News

I’m back!


The reason this blog has been so quiet over the last few months is that I’ve been kept busy with my impending marriage. Well I’m happy to report that on 20th October I was very proud to get married at Banchory Lodge Hotel in front of all our friends and family. It was a fantastic day, the hotel were superb. They’ve just finished doing a lot of refurbishment work and I don’t think they could have done anything better on the day. Top marks all round for the team at Banchory Lodge.

After the wedding we jetted off to New Zealand for a few weeks. Now we’re back and the jet lag is wearing off so I can start putting together some blog posts for the site. There’s definitely going to be a few New Zealand based ones going up in the next week and then after that I’m going to get fired into some new recipes and reviews again from home. Continue reading “I’m back!”

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News

A blogging birthday!


Mince and Skirlie is one year old this week! Happy birthday to us! It’s been a busy, eventful year full of great food, awesome drinks, good restaurants (and a few bad ones) and a lot of fun.

I love writing this blog but even more I love the fact that other people enjoy reading it.

Thanks to everyone who reads the recipes, reviews, thoughts and rubbish that I post and a special thanks to those of you that take the time to let me know what you think in the comments section!

Some stats for the first year:

There’s been 113 posts across 7 categories with 655 tags and 187 comments.

The blog’s had 9460 views with the busiest day being 530 views on August 8th (a massive, stumbleupon boosted record).

Average hits per day is 31.

The most popular recipe on the blog is for stovies.

Food and drink

Brrr! It’s a bit chilly for chilli


A foot and a half of snow! In November!?

We’ve had a remarkable week of weather featuring the heaviest November snowfall for 17 years, record low temperatures for the month and thunderstorms during snow showers. It’s bitterly cold and I spend most of the day clearing the snow off our driveway only for snow to return as soon as I go back inside. Even more annoying the snow plough comes along to clear the road and piles the snow across my nice cleared driveway. Then the pavement plough comes along and puts even more snow on the pile.


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Health and fitness, Thoughts

A tiring day with some mince and skirlie!


So today we were going to climb our first munro, Lochnagar. Unfortunately illness and very low cloud cover put paid to that so instead we opted for a couple of hours walking around Loch Muick instead.
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Food and drink

Burgers!


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It was my Dad’s birthday this week and with the forecast for the weekend being dry weather we headed down to their house for a barbecue.  I thought it would be nice to take some homemade burgers along so knocked up a batch this morning. 

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Food and drink

Mince, tatties and skirlie


Mince, tatties and skirlie

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This is one of those recipes that has come to define Scottish food over the years.  Perhaps unfairly considering the broad range of cuisine which is actually on offer here.  Aside from that when mince and tatties is done well it can be a brilliant meal.  Tender mince in a rich gravy, with the seasoned crunch of the skirlie and creamy mash to finish it off.

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