Croft kitchen

Croft kitchenIn this part of the world you’ll be lucky to escape a visit to a friend without a cup of tea and a blether (chat). This is a tradition which has been easy to adopt and sitting around the kitchen table for hours on end with a pot tea and some fruit cake, coffee and scones or supper with fresh vegetables from the garden is an integral part of life on our croft. It is one of my great pleasures to sit round a table talking and laughing with friends sharing and enjoying good food and a glass of wine.
In the croft kitchen the golden rule is that the ingredients must be as fresh and as local as possible – vegetables, herbs and salads from the garden, crab, lobster or fish supplied by our local fishermen and meat reared on the island and fed on the machair grass.
I was taught how to cook and bake by my mother and grandmother and these basic skills have stood the test of time. Travel and a diet of cookery books opened a window on the wider culinary world but I still prefer good fresh ingredients simply cooked.
The following pages are an eclectic collection of some of my favourite recipes gleaned from all manner of sources and modified over time.
So come into the kitchen and I’ll put the kettle on……..


11 thoughts on “Croft kitchen”

  1. Hello Christine, do you remember me telling you last week about the success of your wonderful rhubarb cake which I had made for some friends who came round for the evening. It was so popular that the visitors came back for seconds, and in the case of the vicar he came back for thirds!! Well, the said vicar came round the next day, complete with rhubarb in hand, which he must have ‘snuffled’ from one of his parishioners, to ask me if I would make him his own rhubarb cake so he can gorge himself in private!!. I have now done this, delivered it to him next door. Haven’t seen him for a few days I presume he’s alright – I will know tonight as we are at a barn dance to celebrate a friends birthday and I will see how much ‘doe-see-doeing (not sure of the spelling of this) he is doing! Best wishes, love the blog Maggie Mae.

  2. Oh dear I hope that I will not be held responsible for the Vicar’s expanding waistline and for leading him into temptation!
    I’m not sure whether I should suggest this, but if you have a glut of courgettes you might like to try the recipes for courgette cakes. They are a great favourite with holiday cottage guests and neighbours – but go carefully one recently resulted in a proposal of marriage!

  3. Hello Christine, It’s alright I won’t hold you responsible for the vicars expanding waistline! I will try the courgette cake recipe as my courgettes are getting a bit ‘irresponsible’. You go down and pick a few then, when your back is turned, they start to multiply at a staggering rate. We have a bench down on the allotments where plot holders deposit unwanted veg etc. At the moment there must be about a dozen green or yellow giant ‘submarines’ lurking and looking for a good home! The vicar was ‘tripping the light fantastic’ at the barn dance last night so he hadn’t demolished too much rhubarb cake the other day. Maggie Temple

  4. The scenery is beautiful. The post so welcoming. Wishing I could be sitting there with tea and a chat.

  5. It is a lovely afternoon and would be perfect for afternoon tea if the kitchen wasn’t covered in green plastic, the air full of plaster dust and the sound of hammering.

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