Lismore Micro Adventure in the name of Grain

Cycle rack heaving, cycle legs limbering, and with fair highland skies overhead, I departed south on sustain cycle route 78 - from Fort William to Lismore. This gem of a route largely follows the old Oban railway line, and has some lovely detours to coast and glen. The reason for the journey was to take part… Continue reading Lismore Micro Adventure in the name of Grain

Realbread Now Mondays & Thursday

Little summer shoutout we have quietly started to bake bi-weeky - it's the super summer season and the Fort is heaving - so we've opened up another day - the ovens are now fired (with renewable electricity...) on Mondays and Thursday for any in need of some #realbread sourdough. Just go here https://openfoodnetwork.org.uk/doughies/shop to order direct or email us… Continue reading Realbread Now Mondays & Thursday

Ruminations

Ruminations. Ruminating. Ruminate. To think deeply about something. Or perhaps if you are a ruminant, as below, you might instead bring up food from the rumen (the first stomach) and chew deeply on it again. I am often to be found ruminating. To ruminate is a key part for me in developing ideas, solving problems, co-ordinating plans… Continue reading Ruminations

Spring feels on the verge of being sprung

Spring feels on the verge of being sprung, with the slow quiet dark of winter poised for the leap. Seeds are being sorted, separated, sown and sprouted; the dexter cows are eager for a galloped separation to the hill whereas the Muirshearlich blackface hill sheep have slowly been sorted in close for in-bye sprouting of… Continue reading Spring feels on the verge of being sprung

2018 Doughies Family Carbon Footprint

I have been curious to look at our personal carbon footprint, and having done so thought I would share it on the blog. Hunting around for a good personal carbon footprint calculator I came across the super useful Carbon Independent site run by Ian & Margaret Campbell. I resonated in particular with the explanatory notes on each… Continue reading 2018 Doughies Family Carbon Footprint

Essentialism

I recently listened to this podcast - an interview with Greg McKeown (@GregoryMcKeown) the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. And it got me thinking about the essential and non-essential within my own endeavours. I as much as the next person can get side-tracked or speed-tracked into the pursuit of the urgent but often frivolous. To date… Continue reading Essentialism

2018 Review & 2019 Plans

Its New Years eve. The animals are fed, the croft chores are done. And I'm sat inside contemplating life over a coffee. I find the approach of a new year an excellent time to think back on the year that is behind and forward to the days, weeks and months which lie ahead. So here's a… Continue reading 2018 Review & 2019 Plans

A journey to the edge of the map

Rustle the top left hand edge of a map of Scotland, and chances are your fingers will briefly touch Uist. As excitedly reported in the rye-volution post, doughies along with some other local crofters were planning a technical and networking journey to learn from crofters about grain growing, harvesting and drying. A journey to the edge of… Continue reading A journey to the edge of the map

Rye-volution Renaissance is Coming

A rye revolution - a rye-volution A remembering of lost skills - a rye renaissance. It's coming guys - local lochaber grain - slow and steady like a slow rising sourdough. Three little rye rises to share:- 1. A photo of our 2018 rye trial plot - still learning (low density due to germination/weather) but… Continue reading Rye-volution Renaissance is Coming

Sourdough Baking & Growing Update

Quite quiet on the doughies blog of late, and I thought it was high time for a mid season splurge of words by way of update. Bakehouse Update So our bakehouse has quietly grown in the interim. I reckon we have now gone from nano to pico to micro [and can now officially be labelled… Continue reading Sourdough Baking & Growing Update