The Dulse & Brose menu reflects the vast Skye, Highland and wider Scottish larder: island and west coast seafood, Skye vegetables and salads, fine cuts of choice meat, Highland and east-coast Scottish cheese and delicious desserts to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
Dulse & Brose is a Scottish bistro restaurant based within The Bosville Hotel located in Portree on the Isle of Skye.
Dulse has been eaten for over one thousand years in North-Western Europe. The ancient Celtic warriors of old ate dulse as they were marching and, during the seventeenth century, British sailors ate it to prevent scurvy.
As the glaciers receded after the Ice Age, the land we now know as Scotland became the habitat of small groups of hunter-gatherers who settled there by 4000 BC. The bounty of the sea would have been essential to the success of these people, and seaweed would have been an easily gathered and abundant foodsource.
It is not until around 600 AD however that we have a categorical written record of seaweed use in a poem attributed to St. Columba himself. In this there is a reference to the monks of Iona collecting dulse (Palmaria palmata) from the rocks.
Rich in minerals and vitamins, dulse has been part of the staple diet of crofters throughout the North West coast. It is often eaten with oatmeal in a thick broth or simply boiled and served with butter as a separate dish.
Brose is a Scots word for an uncooked form of porridge. Oatmeal and/or other cereals are mixed with boiling water and allowed to stand for a short time. It is then served with salt, butter, milk or buttermilk. Another version of brose is called crowdie which is made with ground oats and cold water, although that term is more often used for a type of cheese.
In the 16th century shepherds carried with them a mixture of oatmeal and water. Brose resulted from the agitation of the mixture as they climbed the hills. In addition to oats, brose can be made with other types of cereals such as barley, peasemeal or a mixture of different grains. Other ingredients, such as nettle tops, kale and swede may also be added to the basic brose dish.
Both dulse and brose are natural, nutritious Scottish ingredients that symbolise the tradition and accessibility of the Dulse and Brose story.