“Smoked Finnan Haddock and poached egg is easy to source and cook, and it makes for the perfect weekend pick me up – a protein rich meal which is healthy and delicious”, says Edinburgh chef and owner of the esteemed Aizle restaurant, Stuart Ralston [see recipe attached].

This year, the Fortnight, which runs from 2nd – 17th September, is urging the great Scottish public to change one thing about their eating and drinking habits to allow them to incorporate elements of Scotland’s rich food and drink larder into their day (#onethingfortnight).

Each day of the Fortnight has an inspirational theme to get the great Scottish public – whether they spend their day in a school, office, factory, restaurant or kitchen – to enjoy a Scottish product or two.

The theme for day 10 (10th September) is weekend brunch, and the Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, is asking office workers to use some of their free time on Saturday or Sunday to partake in some locally sourced cooking.

This year, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight ties in with VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  The history of Finnan Haddock goes back to the early 1700’s where North East coast fishwives from the village of Findon (known as Finnan) developed the cure to preserve fish. Finnans were smoked in their bothans – wooden smoking sheds and soon, every East coast fishing village was making the cure. Before long, stage-coaches were taking them to the Edinburgh fish market to sell them to people across the land.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink said:

“Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate what we have here in Scotland and to understand why Scotland has earned the reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

“Why not take some time out of your schedule this weekend to try a new Scottish recipe or two?  Try some eggs from a local producer such as Corrie Mains eggs or pick up half a dozen from your local farm shop and see what you can conjure up – we’ve got plenty of recipes on our website to inspire you.

“Just one change can make a huge difference and may encourage lots of other people to take part – so get involved and let us know what you are doing to support the Fortnight.”