10 Recipes using Local Produce #ShopLocal

Tomato Tart with Nut and Seed Crust

Local is a subjective term. Where ever you happen to live would definitely be considered local, but how wide this local circumference extends depends on your geography. I live on a remote island in the middle of the North Sea, 80 miles from tip to tip and 35 miles wide. I consider everything in this island group local, whereas to folk living south local might only mean three miles down the road while 80 miles is forever away. This Shop Local food ...

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Shetland beef and ale slow cooker pie

Shetland Beef & Valhalla Ale Slow Cooker Pie

I am a meat eater and I am not afraid to admit it. The media is filled with horror stories of animals being loaded, terrified and ill-treated, onto trucks and hurried through the abattoir process to meet targets. Animals are dying in crates before even making their destination, and lets not even ...

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Chunky Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole

It took me a very long time to appreciate the awesomeness that is the humble avocado. I wasn't introduced to the fruit until I was well into my twenties, I am sure, and my first response to it, served on its own, was blergh! I persevered though, and I began my love affair with the avocado by ...

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DIY Maskquerade mask

DIY Masquerade Masks

I am a hoarder of little things. Bits of ribbon on boxes of chocolates, uncrumpled pieces of gift wrap, buttons, sequins, oh just about anything that could possibly be upcycled into something else instead of getting chucked in the bin. I have a writing bureau with ten drawers, each filled with themed scraps: there's the Things That Stick Things Together drawer (tapes, glues, paper clips, etc), the ...

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Unst Storm Force 9

V is for… Valhalla

a place of honour, glory, or happiness : heaven I spent nearly three hours in Valhalla earlier this week. True story. This week I have been travelling the length and breadth of my island home seeking out foodie stories and photographs for a local magazine piece I am writing. I found myself ...

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Up Helly Aa

U is for… Up Helly Aa

It took me awhile to come up with a photograph for this week's Alphabet Photography Project by Charly over at PodCast. This week the letter is U. My photo was nearly "unusual" a photograph I snapped on my iPhone the other day while leaving a taster session at Hay's Dock cafe restaurant for their ...

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Robert de Bruce Sculpture, Bannockburn

S is for… Sculpture

Look at the detail in this sculpture, isn't it stunning? This is the sculpture of Robert de Bruce located in Bannockburn, Scotland. It's been there since 1964 when the Queen unveiled it for the 650th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Sculptor Charles d’Orville Pilkington ...

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