My regular readers will be aware that I participate in quite a few monthly food blogging challenges. These challenges provide a great opportunity to experiment with ingredients, encourage creativity and broaden ones food horizons. They sometimes introduce me to ingredients (and people) I never otherwise would have encountered, like today.
Shetland Cheese Ltd is the UK’s most Northerly producer of cheese. Established in 2009, they are located in a former smokehouse on the west side of Shetland, a remote archipelago located in the North Sea midway between Norway, Iceland and the mainland of Scotland; closer to the Arctic Circle than to London.
St. Ninian’s is the site of one of Shetland’s many perfect beaches and it is one of our favourite family escapes. The beach is the largest active tombolo in the UK connecting the mainland of Shetland, a remote archipelago in the North Sea, to St. Ninian’s Isle, a now uninhabited island.
Great Britain is in the grip of a heatwave. With temperatures on the mainland soaring to over 30 degrees Celsius Shetlanders (well, my friends anyway) are flocking south in their droves to go soak up some summer rays. Our family, on the other hand, hid from the sun, and travelled north for our summer holiday …
The burnt bread pictured above is the result of this month’s Random Recipes #29 food blogging challenge.
When I woke yesterday it was cold, windy, raining and dreary day in Shetland. Warming comfort food would be required for the evening meal, so I popped a shoulder of locally reared Shetland lamb into the slow cooker with some Moroccan style seasonings.
There are very few trees on Shetland.
If the news is to be believed, the UK mainland is experiencing what can only be described as a real life portrayal of the film The Day After Tomorrow with snow, freezing temperatures and general all around unpleasantness of the cold variety.
This week is Farmhouse Breakfast Week, “an annual celebration championing the importance of breakfast which aims to get the nation to Shake Up Their Wake Up!” It is designed to raise awareness of the importance of breakfast and to encourage people to regularly eat a healthy breakfast.
The OH has decided that we should spend quality time together as family by scheduling in a family walk every Sunday. As a child growing up in Norway he was dragged out, reluctantly (he says), every Sunday and he thinks it’ll do the children good to have the same experience.