Pistachio and almond cake – and knitting my first jumper #50in50

Well, winter has returned with a  vengeance! We haven’t seen snow like this for years and as usual, everyone is totally unprepared and the country has shut down….  Although the garden looks very pretty, the Scottish weather may finally have got the better of our little olive tree The sprouts still look OK though…. One … More Pistachio and almond cake – and knitting my first jumper #50in50

Apricot and almond cake – and Irish jigs #50in50

The first musical instrument I learnt to play was the recorder. I think a group of us used to play recorders to accompany hymns in our primary school assembly. Listening to a group of small girls tooting and squeaking away must have been particularly delightful for our fellow pupils. Having said this, I heard a … More Apricot and almond cake – and Irish jigs #50in50

Carrot and orange loaf – and autumn in the garden

Autumn is undoubtedly my favourite season. I love the colours, the cold clear days, lighting the fire, layering up with jumpers and yes, the thoughts of getting ready for the festive season….. We’ve had some absolutely lovely days this week – pale blue skies, frosty mornings, still clear air, arrows of geese flying overhead. Most … More Carrot and orange loaf – and autumn in the garden

Easy apple cake

It seemed like a good day to harvest our cooking apples today – there are high winds forecast for early next week and I didn’t want to end up gathering them up from the ground once they are bashed and bruised. We haven’t got as many as usual this year, but instead they are all … More Easy apple cake