Dreich Day

“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

(for 2)

8 tomatoes, halved

3 garlic cloves, whole

1 tsp thyme leaves

1/2 onion, chopped

1 stick of celery

Pinch of chilli flakes

200ml stock

Olive oil


  • 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! 😉

22 thoughts on “Dreich Day

  1. The zucchini scones and roasted tomato soup seem the perfect compliment to each other. Roasting the tomatoes would intensify the flavour to make it out of this world! I can’t wait for the fall so that I can “nest” and make all of my favourite comfort foods.

  2. We have had a “Dreich” day here in London too. I could have done with that heart-warming soup, looks so good, especially with those scones. Yummmmmmmmmm!

  3. We are having a cool day here and are overflowing in tomatoes. What a perfect light dinner suggestion.

    I love your site and especially enjoyed your travels.

  4. Valli – Wanted soup but also wanted a special dinner. Soup and bread didn’t seem special enough but roasted tomato soup and savoury scones… Perfect. 🙂

    Saju – Welcome! It certainly did warm me up. Best thing is there is some left for tomorrow too!

    Jolyanna – What an unusual name you have. It’s very pretty. Very happy you enjoy my site. Wish I was over-flowing with tomatoes. My plants gave me flowers. Fullstop.

  5. Hi Wendy,

    You are right, it is dreich, very dreich! I have been checking the weather report and I am very diasppointed! It is going to be wet tomorrow and I have a charity walk, which is coastal. I have a kagoul, but somehow the weather has shown the need for something more! Too Late!

    What has happened to our summer? Has someone stolen it?

    I bet that soup had a wonderfully full and rich flavour and the scones sounded great! I think I will have need off them soon! Very soon!

    Have fun tomorrow! I bet you are prepared and have waterproofs!

  6. Might just have to appropriate the word dreich, Wendy!

    Your photo of the daisy’s, framed by the expanse of sky is breath-taking. Quiet, gentle, but breath-taking. Can’t stop looking at it…

  7. scones and soup on a dreich day sounds perfect – I think the scots have some great words for cold and wet but dreich is among the best – 11C is colder than most of our winter days here – I hope you get some more sun before you head into winter (esp for your mountain bike riding!)

  8. Hi Wendy, we are having a dreich day today in Sydney too. Time for me to catch up on some couch time. The recipes for the soup and scones sounds perfect for today.
    Good luck with mountain biking if you go. I’m not a fan of being outdoors in wet weather.

  9. That’s one of my favourite words – ‘dreich’. During seven years in Edinburgh I experienced many of them 🙂 They’re a wee bit rarer here in Estonia, but whenever there’s one, I think of Edinburgh.
    Will be in Scotland during the first week of September – hope it won’t too dreich then. Just a wee bit…

  10. I love love love that daisy shot. Nice work! Your roasted tomato soup sounds like it captures the very essence of tomatoes, not even distracted by cream. If it were dreich here (which it is SSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOO not right now), I would crave a bowl of that myself. As it is, all I crave is a spot next to the AC.

  11. It was Dreich here too in Essex and I think we are due for another one today. Oh that Tomato soup sounds so yummy and so do the scones!!!! Thanks!!!

  12. Holler – Good luck today! We’ll mostly be in the woods so I don’t expect to get too wet. Plus I have the option of pulling out! Hope your walk isn’t too drookit!

    Anh – Wish that were true! 🙂

    Lucy – It’s all yours. I’m really pleased with the daisy photo, especially since I had to lie on wet grass to take it!

    Johanna – 11oC is colder than most of your winter days? Now I feel really cheated about the lack of summer. >:-(

    Nora – Can’t say I am either but I really need the exercise!

    Kimberly – Thank you. And welcome!

    Pille – September is usually the most settle month in Scotland. Hope I haven’t jinxed you there! Want to return your offer of showing me the nice coffee shops in Tallin, let me know if you’re coming to Inverness. I know where the good cakes are!

    Christina – So unnecessary is air conditioning here it took me a good few minutes to work out what AC stands for! Very happy you like the photo. As I said to Lucy, I got pretty wet taking it. 🙂

    Pat – Thank you! Fingers crossed today won’t be so bad!

  13. I rather like days like that! However…..
    Last summer we had so much sunshine, it was depressing.
    This summer we’ve had mostly dreich days – enough, already!
    Whatever happened to weather equality?

  14. I so love hearing little snippets of culture from my youth. What a beautifully paired meal for a perfectly dreich day! I think you know how much I love the enforced coziness that comes with that weather, and I’m so ready for autumn now! Think I’ll use some of my roasted tomatoes for this soup tonight! Thanks Wendy.

  15. KatieZ – I know! Whoever is controlling the weather should be sacked. >:-(

    Celia – Thank you! A couple of other bloggers have tagged me for this too. Will complete it soon.

    Amanda – I thoroughly enjoyed that day! “Enforced cosiness” – I like that a lot. 🙂

    Cynthia – Thank you!

  16. Hi Wendy

    Good to hear from you – I’ve been looking at your Blog for a while now as it is. I love tomato soup, so much better than the Cream tinned stuff I used to love as a kid! Nice to hear from a Scot by the way, my brother has lived there for years, just moved from Arran to Aberdeen. I love Scotland.

    All the best

  17. looks like this is a bit of an old post of yours, but I ended up in your recipe index after ending up on your post about Denis Cotter and “courgette and sage scones” caught my eye. I love scones, both savory and sweet, and look forward to trying these out. Lovely blog, by the way. Being from dreary, rainy Washington State (but part of me wishing I was from the UK, where I lived for four months), your writing and pictures made me homesick.

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