Glossy bars of crinkled dark chocolate with flecks of puffed grain, and red and black dried fruit within it

Popped spelt chocolate bars

Yesterday morning I was experimenting with popping grains again -I go through phases of attempting to pop all of those leftover bits of grain in bags at the back of the cupboard- and ended up with some glorious popped spelt! Spelt is a lovely grain and, as evident by its inclusion in oodles of my […]


Cold-risen spelt bread

Today’s post is one that I’ve been particularly excited about as it involves Sourdough!! I absolutely love sourdough. I love the texture and the flavour of the bread, but equally I love the lore and traditions involved, and the care and…well…love, that sourdough bakers put into their bread. With care a sourdough starter can live […]


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 […]


Spelt apple carrot muffins

It is a beautiful morning here in Shetland. The sun is shining, the hills are glittering white with frost. The air is clear and the blue sky is streaked with wisps of feathery clouds. A magnificent morning to start the week, and what better to accompany such a lovely Monday but some beautiful spelt apple […]


Squash and rye gingerbread

Well, I’ve saved the best for last. This will be my last post before Christmas, and the piece de resistance of my Christmas recipes? Squash and rye gingerbread. Gingerbread is glorious and has traditionally been associated with Christmas in one form or another in many cultures, particularly in Europe and Scandinavia. Some historians think it […]



I first heard about toad-in-the-hole from my beautiful cousin, Daisy. She’s a stylish Londoner with an incredible, vibrant London life which she embraces and enjoys fully. I love seeing the pictures of all of her glamorous goings-on on Facebook, and truly admire her obvious joie-de-vie. She moved to Vancouver for a year a few years […]


Cinnamon raisin spelt buns

This week I’ve been thinking about happiness. It’s a bit of a stressful time at the moment at casa del Leask. There’s a load of stuff going on in our lives, and it’s easy to spend all of my time worrying and over thinking every thing. This mind set is a habit of a lifetime, […]


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 […]