12 Days of Christmas

Beetroot Cylibdrica

Day 9: Vegetable Delight My Head Gardener, who is always right, insists that food is the best form of winter fuel. On a cold day there is nothing better than a bowl of hearty vegetable soup, a rich casserole or a tray of roasted root vegetables to restore the inner glow. Winter food needs rich… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Candid Peel

Day 3: Sunshine in a jar On dreich and stormy December days, when the hours of daylight are curtailed, sunshine is in short supply. These are the days of the great winter darkness, and a gift that captures the warmth and life-giving rays of the sun is to be treasured. Unfortunately mythical heroes who went… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

Relish with Ravel or Scones with Schubert

Baking with Bach, Beethoven or Brubeck is the perfect way to spend a bleak January afternoon. The croft kitchen is a refuge from a raw westerly wind and I'm wrapped in warmth, light and music, drenched by the aroma of spices, dark molasses sugar and ginger. However, let us not get carried away by too… Continue reading Relish with Ravel or Scones with Schubert

A Sunday for Reflection and a Cake for Christmas

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them - Marcel Proust This morning I watched the rain run down the window as the wind drove sheets of rain across waves of grass and beyond out over a turbulent grey sea. A metaphor for the poignant memories which turn my… Continue reading A Sunday for Reflection and a Cake for Christmas

Opening the spice cupboard and lighting the Advent candles

I love this time of year: the vibrant cocktail of Hebridean weather, woolly socks and snuggly snoods, candles and a glowing stove on dark afternoons, the gutsy flavours of Northern European peasant food, the indulgent aromas of spices and intense sweetness of dried fruit. I particularly enjoy Advent, I like the concept of looking forwards,… Continue reading Opening the spice cupboard and lighting the Advent candles