Lunch

Lunch

By
Gillian Reith, Linsey Reith, Nichola Reith
Contains
15 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742706764
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

If you were to ask any of us where our favourite place in the world is, Arran would be one of the top answers. Arran is an island off the west coast of Scotland where we spent many happy summers as children. The island is sometimes called ‘Scotland in miniature’ due to its mountains, valleys, beaches and generally spectacular scenery.

Half the fun of going to Arran on holiday was that it had to be accessed by ferry, a journey that we found almost as exciting as the holiday itself. We spent our days pottering around in rock pools, visiting the island’s candy floss shop and building sandcastle villages.

The main activity of the day, however, would be the ceremonial preparation and consumption of our lunch picnic. The process of acquiring food for the picnic began almost as soon as breakfast ended. We would all walk to the tiny local baker's shop to buy rolls, followed by a visit to the village butcher for some of his homemade corned beef and the dairy to buy cheese. Deciding what combination of cheese, meats and condiments to put in each roll was so drawn out that it would be nearly lunchtime by the time the picnic bag was finally packed.

Occasionally we would venture off in the car to one of the island’s other villages in search of a new picnic spot, but most often we would decamp to the beach to enjoy our carefully crafted rolls, crisps and juice before spending the rest of the afternoon running in and out of the water.

We still visit Arran as often as we can, but it can be difficult to fit in with the various commitments of running a café. Now that Gillian and I have families of our own, we will be keeping up the tradition of picnicking on the beach as soon as our wee ones are old enough to walk to the baker’s shop! - Nichola

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