Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Bat's Life at Drum Castle, Scotland

We enjoy visiting all the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) properties during our summer holidays here in Scotland. They regularly have fun activities for kids conducted by the Rangers for a small fee. Today, we attended the Children's Walk at Drum Castle to learn more about bats living in the castle grounds.

The Rangers started off by telling the children some interesting facts about bats, and we also got to see some preserved bats - they were really tiny compared to the ones we get in KL.

There are 18 native species, 17 which are known to be breeding in the UK and there are four that you will most likely see. The ones at Drum eats insects such as moths and midges, and we were astounded to learn that they can eat as many as 3000 a night.

Moths - bat food

We were also shown roosting sites for bats, both in summer and winter. They like it warm in summer so you will likely find them under the roof slates at Drum and in winter, they will be hibernating in the cellar.

The kids also got to make several bat crafts to bring home with them such as an origami bat, bat head band and also a twirly bat. All in all, a fun and educational morning for the kids. :)

Booking is via, you can also find more info about upcoming events on the website. There will be other opportunities to learn about bats at Craigievar (28/7), Castle Fraser (24/8) and Haddo House (1/9) this summer holidays.

Duration: 1 1/2 hours.

Price: £5 per child.

Location: Drum Castle, Drumoak, By Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5EY, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1330 700334


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Recipe: Pasta with Zucchini, Samphire, Mushrooms and King Prawns

We've been getting some really fantastic weather here in Scotland, so we would spend almost all day outdoors with the kids. So for dinner, I usually cook something simple and quick when we get home... such as this pasta with sauteed button mushrooms, zucchini as well as some samphire. Samphire goes well with seafood, so for our protein, I used raw peeled king prawns. Before serving, add generous servings of Parmesan cheese. Our kids loved this, very tasty indeed!

Pasta with zucchini, samphire and garlic butter king prawns
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp butter
190g raw peeled king prawns
1/2 tsp chicken stock granules
60g samphire
50g white button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 zucchini, sliced
Fresly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

1. In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes, until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until lightly golden, then add the mushrooms. Saute for about 1 minute, then add the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Melt the butter and then cook the prawns for 1 minute, until they change to an orange hue. Add the pasta and samphire, and season with the chicken stock granules and toss well. Grate generous amounts of Parmesan cheese all over and serve immediately.

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