As the nights draw in a great way to spend a mid-week evening is by cooking a warm and hearty traditional Scottish dinner and enjoying it in front of the tv for a change of scenery, say the organisers of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.

Stovies, which is a traditional Scottish dish made with meat, potatoes and onions is wholesome, balanced and healthy, and something the whole family will enjoy.

This year, the Fortnight, which runs from 2 – 17 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 6 September is TV dinner, and the Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, is asking people to get creative on Wednesday with some traditional Scottish fayre.

This year, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight ties in with VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  Stovies is thought to hark back to Scotland’s Auld Alliance with France (1295-1560).  As F M McNeil argues in The Scots Kitchen (1929) many Scots words have been adapted from the French ‘stovies’ from ‘étuvé’. Another theory is that it comes from the old English ‘to stove’.

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

“Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is all about getting people together to celebrate and showcase Scotland’s natural larder.  From scallops to raspberries, trout to whisky, the Fortnight give us the chance to celebrate our producers, chefs and business owners and the part they play in our fantastic industry, whilst also demonstrating to the wider public just why Scotland has earned the reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

“Why not join in and celebrate with us by cooking up a beautiful and traditional Scottish meal of stovies – a one pot dish that the whole family will enjoy, especially if they get to watch their favourite tv programme at the same time!

“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.”