As the long winter nights and cold temperatures set in, there is a longing for the nostalgic taste of comforting meals made and served up by loved ones. For many people across Scotland, the season will conjure up memories of the hot, soothing bowls of homemade soup often provided by grannies and grandpas.
That is why Airdrie-based Scotty Brand is offering one lucky reader the chance to become Scotland’s Soup-er Gran or Grandpa during National Soup Month in January.
The Search for Scotland’s Soup-er Gran competition is running exclusively in The Scotsman from Monday, 7 November and is free to enter.
Readers can submit nominations of family members or friends who are legendary soup makers via Scotty Brand’s website. Do they have a decades-old secret recipe or flair for getting the most out of ingredients?
Become the face of Scotty Brand and win luxury stay
The confident and gregarious “souperstar” will become the face of Scotty Brand throughout January, with regular appearances on the food company’s website and social media channels, plus the opportunity to show off their very own mouth-watering recipes in The Scotsman.
In addition, the winner will receive a two-night stay for four people in a luxury yurt at Kelburn Castle and Estate, near Largs. The 3,500-acre estate is set around a 13th-Century castle, which received a vibrant makeover by Brazilian artists in 2007.
Visitors can become immersed in the Secret Forest, winding through the trails to discover houses for giants and crocodile swamps. Kelburn is also famous for its unusual trees, including a 1,000-year-old yew and a 180-year-old weeping larch, and a magnificent 20-foot waterfall at the bottom of the glen.
Eight cosy hillside yurts feature wood-burning stoves and unparalleled views across Firth of Clyde. They provide a romantic escape or a chance to enjoy time with the family and the communal “Bothy” includes a shared kitchen, living space and showers.
Scotty Brand’s mission is as simple as the honest, wholesome food it provides - it sources the very best seasonal produce from across Scotland to deliver the most natural, wholesome and nutritious food to people's tables. And it all began in 1948 when Albert Bartlett boiled beetroot in his shed to sell to local markets.
For more than 70 years, Scotty Brand has worked with trusted farmers to champion their chippy chips, praise their peas and bring customers their berries.
The team also knows that time is precious, and so has a prepared range of soups and soup mixes, including vegetable, scotch broth, and chicken and rice.
Scotty Brand products can be found on shelves at Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Foodies seeking inspiration should also look no further than Scotty Brand's website, where there is a wealth of scrumptious recipes available, from beef scotch pie, to casseroles and cakes.
Nominate your soup legend
To nominate your soup legend, go online and make your nomination before Wednesday, 7 December. Click here.
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