Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Hens Arrive At Pottery House

We love those free range fresh eggs from our own hens and we know our guests do by the comments we get, especially about their bright golden yolks.

Our previous hens were getting quite old and not laying many eggs, so as our plans were to be away quite a bit last winter, come the end of October we gave them away. Don't worry, they were given to people that wanted them as pets, not for the pot.

So we've been hen-less since, buying our eggs from a local farm instead, until last week when ten new hens arrived. Before that though their coop needed some work.

Hen house all cleaned and repaired ready for new arrivals

The lids on the nest boxes and the feed hopper (on the left) were both rotten, so we completely rebuilt them. The whole hen house has also been cleaned all ready for the new arrivals.

New hens arrive but they're still shy

The new hens arrived a week ago, usually they are quite timid but this flock are a lot more brave, very quickly settling in to their new home. Normally we'd keep them locked in for a week to get them but as this lot were quite brave we let them out after a couple of days. They're a little skittish but gradually exploring more and more of their run. 


First egg appears, seems everyone wants to take credit for it


Then yesterday we found our first egg, a bit small but they always are at first. Looking forward to lots more soon. 




Friday, March 25, 2016

Freshly Baked Rolls Every Morning

Pottery House Buttermilk Rolls



Guests were saying the other morning how lovely the Buttermilk Rolls are that we served that day with breakfast. The buttermilk gives them a lovely tang, a bit like sour dough.

They asked for the recipe, so I said I would add it here for others as well, so here we go.





For six rolls as you see in the photo, made in a bread machine...


200ml Buttermilk
1 tbs honey
1 tbs sunflower oil
190g white bread flour
100g wholemeal bread flour
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp easy blend yeast

Put all the ingredients in the bread machine and put on the "Dough" program. I think it's a good idea to check the dough during mixing, it should form a sticky ball in the machine, if it's too wet add a little flour, if too dry add some water. This is quite important as producing the best bread is reliant on the dough moisture content.

Once complete, split the dough into  6, you can then either roll into balls or put into silican mini loaf pans, cover with oiled cling film and place somewhere warm to rise, for about 45 mins to an hour.

Then sprinkle with flour and put in the over at 180c fan for 20 minutes until nicely browned.








Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful Spring Morning On Loch Ness

It's a stunning day here on Loch Ness today, first proper day of spring.

Clear blue skies, crocus and mini daffs are out and it's quite warm in the spring sunshine.

Took these photos at the bottom on our drive this morning on the way to visit The Dores Post Office.