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“While attending Edinburgh University years ago, I had a flatmate from the Orkney Islans. He cooked this stuff fairly often because it was dirt cheap to make. Now I cook it because most new dinner guests have never even heard of it, never mind eaten it.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel the potatoes and turnip.
  2. Cut both into roughly the same size pieces.
  3. Put into a deep pan with the onion.
  4. Add boiling water to cover and simmer gently until the ingredients are just soft.
  5. Drain off the cooking liquid.
  6. Mash everything thoroughly, adding chives and enough milk and butter to make a light consistency.
  7. Season well with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve with a nice sharp cheese as a meal, or as a side dish with a stew or meat.
  9. (We used to fry the leftovers and serve with fried tomatoes and bacon for breakfast).

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