Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Little Red Dot Singapore Sling and my Singapore Top 10

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Singapore. The little Red Dot. A virtual tour around my Top Ten must sees plus a recipe for a taste of colonial Singapore from a Gin Sling made with Tanqueray London Dry.




Singapore. The little red dot. It refers to how the nation is depicted on many maps of the world, a little red dot at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula. It lies one degree north of the equator and has increased its total size by 23% via land reclamation. The dot is getting bigger. I visited for the first time in August 2015 when the city state was celebrating 50 years of independence and I fell hook, line and sinker in love with everything about it. Fast forward 18 months and I was back again for a second visit. Before I started researching in advance of my trip, Raffles and a Singapore Sling was pretty much all I knew about, so they were high on my to do list. However there is so much to see, do and discover in this country of sharp contrasts and multiple cultures. In no particular order here are my Top Ten must sees.




Built entirely on reclaimed land, Gardens By The Bay houses both the amazing Flower and Cloud Dome Conservatories and the high tech Supertrees. The whole concept cleverly combines design, innovation, botany and a huge wow factor. In addition to the spectacular, there's a lot of technology happening within the 18 metal trees which are adorned with plants, generate electricity and act as vents for the turbines which heat the conservatories. A trip up the 22m high OCBC Skyway is an absolute must for sweeping views. Both conservatories are amazing but particularly impressive is the Cloud Dome which recreates a tropical climate complete with 35m mountain and waterfall. 


Museums 
On my first trip I only visited the ArtScience Museum which in typical Singaporean architectural style looks like a stylized lotus flower. This time I also managed to tick off the fascinating Chinatown Heritage Centre, Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Singapore City Gallery and the moving Changi Museum. All of them were amazing in their own ways, although my particular personal favourites were the Peranakan and Chinatown Heritage. You can easily spend a good half day in the larger museums and they provide a welcome air conditioned escape from rain and/or humidity.


Hawker Food
Singaporeans live to eat. It's practically their national sport. The melting pot of cultures and the fact that the majority of people really don't cook at home and eat out all the time means that the food scene is vibrant, mouth watering and 24/7. If you want to eat at Michelin starred restaurants that is most certainly an option but the true taste of Singapore can be found in the numerous Hawker Centres (or more upmarket shopping centre food courts) Here you can feast on a dazzling selection of amazingly cheap food that is literally prepared in front of your very eyes in tiny booths. Cuisine covers Chinese, Indian, Malay, Indonesian, Peranakan and more. Hainanese Chicken Rice would potentially be the national dish jostling alongside a Toast Set with Kopi. Hawker centres are not for the faint hearted with their raucos vibe. Be prepared to queue, share tables and be adventurous! Maxwell Road, Lau Pa Sat (for arcitechture and satay), Tekka Centre and the Chinatown Complex would be my top tips. 


Boat Trip
Departing from several points along the Singapore River a bumboat cruise provides a fantastic change of perspective on the city whether during the day or by night. In the evening it makes a great vantage point to view the light shows at Marina Bay Sands and Gardens on the Bay. An alternative quirky option is a Ducktour on an amphibious ex military vehicle which traverses both land and water. 


Shopping
Vying with eating for the top pastime is shopping. Orchard Road is the main shopping drag filled with dozens of interconnecting Mall's and department stores selling anything and everything you could ever wish for. Prices range from designer to discount. For quirky indie boutiques and gift shops head to Haji Lane in Little India. 


If Zoo's are your thing, Singapore has one of the best with more than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species. Animals roam freely in open a natural habitats. One of the biggest exhibits is the Orangutan habitat but for me the Sloths and Lemurs in the Fragile Forest was the highlight along with the Koalas.
For further animal encounters there is also a Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park.


Cookery Class
On my first trip to SG this was the first thing that I did on my very first day and was a fantastic introduction to both the city and it's food. You can read about my adventures at Food Playground where I made Nyonya Laksa, Deep Fried Spring Rolls and Kueh Dadar. This time I headed to a home cooking class at Cookery Magic where I made Char Kway Teow, Singapore Chilli Prawns and Onde Onde. Both very different experiences but highly recommended. 


Walking Tours
Singapore has a wealth of fascinating neighborhoods such as Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam and the Colonial District. On both my trips I signed up for walking tours with local guides via Original Singapore Walks and Urban Adventures. A fantastic way to get a wee bit off the beaten path, discover temples, wet markets, traditional shops, hidden gems and get a glimpse into everyday life. 

 

Singapore prides itself on its green spaces and Garden City status. The Botanic Gardens are a huge oasis of calm slap bang in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. It is absolutely huge - I may have got a wee bit lost! Don't miss the amazing Orchid Garden. 


Singapore Sling at Raffles
Last, but by no means least, we are back where we started with a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel. Thankfully I ticked this one off the list on my first trip as the Long Bar is currently closed as part of Raffles restoration programme (slated to reopen mid 2018) Here you can drink the world famous pink cocktail while tossing peanut shells onto the floor (the only place in Singapore where littering is permitted!) Rattan furniture and swaying fans complete the colonial look. 



After all that travel chat it must surely be time for a Cocktail. The Singapore Sling was first created in 1915 at Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. In colonial Singapore the Long Bar at Raffles was a popular gathering place and watering hole. Whilst the gentlemen sipped spirits, etiquette dictated that the ladies could not consume alcohol in public so had to stick to fruit juices and teas. Ngiam saw a gap in the market and created a cocktail that looked like a fruit juice, but was actually infused with gin and other liqueurs. Making it pink gave further social acceptability and the Singapore Sling was born. What exactly the original recipe was has been lost in the mists of time but here's my take on the Raffles classic using Tanqueray London Dry Gin as the base. For further sling-spiration head to thebar.com for their Singapore Sling and Perfect Singapore Sling Recipes.





Little Red Dot Singapore Sling
Makes one serving

25ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
25ml Cherry Brandy
15ml Lime Juice
10ml Grenadine
120ml Pineapple Juice
Ice
Splash of Soda Water
Pineapple Slice & Maracchino Cherry to garnish

Add Tanqueray London Dry Gin, cherry brandy, lime juice, grenadine and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes and shake until cold and frothy.
Strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes and top up with soda water.
Garnish with a wedge of fresh pineapple and add a 'little red dot' with a maraschino cherry.




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Friday, 19 May 2017

Fraserburgh Super Saturdays, Kinnaird Head Lighthouse and Glamping in a High Seas Hobbit

Sampling the best of Buchan at Fraserburgh Super Saturdays, sleeping in a Hobbit House at Down on the Farm Glamping in Rosehearty plus a visit to Kinnaird Head Lighthouse. 





I spent my childhood on a farm in The Back Isle only moving to Aberdeenshire when I went to University. Prior to that I made an annual pilgrimage to the area during the Easter holidays. Firstly to Aberdeen and latterly to Frasebrugh. My Mum's Aunt, Aunty Meg lived in Don Street in Aberdeen before moving to Scalloway Park in The Broch (the local name for Fraserburgh) and then to sheltered housing in Cross Street. My Mum along with my sister and I used to stay with her for a week each Easter. I remember those holidays as always being warm and sunny. There are certainly a selection of photos taken by my Mum on her Kodak Instamatic that would back that up. Happy days spent on the beach, eating ice creams, burying each other in the sand and riding ponies. All those nostalgic memories came to mind when I was contacted by Fraserburgh Super Saturdays and asked if I'd like to join them for their inaugural 2017 event and spend the weekend sampling the best of Buchan. How could I refuse?


Our weekend kicked off at Saplinbae Hotel near Mintlaw, but I'm going to save those adventures for a separate blog post so watch this space. Suffice to say we enjoyed fantastic hospitality and wonderful food which showcased the best local produce from the area. With full bellies from a substantial Buchan Breakfast we headed to the Broch for Super Saturday - Fraserburgh Celebrates. Organised by Fraserburgh Development Trust, Super Saturdays are family friendly themed community events celebrating all that is great about Fraserburgh. They take place in the town centre and feature a huge variety of stalls, entertainment, food and fun.

Dates for your diary for the remainder of 2017 are:
  • June 10th - International
  • July 8th - Get Fit Fraserburgh
  • Aug 12 - Fraserburgh Back to the Future
  • Sep 9 - Taste of Fraserburgh
  • Dec 8th & 9th - Frozen Fraserburgh (featuring an ice rink!)


We had a quick look around to get our bearings before it was time for the kids fancy dress competition which I was judging. Great effort from all (including one adult - you know who you are!) but there could only be one winner. Congratulations to the Broch Dragon! The event had plenty to keep the kids entertained with bouncy castles and the likes and the main attraction being a fee show from Artie's Tartan Tales which by all accounts went down a storm. My daughter's eyes popped out of her head when she spotted a Nutella Calzone at Basic Kneads. Theirs did likewise when she removed her jacket to reveal a Nutella hoodie!!! A match made in heaven. 


Time to properly explore the stalls and find out more about what Super Saturdays is all about. There was a great turnout of local suppliers selling everything from cupcakes and cheese to preserves and pies, fudge and fish. In addition to the food, there was also a really good selection of craft, charity and community stalls, over 40 in all. On top of the foodie goodies to take home there were also plenty of options to eat there and then. We enjoyed Paella, Pizza, Burgers, Coffee and Ice Cream. As well as a DJ, entertainment was provided from local drama, dance and singing groups - plus visitors from a galaxy far, far away... Myself and my daughter got roped in to trying out the belly dancing with the fantastic Tribal Mutiny. It is really hard work, but I'd totally be signing up for their classes if I lived closer. Such good fun! 


The local Rotary club did a sterling job manning the tasting gazebo dishing out samples from local shops and producers and cooking up tasters of wonderful fish dishes. We tried fish soup, Arbroath smokie risotto and fish fingers. All were amazing! I headed over to the fish stall to buy some Smokies and recreate the risotto but someone had clearly had the same idea and he'd just sold the last pair!

Super Saturdays is a great joint initiative from the local community, Aberdeenshire Council and Fraserburgh Development Trust to bring folk into the town centre. It's a challenge that many market towns face these days and it seems that local business in the Broch have also come on board as many were offering Super Saturday discounts and offers. The increased footfall in the area clearly means better trade for all so its a win win situation. Their ambitious plans for an Ice Rink at the December event are to be applauded and supported. 


Our Saturday night accommodation was in the 4 Bed High Seas Hobbit House at Down on the Farm in Rosehearty, 4 miles west of Fraserburgh. This was actually our third visit having stayed there in March 2013 and again in July 2013. Since our last stay there has been the addition of a 2 bed hobbit, a coastal carriage, a harvest hut and a 'teas and seas' tea room. Rosehearty is clearly Aberdeenshire's Glamping capital! We were welcomed by a fantastic hamper of produce from local suppliers. Bakery goods from Murdoch Allan and Websters Bakery, Eggs from Aberdeenshire Choice and Meats and Pies from I.J.McIntosh Butcher. What an absolute feast! 




We managed to fit in a couple of local Geocaches before returning to base camp to get a fire going and cook up some of our treats. New potatoes were wrapped in tinfoil and popped into the side of the fire to bake whilst we fried up sausages, burgers and kebabs. Picky Girl declared the Chicken and Mealie Burgers the best ever, I was smitten by the coleslaw and suffice to say that the Prime Steak, Cheese and Spring Onion burgers are deserving of their 'Best Burger in Scotland' accolade. Dessert was in cake form with a huge caramel topped and cream filled sponge from Websters Bakers for the little kids and Baileys Marshmallow Shots for the big kids.




The Baileys Marshmallow Shots caused a bit of a stir on my social media. Here's how to make them if you fancy giving them a try at your next BBQ or campfire.

For the ultimate Glamping Tipple... Carefully toast a marshmallow (the bigger the better!) allow to cool slightly then gently remove the outside layer to create an edible glass.
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www.foodiequine.co.uk The ultimate Glamping Tipple! Baileys in a Marshmallow Shot Glass.

Time to retire for the night in our cosy Hobbit House. If anything we were too cosy and certainly didn't need to use the fan heater. The Hobbit comes with all mod cons. Electricity, fridge, microwave and kettle plus crockery and cutlery. Outside there's a cupboard stocked with pots and pans, cooking utensils and everything you'll need to get a campfire burning. The 'facilities' are by means of an award winning Loo in a Whisky Barrel and there's even a shower. All you need to bring are sleeping bags, pillows, towels and a sense of adventure.


A long lie in on Sunday morning saw breakfast turn into brunch, and what a brunch it was! Sausages, tattie scones and fried eggs fae Strichen! There may even have been a cheeky burger. We all particularly loved the Mini Butteries from Murdoch Allan and I was delighted to see 'Mini Plate Scones'. These were a smaller version of what I remember my Grandma Corntown making which she called Girdle Scones. 



Time for a few more Geocaches on the road back to the Broch before a visit to Kinnaird Head Lighthouse. We'd missed the start of a tour up the lighthouse by 10 minutes so headed off to explore the museum which tells the tale not only of this particular lighthouse but that of the Northern Lighthouse Board, the engineers who built the lights and the keepers who tended them. I've always been fascinated by lighthouses - I blame Blue Peter who seemed to regularly visit them - and we've actually stayed in one of the cottages at Buchan Ness Lighthouse just a wee bit further south down the coast in Boddam. The museum gave a fantastic insight into the skill, courage and technical genius required to establish and keep the lights flashing.



As we headed outside to the Lighthouse we learned that it was Scotland's first - the leading light! In 1787, Kinnaird Head Lighthouse started off life as a giant lamp positioned on the roof of Kinnaird Castle. When structural problems began to appear, Robert Stevenson engineered a foundation, walls and a spiral staircase through the heart of the castle, completing construction in 1824. The sun was shining as we entered the lighthouse and climbed the spiral staircase to the top, stopping off to see the preserved keepers quarters enroute. However as we reached the top where there were amazing views, we could see the weather rolling in and by the time we made our way back down there was torrential rain and thunder and lightening! A rather soggy end to our trip as we retired to Stevenson’s Tea Room for a cuppa. A fascinating tour and only made me even more keen to find a lighthouse that I can spend the night in. I feel another edible Scottish adventure in the planning...


Disclosure: We were invited to Buchan as guests of Fraserburgh Super Saturdays. Thanks to Down On The Farm and The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses for their hospitality and to Murdoch Allan, Websters Bakery, Aberdeenshire Choice and I.J.McIntosh Butcher for our dinner and breakfast.
As always, all views expressed are my own.
Thanks to John Alexander Johnston for additional photography.



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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Spiced Cauliflower and Purple Potato Poutine

Post in collaboration with Iceland Foods


The combination of crispy purple potato chips and spicy cauliflower saturated with thick meaty gravy and topped with stringy mozzarella cheese results in a twist on Canadian Poutine which is comforting, colourful, moreish and satisfying.




I've been working with Iceland Foods for 14 months now and my eyes have really been opened to both the #PowerOfFrozen and the huge variety, quality and versatility of the products that they stock. If you've not yet ventured into your local Iceland, or you've not been recently then do give it try - I promise that you'll be surprised - in a good way. I've now created eleven recipes for Iceland with a variety of briefs from BBQ to Back to School, Vegan to Unconventional Christmas and Valentines to British Pie Week but the brief for May was the most exciting yet. A mystery goody bag of Iceland’s new and hero products! Just like Ready Steady Cook but thankfully I had more than 20 minutes and there was to be no Green Peppers and Red Tomatoes vote off at the end. Everyone's a winner with the #PowerOfFrozen 


I collected a couple of bags of frozen goodies from my local store at Aberdeen's Beach Retail Park. As soon as I was back at my car I tipped everything out into the boot and had a good old rummage - I was way too impatient to wait until I'd driven home to find out what was in my mystery bags. I was delighted to spot a couple of pack of Millies Cookie Dough. These are a big hit with both my kids and I've previously used them to make Ice Cream Cookiewiches. The rest of the contents were completely new to me and I was particularly keen to try out some of the 'Taste of Summer' range. We've now worked our way through the Sausage Skewers, Belgian Blue Beef Steaks, Dirty Wedges and Peri Peri Spatchcock Chicken. The latter of which my son declared as being better than Nandos. However the two products that really grabbed my attention were the Purple Potato Chips and the Spiced Cauliflower. These would be the basis of my Mystery Goody Bag Recipe, a twist on the classic comfort food that is Poutine. 


Poutine (pronounced putin) is a Canadian dish which we in the UK tend to think of as chips, cheese and gravy but its actually way more complex than that. The story goes that it was invented in the 1950's in in rural French speaking Quebec when a diner asked the chef to put cheese curds on top of his chips. The chef protested "Ça va faire une maudite poutine!" (It will make a damn mess!) but nonetheless he obliged and poutine was born. However the dish wasn't quite finished and the story goes that gravy was added to keep the chips warmer for longer. Whatever the truth behind their creation there's no denying that they are mighty fine. 


To be true to the Canadian recipe the cheese needs to be squeaky cheese curds however I've substituted with the more readily available Mozzarella. As for the gravy it should be a mix of of chicken and beef. My secret ingredient to pep up any gravy, whether it be homemade or my more usual granules, is a splash of Thai Fish Sauce. It really does work wonders. Of course if you'd like to keep this dish vegetarian feel free to substitute for a veggie friendly gravy. The combination of crispy purple potato chips and spicy cauliflower saturated with thick meaty gravy and topped with stringy mozzarella cheese results in a Poutine which is comforting, colourful, moreish and satisfying.


Spiced Cauliflower and Purple Potato Chips Poutine

150g Mozzarella Ball, torn into chunks
2 Tbsp Chicken Gravy Granules
2 Tbsp Beef Gravy Granules
1 tsp Thai Fish Sauce
(or substitute with a vegetarian gravy)

Preheat the oven to 200c
Remove outer packaging from the Spiced Cauliflower and pierce film lid several times.
Place foil tray on a baking sheet near the middle of the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove film from the cauliflower, stir well and turn up the oven temperature to 220c 
Tip the Purple Potato Chips onto a baking tray and place on the top shelf of the oven.
Cook the chips for 20 minutes, turning half way through cooking time.
Meanwhile make up the gravy granules with 300ml of boiling water, stir through the Thai fish sauce and keep warm.
Check to see that the chips and cauliflower are cooked. (For a perfect poutine the chips must be really crispy so they retain their crunch even after the gravy has been poured on top. So give them an extra 5 minutes if you think they need it.)
Arrange the chips and cauliflower in a pre-warmed ovenproof serving dish.
Scatter the torn Mozzarella on top and return to the oven for 5 minutes (or use a blowtorch/place under a preheated grill) until the cheese has melted and is beginning to turn golden around the edges.
Pour over the gravy and serve immediately.


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Monday, 8 May 2017

Edible Shetland Adventures - Unst, South Mainland and Northmavine

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Part 2 of our Edible Shetland Adventures with Northlink Ferries took us to Unst, St Ninian's Beach, South Mainland and Northmavine. Here we discovered Shetland Reel Gin, Puffins, Ponies, Frankie's Fish & Chips, The Scalloway Hotel, Honesty Boxes, Geocaches, Vikings and a Vintage Tearoom.






I've already shared the details of our journey to Shetland with Northlink Ferries, accommodation at Self Catering Shetland and our first day spent in Lerwick so now it's time to discover our adventures elsewhere on Scotland's most northerly Island archipelago. My friend Elizabeth - the UK's most Northerly food blogger at Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary provided us with a fantastic 4 day itinerary for our trip and Day 2 saw us rising early to head even further north to Unst - The Island Above all Others - which is the most northerly inhabited isle in the UK. This entailed a 45 minute drive from Lerwick to the Toft ferry terminal where we boarded the ferry quite literally as they were closing the doors! Then a 30 minute drive through Yell to board a second ferry to Unst. Along the way we managed to bag a few geocashes, breakfast at the Final Checkout Cafe, pay homage to the Unst Bus Shelter and visit Skidbladner viking ship and longhouse. All that before the main attraction of a visit to Shetland Reel Gin Distillery. 


Shetland Reel is produced in the most northerly distillery in the UK within what was the supplies building of the former RAF Saxa Vord site. Made in small batches in a 100 litre copper still it is a traditional style of Gin with some unique Shetland twists.  Apple Mint grown locally in poly tunnels is the key botanical the original recipe Shetland Reel Gin first produced in 2014. Since then there have been a number of seasonal and special editions added to the range. Ocean Scent using bladderwrack seaweed from the Shetland coastline, Up Helly Aa aged in ex-whisky casks and Holly Days with festive spice. Guided tasting are available from April to September for £10 a head and must be booked in advance. Thanks to Distillery Manager Mark Turnbull for squeezing us in when they weren't yet officially open for the season. Of course a souvenir of my visit was required and a bottle of Shetland Reel Ocean Scent has been added to by Gin shelf. They fact that the bottle matches my turquoise kitchen had absolutely nothing to do with my choice... #Slainte 


For lunch we headed to Victoria’s Vintage Tearoom which couldn't have been more up my street. Vintage combined with local produce is always going to be a winner. Three of us opted for their Crofters Platter of local lamb and salt beef, salad, coleslaw, hard boiled egg, pickled onion, skibhoul oatcake, Orkney cheese and homemade chutney. Perfectly washed down with a pot of tea served from a chintzy teapot.



The plan from here had been to head to Britain’s most northerly tip at Muckle Flugga however the weather was somewhat blustery and we feared being blown out into the ocean. Instead we headed to Norwick and Skaw for some beach and cliff exploring. Cobwebs blown away it was time to head back to mainland Shetland but not before a quick stop off at Britain's most northerly Post Office in Baltasound to send a Postcard to Granny. Two more ferry journeys (no charge heading south!) before we passed Sullom Voe, Europe’s largest oil processing plant enroute to the award winning Frankie’s Fish & Chips. I simply couldn't resist the mussels with blue cheese and bacon. Chippy chips to soak up the unctuous juices certainly beats skinny frites.






Day 3 saw us packing a picnic and heading to the South Mainland in search of Puffins - or Taamie Nories to give them their Shetland dialect name. A few more caches enroute, the excitement of finding our first trackable and a couple more familiar haunts of DI Perez before we reached St Ninian's beach. Here we walked over one of the finest tombolos in Europe to St Ninian’s Isle where we watched kite surfers, visited the chapel and picnicked in a sea cave. It really is a magical place with spectacular scenery which includes the somewhat spooky symmetrical sweeping beaches facing north and south.


Elizabeth had warned us that we were perhaps a couple of weeks too early for successful Puffin spotting however we crossed our fingers and headed further south to Sumburgh Head. To do this we had to drive across the runway at Sumburgh Airport - the only place in Europe beside Gibraltar you can do this! We were rewarded with the magical sight of Puffins on the cliffs which made a fantastic day out even more special. Not so special was my son getting bitten by a Shetland pony. His sister will never let him live that one down. 


For dinner we caught the bus to Scalloway (which was the Island's capital until 1708) to dine at the award winning Scalloway Hotel. Situated on the waterfront, the restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes - the first in Shetland to achieve this accolade. The seasonally changing menu showcases local produce, particularly fish, shellfish and lamb. We were dining in the restaurant but my daughter was delighted to be able to order macaroni cheese and sticky toffee pudding off the bar menu. My son on the other hand was totally up for the full fine dining option. They have a great Gin list so I kicked off proceedings with a Boe and Tonic whilst Foodie Loon went for a local beer from Lerwick Brewery.


To start with I opted for King Scallops, Lobster Ravioli, Tadka Dahl, Crispy Masala Shallot Rings, Raita. The subtle Indian touches combined fantastically well with the sweetness of the shellfish. Boy also went fishy with Salmon, Crab and Salmon Roulade, Shellfish Bisque, Crab Stick, Sea Herbs. Again an amazing flavour combination, especially the flavoursome bisque. Isle of Mull Cheddar Souffle and Chicken Liver Parfait completed our starter selection. The menu was small but perfectly formed with 4 each of starters, mains and deserts. In addition we enjoyed amuse bouche and sorbet courses. Moving on to the main event I was a wee bit disappointed not to see lamb on the menu but instead opted for more fish. Halibut, Oxtail, Cavalo Nero, Colcannon, Bordelaise. Foodie Loon went for a dry aged Ribeye which was cooked to perfection and served with Pomme Puree, Confit Garlic Onion Soubise and a Horseradish and Truffle Cream. Hand-cut chips to accompany were of course a must, although I'm not quite sure how many he got as we all dived in to try them. It was my son's dish of Pork Belly, Black Pudding Crumb, Roast Apple Puree, Pomme Anna, Sage & Cider Sauce that really had me drooling. Under duress he did allow me a couple of forkfulls and it was absolutely divine.



Somehow there's always room for dessert and whilst boy and girl tucked into Sticky Toffee Pudding and a perfectly cooked Chocolate Fondant, Chocolate Soil, Milk Chocolate & Praline Ice Cream the grown ups each selected three cheese from the seven on the cheese menu which were accompanied by homemade chutney and oatcakes. Along with a glass of red it was the perfect way to round off a sublime meal. 


Our final day in Shetland saw us packing up and checking out of Corbie before heading north to Northmavine and Eshaness Cliffs. It was fascinating to drive through the narrow Mavis Grind where you, allegedly, with a strong arm, could throw a stone from the North Sea to the Atlantic. At just 33 m wide, Vikings used to drag their boats across instead of sailing around the end of the island.We headed onwards to the dramatic cliffs and lighthouse at Eshaness where the plan had been to do a circular walk, however the inclement weather put paid to that idea so instead we did a bit of exploring taking in Stennes Beach and Johnnie Notions Bod before heading to Braewick Cafe for Sunday Lunch. Back in Lerwick we spent our final few hours in Shetland at the Museum and Mareel Cafe before boarding the NorthLink Ferry and the overnight sailing back to Aberdeen.



Suffice to say we thoroughly enjoyed our four day Edible Shetland Adventure and our taste of the Shetland Isles. We managed to cram a lot into a long weekend but really only scratched the surface of what is on offer. If you missed part one of our trip be sure to catch up at Edible Shetland Adventures with Northlink Ferries - Lerwick.

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Disclosure: We sailed, stayed and ate as guests of Northlink Ferries, Self Catering Shetland, The Scalloway Hotel and Visit Scotland. All other adventures were at our own cost. As always, all views expressed are my own. 
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