Strawberry Jam, three ways

HarvestWe’re long-term lovers of raspberry jam in this house, and while we were living in Belfast, we always had a jar from Wee Buns on hand (find Mary Anne Mackle’s jam and other delicious treats at the St. George’s Market each Saturday!). For my fellow raspberry jam lovers, I know you’re probably thinking that strawberry jam is the stuff of individual plastic packets sitting beside hotel toasters – over-set, lacking in the brightness that fresh strawberries bring and always a sad compensation for the dry scone you’re about to smear with it. I get it. I was the same.

However, we have strawberries galore in Scotland, and I was excited about finding a way to turn our harvest into something great. Continue reading “Strawberry Jam, three ways”

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Scottish Strawberries, and a Roasted Rhubarb Galette

Strawberries We moved to Scotland in early June, and I couldn’t wait for strawberry season to arrive. Scottish strawberries seem to fill the shelves in the UK for weeks on end each summer, and now I was getting a chance to see what all the fuss was about.

I wanted more than a few juicy gems in our morning cereal, though (even if this is still my favorite way to enjoy the freshest strawberries).

So, two sunny July weekends in a row, we went out to Craigie’s Farm, just outside of Edinburgh. I had done a quick scan of pick your own farms in Scotland and was surprised, pleasantly, to find that there were a few within an easy drive from the city. We chose Craigie’s for our first trip so that some of our friends (and their children) could join without making it a full day’s commitment.

Craigie's fields Continue reading “Scottish Strawberries, and a Roasted Rhubarb Galette”

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted tomato soupIt’s August, so let’s talk about tomato soup.

I don’t usually go for tomato soup, and frankly, it seems misplaced in the summer. Summertime is for enjoying all the fresh beauty that tomatoes bring for a surprisingly short season each year. Give me a ripe tomato with a sprinkle of crunchy salt (maybe a few ribbons of basil), and I’m sold. Tomato soup seems reminiscent of sad winter lunches trying to be something else, and they rarely catch my eye.

Which is why I have been hanging onto this recipe for years. Continue reading “Roasted Tomato Soup”

Red Lentil and Lemon Soup

This is the kind of meal I could eat every week.Red Lentil with onionsFor such a flavorful soup, I would have anticipated a more elaborate ingredient list, but the spices – turmeric, cumin and yellow mustard seed – pull their weight beautifully. Finished with as much lemon as you desire to brighten the whole dish up, this soup had all the elements of being deeply satisfying and crisp and clean. A true Friday Night winner. Continue reading “Red Lentil and Lemon Soup”