It's been a long time since part I. I wrote that back in August when we were at our busiest and haven't blogged since. So I've no excuse now as we are pretty much closed for the season. Nancy, my mother, was born in 1935 in the same small village in Wales where I too … Continue reading
Well it's been a long six months (almost a year) but we're nearly ready to welcome guests again. I'm brushing up my baking now that I've got a real oven again and when George isn't busy with a paintbrush he's practising his frying skills. Now, if only the weather plays nicely.......
As I write this the house is filling with the delicious scent of bananas and baking; I'm making a banana loaf ready for our next guests. When I first started baking for guests I made Welshcakes, (though these are cooked on a griddle not baked) to share a little of my Welsh background. And … Continue reading
Well it turns out that both the croissants and me were a bit tired last night so we had an overnight rest. But refreshed, rolled, twisted and baked (them not me) here they are...... ..........just the thing with some delicious Paradise Kitchen jam. What do you mean it's not breakfast time yet?
We've been away doing our own bit of ancestral tourism and exploring a little of the Western Isles. Now we're home it's all systems go for the summer so I'm back to the baking. Yesterday was Welshcakes and oatcakes, today I'm trying something new. Croissants. So far the technique is similar to the one for Aberdeen … Continue reading
We might not have a Superstore on Seil but we do have a super store. We go there most days, for our newspaper, eggs, jam and other essentials. For the past few months we've been trying to make the journey on foot which though admittedly challenging on our more humid days is a much more sociable way … Continue reading
I tried making an old Scottish staple today. Oatcakes. I didn't have any family recipes, though I'm sure there must be some, so I used this one from BBC GoodFood. And as I was using up some ingredients, I tweaked it slightly. My gluten free oats were coming to the end of their shelf life so … Continue reading
My baking repertoire expanded this week. I was given this recipe for butteries by a neighbour recently. They are a speciality of the North East of Scotland, particularly Aberdeen, a flaky buttery confection, perhaps the Scottish version of croissants; but unlike their French cousins these pastries are salty. My first memory of them is … Continue reading
I've had a move away from family recipes to explore gluten free baking. My initial attempts substituting gluten free flour in regular recipes had varying success, shortbread ok, bara brith (a Welsh tea bread) less so. I decided to look for recipes which were designed flour free. A quick search took me to Nigella Lawson's website … Continue reading
I've been busy baking today, another batch of Welsh cakes (though they aren't strictly baking) and then a new departure: Islay fruit loaf, recipe provided by my clever sister in law. She also does a lovely line in ginger biscuits too but I didn't have all the right ingredients for those, so that one's been … Continue reading