Sweet mince pies

December 2023 In a previous Christmas post, we shared the recipe we use to bake our German Stollen at this time of year. In this post, we’d like to share our recipe for delicious sweet mince pies. INGREDIENTS & METHOD Mincemeat (1kg = 36 pies)Peel and juice of one orangePeel and juice of half a

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Christmas Stollen

December 2021 One of our favourite treats at this time of year is Stollen, the German equivalent of the Christmas cake. While we were living in Germany, we generally bought a Stollen at the local store, but since moving to the Outer Hebrides, we’ve decided instead to bake our own Stollen at Christmastime. Enjoying a

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Harvesting seaweed

The shores around Bernera are awash with a wide variety of seaweeds One of the activities we’ve been engaging in since moving to the Outer Hebrides is gathering seaweed and experimenting with using it in all manner of ways. We admit we’re only now starting to truly appreciate the wonder of this saltwater algae. Did

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Heather

Every August, the Scottish hillsides burst into colour as the heather comes into blossom. Heather is such a versatile plant and over the centuries it’s been used for a multitude of household purposes, including: tying bunches together to form brushes, brooms and pot scourers weaving stems together to make attractive baskets and thick hedges stuffing

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Nettle soup

Nettle soup served with fresh, crusty bread When you come across a patch of wild nettles, is your first instinct to keep a wide berth in order to avoid being stung, or is it to marvel at such a practical and plentiful natural wonder? I have to admit, my attitude towards nettles has changed somewhat

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Scones with cashew cream

As we head into summer, here’s a favourite (and very simple!) recipe I use to make a quick treat for afternoon tea. The secret is to make sure you aerate the flour well so that the scones rise, and whip up the milk to make it frothy and foamy. The scones are delicious served with

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