I think this must be the windiest winter on record, well it’s certainly the windiest we’ve experienced living on the mountain. In fact in the 8 years we’ve lived here , we’ve lived through many weather records, the hottest summer, the wettest Autumn, the driest winter, Snow first time in 80 years .. we call it living in extremes, or all weathers.
The skies have been so clear and blue this winter, and on most days we can see the snow topped mountains of Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean sea – journeys to the coast afford views of Africa, and its Moorish headlands. The wind though has paid it’s price, this morning hiking up the mount to the meet the school bus, I had to hold on to my little daughter as she was almost blown away, we sheltered in a nook from the howling wind, olives that have not yet been picked were hurtling through the air like missiles. As soon as it comes though it subsides, and calm prevails once more.
Yesterday we were able to to enjoy a feast with friends alfresco, with ‘Secreto Iberico‘ on the barby and a huge terracotta dish piled high with ‘patatas a lo pobre‘ , along with herb salad and the first nasturtium flowers of the season, and a giant loaf of rye soda-bread to mop up juices. A day in the fresh air, rosie cheeks, full bellies, and then a night in front of the fire, with a trifle to boot 😉
Today the wind is back, and the temperature has dropped, so the home fires are burning and warming comfort food is needed – Albondigas are bubbling away, and a tray of luscious Oatie, fruit & nut flapjacks have been made to enjoy with a little camomile & honey tea.
What a difference a day makes, but it keeps us on our toes, and makes us make the most of all weathers.
Here I share my recipe for a very large tray of Oatie, fruit & nut flapjacks.
2 oranges – zested & juiced
1 lemon – zested & juiced
200 gr Sultanas
400 gr butter
200 gr Brown sugar
200 gr Golden syrup
200 gr Plain flour
500 gr Oats
200 gr pine nuts
- Put juice, zest of fruits & sultanas in a saucepan and heat gently, for the sultanas to plum up – for about 5 mins.
- Add butter , syrup & sugar to the pan and heat gently until all melted.
- In large bowl put flour, oats & nuts, mix then add melted mixture, stir well until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour mixture into a large lined baking tray and bake in oven 160 c for 25 mins until golden
- Cut into squares whilst warm then allow cool.