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Manky Milk

Emma, Kirkcaldy High School , aged 14

It was the October holidays of 2007 and I was at Wemys Bay with my mum, aunt and brother for a week holiday. I’ve always been a really picky eater and still am to this day so my mum would always find it hard to get me to eat breakfast.

One morning my mum gave me cereal which I surprisingly ate however the milk had gone sour but my mum and aunt never bothered to stop me as it was the first time I’d actually eaten a meal that had been put down for me. I can remember them sitting boaking at the smell and the fact I was actually eating sour milk with coco pops.

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Missed the Train


Back when I was a young sprout – see what I did there?

Anyway. Back when I was 11 years old, when my mum was still on this side of living – well, she was obsessed with shopping. Whether it was clothes or jewellery. It really was anything she liked and had the money for (sometimes she didn’t and bought it anyway).

However, my story is specific to what I like to refer to as 'Suzanne's Week of Life'. I call it this because despite everything that was going on inside my mother's body at that time, her last full week of life was the happiest I ever saw her.

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Mushroom Substitute

Oscar, Cargilfield School, aged 12

My. Sister. Hates. Mushrooms.

No kidding. Hates mushrooms.

She also has keen mushroom spotting eyes, which are very good at mushroom spotting. Actually anything we have tried, she always spots the mushrooms.

Five minutes with any meal and she’ll pounce on them and…

“Oscar are there Mushrooms in this?”

Hesitation on my part. Immediate disgust from her.

“No there aren’t any mushrooms.”

Her, suspicious, prods any lumps in her meal (or if there aren’t any lumps she just generally prods).

“You sure…?”

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My Journey Without Gluten

Sophia, Corstorphine Primary School, aged 9

I was diagnosed with Coeliac’s Disease when I was 5 years old. It was quite a shock to my family but I didn’t understand it at the time. My little sister was very ill and had just been diagnosed with Coeliac’s Disease. I was tested as a precaution. I sometimes felt tired walking to and from school and occasionally got a sore tummy but that was it. Now I had to start eating without gluten. I didn’t even know what that meant.

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My Own Open Quesadilla

Sonja, Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh

My parents always care for me, give me the right things so I can grow up smart, healthy – physically and mentally strong.

My family always cook together. We rarely go to restaurants but when we go to other places, we seem to end up always making our own food using different ingredients from different parts of the world. I love this with my family.

I love everything about cooking. From preparing the fresh ingredients, then serving the food and seeing everything eaten with enjoyment. Even peeling potatoes is an art to me!

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Keywords (not used): 
family, home cooking, recipe, love


Summer Bull

It's funny how good food can make you forget your worries.
Your parents are getting divorced, but you’ve got that buried.
Feeling dizzy from the wine, you can’t keep yourself in a straight line,
But making a fool out of yourself is your last worry.
See, your family has always been tight-knit,
Or at least that’s what you thought until you came home for a week,
Under the false pretense of some family fun,
You wish that talk had never even begun.
The tears stream down your face in despair,

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Keywords (not used): 
family, difficult times



2015 January

Dear Diary,

Sorry, I’ve not written in a long time, I was very busy with Granny and my little brother Caelan.

On Monday, Caelan and I went for a sleepover. We all went to Morrison for shopping. As usual, Caelan went off doing... well, who knows. Meanwhile, Gran and I were looking for food we could have for dinner but we couldn’t find anything yet. Eventually, Caelan came back with gingerbread, Chippy menu, and sausage in beans. He went over to Gran and asked, “Can we have rolling things for dinner?”

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Keywords (not used): 
family, Grandparents, children


Isabel, Bunsgoil Ghaidhlig Ghleann Dail, aged 10

Gach bliadhna, ann an t-Samhain, tha mo theaghlach a' tighinn comhla airson Taingealachd. Tha na nabaidhean againn tighinn cuideachd. Tha cus daoine ann airson ar bord, 's mar sin tha cuideachd bord clann ann. Chan eil torr daoine ann an Alba a tha a' deanamh dinneir Taingealachd oir tha e tighinn bho na Staitean-Aonaichte, ma tha m' athair! Sin carson a tha sinn ga dheanamh.


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Tea and toast

Rachel, Kirkcaldy High School, aged 13

Do you want a cup of tea and a slice of toast? Those are the famous words you hear if you ever go to my great gran. Once I stayed there and I had 6 cups of tea and slices of toast. She is obsessed with tea! At breakfast she asks but you get 2 slices instead. Then at lunch, then at 2 o’clock, then after dinner, THEN at supper and finally before you go to bed. Usually my great gran makes her toast really golden brown and extremely dry with only a slither of butter but I’m picky about how my toast is and I typically make it myself.

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That's guid


One day I said “whits fur tea”,
Mah mither said “fairn”,
Aye ah kin that,
Whit kind o’ fairn,
Th’ farin you eat,
Whit kind o’ fairn you eat. 

Bake tatties
“kin ah hulp”,
“Aye you kin”,
“kin ah eat th’ skin off th’ tatties”,
Mmm noo that’s whit ah ca’ guid,
That’s guid. 

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Keywords (not used): 
Poem, Scots, home cooking, food experiences