Do you fancy rebelling against tradition this year and trying something different to the good ol’ British standard of a turkey Christmas dinner? Or maybe it’s your first year cooking for the in-laws and you want a meal that is sure to impress. Whatever your reasons for looking for an alternative to turkey, here are three suggestions you can order from West Coast Foods and have delivered fresh to your door in time for Christmas: Continue reading Read More
Award Winning Scottish Produce
If you’re anything like me, as soon as the big, exciting orange pumpkins appear in the shop, you rush to buy them, dreaming of hand-carved masterpieces in your window, and pumpkin pie on your table. In reality, mine have sat in the kitchen, looking at me with uncarved faces for a week now…because all that scooping, cutting and baking seems like too much effort on these dark nights! So, we’ve come up with a warm, wintery way to use up your pumpkin without breaking a sweat.
Last week we mentioned that lamb is in season right ... Read More
In New Zealand, sheep outnumber people 10 to 1! That’s why there is always an abundance of cheap, imported New Zealand lamb all year round. But when Scottish lamb is in season it’s hard to beat! Spring is the most famous season for lamb, and it’s when the meat is at its most tender, but as the season progresses, the flavour develops and autumn lamb is delicious.
Where to buy
Supermarkets source lamb from farms all over the country, meaning tha... Read More
Every month we’re going to give you some hints and tips on what’s in season in the UK to help you choose good, local produce for your meals. By choosing seasonal foods, you get the freshest produce that’s been allowed to ripen and grow slowly as nature intended.
The flavour and nutrition is unparalleled compared to off season choices as the food is simply fresher. Eating seasonally can also be an economic option as, when something is in season, there’s an abundance of supply to meet demand. It’s also more likely to ha... Read More
Steak is the 'connoisseur’s meat'. Like knowing which wine to order with your fish, there’s an element of pride in knowing which steak cut you like and how to prepare it, or order it. On West Coast Foods’ online store you can buy four different steak cuts: fillet, sirloin, rib-eye and t-bone. Here’s a quick tutorial in what’s what when it comes to beef cuts:Fillet
Fillet steak is known for being the leanest and most tender of all steak cuts. The cut’s leanness means it does no... Read More
Venison is the meat that Scotland is famous for, but your average person shies away from adding it to their weekly shop! Usually the reasons are simple: people believe it costs more than alternatives; people don’t know how to cook it; people have had it poorly cooked before and not enjoyed it.
The truth is, when prepared correctly venison’s a delicious, lean alternative to beef. The cost between the cuts of venison and beef are negligible when the quality of cut is the same – the real difference is that there are no ‘chea... Read More
When the sun shines, packing a bag and heading out for a picnic can be a fantastic way to spend time with friends and family. It’s cheaper than eating in cafes and restaurants when you’re enjoying a day out, and it gives you the freedom to stop anywhere you like.
It can seem like lot of effort, so here are our top tips for making a picnic stress-free and easy:Don’t forget the drinks
Individual plastic bottles are the easiest choice for picnics as then you don’t need cups as well, and it’s easi... Read More
Every month we’re going to give away a £25 voucher to be spent online or in store with West Coast Foods. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is send us one of your own recipes using ingredients bought from West Coast Foods.
Recipes should be original and tasty. Please try and keep the recipe to under 500 words, and remember to include tips such as cooking times and oven temperatures.
To enter, simply send us a message on Facebook with the recipe, or a link to your recipe. If you can include photos, p... Read More
10.02.20161. Buy good beef
When it comes to cooking and eating steak, good quality beef is a must. Not only will it taste great, but will be far easier to cook to perfection. You don’t need to spend a fortune on heritage breed beef from an expensive farm shop, but you can do far better than the insipid offerings from the supermarket shelf. Look for dry aged, at... Read More
Scots love haggis. We love it more than Irn-Bru. We love the taste, the tradition, and we even sing to it – well, it’s called addressing the haggis but you know what we mean. Unfortunately, haggis has a bit of a bad reputation as grub goes and apart from steak and kidney pie, offal appears to be off-all the menus. Which is a shame as a well-cooked sheep’s tum has the most delicious, earthy flavour. Here at West Coast Foods we believe the beauty of the haggis lies within its versatility as a dish, it goes w... Read More