A Summer Fruits Picnic Cake

Summer Fruits Cake

Sun, sea, sand and a summer fruits loaded picnic cake! It's really not been much of a summer to speak of, here in Shetland. Saying that, I don't think the UK mainland has been particularly blessed with an abundance of rays this season either. We've had a couple of good weekends - see our camping adventures at the Nesbister Bod and that glorious day I went kayaking in Ronas Voe - and then gales and Autumn weather descended on us like a ...

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Recipes

Cherry & Almond Crumble Cake Squares

Cherry & Almond Crumble Cake Squares

Think bakewell tart, but better. Rainy days mean baking days, no? Our car has been sitting in the car park at our local garage waiting to be looked at for over a week now - the little circle on the dashboard with the exclamation point is staying illuminated while driving and the last time I ...

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Broad Bean & Courgette Soup with Gouda

Broad Bean & Courgette Soup with Gouda

A delicious creamy green soup showcasing the humble broad bean! The first time I'd ever tried broad beans was in a Moroccan inspired chicken tagine recipe some years ago. The only broad beans I could find at the time were frozen ones - and they were awful; tough, rubbery, inedible. These ...

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Crafts

Fair Isle Stairs by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary

DIY Hand Painted Fair Isle Stair Renovation

Breathing new life into an old set of stairs in collaboration with Wayfair. This Spring I had the pleasure of traveling the length of breadth of my Shetland Islands home for a magazine feature I was researching for 60 North, a quarterly magazine celebrating all that is Shetland. I was on the Shetland Craft Trail, a collection of artists and craft makers around the islands. You can download ...

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Adventures

North Ham, Muckle Roe, Shetland

The Hams of Muckle Roe

Hams of Muckle Roe: old Norse for havens (or harbours) of the big red island. I lost the entire month of July to working full time and then August seems to have flown by. The winter weather is going to be starting up again soon, confining us indoors again. This last week has given us some ...

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Culswick Broch, Shetland

The Broch of Culswick and my 100th Geocache

The Iron Age in Europe occurred between 1200 BCE - 1 BCE.  I've rekindled my geocaching bug - well, my friend Julia's rekindled my geocaching bug. In 2010 a crafty friend of mine (Julia - who blogs over at Jaydee's Ramblings) introduced me to the wonderful world of geocaching. For those of ...

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Nesbister bod, Whiteness, Shetland

A Weekend at the Böd of Nesbister

No electricity, no wifi - 48 wonderful disconnected hours. After our unfortunate attempt at camping on the top of Rona's Hill, Shetland's highest hill, for the Simmer Dim (summer solstice), my family (ie: my husband!) inwardly groaned when I suggested we go camping again, this time for the ...

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