Saturday, 21 November 2015


Lately, I've been experimenting with sauces. Here are four favourites: (proportions to taste)

For stir fry or noodles, soy sauce with garlic, fresh ginger squeeze of honey and watered down with a bit of instant chicken stock. Shake and keep in a jamjar in the fridge.

For middle eastern foods and mezze: tahini paste watered down with lemon juice, water and garlic. This does a weird textural thing where it goes all white and thick when shaken, keep adding more water.

Barbecue sauce for meat: equal amounts of ketchup, worcester sauce, lemon juice, tabasco, melted butter. This is the Lady Bird Johnson sauce from my new texas cookbook. It seems like all the presidents wives had to post out recipes to enquirers! Feminist rant. Actually it looked like Lady Bird was a lot smarter than Lyndon anyway.

And a classic bechamel cheese sauce which I tried on gnocchi instead of pasta for a change.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Gnomic Chic

Spotted this lady shopping in Sainsburys. Sporting a giant bobble hat and plaid cape with armholes. A wonderfully eccentic look.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Seen from the Road

Seen from the road as I drove to Dundee for the weekend. This little Arts and Crafts church, ringed by conifers, in the busy suburb of Monifieth. The church was built in 1909 and looks like it should be in the depths of the country somewhere. Perhaps in 1909, it was.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Late Flowers

It has been a very mild Autumn. Personally I am hoping for a nice, snowy Winter. Anyway, there are still lots of beautiful flowers to enjoy. These lace top hydrangeas are in the small garden behind our flats.
Science fact: hydrangeas change colour according to the acidity of the soil. Nature's PH meter.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Mini Me

Not a very good colour on this, but this is a building I love. It is the Rannes Public Hall, in Kennethmont. Built in 1909 it is an almost exact replica of Leith Hall, at the end of the village. There seems to have been an urge for local landowners to create public buildings in the form of their own homes...
This mini-me always gives me a smile as I drive to the Hall though. An interesting Feature is the horizontal plank fixed to the roof. This is to stop a sudden load of snow dropping on people going through the door. The weather is very bad as you head up into the Aberdeenshire hills.