Monday, 27 June 2011

Views of Edinburgh.....

I am very fortunate to have lived in Edinburgh.  It's a city I fell in love immediately. 

One of my favourite quirky things is the old police boxes that are no longer in use that are dotted around around the city (though one or two are used as coffee bars).  This particular one sits on the infamous Princes Street in the heart of the city.

One of my other favourite things about Edinburgh is it's seedy back streets and alleys, lending itself to become a fabulous backdrop for photography.  This is a little shaky as it was taken as we were driving, but I still love it........


Sunday, 26 June 2011


Just had to share with you this stunning view I saw on St Andrews beach the other evening as the (rare) sun was disappearing...........


Monday, 13 June 2011

Almond, Lemon and Cranberry Biscotti

delicious biscotti is so easy to make, reasonably healthy and perfect for dunking in a mug of fresh coffee!

1 large egg 
3 oz soft light brown sugar
5oz plain flour 
1 teaspoon of baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 
zest of 1 lemon
2oz nuts (almonds, unsalted pistachios, hazelnuts)
2oz dried cranberries

Pre- heat oven to Gas 4 / 180 degrees C 

Lightly toast your nuts *sniggers*

Whisk the sugar and egg together until a creamy consistency and leaves a trail.

Sieve in baking powder, nutmeg and flour.  Add lemon zest and fold in with a metal spoon.

Mix in almonds and cranberries.

Dust hands and surface with flour and make into a long sausage shape, flatten a little.  Place on a greased  baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. 

Remove from the oven, leave to cool for 3-4 minutes.

Slice into 1 inch pieces and place back on the baking tray.  Bake for a further 10 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.