Archive for July, 2011

July 5th, 2011

Strawberry Picking, Jam & Scones Category: Recipes

We spent a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon at Claremont Farm Pick Your Own with Elodie. I wasn’t sure if she would enjoy picking strawberries, but they are one of her favourites at the moment & when we mentioned a tractor ride she was rather excited about it!

She took to picking strawberries like a duck to water and had the biggest advantage – little legs so less bending down! Anthony was supervising the strawberries she picked for her basket & between us we quickly filled up two containers.

So, what do you do with 2kg of Strawberries? Jam was high on my list (as it has been on my To Make list for too long) but by the next morning I no longer had 2kg of fresh juicy strawberries I had 1kg & something left after everyone had been helping themselves. But I still had enough for 1/2 the amount!

The recipe I used was an Easy Strawberry Jam from the Womens Institute.  I am glad to say it worked & was relatively easy to make.  First of all I washed & prepared the strawberries

Then they sat in the pan for just over an hour with the jam sugar & some lemon juice

When the jam jars had been sterilised & drying in the oven I put the heat on & simmered away until the jam reached its setting point (it took me nearer 25 minutes to get to this stage rather than the 15-18 minutes the recipe mentions)

I misread the recipe & didn’t leave the fruit to stand for 15-20 minutes which is supposed to stop the fruit from rising in the jars.  But the fruit was no longer in big pieces so I guess it doesn’t matter! The jam was carefully spooned into the jars & the lids put on tightly.

However, the lid of the first jar didn’t stay on for long.  Elodie enjoyed warm jam sandwiches for lunch & I made some scones later in the day.

From field to scone in 24 hours.  Not too bad?!

July 2nd, 2011

Nanny’s Shop, Shieldaig Category: Reviews

Its that time again, when we have been on our annual holidays in the Highlands of Scotland except this year we ventured to the West Coast.

We spent a week in a really lovely holiday house in Annat which is just South of Torridon.  I will do another blog about our holiday but one of the highlights of our holiday was our quick visit to Nanny’s Shop. A fantastic little shop which was re-opened in 2008 by owners Lynn & Lisa.  The shop is quaint and stocks so many beautiful things. It also serves fresh coffee, fantastic cakes and you can even get some fresh smoked salmon (or order some fresh seafood for the next day if you get there in time).

The shop has a lot of history & I believe it is much unchanged from the previous owner, Nanny Grant, who had run the shop since 1950.  Before that her father (who built the shop in 1918) ran the shop when he had also been carrying on the family tradition.

It now attracts visitors from all over with its modern, chic interior and offers a really friendly service, quality gifts & fantastic food and all set in a beautiful location overlooking Loch Shieldaig. I mean, how lovely is this…

If you are in the area, we really would recommend a visit, a coffee and a cake!