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I was delighted to welcome Lindsay from Home Cook School to Balkissock on Thursday. She came to give a private cooking lesson for myself and a B&B guest and just look how wonderful the end result was.

Scottish cranachan

Using local ingredients such as beetroot from Lindsay’s own garden, Pieroni’s hot smoked salmon and Ayrshire bacon coupled with Glen Moray whisky, Macsween Haggis and Scottish pinhead oatmeal the meal was a wonderful mix of traditional Scottish with a modern twist.

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If you live in Ayrshire and want to find out more about cooking in your own home or in Lindsay’s home in Maybole then please check out her website for details. Lindsay also does a range of other tasty dishes.

hot smoked salmon

If you’d like to couple a cooking lesson with a short break at Balkissock Lodge B&B then email me for details. Lessons can be taught for guests here at Balkissock Lodge for up to four people.

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge B&B

Why not book yourself a lovely short break and learn how to cook something this lovely too?

(c) 2017 All rights reserved

 

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I first applied for the information for the Healthy Eating Award over a year ago. When it arrived, I was pleased to find that I met all of the criteria other than blogging about my healthy food…hundreds of mouthwatering pictures don’t cut the mustard apparently 🤣

healthy breakfast clean eating
You’ll find a selection of fruit, fruit juice and natural (fat free) yoghurt on the side table. Full fat options are also available.

cooked breakfast
All meat is either grilled or oven baked and you have the option of fried, poached or scrambled egg.

If you advise me when you book, I can cater for vegetarian, vegan and most specific dietary restrictions.

Depending upon season and/or local availability I also offer asparagus and avocado with eggs.

home baked bread

My Homemade bread recipe is made without salt but does still contain a good spoon full of Demerara sugar (seen above with vegan banana buns).

home made preserves

Homemade preserves and lemon curd may be full of sugar but they don’t contain all the preservatives and E numbers that you’ll find in shop bought varieties.

Please let me know what healthy options you like too.

Cordelia

If you want to sample the menu just click here!!

RECIPES:

Home made bread recipe

Lemon curd recipe

Vegan banana cake recipe

Tomato chutney recipe

Blueberry pancake recipe

Three fruit marmalade recipe

Easy cupcake recipe

Empire biscuit recipe

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I was expecting guests today one of which is vegan. I always bake bread for guests for their breakfast and try to make home-made cake or biscuits for when they arrive but although I’ve made countless vegetarian dishes, vegan cake was a completely new experience for me.

Vegan banana cake
I researched a few recipes and decided to base my recipe on this one that I found on the internet.

Vegan Banana Cake Recipe:

Makes 8-10 small buns or 6-8 large muffins

Ingredients:

  • 150g  Self Raising (SR) Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g) of salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) cinnamon
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of light olive oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of vanilla essence**

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170C (350F) and place paper cases into bun/muffin tins.
  2. In one bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.
  3. In a second bowl, mash the banana using a knife then mix in the sugar and oil. Add the water and vanilla essence and mix well.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (mine resembled a stiff rather than runny mixture).
  5. Divide the mixture into paper cases.
  6. Place the bun/muffin tins into the pre-heated oven and bake for approx 20-25 mins (small buns) or 35-40 mins (muffins).
  7. Remove from oven when cooked and allow to cool on a wire rack.

 

* I’m using Himalayan pink salt now and loving it!

** I make my own vanilla essence so used more but added less water.

 

They went awfully quickly!

I’ll add photos next time I make some … which won’t be very long!!

Let me know how you get on if you try out the recipe.

Cordelia (C) 2017

Sample the vegan banana cake for yourself

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Another recipe that I use and have adapted from one of my favourite cookbooks is for tomato chutney.

The original recipe requires raisins but I use dates as I have them in the house.

 

Ingredients:

  • 900 g / 2 lb tomatoes
  • 225 g / 8 oz dates
  • 225 g / 8 oz chopped onions
  • 225 g / 8 oz caster or granulated sugar
  • 600 ml / 1 pint of malt vinegar

 

First of all you need to skin the tomatoes (playing tic tac toe is optional!).

  

Then chop the tomatoes, dates and onions and add them to a large pan with the sugar.

 

Next, pour the vinegar into the pan and bring to the boil.

Simmer uncovered for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

The mixture will thicken.

Transfer to sterilised, hot jars and seal.

This quality made three jars (I doubled the qualities hence the six jars you see!).

 

The recipe says to leave for a month for the flavour to mature and they should keep unopened for unto a year. Refrigerate once opened.

Sample the chutney and a range of fruit preserves and lemon curd when you visit.

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015

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Guests regularly ask if I’ll do an evening meal so I’ve put together a menu of Afternoon Tea and some cold platters that they can pre-order.

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Afternoon Tea

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Ploughman’s Platter

Smoked Salmon Platter


Cheese Board

EDIT: due to difficulty in direct sourcing, I’m no longer offering a cheeseboard of local speciality cheeses) however I am able to offer a platter containing a variety of cheeses that will include any local or Scottish varieties that I’m able to source.
See the Taste our Best Evening Meals page for prices and further details.

EDIT: Afternoon Tea is no longer available

Sample one or more option when you stay

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015

 

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Thrilled to receive this in the mail today…


Great recognition for the Breakfasts and Evening Meals served here at Balkissock Lodge.
 
Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015

Come and see why guests rave about the food at Balkissock Lodge B&B

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I’ve been asked by several guests for the recipe for the bread that I currently make. It’s basically a white bread mix with wholemeal added.

1 lb bread machine loaf

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  • 350g Allinson Strong White Bread Flour
  • 150g Allinson Very Strong Wholemeal Flour
  • 10g Allison Yeast
  • 20g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Oil (Vegetable or Olive oil)
  • 10g Demerara Sugar

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This generally goes into the bread machine and I’ve found that it cooks best on the “white” bread setting although I confess I’ve no idea what the difference between the programmes is (perhaps I’ll read the instructions one day!).

Small seed and grain wholemeal loaves

Today I’ve tried out a different wholemeal recipe … again using Allinson flour but this time a seed and grain wholemeal variety.

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  • 500g Allinson Seed and Grain Wholemeal Flour
  • 10g Allison Easy Bake Yeast
  • 20g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 10g Demerara Sugar

I wasn’t confident that it would rise (my past attempts at 100% wholemeal have been disappointing) so I split the mixture between four small loaf tins.

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Small but perfectly formed:

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Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015

Guests love the home baked bread … come and see why!

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