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I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
If you have landed here - welcome and feel free to dip in to what was our life - once upon a time...
J xxx

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In the kitchen



There is always plenty going on in this croft kitchen - certainly always washing up, but - we do appreciate our food here.




. It's not always home cooking though. We have the most amazing food shops on the island, so it is nice to have some time out and feast on fantastic locally made produce.



And this is seriously the best iced cream ever.



And we take our ice cream very seriously.



There has been pie!
 Really loving this book by Ashley English, and I think, going by the results so far, we will certainly be celebrating a year of pies here.



It is foraging time again - and that means more of this and this


and to explore other possibilities - oh yes!



Tallow has been rendered for cooking and other projects, and beet kvass has been made. I'm not sure how this is supposed to taste - this is a bit salty, but pleasantly so - and improving by the day!


I concoted a recipe for applesauce muffins, which were a huge hit, but I've forgotten what I did! It was a basic muffin recipe using melted butter, not oil, and I layered the apple sauce in the middle of the mixture, so we would all get a good mouthful of the cinnamon spiced apple.


Yes - it is one of my favourite places, this kitchen of mine. Good food, a nice chilled glass of something while prepping dinner, and some lively tunes to dance around to. Och, come on - lets have a wee ceilidh!


24 comments:

  1. Oh yum! Your kitchen looks like a wonderful place to be. I think a "glass of something" is mandatory while puttering about in such a manner. And that ice cream....Seriously? Oh dear!

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  2. You have so many wonderful things in this post!
    That ice cream looks amazing, I wish I could taste it.

    Your beet kvass sounds just right. I need to get busy and ferment a few jars myself. I love a glass after I have been working in the hot sun.

    I gave Ashley's book to my mother in love for Christmas, along with a hand made pie dish. Unfortunately I only ordered one copy of the book and now need to place another order for myself. I really want to try the Fig Pie!

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    1. I can imagine the kvass being very refreshing on a hot day! I will certainly be making more xx

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  3. I was hungry before I sat down at the computer and now I am STARVING. I wish I could teleport to your island and watch you make nettle soup.

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  4. Your kitchen is brimming with goodness!
    What inspiration you're providing.

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  5. O my goodness! Lemoncurd Icecream! That sounds absolutely delicious. We live in Caithness and I've never heard of such a thing. Crikey I'm salivating now, I want some of that Ice cream.
    The rest of your post looked lovely but to be honest my mind was completely stuck on that ice cream.
    It still is!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Linda

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  6. I forget what I do too when I improvise in the kitchen...oh well. It's to be expected when inspiration hits. I love the ice cream enjoying photo, he is growing up fast, but in that photo he is staying a child!!

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  7. I wish I was this 'on it' in my kitchen ... i go through fits and starts never quite filling the cupboards with homemades ... but lemon curd is deffiitly on tomorrows agenda after reading this! And nettle soup which the kids are non to optimistic about! love and full moon light x

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  8. I am glad it is not just me that concocts food and then forgets to write done what I did!

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  9. Oh that ALL looks so good. Just breakfast time here.

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  10. Somebody told me recently that we have a National Nettle Day coming up! Perfect excuse to make this me thinks! Oh and that ice cream...heaven! Chel x

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  11. I love Ashley English - her other books are great, but I really am keen to get that pie one too :) You may have just convinced me...
    xoxo

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  12. I love my kitchen too, but it's not nearly as wholesome or busy as yours!

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  13. I really enjoyed your post, Jacqui, filled with lovely delicious looking food and drink, illustrated with your great photos, and even accompanied by some dancing music! xxxxx

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  14. Hi there, I have meant to comment on this a few times as I have read it a few times as it so great! I love seeing into your kitchen and hearing about all the things you have been up to. And a wee glass of something cold for the cook is always good!Jo xx

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  15. Your kitchen looks like a very lovely place!

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  16. I see a happy kitchen full of love, in all your photos...

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  17. Hi Jacqui, Sorry, I clicked on your email, but nothing happened. We are nipping over to Stornoway for a hospital appointment, and have only a few spare hrs shopping before having to be back at Leverburgh for the last ferry. We have a long shopping list! Do you know if any of the stores do school uniform? Thanks, Julie x

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    1. Hi Julie - haven't noticed any but best bet would be M & Co down in town, or possibly Sarwars as a long shot. I tend to use the school system or online like Direct Scoolwear or M&S online. Murdo Maclean's should have ties for everywhere. Hope your appointment goes well x

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  18. ok, thanks, someone said that the co-op did clothes. Well, if not, will have to stick to the internet then. It is nice to see stuff before you buy though. Is the toy shop still there, by the roundabout? The kids definately want to go there. xx

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    1. The co-op have a Peacocks in store, but they dont do school clothes. Lots of other nice stuff at the moment.
      yes the corners shop is still there.
      Couple of nice delis in town - The Good food boutique is my favuorite, and Wee W's is great now - so much cool stuff now.
      have fun in the city
      xx

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    2. Lol, Oh, that's great, looking forward to seeing real shops!! Thanks for the advice xx

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