Monday, 27 May 2013

Feel it's time to try and post a few recipes. While walking MacDuff it's always fun to forage for free and at this time of the year before the onslaught of house guests I usually have time to make a few jars of Pesto which I make from Wild Garlic locally found and abundantly available at this time of the year.
Most people think of Pesto as being ground up basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil which I guess are the traditional ingredients. However Pesto just means to crush or pound.

Ingredients :-
100g  Wild garlic leaves
50g     Chives
50g      Pine-nuts, walnuts or blanched almonds
50 - 60g  Parmesan or any hard cheese with a bit of a bite
200 ml    Olive oil or rapeseed 
Season with salt and sugar about 1/4 tsp-1/2 tsp each respectively.
Pick over the wild garlic leaves taking out blades of grass or other weeds. If necessary wash but then dry thoroughly 
Place all your ingredients in a food processor and blitz.
Put into clean sterilized jars making sure there are no air bubbles.
Cover with oil to help prolong its shelf life.
Serve with crusty fresh bread and enjoy.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

 A Trip to Glen Etive

After a busy week entertaining friends and new visitors to Roineabhal. we managed to sneak a visit to Glencoe, Glen Etive and Glen Orchy. So sharing a taste of what we experienced on this wet but very eventful afternoon. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.