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Gamekeeping minutes – At the ‘lochan’

By Sporting, Teasses Estate, Visits

Our Gamekeeping Team have been busy replenishing our ‘lochan’ with trout, to provide sporting opportunities for our fishing syndicate and occasional day rods. Our beautiful trout is sourced from Belhaven Trout Company  and has been keeping our fishermen happy year or year. In the video below you can appreciate the water clarity of our ‘lochan’ and catch a glimpse of our wonderful views and wildlife.

You will see Jordan slowly and gently releasing the trout into the ‘lochan’ to limit the shock the fish might experience when changing environment, water temperature and PH levels. This is very important at Teasses.

Kenny, our Head Gamekeeper, also brings you some footage of our resident toad population. After emerging from their overwintering sites, toads tend to return to ancestral breeding ponds along the same routes each year – they have definitely come out in large numbers this Spring.

Our fishing season at Teasses runs from February to October and the longer and sunny Spring days offer a great opportunity to head out on the ‘lochan’. For more information on our fishing syndicate and day rods, please get in touch at [email protected]. The ‘lochan’ is in view of Hall Teasses, our self-catering lodge – a perfect combination if you are looking for a sporting staycation.

Garden Diary 2021

By Garden, Uncategorized

Our monthly Garden Diary update with Head Gardener Craig.

Springtime has well and truly begun at Teasses, with lots of daffodils now visible all around the garden. Interestingly, Spring can actually start at different times, depending on who you ask! Looking at the astronomical calendar for example, the first day of spring is 20 March. The Phenological method records dates of reoccurring natural phenomena, such as flowering; for meteorologists, spring starts on 1 March and runs until 31 May. We are definitely loving Spring at Teasses and all of the colours it bring to the garden after the cold and snowy winter we experienced this year!

With restrictions in Scotland slowly lifting we are very excited to announce our Garden will be re-opening for visits from 5th May 2021. Our Garden will be open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm until the end of October. From this year you can also pre-book Garden tickets up to 1 month in advance via our new ticketing partner Candide.

See you all again very soon!

Spring Bulb Arrangement with Craig

By Garden, Workshops

Join Head Gardener Craig in preparing a lovely spring bulb arrangement.

With Spring officially in full swing at Teasses, our gardens are starting to fill with beautiful colours and fragrance. Our garden team have been extremely busy in the Greenhouse over the winter, growing all of these wonderful bulbs and protecting them from the hefty amounts of snow Teasses witnessed this year. With the Gardens currently undergoing some exciting changes, we are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors back from May to enjoy the fresh air and magical scenery at Teasses. We are also pleased to introduce a selection of Workshops run by our knowledgeable team on site this summer. If you are interested in knowing more about our workshop offer and to book your space, head over to our new section on our website.

Garden Diary – February 2021

By Garden, Teasses Estate

We are back for a new year of content straight from our Gardens!

Head Gardener Craig welcomes you back (virtually) to the Gardens at Teasses. Check out the video below for some updates you on what has been happening in our snowy garden. And keep following us on Facebook and Instagram, for further updates, photos, videos and much more for the Scottish Snowdrop Festival!

Recipe: Christmas Cantucci

By Teasses Recipes

Introducing Giada, our new Business Development Manager here at Teasses.

Giada is originally Italian and has a huge passion for cooking and baking; and eating – it was only therefore fitting that we’d introduce her by sharing one of her recipes! This is a Christmas twist on a traditional Italian biscuit called “Cantucci”, which is typical of the region of Tuscany. The addition of cinnamon and orange zest , will make your kitchen smell like Christmas morning! These biscuits are also perfect as a small Christmas homemade gift!

Happy baking!

Teasses Audio Tour

By Garden
Candide Gardening

Download the Candide Gardening App and enjoy access to the Teasses Audio Tour. The App brings together a network of professional and passionate gardeners from across the UK to lend support, advice and comment on all aspects of gardening, whatever you wish to discuss or highlight. The App provides a directory of gardens open to the public allowing you to see which gardens are open in your area or if visiting an area all the gardens are highlighted allowing you to easily plan a few days of garden visits.

In Fife several gardens have signed up to Candide Gardening so when visiting the county please download the App and explore the bountiful gardens in the Kingdom of Fife.

Candide Gardening App

July in the Garden

By Garden

July in the garden is always a busy time at Teasses not only are we maintaining the garden but we are also busy welcoming visitors to the garden. This July we have had several groups and a return visits from the Garden Society of America. The Walled Garden is looking fantastic and blooming bountifully. Our borders planted in the late winter have established particularly well with the red border looking full and vibrant. Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’, Penstemon ‘Southgate Gem’, Sanguisorba officinalis all look fantastic in the border together. The hot box continues to provide organic vegetables; carrots, leeks and golden beetroot. Dahlias are just beginning to bloom in the walled garden, we are hopeful for a similar display as last year. The heavy scent of hundreds of sweet peas fill the summer air especially in the evening.

The formal gardens around the house are stunning at this time of year with billowing clouds of Campanula ‘Pritchard’s Variety’ filling every space. Roses in the sundial garden smell heavily, the buds of Filipendula ‘Rubra’ are waiting to burst. Tropaeolum speciosum provides a vibrant back drop in the garden. The surviving Cardiocrinums are in full heavily scented bloom in Sir Fraser’s Garden. In the greenhouse the enormous trumpets of Brugmansia versicolor also fill the greenhouse with a perfume like no-other.

Savour St. Andrews

By Game
Teasses Estate; Game; Sustainable; Food;

Kenny, our Head Gamekeeper, addresses an audience at the Savour St. Andrews event held earlier this month. Savour St. Andrews promotes local, sustainable, quality food and that vision marries up perfectly with the Teasses game we have to offer.

At the event chefs prepared Teasses Roe Ravioli and Canapés of Teasses Pheasant and Duck.

If you are interested in leaning more about the game products we have available at Teasses, please contact our Head Gamekeeper, Kenny.

Savour St. Andrews; Teasses Estate
Savour St. Andrews; Teasses Estate

Recipe: Housekeeper’s Tablet

By Teasses Recipes

Traditional Scottish Tablet is a real treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee or a wee dram of whisky after dinner. Kate has put together this recipe for her own take on the familiar sweet treat and it makes delicious tablet which is rich, sweet and creamy – everything you could ask for from tablet.

This recipe makes a tray of tablet which is enough for around 35 portions. As everything starts to pick up in preparation for Christmas meals and New Year parties get ahead with this recipe, make your tablet now and you’ll be able to store it throughout the festive season, to the delight of your guests.

 

You will need;

  • 900g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Unsalted Butter
  • 150ml Full Fat Milk
  • 1 tin of Condensed Milk

Step One: Place all of the ingredients into a deep pan and allow everything to melt slowly together over a medium heat. This might take some time so feel free to stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately thirty-five minutes. The mixture will gradually darken. Just when you think it is dark enough, the thirty-five minutes are up.

Step Two: Bring the mixture to the boil and start beating with a wooden spoon. You’ll notice that the colour and texture of the mixture changes. Continue to beat the mixture by hand until it begins to resemble a loose cake batter. You can test this stage by dropping a small drip of tablet mixture into a glass of cold water. You are looking for it to make a soft ball and not to discolour the water by making it cloudy.

You need to be very careful when mixing tablet as boiling sugar is very, very hot. 

Step Three: When your mixture resembles a loose cake batter pour it into a baking tray. Allow it to semi-set and then score portion sizes into the hardening mixture. This will make it much easier to break neatly when it is completely set.