Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tattie Holidays

"Tattie Holidays"

The Tattie Holidays, as the October mid-term break is known locally, are so called because in the "olden days" (as all children seem to refer to their parent's youth!) pupils were given leave of absence from school to go to the fields and gather in the potato crop by hand.
Nowadays tatties are generally lifted from the dreels by harvesting machines and children can enjoy a welcome break from school without the back breaking work.
If you are out and about in Inverurie these "Tattie Holidays" do pop in and visit us at The Dairy We look forward to welcoming you.

Tattie Soup

While we are on the subject of tatties we thought we'd share our recipe with you. Of course, all ingredients are available in our shop!

2kg potatoes
4 large carrots (the ones with dubs still on are really tasty, be sure to wash them!)
Half a turnip
1 large onion
8oz boiling beef - rib, skink, plate from our Presly & Co range is ideal
2 stock cubes (beef or vegetable)
1 leek finely chopped

Method: Peel and chop all veg except leek and place in large pan. Add beef and stock. Cover with water and bring to boil. Simmer for 1.5hrs. Remove the beef from pan. Blend the veg/stock mix to consistency of your liking. Chop the beef into pieces then add back into the soup. Add chopped leeks and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes. Season to taste. Delicious served with Mitchells handmade oatcakes.

THRIFTY TIP - Keep some beef back from the soup pot for making a stirfry or stovies next day.

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