Homemade Butter

There are so many options when it comes to buying butter and we really don’t have to make our own but there’s something deeply satisfying about making your own butter for your kitchen. It’s fun, super easy and you can add other ingredients to the butter to create your own flavoured butters.

All you need is a food mixer or a traditional butter churner and glass. It’s a fun activity for young kids to use the butter churner and it can be quite satisfying for them too to see the final results. They can then go on to make the butter milk pancakes or muffins recipe.

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Walnut & Date Loaf

I love a slice of this traditional walnut cake in the afternoon with a hot cup of tea, it’s the perfect pick me up before shcool run! It’s a traditional recipe and I love the combination of the crunchy walnuts and sweet pieces of dates in the loaf. There’s not too much icing on the top but you can layer it thicker if you like. I like a thin layer as I feel it adds just enough sweetness to the cake.

You can also vary the toppings on the top of the cake, I’ve added some crunchy chopped walnuts but you could also add date pieces or leave it just as plain simple icing.

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Cullen Skink Soup

I have a couple of recipes for making this soup but this one is definitely my favourite. It’s based on an old traditional Scottish recipe by Janet Murray that I have tweeked to replicate the soup my Dad would make us as kids.

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Smoked Salmon with lime & horseradish dressing

This is a lovely quick recipe I threw together for my lunch while Mary sat and played with her toys. You can also use fresh raw salmon for this recipe but for a speedy lunch I used a pack of Scottish Smoked Salmon. If you wanted to use raw fish it would have to be very very fresh.

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Vlog 1 – Walk in the Forest & Parsnip Cake

I love a slow walk in the old forest at any time of year but late winter often brings such cold temperatures. There was a touch of warmth today from the sun and it lifted my cold winter spirit and brought such hope and excitement for the warmer seasons ahead.

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Coconut & Orange Cake Bars

These delicious cake bars are perfect for packed lunches, school break snacks, take to work snacks and afternoon pick me ups for those busy work at home mums! These fluffy cake bars are delicious with a thin coating of orange icing on top. You could also skip the icing and just eat the cake bars on their own too.

You could also add a delicate sprinkle of desiccated coconut on the top also but I enjoy these with a light sprinkling of grated orange zest. It adds a bit of colour.

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Slow Cooked Beef and Dumplings Stew

This hearty slow cooked traditional beef stew went down a treat on a cold Sunday afternoon. Tender meaty chunks, seasonal vegetables and buttery dumplings. A delicious winter meal for the family and really easy to put together in advance in the slow cooker.

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Butternut Blue Soup

We ate this delicious butternut squash soup with some locally made blue cheese from our Scottish farmers market. It was lovely served with some of my homemade apple and cheddar cheese soda bread. What a cheesy feast!

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Scottish Venison Osso Bucco Broth

Delicious locally sourced Scottish venison from Moray, Scotland – Little Rowater Farm Shop

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Iced Ginger Sponge

Adapted from Janet Murray’s CookbookWith a fine feeling for food, 1972

I love old cookbooks especially Scottish ones, I love to think and imagine the foods of my ancestors…how they prepared foods, what was available and what they thrived on locally. This delicious recipe is adapted from an old family Scottish Cookbook.

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