Written by locals!
Welcome to Bite, Your Independent Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh
Mull of Kintyre and courgette muffins
New Review

We've all heard and read about how dairy farmers are struggling to keep afloat, but I wonder how many of us know to what extent?A friend contacted me a month or so back asking if I could raise awareness of the Campbeltown farmers who provide milk for Mull of Kintyre Cheddar (his sister-in-law is one of these hardworking folk). The milk for MOKC is  produced by 38 herds on the Kintyre Peninsula and Gigha, all family run businesses and they have seen milk prices drop over the past year, from 32.5p in early 2014 to 18.87p in May this year; a decrease of almost 14p a litre! 

The milk goes to Campbeltown Creamery (the company provides 40 local jobs) and is part of First Milk, the only major dairy company owned by British dairy farmers. The consequences of a collapse in the Kintyre dairy industry would be catastrophic to a fragile Argyll economy. 

I didn't need much persuading. This is my go to snack in the fridge. To me, along with eggs, cheese is yet another great fast food - think cheese toasties, mac'n'cheese and my ultimate comfort food, cheesy mash. So let's support this flavoursome asset along with the likes of chefs Mark Greenaway and Tony Singh and Coast presenter, Neil Oliver.
More cheese, Bunny? Don't mind if I do!

10oz plain flour
1 tsp each baking powder and bicarb
4oz grated Mull of Kintyre cheese
4oz grated courgette
1 beaten egg
2-3 fl oz milk/buttermilk
3oz rapeseed oil
Chopped chives

Throw cheese and dry ingredients into large bowl.
Squeeze the courgettes in a tea towel to remove as much liquid as possible.
Mix courgettes, milk, egg, oil and chives together.
Make well in centre of dry ingredients and add the wet.
Mix lightly and quickly to a soft batter, don't over stir.
Divide between 12 muffin cases
Bake in a pre-heated oven (190oC/fan oven 170oC/Gas5 for 18-20 mins
Leave a couple of minutes before scoffing.

What else is in my basket?
Rabbit, wood pigeon, grouse, hare, grey mullet, John Dory, skate, wild sea bass, wild trout, scallops, crab langoustine, French beans, kohlrabi, sweetcorn, artichokes, chicory, courgettes, runner beans, apricots, nectarines, damsons, greengages, loganberries, 
Year of Food and Drink, Scotland 2015 - August Delicious DairyLea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com, @BakersBunny on Twitter and Instagram. Radio presenter on Castle FM98.8

Reader Reviews / Comments

There are currently no reader reviews. Be the first to review by clicking below!

Current Issue
Visitor Login
Email Address
This site and all contents are © 2020 Bite Magazine     Web Design by Arcada Design