Cawdor Castle & A Recipe

I’m pooped!  I and thirty second year pupils spent the day at Cawdor Castle.  I was slightly nervous about the trip as I didn’t know if the castle and beautiful grounds would entertain a large group of 14 year olds for a whole day.   My fears were unfounded – we had an amazing day!

Firstly we explored the castle itself.  Though the pupils were fairly impressed with the grandeur of the castle, the highlight of the tour was a security guard explaining what really happened to MacBeth.  For me too!  I had thought Shakespeare had made the entire story up.  It is VERY VERY loosely based on fact though.  Nice to know.

After a walk around the grounds and a chilly picnic we all warmed up by playing hide and seek in the grounds.  Cawdor’s gardens and woods are full of hidey holes.  One game turned into two games which turned into virtually the whole afternoon!  I was always the seeker meaning I spent the majority of the day running.  On top of that there were parachute games, human pyramids, daisy chains and treasure hunts.  Hence the pooped-ness.  🙂

Dinner was the following Bill Granger recipe.  Very easy to make.  Very tasty too. 

Spaghetti with Fish and Garlic 

  • 1 tblspn olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 25g butter
  • 2 fillets of firm white fish – I use cod – cut into chunks
  • 200g whole-wheat spaghetti
  • Handful of parsley
  • Salt and pepper 

Add spaghetti to large pan of boiling water.  Cook according to instructions.

Meanwhile, gently fry garlic and chilli in oil for 2 mins

Increase heat and add wine and butter.  Boil until harsh alcohol vapours disappear.  About 3 mins.

Add fish chunks and cook for 2 mins until just cooked.

Add cooked pasta, parsley and seasoning to fishy liquid and mix gently over a low heat.

Yum.

One thought on “Cawdor Castle & A Recipe

  1. Fun day Wendy! And the dinner looked great! I make a similar dish using canned clams with their juice but I also add a chopped anchovy to the garlic and red pepper while sauteing. Otherwise, all is same. It is my favorite “on the run” dish or if a gang of friends happen to stop over for a glass or 2 of wine, I usually have these items on hand and can whip this up for everyone really fast. My hubby will say “can we have crowd pleaser pasta for dinner tonight” as the crowd always is very happy with it!

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