Staffordshire oatcakes

Dating back as early as the 15th century, and synonymous with the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent and…well…Staffordshire; Staffordshire oatcakes, where have you been all my life? When I think about oatcakes, I think of oatcakes…   Delicious, crunchy, oaty, and Scottish, somewhere between a biscuit and a cracker. So when I first heard about Staffordshire oatcakes […]


Carrot and ginger soup

Today it’s cold here in Shetland. Not -40 Celsius, frost bite kind of cold, but the drizzly half rain/half slush windy gray of January. In truth, the weather has probably been like this for the last few months, but during that time we’ve had festive excitement, Christmas lights, family gatherings and the cheer of the […]


Festive chestnut soup

Seven days until Christmas!! One week until we can sit around the tree with our loved ones, sip some mulled wine, light a cozy fire in the hearth, and spend the day enjoying the people that we love, all interspersed with delicious food! I like this part of the season. With seven days left, we’re […]


Creole peanut soup

I have a slightly shameful confession to make; I don’t like peanut butter. Having grown up in a nation of (for the most part) ardent peanut butter fanatics, people who would (and often do) eat the stuff straight from the jar, I’ve always felt like a little bit of a weirdo for my dislike of […]


Golden pea soup

I love the fall. Here in Shetland it’s called “hairst”, and it is most definitely upon us. I love the cozy feeling of being inside in front of the rayburn with a steaming cup of tea and a chunk of fresh bread while outside it’s gray and drizzly. I love the fuzzy knit wear and […]


Zucchini spelt fritters

I’m calling these zucchini spelt fritters and there’s nothing you can do about it!! (She cackles in fiendish etymological glee). Shetland has it’s own dialect. It’s mostly a mix of Scots, English, and an old Norse language called Norn. When we’re in Canada Buddy uses a toned down version of his normal accent in the […]


Cauliflower cashew cream soup

If you’re someone who reads about vegetarian or vegan cooking you will no doubt have heard about cashew cream. This is one of those things that I keep coming across in my recipe meanderings and which has always piqued my interest, and yet has invariably fallen onto the “must look into that one of these […]