A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Let the bounty begin!


I love this time of year! The weather has warmed up, we are busy as anything, and the seeds and plants that we planted months ago are finally starting to produce their fruit.

First in line were the lettuces. Rather than planting them down in our ‘forest garden’, we planted them near the house. I don’t know why it has taken us so long to plant them up here – it makes so much sense! Rather than going down to water one day and finding out they have all bolted, we can watch them day by day, and pick them when they are succulent and young.

Next up, cherries! Every day for the past 2 weeks, we have been picking bowlsfull of cherries for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Can you imagine a better dessert than freshly picked, sweet, ripe cherries?

This week, husband Kenton gave me a bright orange gift – our first two carrots from the garden! We served them fresh for dinner, along with new potatoes fresh-dug from the garden, served at room temperature with a dressing of olive oil (Yunquera Gold, of course) and vinegar. Potato salad Casa Tyr style!

I’m now very much looking forward to our first blueberries! We planted them last year in a half barrel (courtesy of our friend Manuel) and this year it looks like we will have a lovely little crop of blueberries.

Blueberries at Casa Tyr

Blueberries at Casa Tyr

Buy organic? No, we don’t have to, we grow them ourselves. No pesticides or herbicides – it’s just the way we do things at Casa Tyr!

New potato salad

1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 pound new potatoes, washed but not peeled
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tin really good quality tuna, drained (optional)
Yunquera Gold olive oil
white wine vinegar
salt and pepper
fresh chives, chopped (optional)

Cook the potatoes until tender. Mix with onion and garlic, and tuna, then dress with olive oil and vinegar to taste.

Serve at room temperature, season to taste. If desired, garnish with fresh chopped chives.

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

2 thoughts on “Let the bounty begin!

  1. It’s wonderful growing your own produce, isn’t it?

    We are having a BBQ tomorrow – and potato salad was one of the things I was going to make. Your version sounds delish – I’ll make it – thanks! 🙂


    • Hi Marianne, thanks for posting! Let me know how people like it – however, do make sure you get top quality (preferably home grown) potatoes for the dish. BTW, I have loads of our own recipes on here, as well as some great campo recipes from a farmer friend of ours.