Fifteen years ago we booked five no return tickets to Scotland, and for my family and me, this was the best decision ever.
When I moved in this country the first thing that struck me was the wind, a constant companion that keeps the air clean, makes the weather extremely changeable and most of all bring you smells from far away.
For the past 15 years, I lived in Perth and Kinross, and the wind used to smell of mountain, woodlands and, sometimes, snow. It reminded me of my childhood in the dolomites that I spent skiing and hiking with my family and friends. Now that I moved to Midlothian, the wind bring smells of grass, the countryside and the sea.
Portobello beach is just a few minutes away from my new home and I love to go there and walk along the promenade. I often go there with my kids and my dog. My son like to look for seashell and other treasure and my dog loves to play on the shore.
To celebrate 15 years in this amazing country, I decided to prepare a pear and lemon cake that my great-aunt taught me many years ago.
She lived near lake Garda in a beautiful house with a terrace overlooking the lake. For me this cake is perfect for this time of the year when there are the first hints of autumn in the air but summer it’s still very present in your memory.
As in Scotland summer it’s not as hot as in Italy I don’t crave autumn as much now but I know many of my friends in Italy do especially after a long and very hot summer.