A Year In My Shetland Garden

From quick meals and dishes for entertaining, to snacks and soups. Loaves, preserves and drinks. Unearth more than 80 ways to make the most of your garden throughout the year.​​ And feed your loved ones on any occasion.

Whether you live up North or elsewhere, have a garden or just a windowsill with some pots, I hope you will enjoy the recipes here. And find inspiration to grow some of your own ingredients. 

Perhaps next year will be the first year you grow your own salad leaves and radishes…

Nothing beats that feeling! Or the taste.

Simple, seasonal recipes that bring simple pleasures.

Intertwining flavours of Scotland and Scandinavia. Folding together influences from my worldwide travels and some Shetland specialties.

A little adventure up to Northernmost Scotland, from the comfort of your kitchen.


Here are a few of my seasonal favourites, you’ll find inside

  • Leek and Potato Soup with Croutons
  • Warm Roasted Cauliflower and Cavolo Nero Salad
  • Four-Bean Salad with a Herb and Garlic Dressing
  • Poached Rhubarb Cranachan
  • Wild Garlic Pesto
  • Spinach Bhajis with a Green Salsa
  • Veggie Burgers with a Tahini Dip



  • Summer Courgette Soup
  • Courgette Fritters with a Yoghurt Dip
  • Oven-Baked Smoked Haddock Risotto
  • Easy Ratatouille
  • Rebarborová Buchta (Rhubarb Tray Cake)
  • Elderflower Cordial
  • Catalan Tomato


  • Roast Shetland Lamb with a Moroccan Spice Rub
  • Borscht
  • Carrot and Celeriac Salad with Capers
  • Fried Mushrooms and Caramelised Onions on Toast with Feta
  • Kimchi-Style Hot Sauerkraut
  • Pumpkin Purée Risotto
  • Grandma’s Easy Apple Strudel


  • Reestit Mutton Tattie Soup
  • Lentil Soup with Bannocks
  • Valašská Kyselice (Sauerkraut and Smoked Sausage Soup)
  • Warm Cavolo Nero, Sweet Potato and Halloumi Salad
  • Czech Christmas and Light Viennese Potato Salads
  • Ořechová Bábovka (Walnut Bundt Cake)

Stroud, England


“A very wise friend gave me your cookbook for my birthday a few weeks ago and I’ve already tried several recipes and they are fantastic. 

Your lentil soup is the best I’ve ever tasted!”

Simple, seasonal recipes that bring simple pleasures.

Spend A Year In My Shetland Garden

Cross oceans to connect to Shetland. All from your cosy kitchen.

Follow the challenges of gardening at 60° North. Where the winters are long, and the growing season is short. It’s all about adaptability. Change. Growth. Just as this cookbook is made to be loved, dog-eared, scribbled on. Maybe the odd splash of something marks the margins.  

You’ll feel the experience of cooking becomes richer, as you turn each page, connecting you to a wilder place. And so the world suddenly feels smaller, like we aren’t so far away from each other.


Devon, England

“Everybody got a cookbook from me this Christmas. So now everybody that I know wants to move to Shetland.”

In a world where everything seems to be getting faster, A Year In My Shetland Garden is an invitation to slow down. It’s my invitation to you, to enjoy what we have and be more resourceful. 

This collection of nourishing dishes has been inspired by my beloved Shetland garden, other local produce and wild plants. 

These ingredients have been curated to help you feel more gratitude in life — for what nature provides us — and so we can waste less. And share what the natural world provides us in the dining room. Whether that’s with a hearty meal for a cosy night in. Or when creating dishes to mark a celebration with friends. 

Unwind. Enjoy a slower pace in life.

By supporting us, you’re helping Shetland thrive

All the publications you’ll find in the Shetland Wool Adventures store come from the people that live, breathe and love these islands. 

We connect with so many other small businesses, through our tours, our Journal and other publications we launch through our sister company, 60 North Publishing. From farmers and spinners, knitters and guides, writers and photographers.

This cookbook has been a long time coming. I get such a warm feeling with this book in my hands, knowing that it lets the true Shetland shine. After many years of thinking about it, making plans, gathering ideas, researching, growing, experimenting, developing recipes, learning about food photography and styling, it's as much a celebration of the people who helped along the way. And a thank you to the people who warmly welcomed me into the Shetland community. 

Denver, Colorado


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