Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 2 1/2 lemons 50g caster sugar 350ml water (still or sparkling) Cucumber slices, mint leaves and strawberries for garnishing Method: Cut one of the lemons into chunks and pop into a blender, add in the juice of the remaining 1 1/2 lemons, the sugar and 100m of still water. Blend well, until the lemon... Continue Reading →

Summery refreshments

Thankfully the beast from the east is a distant memory, but we have been enjoying at least one silver lining it left behind. The colder than average March meant that this year’s spring blossom has been condensed over a shorter time span - but has bloomed in absolutely amazing glory. The plum and crab apple... Continue Reading →

Gorse, glorious gorse

We have just completed another phase of drainage work at Lochaberfarm which is an essential part of the upkeep of the land, and will, we hope, provide a more fertile and productive area of land with which to farm.  I wrote back in March last year a post about the wonder of drains - which I have come to... Continue Reading →

Gorse Flower ice cream recipe

Here's the full recipe for Gorse flower ice cream, as mentioned in Saturday 19th May 2018 edition of the Dundee Courier. Ingredients 2 cups of gorseflowers 300ml of whole milk 300ml double cream 6 egg yolks 150g caster sugar Method Gently heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan. When warm, add the gorse... Continue Reading →

Sampling Fife’s seafood

Living in Fife we are able to take advantage of the most amazing langoustines landed on our bountiful coastline. A large percentage of those caught in Fife disappear overseas - but they are available to buy here. There really is nothing better than fresh langoustine, and although appearances may be deceiving, they are easier than... Continue Reading →

Easter weekend

Our Easter weekend started out, well kind of Easter-y... However, over the Easter weekend, we had found out about an upcoming sale on Easter Monday for store cattle (those that are sold on to a buyer for fattening up/finishing and selling on for meat). We had been thinking about moving our yearlings on for a few... Continue Reading →

What does organic mean for you?

I must have spent an inordinate amount of time in supermarkets in recent years debating the merits of organic versus non-organic products. However, when eating out it hasn’t been something I have considered at all. Until now... Organic served here We recently attended an event held by the soil association about the 'organic served here'... Continue Reading →

3 ways with Rhubarb

This unusual vegetable, which is commonly thought of as a fruit, is one of the first beauties to emerge in the Spring garden. The early or forced shoots are tender and sweet and are a delightful pale pink colour. There are many uses for it. Rhubarb and ricotta bread and butter pudding * Serves: 8... Continue Reading →

Nutrient rich nettles

Cooking with nettles is not something new, and I have heard about it frequently over the years. However, I’ve never tried them before. In part, because I’ve been unsure how and when to harvest these little stingers, and, since having kids, have made every attempt to steer everyone well clear of them. But…nothing ventured, nothing... Continue Reading →

A week of highs and lows

In a week when we breathed a sigh of relief that the snow had passed we have had a tumultuous time on the farm. We lost a sheep, and although the exact cause is unknown, it seems as though the test of the recent weather has taken its toll on our wee flock. A combination... Continue Reading →

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