Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A recipe from Nova Scotia

Those who came on the Maritime Memories tour last year will no doubt remember our visit to the Highland Village Museum--in Gaelic the site is called An Clachan Gaidhealach. If you are planning a visit to Cape Breton Island, this is well worth a visit. The site is located in a large rural area near Iona, overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes. It's called a 'living museum and cultural centre', with a collection of buildings from various locations on the Island. The interior furnishings are in keeping with each structure. There is a progression in the ages and styles of the buildings, starting from the time the first settlers arrived from Scotland. In one rudimentary abode we had a demonstration of spinning and weaving. The staff were all in costume. If you want to learn more about the site: http://www.highlandvillage.gov.ns.ca/

In one of the homes the hostess was waiting to serve us tea and freshly baked oatcakes, prepared on a wood burning stove. She gave us the recipe, which I had mislaid, but fortunately located it a couple of days ago. The recipe is called Annie's Oatcakes. I haven't tried making it myself yet--but will do so--and thought I would share it now:

Annie's Oatcakes

3 cups rolled oats
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups shortening or margarine
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
2 med. or 1 jumbo egg
3/4 - 1 cup brown sugar

Roll out on floured board and cut with cutter. (Adding a small amount of rolled oats to flour may prevent sticking.)

Bake in a 375 to 400 degree oven for 15 mins.

I have 14 more squares to knit on the Piecework Blanket. It's been a very busy week and I haven't had much time for knitting.

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