The Glengoyne Way

While I hunt for the perfect a graduate job, I’m working part time at a beautiful country house hotel near my house. For those of you that don’t know, I live somewhere rather pretty (when the heavens haven’t opened).

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Don’t worry guys, there’s some weather coming in from the right. And on reflection, the left too. Essentially though, I’m pretty lucky to be sitting in my living room looking out upon the loch. And with work just around the corner, we get quite a lot of holiday-makers looking to sample Scottish life. Since Scottish life can be summed up with a walk in the rain and a wee dram by the fire, there’s a pretty high demand for whiskey. Luckily for me, this translated to a trip to a local distillery to sample products!

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It’s been a while…

It’s been about a thousand years since I last did anything with this blog.

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Originally I stopped because I had very little time between my final year of University and a job that took up my weekend! Of course, I probably could have found time but it just never happened. Now I’m all finished I’ve decided it’s time to get back into the blogosphere, if you will.

Quite a lot has changed since I graduated University. I’ve joined the ranks of ex-students everywhere and am looking for an exciting and fulfilling any grad job going. Here’s a shot of me looking super keen at graduation. I don’t look this enthusiastic now.

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Victory Day in Volgograd, Russia (Picture heavy!)

 

To say that this post is overdue would be a massive understatement. Victory Day in Russia is the 9th of May, meaning that I am more than three months behind schedule. No worries though, I obviously spent the last three months being too busy to do anything like blog, right? Right? Not really. I just never got round to it! A slight change to recent posts, today! No baking, nothing edible (we are still working our way through a certain cheesecake…) but lots of photographs of quite possibly the most patriotic of all Russian days.

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Neapolitan Cheesecake Recipe

This one has taken a few days of planning. I’ve only made a few cheesecakes before, and while they were delicious, they weren’t anything special to look at. I wanted to make a layered cheesecake, but I wasn’t sure how to keep the layers separate from one anther. I also wasn’t too sure how I would balance out the consistencies – for example, the strawberry layer had added blended strawberries making it wetter, and the chocolate layer had added cocoa powder, making it much firmer. It took a while to come up with some really simple solutions. There’s no trouble afoot here!

Meet the team:

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Caramelised Red Onion and Cheddar Loaf

I arrived home from Russia a while ago now, and I haven’t posted for months on the ol’ blog. There’s a lot I should have posted, and I plan on doing it… promise!

I’ve been baking up a storm, much to the distress of those around me. I’ve been making all sorts, and I’ll post recipes once I’ve practised them a little more!

Today I want to let you in on a little secret. I love bread. You’d be forgiven for pointing out that this is no secret. In fact, there’s only one thing I dislike about bread – it just doesn’t last. One loaf is never enough, and that is definitely true for this caramelised red onion and cheddar loaf!

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Sochi!

Ellie and I recently made our way down to Sochi with some of our friends. Because we can’t make anything simple, we had some slight travelling issues, but we made it!

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Now, apparently, I have made quite a name for myself as an absolute fool because many people took the time to tell me that the Olympics have in fact already come to an end. Thanks guys.

Despite not seeing as many events as we’d hoped (hah), we had an absolutely amazing time! We spent an equal amount of time travelling and actually there, but it was well worth it.

On the first night, we went to a lovely restaurant for our latest food obsession, хачапури. If you aren’t familiar with this Georgian bready, cheesy goodness, I suggest you get yourself down to your local Georgian restaurant ASAP and sample as much of it as possible! We ordered so much that we had to take it home with us. It was a real shame.

The next day, we were up bright and early to go up the mountain. We got the train to Красная Поляна and were met by glorious sunshine and beautiful scenery. Image

(After getting a bit weird on the train, of course)

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Of course, it wasn’t just on the train that we got a little weird!

The mountains were absolutely stunning, and I got a little snap happy. Image

I know what you’re thinking, snap happy? You? Are you sure?

It’s true.

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How can I resist when it’s this beautiful?!

The next day we went to an amazing market by the station. Of course I sampled most things on offer, and ended up purchasing quite a bit of cheese. I’m not really a cheese fan. I’m also relatively allergic, but I do love a good deal!

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For some reason, I only took photos of things I didn’t buy. Clever girl!

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Except him. I did buy him.

Next, we made our way down to the harbour and found ourselves on a charming little boat.

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Isn’t Sochi splendid??

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All in all, the weekend was absolutely incredible. We had a wonderful meal after the boat trip before getting on a train to face reality, but it really does deserve a post of it’s own! So, keep your eyes peeled for that, as well as something about Victory Day! (Blogging backlog, it’s a hard life really.)

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