04 May 2010
Hillwalking and Horseradish
This was my second day out hillwalking since giving birth to Cooper, four months ago. It was lovely to be out and about with Graham and my hillwalking friends on such a lovely day (ie. no rain), enjoying the fresh air and wonderful Scottish views.
We set off from the centre of Pitlochry and walked into the hills and back for nearly seven hours. The walk runs from Pitlochry uphill across heather moorland to Killiecrankie. It is supposed to be a 10 mile walk, but I would say nearer 15, taking into consideration how long it took us.
The walk up was quite steep and hard work, so we were grateful to stop for lunch.
My friend Andrew and I always do a lunch swap. It keeps us on our toes, thinking of something interesting to share.
I baked chewy flapjack cookies (recipe to follow) for us to munch on as we walked and I decided to make sandwiches for lunch.
Lovely fresh bread, overflowing with seeds, spread with a generous slather of horseradish sauce, topped with juicy slices of portabello mushroom, fried in a little butter (or marg) and seasoned with salt and pepper. A layer of sliced ripe and creamy avocado, tossed lightly in some freshly squeezed lemon juice (to prevent it from browning) and a handful of fresh, green, baby spinach leaves for crunch. Nom, nom!!
Andrew provided us with wraps. Seeded tortilla wraps spread with a blend of cream cheese and pesto and filled with potato and carrot roasted in olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, topped with salad leaves and carefully rolled. The flavours were gorgeous, in fact my mouth is watering just thinking of it. Mmmmmmm!
We were all very hot after the walk up, but you do cool down very quickly and there was a light flurry of snow to hurry us along.
The walk down is always more pleasant than the trek up and this time it was shared with lots of cute little lambs fiercely protected by their mothers. Then it was a long walk through woodlands by a river and back into Pitlochry. A dumping of gear into cars and a much appreciated comfy seat in a pub.