By McRen | July 15, 2012
Check out this interesting interview with Kevin McKidd, which is mostly about the beautiful Scottish food he’s had the pleasure of tasting.
BRAVE star Kevin McKidd might live in Hollywood but his California dreaming is all about Scotland – and his mum’s home cooking.
In particular, her tattie soup which he says, confidently, “is the best in the world”.
In the new smash-hit 3D animated film from Disney Pixar, Kevin is the voice of clan chief Lord MacGuffin.
The larger-than-life warrior enjoys his grub and nothing more so than a plate of cullen skink – the fish soup named after the village on the east coast where it was invented.
That’s all right for the MacGuffins but the McKidds – Kevin, wife Jane and children Joseph, 12, and Iona, 10 – much prefer tattie soup served up in granny Kathleen’s kitchen in the family home at New Elgin, Morayshire.
Kathleen, 63 ,who has just retired as office administrator at the Out of Darkness Theatre Company in Elgin, of which Kevin is patron, revealed her recipe.
She said: “I think all sons say that about their mum’s soup. It’s just a handful of this and a handful of that.
“I don’t measure things. It’s got potatoes, neeps, carrots, onions, a nice piece of rib boiling beef and water, salt and pepper.
“It is normally quite thick and I serve it with lovely crumbly oatcakes. I always have a big pan ready when they come home”.
Kathleen also revealed that Kevin and his family really appreciate her skirlie – one of Scotland’s oldest dishes.
She said: “They all love skirlie – especially Joseph. He’ll eat it with everything.
“I know the amounts by just looking at it. A large onion, about four fluid ounces of oil, oatmeal and salt and pepper.
“I used to use lard but it’s healthier to use vegetable oil.
“It’s not that healthy but, now and again, it’s a treat for them. It’s something they don’t get in LA.”
Kathleen and her husband Neil, 64, a retired inspector with Scottish Water, are going to see the family in autumn and are hoping they will come home at Christmas.
Kevin, 38, is set to star with Ashley Jensen in rom-com Indian Summer, due to be filmed in the Highlands next year.
His mum reckons it will cause as big a stir as smash hit Brave. Kathleen said: “He’s accepted a part but it all depends on funding. If that goes ahead, it’s due to be shot in the Highlands.
“It will be a great advert for Scotland, just like Brave. Neil and I were Kevin’s guests at the premiere in Edinburgh. What a film. It’s fabulous for any age group. It’s brilliant.”
Kevin has appeared in many films, including Trainspotting, Hannibal Rising , Kingdom Of Heaven and Made Of Honor.
He also has numerous TV credits under his belt such as Father Ted , Rome and the US smash hit Grey’s Anatomy, where he plays Dr Owen Hunt, one of the lead characters.
After filming the latest series, hopefully, it’s a visit home to Elgin and a welcoming plate of his mum’s heart-warming, homemade tattie soup.
(Source | Daily Record)
Its great to hear about all these great new Scottish films Kevin will be starring in! Have you seen Brave yet?