Spring has sprung

With the fine weather at the weekend it finally feels like spring has arrived in Stonehaven. I recently upgraded my camera to a DSLR, so when the sun came out yesterday I spent some time wandering round the garden to get some pictures of spring.  This daffodil shot is the best of the bunch.

Daffodils

Instant noodles

One pack of instant noodles + frozen spinach + leftover chicken = win

A few days in Copenhagen

While the country (and Europe) were busy having a political fit and lurching to the polling station for a collective game of “who can elect the most racists to Europe?” we headed off to Copenhagen for a few days of rest and relaxation.

Now I realise that a bit of sunshine can hide a multitude of ills but Copenhagen is amazing. Just an utterly brilliant city. Beautiful buildings and parks full of friendly, welcoming residents who are more than happy to speak excellent English and not put up with visitor’s terrible Danish (didn’t help that despite being assured I could, I wasn’t able to roam onto 3 Denmark’s network so was without phone signal and unable to refer to the Danish phrases site I’d bookmarked on my phone). We spent a great 4 days walking through the city centre, enjoying wonderful food from Smørrebrød, a Danish open sandwich typically served with herring or other local fish, contemporary Italian food from the restaurant under our apartment, sushi, all the way to high-end Danish cuisine from Radio – a restaurant opened by some Noma alumni. Oh and a few Danish pastries as well! Read more A few days in Copenhagen

Scolty

Scolty

I’ve been making the most of the awesome spring weather over the last days and retrieved my road bike from the shed where it’s been hibernating for the last few months. I got home from work tonight and the car was still claiming a temperature of around 15 degrees in the sunshine so I jumped on the bike for a 14 mile loop round the back roads of Deeside. Normally if I take a picture of Banchory’s Scolty hill it’s from the top but cycling round the back roads gives you a great view from the west of the hill, especially when the sun’s shining in the early evening haze like it was tonight.

Stac Pollaidh

Stac Pollaidh

Post-run lunch

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

I was out for an 8 mile, hilly woodland run before lunch and when I got home I needed something quick, healthy and filling. I love my scrambled eggs just set; they shouldn’t be like rubber. A wee bit of parsley in the mix works really well too. Served with a pack of smoked salmon I had in the fridge for just such an occasion and the leftover end of some bread we had for tea last night. A brilliant quick lunch after an amazing run (beautiful day for it today).

Stumbling across some local honeycomb

On a long bike ride through sunny Deeside I happened to pass a house with a hand painted sign outside simply saying “For Sale Comb Honey”. Well you have to stop to check it out don’t you? I pulled up to the side of the house to find an elderly gentleman who keeps a few bees and when he has an excess of honey (didn’t happen for him last year but this year has been a bumper one apparently) he packages up a few sections of honeycomb and sells it for a fiver from his house. Read more Stumbling across some local honeycomb

Tom Kitchin’s Saffron Poached Monkfish

I haven’t sat down and looked through my recipe books for something nice to make for a wee while. Instead I’ve stuck to well-worn recipes I know in my head or referring to dishes I’ve already blogged in the past. Having a flex day to use up meant I had a bit of time to pick something a bit special to cook.

Browsing through the weighty tomes that lurk in my kitchen I ended up flicking through Tom Kitchin’s excellent Kitchin Suppers and this fantastic looking poached monkfish dish with saffron , broad beans and peas. A special looking dinner that happens to be healthy? Perfect. Read more Tom Kitchin’s Saffron Poached Monkfish

Tenerife

We were on holiday in Tenerife last week. It’s the first time I’ve been to the island and I was struck by one thing when there. Eating out on the island is almost entirely an awful experience, at least for the first two days Read more Tenerife

Queen’s Well from Mount Keen