In addition to a wide variety of other talents, Peter Sinclair of Hillswick makes excellent Shetland bannocks. I first heard of Mr. Sinclair through The Shetland Times newspaper last December when Maree Hay wrote about his bannock making skills in her regular column North Mainland Notes. Peter had been asked to teach a small class in Northmavine so others could learn to make his wonderfully light, fluffy and flavoursome Shetland bannocks at home.
I quickly tracked him down and asked (begged!) if he would teach me how to make them too, and much to my delight he agreed. So, one cool, crisp sunny morning I headed north past Mavis Grind, the narrow isthmus joining the Northmavine peninsula to the mainland of Shetland. It is said that a strong arm could throw a stone from the North Sea into the Atlantic here. It's a magical place, in my imagination, and since I don't come this far north very often passing this point always means adventure to me.