Monday, 27 July 2015

July Mailer - Summer Stock Up

It may not look like it, but it is actually summer! When the sun comes out, what better treat is there than some delicious ice-cream. We have great deals on ice cream that you can sit in and eat, or you can pick up one of the three flavours we have in the grocery store. All of which are made for us by Rizzas of Huntly using local ingredients including Scottish berries which are in season just now.

Diane, one of our cooks, is known as being the Queen of Soups and she makes the most amazing soups using fresh ingredients. Below is a recipe for Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash soup with all of the ingredients available in our shop.

Sweat 2 diced butternut squash & 1 kg sweet potato with 3 cloves garlic & 1 chopped red chilli (optional) in a drop of veg oil. Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika (optional) and cook for a minute, stirring to blend the flavours.

Add water to cover and simmer till the vegetables are soft. Add a tablespoon of wholegrain mustard, 2oz of grated parmesan cheese and a tablespoon of vegetable bullion. Blend till smooth. Stir in a “glug” of cream and serve hot.

Soup is perfectly accompanied by some Mitchells oatcakes!!!

The UK bee population is in decline and it is getting harder to get locally sourced honey these days, but we have our hands on a few jars so grab them before they have disappeared. Local honey has lots of health benefits including prevention of hayfever. Although it isn't scientifically proven, it seems to work for lots of people. And, it goes really well with our handmade oatcakes! Which are made from Aberdeenshire grown oats which also have fantastic health benefits!

Summer salads are in season, and salads are never complete without a bit of dressing expecially when it is made by Little Doone which we have a wide range of in store. They make fabulous dressings for salads - just mix with a little oil. Balsamic vinegar is also great drizzled over strawberries. We also stock Ola and Mackintosh of Glendaveny rapeseed oils and local salad leaves which are all available in our shop.

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