When it comes to food, there are three things in life I know to be true.
1) When it comes to bragging rights, us Perthshire people live in one of the tastiest and most culinary diverse corners of the world. Keep your exotic star fruits and kangaroo steaks. Here we boast the very best in beef, vegetables, berries, orchards, lamb and game… and we’ve not even started on the whiskey and ale!
2) In Scotland, soup cures all. From our first foray into real food as babies, through our childhood and into old age it is a reassuring presence in our lives. It’s how your granny poured her love into a big pot and straight into you. It will chill you down in Summer (gazpacho anyone?) and warm you through in winter. Add some spice, keep it chunky or zap it up and drink from a mug.
3) My Mum makes the best soup ever. Yes she does. She does.
Are you reading this thinking ‘Actually, I think you’ll find my Granny’s soup is the best in Scotland?’. If you are, you won’t be alone. In my experience all of us Scots come from a long, long line of braw soup makers. A puckle tatties, a few leeks and a bit ham shank from Lindsay’s and you’ve got lunch sorted for a week.
In Scotland, soup cures all. From our first foray into real food as babies, through our childhood and into old age it is a reassuring presence in our lives. As our culinary tastes have changed so too has the variety of soups you’ll find bubbling away on a Scottish stove but the sentiment, the love and the perfectly reckless throwing in of veg and meat and stock remains as true as it always has.
This year, the people at Giraffe, aka those who brought you The Great Perthshire Picnic, are inviting all of us to put our recipes right where our mouths are and enter into their Zuppa! Great Perthshire Soup Competition.
Whether your favourite recipe is a hale and hearty lentil, a warming butternut squash or a super cool gazpacho, this is your chance to proof that your family recipe is the best.
There’s only one condition: when your pot boils in the heartland of Scotland’s Larder then the main ingredient should come our local land. So we’re looking for your signature ingredient to showcase the wealth of produce reared or grown right her in Perthshire. Veggies, beef, lamb, mutton, venison, chicken, veggies…. You get the idea! You could also finish it off with a drizzle of extra virgin rape seed oil, a crafty dash of beer, a tot of gin or dash of local whisky.
A panel of local chefs and judges from Giraffe will draw up a shortlist of ten finalists who will be invited to attend the Zuppa! Festival, to be held in Perth City Centre on Sunday 18th November, during Christmas Light Switch On Weekend.
All ten soups will be served up to festive shoppers visiting the city and this mass public tasting will result in a vote to determine the overall Zuppa! Champion 2018. I bet it’s my mum.
Pass me a spoon - I can barely contain my excitement!
If you need some inspiration check out our Soup Recipe section.
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