Q. What is better than muddy puddles?

A. Muddy icy puddles. That was the opinion of Little Owl and Big Dreamer this afternoon anyway. We headed up into the Pentland Hills on the southwest edge of Edinburgh for a bracing winter’s walk. Little Owl and Big Dreamer enjoyed charging into untouched iced-over puddles, making loud smashing sounds. Here is a shot from our walk. This is typical Scottish light in winter…just magic.

I also baked an incredible apple cake this weekend. I mean it’s so good it’s practically a dessert. I wish I could take the credit for it but that has to go to Lucas Hollweg, whose latest cookbook Good Things to Eat I got the recipe from. I had to adapt it a bit because I didn’t have all his ingredients so here’s a summary of my version:

Melt butter and sugar together in a saucepan. Stir in flour and a beaten egg. Spread half the mixture on the bottom of a greased lined cake tin. Layer slices of cooking apple on top. Sprinkle sugar, currants, lemon zest, nutmeg and cinnamon over the apple. Then layer the rest of the cake mixture on top of this. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the top and put in the oven for about 40 minutes. Bliss!

 

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