The First Post of 2016

‘The View’ – plus two ducks!

Puff and Biggles and view

We’ve had a few welcome dry days and it feels like we’re walking on terra firma once more! No wind today either so feeling less raw. Constant wet weather has meant that collection of fallen leaves is much delayed this winter as they’re all stuck like glue to each other/the ground. Consequently, all of our pavde paths looked like this today…


…so it seemed like a good opportunity for a major belated sweep-up!

If there’s one thing I hate it’s food fads. There’s always something new that we should or shouldn’t eat and believe me, we encounter quite a few of them during the BandB season! Today however, I finally came across an article on ‘Yahoo Lifestyle’ which bodes well for our 2016 season:

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Forget Broccoli – The Superfood Of 2016 Is Fry-Up Favourite BLACK PUDDING – by Andy Wells 05 January 2016…

‘One thing you wouldn’t expect when compiling your superfood diet now that January is here would be something you’d find on a fried breakfast.
However, this year you can include black pudding to your new year shopping list as experts reckon it is about to be extremely popular in 2016.
The divisive breakfast staple – traditionally made using pig blood and oatmeal – is actually full of protein, calcium and potassium.
It also enjoys the benefit of being nearly carb free and packed full of anaemia-preventing iron – something lacking in modern diets.
The addition of black pudding to the superfood list will be something of a shock to most, and Darren Beale from is just as surprised.
He said: “Some of the foods have been on the up for a while like avocado oil and maca root, but others like mushrooms and black pudding have been a total surprise to us.
“It’s great to have this new research available to find out the hidden qualities in food and we can’t wait to see how these new trends take off.”
The black pudding surge has already begun in earnest, with one Scottish butchers, famed for their blood sausages, already seeing sales soar.
Shona Macleod, managing director of Charles Macleod Butchers in Stornoway, told MailOnline: “The shop has just opened again.
“I opened the mail orders and we had about 40 black pudding mail orders to go out today.
“That’s is a lot for the first day open in January.”
Other superfoods set to be huge this year include seaweed, black beans and birch water.’

Birch water?!!

We always offer Stornoway Black Pudding – it’s delicious – but many times it evokes a wrinkling of the nose, so who knows, now that it’s firmly on the food fad list, we might not be able to keep up with demand! N.B. to all potential Garybuie guests, do NOT expect birch water – or maca root for that matter!



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8 Responses to “The First Post of 2016”

  1. recyclersa Says:

    Happy New Year to all at Garybuie 🙂 I have been wondering if you escaped the floods that we keep seeing on our news. Aberdeenshire is far away from you, but you seem to be getting lots of rain up North too. I’m afraid I would be a nose wrinkler for both black pudding and Haggis – both of which I have actually tried/tasted.
    Hope 2016 meets all your expectations and dreams. Laura

  2. garybuie01 Says:

    Although we’ve had heavy rain Laura, just the surrounding fields were flooded. We’re close to the sea so when it DOES stop raining, the ground drains fairly quickly.
    Geographically, we are quite near Aberdeenshire. However, we are in the west and Aberdeen is in the east. Whatever it’s doing on one coast, it’s usually pretty much the opposite (or less so) on the other. All those mountains in the middle tend to affect where the rain falls too! Generally, our worst weather comes hurtling across the Atlantic, whereas for the east, the bad stuff comes from Europe via the North Sea.
    And as for being a Nose Wrinkler…….

  3. Diane Fairhall Says:

    I’m afraid I’m another nose-wrinkler, Christine, being put off black pudding at an early age. Andy loves the Stornoway stuff and we usually have some of Charley Barley’s in the freezer but he hasn’t persuaded me to try it yet! 🙂


  4. garybuie01 Says:

    Ha, ha….I can see that I’m going to have to work on you this year Diane!!!

  5. writeanne Says:

    Great news – something I like is actually healthy – but of course following other reports last year it musn’t be accompanied by bacon or sausage as they are deadly apparently 🙂

    Hadn’t heard of maca root or birch water before but I’m off to the co-op to demand they stock it.

    Yes, it was so good to see the sun yesterday, wasn’t it?

    Happy New Year to you and Garybuie.

  6. garybuie01 Says:

    Honestly, this whole food thing raises my blood pressure – and that’s before I’ve eaten anything!!!
    You may be in for a shock at the weekend when you discover that the co-op are on the ball with both maca root AND birch water! Then again, probably not!
    Happy New year to you too Anne – who knows, maybe we’ll meet in the co-op one day in the Super Food aisle!

  7. Le Petit Potager Says:

    A very belated Happy New Year Christine! We’ve had a week of rain……..that’s a long time for us. Back to summer today 39 degrees.
    Glad you’re not been flooded. The night sky looks beautiful.


  8. garybuie01 Says:

    39 degrees, oh dear! At the moment we are at 3.8 degrees with a stiff northerly. It’s not pleasant but I can cope better than I would with your temperature. 22 degrees is about my limit!! Anyway, a Happy New Year to you too Elaine – whatever the weather!

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