Cooking up a charity treat with Sheena

Sheena Porteous
Sheena Porteous

SHEENA Porteous is hoping she has all the right ingredients for a successful fund-raising cook book.

And with the first print of 200 copies sold out and 100 of the second print spoken for, her recipes are providing plenty of food for thought.

The book is in aid of Hawick Congregational Church’s Reaching Out project.

Sheena, who was brought up at East Redford Green Farm, near Roberton, told the Hawick News: “I’ve been cooking since I was a little girl and these are all recipes that I’ve used over the years.

“Being a farmer’s daughter I think you all learned to bake and cook and these are all tried and tested.”

Despite being only partially sighted after suffering from E-coli 14 years ago, Sheena is renowned for producing delicious meals and her home-baking is much sought after at various events around the area.

Recipes in the book include a wide selection of starters, soups, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, desserts, cakes and sundries.

She added: “They have been adapted to suit my methods of working and to my taste.”

Reaching Out helps to support people of all ages in Hawick and across the Borders.

It provides services for work with toddlers and their mums or grannies, interest and games for older primary school children, soup lunches for all ages, table tennis for the young and ‘not-so-young’, art classes and coffee drop-ins.

In addition to the regular activities, Reaching Out also organises other events throughout the year, which are open to anyone.

Sheena’s husband Jim said: “It’s a very important project, trying to do things in the community for the community.”

Copies of the book, priced £6, can be obtained from Sheena at Braemar Cottage, Roadhead, Hawick, TD9 7HN; by contacting 372153; emailing or from the Congregational church in Bourtree Place.