Sunday, August 28, 2016

Easter Anguston Farm, Scotland - Strawberry Picking & more..

A couple of years ago, on our way to Braemar, we passed by Easter Anguston (just after Peterculter) and saw a big sign for "Pick Your Own Strawberries". Since it is relatively close to Aberdeen, we decided to drop by and check out the place, Unfortunately there weren't any strawberries available that day, however we still had a great time exploring the place (there are nature trails you can follow), discovering wildlife and wetland as well as enjoy some time at the park and cafe. There are also some farm animals such as donkeys, alpaca, pig, Shetland pony, and rabbits to view here.

Lots of beautiful flowers here

Baby C, the Explorer

They look so little here :P

This trip, we went back hoping for strawberries, and to our delight, the strawberry tunnels were open and the fruits were ready for picking. We were a little late at arriving, so by the time we went around the tunnels, most of the strawberries were gone but we still managed to pick £2.10 worth of strawberries. Most importantly, the kids had lots of fun picking the berries and playing in the play park.

Baby Sumo goes strawberry picking too, with some help from Irn Bru :P


Crashing the Mad Hatter's party

Would you like to play a game of croquet with me?

Opening times: Monday to Sunday 10am–4pm

Location: Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter, AB14 0PJ, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. (off the A93 road to Banchory)

Tel: 44 (0)1224 212021

GPS Coordinates: 57.108539, -2.291539

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Recipe: Pan fried salmon fillet with new potatoes and grilled asparagus

Do you remember trying a dish and not liking it, and deciding never to try it again? A long time ago, I was served a dry piece of cooked salmon and from then, I decided cooked salmon was not for me. That however did not stop me from eating raw salmon (aka sashimi), in fact it is one of my favorite foods!

Hubby keeps convincing me to give cooked salmon another try, telling me how delicious it is if cooked right. And recently, I did and boy, he was right! We even cooked it several times during our holiday in Europe recently and enjoyed it every single time. A beautifully cooked piece of salmon should be cooked medium, which mean it will be slightly raw in the centre. Moist, buttery, tender but NEVER dry. Pan-frying it also gives it a lovely, crispy skin. Now I can gladly say that cooked salmon is AWESOME :)

BabySumoKids love it too!

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Pan fried salmon fillets with new potatoes and grilled asparagus
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

4  x salmon fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
Sea Salt

Baby new potatoes, washed (4-5 per person)
A pack of asparagus, ends trimmed

1.Remove salmon fillets from fridge 10 minutes before cooking. If you're serving your salmon with the skin on, make sure to remove the scales using a sharp knife. Clean and pat dry. Place salmon with skin side up on a plate, then rub 1 tbsp of oil over the skin. Season with generous amount of salt, this will help the skin to crisp up nicely.

2. Heat a large non-stick pan with oil over medium high heat. Once it is hot, add the salmon, skin side down. Use a spatula to press the fish down so that it cooks evenly. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until skin is crispy and the salmon is 3/4 cooked (from the side of the fillets, you can see the colour of the fillet changing).

3. Using a spatula, flip the fish over and cook for 1-2 minutes, until cooked through (ie from the side, the colour has changed completely). Serve with the potatoes and asparagus.

4. For the baby new potatoes, simply bring a pot of salted water to the boil, and cook for 15-20 minutes, according to packet instructions. Drain and serve.

5.  For the asparagus, spread evenly on a baking tray, then drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place under a hot grill for 5 minutes and cook until tender. Turn halfway through.

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