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By F. Marian McNeill

Published 2015

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The Friars of Faill,2 they made gude kail

On Fridays when they fasted;

They never wanted gear eneuch

As lang as their neighbours’ lasted.

—Old Song.

(Old Cottage Recipe)


  • greens
  • oatmeal
  • pepper
  • salt
  • cream
  • water


Put into a pot as much water as will cover your greens. Remove the strong shanks (this is ‘ribbing’ them) and put them in when the water is boiling. Boil till tender, leaving them uncovered. Take them out, squeeze them free of the liquor, and chop them finely or squeeze them through a sieve. Sprinkle with oatmeal and put back into the pot with the stock. Add a little warmed cream, with pepper a