Ode to an Outlander Living in Canada

I'm sure Outlander's Head Cook Mrs Fitzgibbons would be impressed by my homemade Pigeon Rolls and Scotch Eggs! Around this time of year, just before Rabbie Burns Day on January 25th, I tend to think about hearty Scottish fare. Possibly that's because it's usually still cold at this time of year but more likely its… Continue reading Ode to an Outlander Living in Canada


Christmas Croquettes

Getting ready for the Christmas feast tomorrow! This is a great recipe if you want to use up leftover mash potato but I made a huge pot of mash potato today on purpose so that I could have a go at making croquettes ahead of time for Christmas dinner tomorrow. For the regular mash potato… Continue reading Christmas Croquettes


Mulled Cider with Fireball Whisky

Time to warm up with some Festive Cheer! Oh the weather outside may be frightful ... but the festive cocktails inside can be quite delightful!  Who doesn't want to warm themselves up with some festive cheer? There are so many festive cocktails to be had.  Last year I made a different cocktail pretty much every… Continue reading Mulled Cider with Fireball Whisky


Festive Cranberry Gin & Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Time to bottle my Festive Cranberry Gin Liqueur! I love making liqueurs and regularly have a batch or two of different flavours on the go!  For Christmas time I like to make Cranberry Gin Liqueur.  It's really simple to make and so delicious. I made this batch on Halloween and put it away for two… Continue reading Festive Cranberry Gin & Spicy Cranberry Sauce


Christmas Orange Pomanders

Our Christmas Kitty Roxi eyeing up my pomanders! Today I find myself reminiscing about Christmas Past. As a young kid growing up in the 1970's, besides seeing what Santa had brought us, we used to love checking out our Christmas stockings. Back in those days, we didn't have the fancy stockings you see in the… Continue reading Christmas Orange Pomanders


The Winter Solstice & The Green Man

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE! Today (Tuesday, December 21st, 2021) is the Winter Solstice which means it's the shortest day of the year and from this point on, the daylight hours begin growing longer again. In ancient times, people worshiped the Solstice, marking the symbolic death and rebirth of the sun. I don't know about you, but… Continue reading The Winter Solstice & The Green Man


The Night Before Christmas

"The Night Before Christmas" by Val McDowall (nee Duncan), 1982 "Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouseThe stockings were hung by the chimney with careIn the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there …" I think most people would recognize the start of… Continue reading The Night Before Christmas