‘I doot ye’ll have had yer tea, meenister!’

Many people have favourite recipes, handed down from generation to generation - and enjoyed by young and old.

VisitScotland has launched an appeal for these old favourites so that they can be shared with other people - in particular visitors to the country.

Scottish chef and food enthusiast Shirley Spear, of The Three Chimneys in Skye, says: “Whether it is Grandpa Bill’s take on the famous Forfar Bridie, devoured during a family picnic at the beach; or a slice of Auntie Margaret’s special Dundee Cake, the national tourism organisation wants to highlight the places and people behind the country’s favourite family meals and recipes handed-down through the generations.”

As a lasting legacy of the Year of Food and Drink 2015, a special number of food memories will be compiled into a unique one-off recipe book entitled - You’ll have had yer tea? - Treasured tastes of Scotland. The book, to be published later in year, will take readers on a culinary journey from the shores of Shetland all the way down to the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.

As well as showcasing traditional food and drink, the book will help shine a light on the personal stories behind family recipes, inspiring readers to revive some great home-cooking as well as encouraging them to come and sample Scotland’s wonderful natural larder.

Shirley said: “I’ve long been an ambassador of family cooking. Some of my most cherished memories are of spending time with my Mum, baking jam tarts and fairy cakes, followed years later with teaching my own children how to cook simple, basic things at home and making the most of seasonal ingredients such as gooseberries and rhubarb from the garden and turning them into delicious treats. And now I hope to pass on stories about where our all our delicious ingredients come from to my gorgeous grandchildren.”

Recipes must be submitted along with a treasured story about the location or circumstances behind the meal. Entries can be sent either online on the dedicated webpage or by post.

All entries will be placed in a prize draw to win a one-night B&B stay for two at the Three Chimneys and The House Over-By in Skye. This unique prize includes dinner at the Kitchen Table at the award-winning restaurant – a not-to-be-missed experience which sees diners become immersed in the whole tableau of the kitchen, watching the chefs at work during a busy night’s service.

Entries can be submitted until July 3. Full terms and conditions are available on the VisitScotland website.

For more information or to submit your Treasured Taste, visit: www.visitscotland.org/Treasured-Taste.aspx