A Scots Larder...recipe photo-journal

The Thistle's Grown Aboon the Rose

 Full white the Bourbon lily blows,
 And fairer haughty England's rose.
 Nor shall unsung the symbol smile,
 Green Ireland, of thy lovely isle.
 In Scotland grows a warlike flower,
 Too rough to bloom in lady's bower;
 His crest. when high the soldier bears,
 And spurs his courser on the spears.
 O there it blossoms - there it blows
 The thistle's grown aboon the rose.

 Allan Cunningham (1784-1842)

When I was asked to make a photo-journal that could also be used as a recipe book of sorts for a very adventurous foodie in Scotland who goes by the name of A Scots Larder, my first thoughts were of which printing blocks I could use that would reflect the Celtic,rustic earthiness of Graeme's cooking, as well as feature the rather rough but beautiful Thistle flower that makes up his logo.

So,after rummaging through numerous blocks,I settled on a couple that could not be more reminiscent of a Celtic knot if it tried....
The blocks pictured below are from India,far far away from Scotland....But,how does a block of wood carved in India look like it was made by a Celt?

This curiosity lead me to doing a little research...it doesn't take much to distract me!
I learnt there are many similarities between the crafts of the Indian Sub-continent and that of the Celts or Druids of ancient Ireland and Scotland. Infact the the word 'Druid' is composed of two words which have parallels in Sanskrit;Vid being the root word for Veda which means 'to  know' or 'knowledge' and Dru meaning stillness,melting or immersion. So a 'Druid' in a sense,is one who is 'immersed in knowledge'

Fascinating isn't it! Well,I think so .

I had to pull myself away from reading about the similarities between the Celts and Indians and get down to making this book,which in the end turned out just as I had envisioned...
Rustic,earthy and mysterious.