The Cottages, Bettystown, Co. Meath


I know this is Ireland and not Scotland but I haven’t figured out if I want to start a whole different blog to Ireland so I hope it’s okay for me to pop this on here.  I first heard about this restful place on a webinar and the lady who owns the cottages was telling us about the accommodations they provide and about what there is to do in the area.  It sounds absolutely marvelous!  I would love to go there some day.  It looks so peaceful and relaxing.

Here’s the link to their latest newsletter.

Lemon Curd

Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin


Now, you may be wondering how I arrived at Lemon Curd for a post.  I was scooting through my twitter feed and I was intrigued by a post from Susan McNaughton of Craigwell Cottage in Edinburgh.  She had mentioned that she’d given Nigel Slater’s lemon curd a go and it was quite tangy.  I remember lemon curd from my childhood and although I haven’t had much recently, I thought this recipe was one to share.




Most lemon curd recipes instruct you to stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. I find that stirring lightly with a whisk introduces just a little more lightness into the curd, making it slightly less solid and more wobbly.

Makes 2 small jam jars
zest and juice of 4 unwaxed lemons
200g sugar
100g butter
3 eggs and 1 egg yolk

Put the lemon zest and juice, the sugar and the butter, cut into cubes, into a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, making sure that the bottom of the basin doesn’t touch the water. Stir with a whisk from time to time until the butter has melted.

Mix the eggs and egg yolk lightly with a fork, then stir into the lemon mixture. Let the curd cook, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes, until it is thick and custard-like. It should feel heavy on the whisk.

Remove from the heat and stir occasionally as it cools. Pour into spotlessly clean jars and seal. It will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

Galvelbeg House B&B/Self-catering

I think it’s great when a Bed and Breakfast produces a video of their premises so you can have an all-around look at what they have to offer.  When they do, I enjoy sharing it with you as an option for when you’re touring about.  I’m not very familiar with Galvelbeg House but after watching the video, I think it would be lovely to stay there.

It’s situated in Crieff and has views over the Ochil Hills and Strathearn Valley.  The house was built in 1894 and was restored in 1992.  The shops and town centre are close by and you can have the choice of staying in the self-catering accommodation or as a bed and breakfast guest.

The website for Galvelbeg House is