Skye, or the Isle of Skye, recently voted the '4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine' is the second largest and most northerly large island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. With an area of 639 sq miles, its population is just over 10,000. Skye is famous for its breathtaking scenery and dramatic landscape. The Isle of Skye is also a great destination for Wildlife
watching with the White Tailed Sea Eagle at the top of bird watchers
lists. Otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer are just some of the
other impressive creatures that can be seen on and around the Isle of
We stayed at The Caledonian Hotel, a bed and breakfast accommodation in Portree which is the capital and the main service centre in the island.
Diatomite mine ruins in the Isle of Skye. What is Diatomite? Known to the locals as 'Caile' (Gaelic for chalk), diatomie is a white or grey mineral earth which is quite similar to china clay. It is formed by microscopic algae and has many uses, such as for face powder, fire-proofing and insulation and as a filter in several industrial processes.
We left the island with fond memories and returned to Aberdeen.
Assam Prawns is a popular Malaysian dish which is not difficult to whip up. The two main ingredients in this dish are the prawns and tamarind paste or what we call, 'assam'. Tamarind does pair well with seafood, they complement each other and prawns cooked in this way is incredibly delicious and appetising. Yum is the word for it!
Assam Prawns ~ 亚参虾 Ingredients
400 gm, 12 big prawns 1 onion, slicedSeasoning 1 Tbsp sugar2 Tbsp Assam/Tamarind plus 2Tbsp water 1.1/2 tsp dark soya sauce1/2 tsp saltMethod Mix the assam with water and strain it.Trim the prawns, devein, pat dry with paper towel and marinate with the sugar, dark soya sauce and salt, for about an hour or more.Heat up the wok with some oil and once oil is heated, drop the prawns and pan-fry till seventy percent cooked and slightly caramelised, dish out.Add in two tablespoons of water into the wok, swirl and add in the tamarind juice. Add in the sliced onions. Stir-fry, fine tune to taste.Toss in the prawns, coating t…
This almond jelly is commonly found in Dim-sum
restaurants and it is a refreshing dessert to enjoy. You can either treat your family with this
home-made jelly or serve this to your guests after a meal. There are many
ways to serve this dessert. Can be eaten on its own or served with fresh
fruits and some syrup or canned fruits or fruit cocktail. No one will
refuse this dessert except for some people who may not like the almond
Chinese almond jelly ~ 杏仁豆腐Ingredients
20 gm agar agar strip100 gm rock sugar1 cup water5 cups soy milk4 Tbsp almond powder mixed with 1/4 cup watera can of rambutan and pineapple and some Osmanthus flowersMethod Soak agar agar strips for 30 mina or more, till softened, squeeze out excess water.Place the softened agar agar stips into a pot with 1 cup of water and cook on low heat. Keep stirring till strips have dissolved.Mix 1/4 cup of water with the almond powder, add this into the pot.Add in the 5 cups of soy milk and rock sugar, stir till dissolve…