Grandma’s elderflower wine

Jessie Sclater, my grandma, and her sisters, “the aunties o Kebro”, were all very competent women: working on the farm, managing the house, baking, cooking, brewing and, in grandma’s case, making elderflower wine. Nothing evokes the long, light, summer days of my Orkney childhood like the fragrant, sparkling taste of grandma’s elderflower wine. Food and  |  more…

Clapshot

What will you be eating with your haggis on St Andrews Day? It’s clapshot for me. Clapshot is an Orkney dish which is delicious and easy to make. Here, exclusively, is my mother’s recipe: Take 1lb tatties (potatoes) and ┬żlb neep (swede), or 500g of tatties and 375g of neep if you are metric. Peel  |  more…