The View From 57 Degrees North

July 18, 2012

in Food News

It’s been weeks since I posted here and during the intervening time we’ve moved from 36°N to 57°N, from Durham, North Carolina to Newport-on-Tay, Scotland.

The View from Our Bedroom Window The view from our bedroom window out over St Fort Estate


The view from up here is astonishing. As Rob says, “Don’t you just feel like you have to pinch yourself and check if this is real?”.

I do. I most certainly do.

Or, as the Scots say, Oh, aye.

Our Closest Neighbors Some of our closest neighbors are the suckling herd of Lincoln Red Heritage cows…


The Scots say lots of interesting things, actually. Like when we bought the car, the salesman said, I’ll just show you under the bonnet. He took out a key and opened up the hood, which was sweet, but I still had no idea what I was looking at.

Lincoln Reds …that includes Punch, the bull, and Missy, one of the moms


Or when I wanted a straight-up steak, nothing fancy, the butcher at Balgove Larder (an upscale shop on the estate where Wills lived when he first came to St Andrews) said, Can’t go wrong with the rump. The rump? Oh, aye.

There’s a beautiful sing-song way the Scots have a speaking. Without fail they open a conversation with Hiya! and finish it with Bye-eee! Even the cashier at Tesco’s (read: Target) or the attendant at the petrol (read: gas) station.

Our Cottage A view of our cottage, on left


They also take their time talking with you. They don’t rush. If you ask them something, they’ll do their earnest best to answer, perhaps finishing, in an apologetic way, I must dash. Bye-eee!

When it comes to food, there’s been lots to learn and investigate, lots of trial and error. In the coming weeks and months, I plan to show you what we’re cooking and eating. For now, we’ll still getting to know ingredients (like the berries that are so prevalent in Fife, the delicious free range eggs, cold water fish and grass-fed beef). When it comes to cooking, we’re relying on familiar recipes like grilled steak in a red wine vinegar marinade:

Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak

and grilled chicken (served with a salsa verde due to the lack of kumquats at 57°N):

Kumquat Cherry Grilled Chicken

and salt-broiled mackerel (not Spanish mackerel, but it cooks up the same):

Salt Broiled Spanish Mackerel

We’ve also been snacking on roasted cashews and hunting for almond butter and flax seeds to make almond butter power bars.

Stay tuned for some new recipes, interviews and reviews from the local food scene, and more fabulous pictures of bonny Scotland. Coming soon, I promise.


mary hadley berger July 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

Lovely! Keep the posts coming.

admin@threesquares July 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

Love your website, Mary! Congrats on the yoga business.

danielle July 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Are you kidding?
You made it to Scotland and living in the green grey wild. Hats off to you, Rob and Stella!
I haven’t been receiving the latest posts for some reason, but I will get better at checking in. I will try the steak in the coming weeks.

admin@threesquares July 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

The reason you haven’t been receiving the latest posts is because I took a long hiatus! Great to hear from you – I think of you all the time in the hot LA sun. It’s so different here, beautiful in its own way. More posts soon…

Chowstalker July 19, 2012 at 6:47 am

I wondered where you were! That is so exciting, and I would be pinching myself too. The Southern U.S. has some lovely landscape, but very few with moss covered rock fences! I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of recipes you create with the local ingredients. Congrats!!

admin@threesquares July 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

Great to hear from you, Patty! Stay tuned for more recipes shortly…

Danielle July 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Wow! Very cool move. I hope it is as amazing as it looks.

Shauna July 22, 2012 at 8:36 am

So glad to hear from you again. I figured you were on hiatus making the move over there. Man, what a beautiful place! Looking forward to all of your posts! Scotland has been on my short list after I got addicted to the Monarch of the Glen series!

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