Recipes for Burns Night from the Brand New Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms

Four recipes from the brand new cookbook from Scotland's Mountain Café are available for publication for Burns Night (25 January).

The recipes allow food lovers to introduce a little Scottish flavour into meals throughout the day on 25 January and complement the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties supper.  The recipes are accompanied by colourful high resolution images and comprise:

Smoked Fish Chowder
Sloe Gin and Bramble Salad
Whisky Fruit Cake
The recipes are attached. All usage of the recipes and images should be strictly credited with details of The Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms by Kirsten Gilmour, which is published on 14 February.

The Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms is the debut cookery book from chef and café owner, Kirsten Gilmour.  Gilmour draws on her Kiwi roots to turn out contemporary dishes with an antipodean love for fresh and bold flavours.

With more than 130 recipes and luminescent photography by Paul Masson, readers will discover why Gilmour's breakfasts are legendary for fuelling up for a day in the mountains; what makes her salads so inventive and flavour-packed; and the secrets behind her indulgent, luxurious cakes and slices.

The book also tells the story of Gilmour's roundabout travels to Scotland – from rural New Zealand, to working as a chef in London to hiring out skis in the Cairngorms – and all the flavours picked up in between. As well as favourites from the cafe, The Mountain Café Cookbook contains recipes drawn from her grandparents and influenced by her travels, including everything from Sloe Gin & Bramble Salmon Salad; Butternut Chilli & Coconut Fritters; Smoked Fish Chowder; and Cider Sage Barbecue Chicken; to Chocolate & Coconut Brioche; Vegan Carrot, Fruit & Nut Cake; Cardamom Oranges; Badass Brownies; and Passionfruit Melting Moments.

All recipes are specially marked for special dietary requirements with additional tips for converting more dishes into gluten-free and vegan equivalents. With Gilmour's warm but straight-talking voice leading them through, readers will confidently be able to recreate dishes that taste just as good as the famous Mountain Café originals. 

The Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms by Kirsten Gilmour is published in hardback by Kitchen Press Publishing on 14 February 2017 and will be available nationwide, priced at £20.

The Mountain Café is one of Scotland's best-loved cafes, having earned its stripes as the place for locals, tourists, climbers, bikers and skiers to eat in Aviemore, and now The Mountain Café is sharing the secrets of its favourite dishes in the new cookery book.

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Kitchen Press titles are distributed by BookSource. 

“This is a great big hug of a book, full of exciting flavours and reliable recipes.”

Sue Lawrence

“Kirsten has been serving her Kiwi inspired food for many years and here she shares her secrets for those delicious breakfasts, meals, cakes and drinks.  As a fellow New Zealander, I'm proud of her achievements!”

Peter Gordon

'I love a story of courage and determination, of good food and a room with a view - Kirsten and the Mountain Cafe have it all. A one-way ticket from New Zealand led the young Kiwi to the Cairngorms where her family recipes for mammoth cakes and hearty ranch-style soups put Aviemore on the culinary map. This is a living-talking book of food inspired by childhood memories, personal discovery and love of the outdoors. I recommend starting with Kirsten's breakfast ...'

Ghillie Basan, author and broadcaster


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