The Scottish Shop News Feed http://www.scottishshop.co.nz The Scottish Shop Homemade Shortbread - using our thistle stamphttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/27/Homemade-Shortbread-using-our-thistle-stampHere is the proof that the shortbread mould with the thistle impression works. &nbsp;Present your Christmas shortbread with a traditional Scottish thistle on top.<br /> <br /> Look in the Homewares section of our on-line shop to find the <strong>shortbread stamp</strong> that will give your shortbread a festive and Scottish traditional appearance. &nbsp;We can even supply the recipe.1481713200http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/27/Homemade-Shortbread-using-our-thistle-stamphttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1605Homemade Shortbread - using our thistle stamphttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/27/Homemade-Shortbread-using-our-thistle-stamp New season stock arrivinghttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/26/New-season-stock-arrivingThis is an exciting time of the year. &nbsp;New stock is arriving daily to fill the shelves ready for the tourist and Christmas season. &nbsp;Our annual sea shipment is due at the end of October and this will bring Scottish, Irish and Welsh products to pack the shelves. &nbsp;Look out for new jigsaw puzzles, 2017 calendars, books and giftware. Today we have unpacked new Christmas decorations and they will soon be on the website for sale. &nbsp;There is also a new category on the website called Santas of the World. &nbsp;Beautiful designs by Jim Shore.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;1474974000http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/26/New-season-stock-arrivinghttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1534New season stock arrivinghttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/26/New-season-stock-arriving The Welsh are cominghttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/25/The-Welsh-are-comingEvery now and then, we have to do something crazy.&nbsp; For the month of June, The Scottish Shop is going to become &quot;The Welsh Shop&quot;!&nbsp; Just to welcome the Welsh Rugby tour and make them feel a little bit at home.1464523200http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/25/The-Welsh-are-cominghttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1443The Welsh are cominghttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/25/The-Welsh-are-coming Shortbread thistle stamphttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/24/Shortbread-thistle-stampExciting news.&nbsp; New stock now available, at a lower price, of our thistle shortbread stamps for biscuits or cookies.<br /> <br /> We have been without this stock for quite a while but now hopeful of a continuous supply.&nbsp; Made in Dunedin, New Zealand and using food grade wood.&nbsp; The current wood used is American Maple.<br /> <br /> Order yours online now.&nbsp; Can be viewed and purchased in our Homeware department of the website shop.<br /> &nbsp;1459857600http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/24/Shortbread-thistle-stamphttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1437Shortbread thistle stamphttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/24/Shortbread-thistle-stamp NEW. Improved kilt hangershttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/23/NEW-Improved-kilt-hangersOur new and improved kilt hanger now has wider, longer and stronger clips.&nbsp; This hanger is capable of hanging a full 8 yard kilt!<br /> <br /> The two clips are also coated in an adhesive plastic material, this offers extra grip without damaging your kilt. The clips are also adjustable, meaning that not just kilts of all sizes, but also trousers and skirts can be hung.<br /> <br /> A hook on the front of the hanger also allows you to hang another hanger, to support both your kilt and suit/jacket in one suit bag.<br /> <br /> To purchase - look in the kilts &amp; jackets&nbsp;section of our online shop<br />1444129200http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/23/NEW-Improved-kilt-hangershttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1305NEW. Improved kilt hangershttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/23/NEW-Improved-kilt-hangers Scotland to NZ via East Africahttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/22/Scotland-to-NZ-via-East-AfricaIn January 2006 I visited Glasgow for the annual Gift Fair and was full of enthusiasm about tartans and yes, all things Scottish. When you live on the &lsquo;other side of the world&rsquo; it is sometimes difficult to stay focused on owning a traditional Scottish Shop. New Zealand is such a long way from my suppliers this is a fact that my customers have trouble understanding, especially when certain stock levels are getting low. I find the Gift Fairs extremely motivating and I can go home full of new ideas and new products. <br /> <br /> On my journey home from Scotland I had my dream holiday which was a visit to Kenya and Tanzania. I was in several Maasai villages in 2006 and was stunned to see tartan like clothing and many of the warriors even wear them in the Scottish style of a breacan feile. Sometimes it is simply a blanket thrown around the shoulders. On several occasions I got involved in discussions with Maasai tribesmen trying to discover where the patterns came from but really I never found anyone that actually knew. They were always telling me that &ldquo;other families make them.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> I found a shuka that was so similar to a Wallace tartan that I just had to buy it! There was lots of bargaining for the purchase and I never quite got over the feeling that I had paid far too much for it. But then, that is the way of life in Africa. This blanket now has pride of place as a cover on my dining table and many a time I have had a visitor telling me that I am taking the Scottish theme too far! Not at all, I can say, it is actually a Maasi blanket. <br />1436788800http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/22/Scotland-to-NZ-via-East-Africahttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1276Scotland to NZ via East Africahttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/22/Scotland-to-NZ-via-East-Africa Something new for The Scottish Shop - Cowhide handbagshttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/21/Something-new-for-The-Scottish-Shop-Cowhide-handbagsMade in New Zealand.&nbsp; Beautiful cow hide and leather&nbsp;handbags to match your man's sporran.&nbsp;1434974400http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/21/Something-new-for-The-Scottish-Shop-Cowhide-handbagshttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1226Something new for The Scottish Shop - Cowhide handbagshttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/21/Something-new-for-The-Scottish-Shop-Cowhide-handbags Recipe of the monthhttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/20/Recipe-of-the-month<h2><strong>Cullen Skink Soup</strong></h2> A delicious fish soup<br /> <br /> 1 onion, sliced or chopped<br /> 3 or 4 crushed peppercorns<br /> Butter<br /> Water<br /> 1 medium Finnan haddie (salted smoked haddock)<br /> NZ substitute &ndash; cod or kahawai<br /> 500g potatoes<br /> 600ml milk<br /> Salt &amp; pepper<br /> <br /> Fry the onions with some butter and the peppercorns. Add the fish, cover with water and cook until the skin becomes loose enough to remove. Remove the skin and break the fish into flakes, removing the fish bones as you do this. Put the haddock aside and return the skin and bones to the pan and simmer for about an hour to make a stock.<br /> Boil and mash the potatoes. Strain the fish stock, add to a large pan and simmer with the milk. Add as much potato as you like, depending on whether you prefer thick or thin soup. Add the flaked fish. Season with salt and pepper and perhaps some butter.<br /> <br /> <em>Thanks to Maw Broon's cookbook</em><br /> <br />1434024000http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/20/Recipe-of-the-monthhttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1221Recipe of the monthhttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/20/Recipe-of-the-month New Flags - FIFA Under 20 World Cup. Flag shophttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/19/New-Flags-FIFA-Under-20-World-Cup-Flag-shopFIFA U-20 World Cup Trophy<br /> <br /> The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the twentieth edition of the U-20 World Cup since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. The competition will take place for the first time in New Zealand, the third time on Oceanian soil after Australia staged the 1981 and 1993 editions. A total of 52 matches will be played in seven host cities.<br /> <br /> New flags now available.<br />1432468800http://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/19/New-Flags-FIFA-Under-20-World-Cup-Flag-shophttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz1171New Flags - FIFA Under 20 World Cup. Flag shophttp://www.scottishshop.co.nz/news/19/New-Flags-FIFA-Under-20-World-Cup-Flag-shop