FROM IONA'S KITCHEN

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Elgin has been producing blueberries for quite some time now, but recently there seems to be a flush of raspberries coming on stream. They are just gorgeous, really perfumed with a tart acidity which makes them perfect to counter the sweetness of puddings and cakes. This recipe comes straight from the Marie Claire Seasonal Kitchen, and I promise that I have not fiddled with anything except that I used freshly grated coconut instead of dried desiccated coconut which can surely only count as an improvement ... I think?

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Asian Braised Chicken

This is for anyone is who desperate to do something different on Roast Chicken night. I got the idea from Neil Perry's beautiful book Rockpool. He would probably have a complete fit if he saw how I have butchered his recipe for Red Braised Pork Hock. But it is testament to the man's genius that even in this embarrassingly simplified and speeded up form, these ingredients combine to make for a fragrant, mind clearing and beautiful supper. After trying this you might even be inspired to try the real thing ... one day when you have lots of time!

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Tarte Tatin

This recipe is just fantastic and so easy it's worth trying. If you're having a whole bunch of people over for lunch you can take the pressure off and make the pastry the day before and then the rest is a doddle.

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Gluten Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I am not much one for desserts, strange considering my Namesake and great aunt, Rosie, would politely endure a meal as a means of getting stuck into the pudding course. She lived fiercely until she was 97 so it worked for her. The following dessert is so jam packed full of nutritious ingredients it would no doubt have added years onto her life, although taken a few off my mom and her her sisters who looked after her!

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Barley & Quinoa Salad with a Dill Dressing

Last summer we had our daughter in law spend a few weeks with us. She is a complete health nut and one of the most uncompromising eaters I have encountered. The following recipes are inspired by some of the fabulous recipes she brought into our kitchen and cooked for us. Nourishing and delicious.

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From Iona's Kitchen - Autumn/Winter Edition

It’s all well and good being on top of a mountain when it comes to grape growing, but when the wind is howling and the rain pelts down at  such an angle that it actually “rains” under your front door and through the closed windows – emergency measures in the kitchen are called for.  There’s nothing quite as consoling and warming as a steaming bowl of French onion soup.

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