Category Archives: Sunday Lunch/Daily Dinners


Beef Enchiladas with Poblanos, Pickled Red Onions & Peanut Salsa

I know I’ve been pretty half-assed about recipes on here lately.  I don’t promise that I’ll always get a recipe typed up (although I did manage it today) — part of what I love doing here on Island Vittles is inspiring others to put something tasty together on the fly.

When you use instinct, you don’t always need a recipe to cook dinner. Sometimes, it’s enough to start with some quality ingredients and an idea of where you’re headed. Continue reading

shrimp and cheesy grit cakes

Spot Shrimp with Cheesy Grit Cakes

My first Spot Prawn post of the season!  Shameful, really, considering the little critters have been coming out of the water for almost a month already.

You should know that word on the dock on Saturday night was that there’s one, maybe two weeks left in this year’s catch.  Time is running out.

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Barley Risotto with Rocket at Panholes Cottages Blackford, Scotland

From Inverness, we hopped in our rental car for the three hour drive south to the village of Blackford, about twenty minutes outside of Stirling, in Perthshire. Ideally located near at least a half dozen golf courses, including Gleneagles (just a ten minute drive away), and an equal number of whisky distilleries, this unassuming area makes the perfect launching point for day trips in all directions.

Our home for 3 nights was the Barn Cottage at Panholes Cottages, some of the most luxurious self-catering accommodation I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy.  We had a large, well-appointed kitchen, living room, laundry, as well as 2 bedrooms upstairs, each with their own on-suite. Continue reading