Before we went on our hols, we did a bit of research.
It is always nice to find something different, something new. We check out blogs, reviews and guides and pick out places that appeal to us. There were two such places that really piqued our interest (and our tastebuds).
The first was the Skye Pie Cafe.
The first time we drove past we missed the sign. Fortunately the next time we were passing, Himself spotted the small sign with the all important word....PIES.
We turned down a bumpy stone track and found a beautiful white painted house (which, for some reason, I have not take a photo!) I was distracted and captivated by the pompoms hanging in the trees, the yellow bicycle and the small but perfectly formed garden at the entrance.
Once inside the scent of baking was heavenly and while we made our lunch time decision (very hard!) I managed to take some photographs. I loved the embroidery picture frames, each one left 'unfinished' with a thread hanging down.
Eldest chose the Skye Mutton Pie (pulled mutton with harissa, apricots and coriander) and was seen with a blissful look on his face as he munched away. Girlfriend and Youngest both chose Highland Beef Pie with rich gravy and they too just fell upon their choices and hmmmmed and chomped delighted with their pies. Himself and I both chose the Curried Lentil pie with sweet potato, lime pickle and spinach and oh - how heavenly, how tasty, how more-ish, how we all wished they were TWICE their size!
Our pies were things of legends, of myth and magic and total yumminess. Oh, oh oh.
Our second culinary delight was the Isle of Skye Baking Company in Portree. Our waistlines groaned at the delicious goodies we could have chosen and after much deliberation, we came away with 'lunch loaves' which were huge rolls ready filled with Mediterranean vegetables, cheese and basil, leek and bacon. We stashed our purchases in our haversacks and set off for a walk to Oransay - a tidal island - for lunch They smelt achingly gorgeous that we drooled ourselves silly before we could eat them!
Now that we've been home for a week - we are still thinking about the lunch loaves.... so guess what?!
I have been making them - the first batch was a spicy chickpea, onion and pea loaf sprinkled with black mustard seed, cumin and cardamom seeds (they were scoffed in record time before they were fully cool!)
the Fairfield Horseshoe route, had eaten the loaves and that they LOVED them! Yay!
Eldest took pictures for me of their lunch spot - what an amazing view towards Ambleside.
Today, Sunday, still inspired and still being encouraged by four unstoppable appetites - I made the boys and Girlfriend - Bacon, Basil and Cheese lunch loaves and a Mushroom, Cheese and Basil one for me. Yum.