right every couple of months some sort of recipe thread pops up on here. thought rather than go for another chili one i'd start a local one, ie post up a recipe traditional to your area. theres members from all over the planet on this site so potentially this thread could be a good resource if anyone fancies cooking something a bit different and impressing folk with their wordly nous or getting n the good books with her indoors i'll go first with some simple scottish fair that i ate a lot growing up and recently made for the first time in years. mince 'n tatties 1lb ground beef - if using hamburger meat you'll need to strain off some of the fat. 2 onions 2 sliced carrots handfull of toasted porridge oats couple of beef stock cubes bisto gravy powder (not sure if you get that over there, its a beef gravy. if not then you can just mix cornflour and water to use as a thickening agent.) firstly saute the onion in a pan to soften then add the beef and brown it. add the carrot and oatmeal then add just enough water to cover everything and crumble in the stock cubes (could just add in beef stock rather than water and cubes if thats what you have handy) cover the pan and simmer for 20 mins or so till the beef is cooked then add your thickening agent (bisto works best if you can get it due to its beef flavouring) serve with boiled potatoes and if you want more veg then some peas. cheap, tasty and bloody comforting on a cold night. oh aye and you'll want some bread and butter to mop up all the gravy left on your plate.