Loch Ness Tales Legends and Recipes

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A fascinating insight into a land of legend and myth. In this book, you will join the salmon poacher of yesteryear and meet the Loch Ness Monster. You will cook and feast on steaming haggis and clootie dumplings.Taste the home made whisky and host a Burns supper.Sing and discover the meanings of songs and relive events from Scotland’s past. A wondrous portrait of a disappearing way of life. More

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About Hugh Fraser

Hugh was born in the village of Dores by Loch Ness.
On his eighth birthday, his father bought him a ‘Mirror dinghy,’ and sailing became a life long passion.
Hugh has worked with Highland gamekeepers, water bailiffs, shepherds and stalkers. He has always enjoyed cooking and experimenting with recipes. He served as an elected member on Nairn District Council and represented them on the river Nairn Fishery board and the Highland river purification Board.
By the nineteen nineties, the lure of ‘sailing away’ overwhelmed him, so he set about, single-handed, to build a ‘live aboard’ forty-foot steel yacht. Nine hard months later ‘Scotia.’ underwent her sea trials in the 1997 Banff to Stravanger yacht race.
Since then they have sailed around the world, going north to Norway, west across the Atlantic and the Pacific and South to New Zealand. They returned to the Mediterranean by way of the South China Sea, and the Suez Canal, in 2010.

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Review by: Stephanie on Jan. 15, 2014 :
I had the opportunity to meet Hugh and Brenda while working at a marina where they docked for some time. "Lochness" is just as lilting and entertaining as they were. I love his writing style: subtle, tongue-in-cheek wit full of Scottish verbage. The recipes sound delicious, and I hope someday soon to put them to the test. (Or myself to the test, rather.) Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Indrek A on July 20, 2013 :
This was a highly entertaining book. Hugh writes with imagination and a soupcon of dry humour. I do hope he continues with his writing and look forward to reading the results.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tina Dreffin on Aug. 22, 2012 :
I fell in love with this book. I was up all night reading it too. Prepare yourself for an adventure when reading it. The scenes will draw you in and the oat tips will have you rushing to the kitchen...or galley, as in my case. The best writer I've seen in a long time.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Peter Chataway on June 19, 2012 :
Grab this book, a wee dram of whisky and some oatcakes, put up your feet and get ready to enjoy. Fraser makes his characters and his homeland come alive through the legends and stories that he relates. His sense of humour and his love of Scotland shine through.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Simon fraser on Feb. 11, 2012 :
This is a very entertaining book. I enjoyed in very much.
Most of the stories have a Highland connection, the ones about Scottish Game keepers, Poachers, and Fishermen are outstanding.
I'm no cook but the recipes do look easy to follow: I'm tempted to have a go.
The snippets of history and the legends are just enough to enthrall, nice balance.
All in all this is a well written book. I highly recommend it. Thank you.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Simon fraser on Feb. 11, 2012 :
This is a very entertaining book. I enjoyed in very much.
Most of the stories have a Highland connection, the ones about Scottish Game keepers, Poachers, and Fishermen are outstanding.
I'm no cook but the recipes do look easy to follow: I'm tempted to have a go.
The snippets of history and the legends are just enough to enthrall, nice balance.
All in all this is a well written book. I highly recommend it. Thank you.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: brenda doo on Feb. 04, 2012 :
I found this to be a really lovely read, full of interesting snippets of history , the characters in the short stories made you wish to be part of their lives in the small Loch side community. The recipes
are easy to follow and I have already tried some, this is an idea gift for friends
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: brenda doo on Feb. 04, 2012 :
I found this to be a really lovely read, full of interesting snippets of history , the characters in the short stories made you wish to be part of their lives in the small Loch side community. The recipes
are easy to follow and I have already tried some, this is an idea gift for friends
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jane green on Jan. 26, 2012 :
This is a lovely little book. Not just well written, entertaining short stories but full of historical information, songs and music and tasty Scottish recipes. A great bedtime read.
If you want it for yourself or as a gift I well recommend it
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bob Carlisle on Jan. 15, 2012 :
Marvelous entertainment on a cold winter's day. Don't waste it by trying to read it all in one go,from cover to cover; instead, dip in and out - open it anywhere and simply enjoy what you find!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tom McKirdy on Jan. 09, 2012 :
A very good read. I found the writing style very similar to that of Neil Munro (Para Handy). The legends bring an added spice to the stories and the recipes I have still to try.
Recommended!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Duncan Byrne on Dec. 20, 2011 :
This is a lovely book,telling tales from Hugh's life on the shore of the Loch, spiced with recipes that bring the taste of the Highlands to you.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the various characters, most of whom seem to move round the edges of the law. It opens a window into a sometimes harsh world where absent landlords act in ways that make life hard for their tenants.

I am looking forward to reading more of Hugh's work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: harry james on July 30, 2011 :
My husband downloaded this book for my new kindle .
The book contains a most enjoyable collection of short stories; about the Highlands of Scotland and her people.
The recipes. At last, an easy to make haggis that will end my yearly struggle to find tinned Haggis.
I also enjoyed the legends, and the few fascinating snippets from the past,
The book has made me a little homesick for the Highlands, I confess I cried when I read The Bell.
Thank you very much.
Jane J
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: jock theman on July 29, 2011 :
I bought this book, not only for the Scottish recipes, but for the Loch Ness stories. I was not disappointed; the author brought the Highlands to life.
I found the bits of history he dropped in now and than fascinating, I certainly learnt a lot. I liked the songs, but until now, had no idea of the story behind them.
I’m not great cook but I had a go at the Macaroon bars. I too remember them from my childhood. They were very easy to make and tasted just as I remembered.
I have ordered 3 paperback copies for Christmas presents.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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