9 Mar 2013

March came in like a lamb

The crispest sunniest first day of March arrived like a lamb, and so hoping it won't leave like a lion.

Glorious sunny days, snow capped Cuillins, and blue sky reflections on becalmed lochs.

Enticed out by the sun, and keen to try out my new digital camera, the early days of March have been a photographer's dream.

Dancing snowdrops nestling in the straw coloured winter grass; the winding single track road that leads from our gate to the post box.

The vibrant white of our neighbour's byre, brought to life by the low rays of the morning sun.; the ice crazed puddles along the road.

It is indeed a wonderful world. 

11 Feb 2013

Chocolate Hearts for Valentines

It's still a busy time for us at Skye Fudge as everyone loves chocolates at this time of year!

Isle of Skye Chocolate, the other side of the business, has been making Valentine's Day boxed truffles for all true romantics amongst us.

We've been making red hot chilli hearts - solid deep dark velvety chocolate infused with chilli oil. And, romantic red raspberry with balsamic truffles - white chocolate folded into double cream, dipped in 70% dark chocolate and topped with freeze dried raspberries.  

But, for the serious chocoholic we decided to get creative with three hearts full of solid chocolate heaven. We made a large chocolate heart in intense dark chocolate, overlaid with  a white chocolate heart sprinkled with freeze dried raspberries, and finished with a solid milk chocolate heart. All wrapped in gold and red hearts cello, and ribboned with burgundy voile ribbon. Sure to win hearts.

23 Jan 2013

Winter warmer - thanks to Burns

Most of the east coast is laden with thick snow but here on Skye we have escaped the worst. Time to wrap up though;  thick socks, cosy boots, warm gloves, and scarf at the ready to see off the bitter cold that pinches my face in the wind.

How to avoid the winter blues? Well, this weekend I'm off to a Burns Supper at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye's Gaelic College, an inspirational place of learning within the University of the Highlands & Islands. Three trays of handmade Scottish tablet for the coffee, and some Talisker and Drambuie tablet for the tables will help ward off the winter chill.

Key speakers are Lesley Riddoch and Maxwell MacLeod, both highly respected journalists, offering an honest challenging and often humorous account of Scottish politics. With the 'Immortal Memory' from Lesley, a tongue in cheek 'Toast to the Union' from Maxwell followed by a 'Toast to Independence' by college lecturer Mark Wringe, it should prove an interesting and entertaining exchange!