From Oxford to Orkney for a Wild Night
A delightfully charming lady and a modest gentleman fellow from Henley in Oxonford, ventured forth to Orkney and settled down to the nutritious enrichment of ‘The Orcadian Feast’. A feast in only four courses sounds like a veritable contradiction in terms. But this feast has two sumptuous main courses.
Here is the actual Orcadian Feast as it happened:
Mussels with freshly baked bere bannock made with bere meal (an ancient strain of barley) milled at Barony Mill, Orkney.
We are hunter gatherers and as we trek through forest and fields in pursuit of our wild boar, we eat whatever fruit, berries and leaves we can find en-route.
'Wild Boar' 5 hour slow roasted, served with sauteed peaches, pickled walnuts and roasted peppered plums
Wild boar from Bonar Bridge, Sutherland.
Slow Cooked Venison
Slow cooked in bottles of Burgundy with roasted beetroot, roasted chestnuts, celeriac, parsnips, carrots, potatoes and spinach.
Highland venison from Sutherland.
Extremly light goosbery misu.
And Then . . . The Walk
After espresso coffees our intrepid guests embarked upon a late evening constitutional walk through the enchantment of pastureland and seascapes in the surrounding escarpment that is the happy island of South Ronaldsay.
They came upon the glass finished waters garnishing the Hoy filled horizon that was kissed with the feint blush of a vanishing sunset.
Within a few minutes more, the lonely island of Swona and misty Scotland in the background.
Then some farm equipment rusting into a photographic artwork.
And Then The Bull Run
With great wisdom and having consideration to the boar and venison that they had not long since devoured, our honourable friends chose not to accept the challenge of the Barswick Bull Run on this occasion. Perhaps next time!
"This church had 134 years of weddings, blessings and Sunday school; it must be Inculcated with love, the walls must exude happiness and joy." Keiko Yamaga-White November 2007