx
      p.s. Ugh, technology. But I still love being part of those meetings…

  • Nicole A. Joshua

    Yummy! The food, and you, mummy-to-be (*grin*). Seriously, you look wonderful. Having celebrated the birth of my niece, I want you to know I’m thinking of you, praying for you and baby, and hoping that you have a wonderful journey to, and through delivery.

    • fiona lynne

      I’m so thrilled for you, auntie πŸ™‚ It’s getting so close now, it becomes more and more “real” every day… xx

  • Amy

    Wow, looks absolutely delicious!! What an opportunity for so many of your gifts to be showcased and used – your hospitality at it’s finest! Good job!!! Hope you and Rasmus had yummy left overs to enjoy when you rested after that (looked like a ton of work but definitely worth it!). Also – love Tina’s comments below – especially #1, #2, #3 – I agree wholeheartedly with all of those!

    • fiona lynne

      I have enough leftover turnip to last us until winter πŸ˜‰

  • Hannah

    Oh my, this looks spectacular! And this is *exactly* what you do when you are seven and a half months pregnant because once the baby comes the preparation of such a feast becomes distinctly more challenging πŸ˜‰ can’t wait to see the bump in person! Xx

    • fiona lynne

      Ha, I guess you are right! So looking forward to seeing you and showing off the bump xxx

  • Mum

    Looks very impressive. How did you source Irn Bru in Lux?

    • fiona lynne

      The “Little Britain” supermarket – insanely expensive but good for those moments when I just have to have some malt loaf πŸ˜‰ (Also far enough away that I don’t just drop by and spend all our money there…!)

  • Jo Cameron Duguid

    Fantastic! What fun and what an achievement to prepare all that food. Such a fab looking group of women to share it with too. If folk are looking for other excuses for international cuisine sampling, one of my nephews went to a few Eurovision Song Contest evenings while he was a student. A gang of youngsters gathered round the telly to watch it, and they had all picked the name of a competing country out of a hat in advance of the evening, and took along some food from that country to share during the programme. Cheesy fun πŸ™‚

    • fiona lynne

      I’ve heard that idea – so fun! Although some countries would be more challenging than others…
      (And the last time I ate cranachan before this weekend was with you and Neil in Edinburgh!)

  • Juliana

    I love this idea and the delicious sounding menu as well!

    • fiona lynne

      You need to find some international gals in Zurich to start a lunch club with!

  • Rica

    Looks so delicious! And by the way loving the dress on you:-)

    • fiona lynne

      And I love that my two best friends have worn it before me πŸ™‚

  • Helen

    That looks beautiful and delicious. You did Scotland very proud πŸ™‚ I love the wee haggis parcels. Definitely count me out on neeps though, I have bad childhood memories of those. Am very impressed you managed all this 7 12 months pregnant!

    • fiona lynne

      But maybe it’s like rice pudding… the school-variety from our childhood gives you shivers just to recall it, but eat it again nowadays and I’ll claim it is the best thing in the entire world as I’m claiming a second portion πŸ˜‰

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