What no crab! ~ Cullen Skink and Collops of Beef

On Sunday 22nd December (6 months ago) it was Christmas in our flat at Pettycur Bay. Due to the stormy weather the fleet of fishing boats at Pittenween were grounded and so we couldn’t have the local dressed crab we’d planned, so my husband suggested Cullen Skink, a soup we’ve enjoyed in a couple of places locally including the Walk Inn at West Wemyss. I’d bought a wee Scottish recipe book in Anstruther…..local smoked haddock, potatoes, onion and whole cream milk….simple but soooo tasty, a hearty dish for a cold day, with a lump of bread.

Our main course was Collops of beef which I’d tried out the week before, cooked all morning in my faithful slow cooker and ready to serve whenever we wanted it. I served this with roasted vegetables and potatoes, dusted with herbs, olive oil and crushed garlic.

Christmas pudding, cheese or fresh pineapple kept all the family sweet for afters!

We experienced all seasons that day, although I’m so pleased that the sun shone for a time showing Kinghorn to my family at its magical best. We started the day with coffee at the Carousel Cafe, overlooking the main bay, before coming home here at Pettycur where we ate with the wonderful view of the bay below us.

‘We didn’t realise you were quite so close to the sea!’ my brother in law remarked.

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About Diana Jackson

Author of 'The Healing Paths of Fife', Historical Romantic fiction ~ The Riduna Series set in 19th and early 20th Century a murder mystery ~ 'Murder, Now and Then' and two memoir. What links my books ~ history! Website:www.dianamaryjackson.co.uk Blog:www.dianamj.wordpress.com Riduna on Twitter and on Facebook too!
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