Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Area surrounding the University of Aberdeen.
Behind the large timber doors of this Georgian building, there would be a handcart used for picking drunks from the streets and transporting them back to the cells to sleep it off... time sure didn't change the drinking habit of these Scots!
University of Aberdeen
Powis Gates (1833)
Broccoli Lemon Pasta
your favourite pasta, I'm using macaroni
2 tsp butter
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 lemon, zested
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dried peperoncino flakes
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup toasted pignoli nuts
Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Cook the broccoli for 3 minutes in a large pot of boiling salted water. Remove the broccoli from the water with a slotted spoon or sieve. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
In the same water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well and add to the broccoli.
Meanwhile, in a small saute pan, heat the butter and oil and cook the garlic and lemon zest over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Off the heat, add 2 teaspoons salt, the pepper, and lemon juice and pour this over the broccoli and pasta. Toss well. Season to taste, sprinkle with the pignolis, peperoncino and cheese and serve.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
We decided to brave high winds and gloomy weather to explore Old Aberdeen.
Tucked near the mouth of the river Don, Old Aberdeen was an independent town from Aberdeen between 1489 and 1891.
St Machar's Cathedral
A 12th century cathedral, named after a disciple of Columba.
The fountain marks the location of the Seaton House. The house burnt to the ground in 1963.
Cruickshank Botanical Garden
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Back when we were staying in Wassenaar, one of our favourite watering-hole was the Bagel Alley. Predictably, MrD would always went for his favourite bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese.
So, just for him and in a moment of nostalgia, I recreated the famous (and somewhat funky) Bagel Lox.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
A ye olde daye of ye olde activities.
Castle Fraser went medieval with a traditional jousting tournament, sword fighting, archery lessons and medieval warfare.
MrD and the kids tried their hands at archery.... not bad for beginners!
Falconry demonstrations plus we also got to meet owls from the Harry Potter movies, Hedwig and Errol.
Middle ages homemakers demonstrating various cooking and craft activities.
The Knights of the Damned
Video on hand to hand combat between two knights