“Dreich” is a wonderfully evocative Scots word meaning dull and wet. Damp, sodden, grey, rainy, overcast – no standard English word captures the mood of a truly miserable day like “dreich” does. From the moment I woke up this morning until this evening the sky has been a solid mass of slate grey forbidding any hopes of brightness, let alone sun. The temperature hasn’t risen above 11oC and the rain has been falling ceaselessly. It’s been a dreich, dreich day.
And it’s been great!
This soggy Saturday has meant a leisurely morning munching on toast and honey in PJs, free from the I-should-go-out and-do-something guilt that gnaws at me on brighter mornings. It has meant an afternoon curled up in the corner of our local bookshop surrounded by cook books, travel guides, novels and maps. It’s enabled me to bask in the glow of the candles I lit this evening. And it’s inspired me to make some warming comfort food to enjoy on the sofa whilst watch this year’s X-Factor auditions!
Roast Tomato Soup
8 tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, whole
1 tsp thyme leaves
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stick of celery
Pinch of chilli flakes
- Preheat oven to 200oC. Place tomatoes, garlic cloves and thyme in a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and season. Roast for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, gently heat 1tblspn of olive oil in a pan. Add the chilli, onion and celery and cook until soft.
- Squeeze the roast garlic from its skin and add to pan along with the tomatoes.
- Pour the stock into the roasting tin and stir well to ensure all the juices from the tomatoes are used.
- Pour stock into pan and simmer for 20 mins.
- Liquidise, season and serve with…
Courgette and Sage Scones
225g wholemeal flour
1 tspn salt
1 tspn bicarbonate of soda
40g butter, grated
130ml plain yoghurt
1 courgette, grated and left to drain in a sieve for 30 mins
2 tblspns chopped sage
- Sieve flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl.
- Rub in the grated butter. Stir in the courgette and sage followed by the yogurt. Stir until mixture forms a soft dough.
- Roll out to 1cm and cut into triangles.
- Brush with a little melted butter or egg white and bake at 220C for 30 mins or until golden.
PS Wonder if I’ll be raving about how wonderful dreich days are tomorrow morning when D drags me out mountain biking on the Black Isle… Watch this space! ;)