Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

Page 3 Profile: Robert Burns, Scottish Poet

Ah, Scotland’s favourite son.

Mutton is the best meat to use in Mark's Scotch broth

Mark Hix recipe: Scotch broth

Serves 4-6

Cranachan with Rhubarb is a dead simple dessert to make and it's full of flavour

Mark Hix recipe: Cranachan with rhubarb

Serves 4

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