Breakfast of Champions – Breakfast/Brunch in Aberdeen


When the Herald newspaper rounded up the best brunches in ScotlandSkene House was delighted to see Aberdeen’s Sand Dollar, down on the beach front, taking a coveted place in the Top Ten.


Sand Dollar’s famous Overnight Oats

Known not only for its yogurts, overnight oats and Full Scottish Vegan breakfast, as well as its sea views, Sand Dollar is a relaxed, family-friendly escape from it all. A chilled stop after a walk on the beach.

Other recommended spots to grab breakfast include Corner Tree Café, Cognito on the Corner and No.10 Bar & Restaurant. But whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, eating out soon adds up, and you may wish to save your pennies on breakfast so you can splurge a bit more on evening meals out. Many people prefer to prepare their own breakfast as they wish to follow a particular diet, and others prefer home-cooked food on the whole.


Fully Furnished Kitchens at Skene House

At Skene House, each one, two or three bedroom suite comes with a furnished kitchen and living room. In terms of cooking, as well as a range of implements, pots and pans each kitchen has an oven, hob, microwave and toaster. A far cry from a standard hotel room. It’s possible to cook up a range of fresh and tempting breakfasts to kickstart the day in style, and impress whoever you’re with.

So we invited three of Aberdeen’s leading food and travel bloggers to suggest a range of breakfasts to rustle up in Skene House.

Foodie Quine


Claire Jessiman has been blogging her Edible Scottish Adventures as Foodie Quine since 2012. A mum of two and wife of one, she is passionate about cooking from scratch, seasonality, food education and family-friendly recipes.

“Pancakes always seem like such a decadent breakfast but they can actually be thrown together very quickly. At home I’d always make my Grandma Monearn’s recipe for pancakes, which does need a few more ingredients and accurate weighing and measuring. However, for a more basic breakfast, this method works perfectly, and the addition of bacon takes the humble scotch pancake to a whole new level.”


Bacon IN Pancakes

Streaky bacon
1 cup SR flour
1 Tablespoon caster sugar
Pinch salt
1 free range egg
enough milk to blend to a dropping consistency

Fry the streaky bacon and set aside on some kitchen roll to crisp up. Measure all the dry ingredients into a small bowl and make a well. Add a beaten egg and mix. Gradually add milk whisking well until you reach a dropping consistency. Wipe out the frying pan with a paper towel, leaving only a very thin layer of oil to cook the pancakes. Dip a piece of cooked bacon into the batter until it is fully covered and place carefully in the pan. Once the bacon pancake starts to bubble turn over with a fish slice to cook the other side. Eat and enjoy – ideally drizzled with maple syrup.



Scots2Travel has shared family travel in Scotland and abroad since 2015. The team of two lively youngsters, and two relatively patient parents, is used to trying local specialities and rattling up quick breakfasts in glamping pods, apartments, hostels and campsites.

“When exploring with kids, travel has to be relatively streamlined, inspiring and always enjoyable. Admittedly we travel with a range of snacks, but breakfast starts the day. To be honest, the kids are happiest when we simply pack some cereal, milk, pineapple juice and grapes. My youngest is mad for porridge so we may try Jo’s recipe coming up below. But for a treat that’s fresh and relatively easy to pull together, it’s got to feature an avocado! So here are some options…”

Avocado Delights – Vegetarian

We’re talking one avocado, sourdough bread (or your bread of choice), olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some flakes of chilli. Simply drizzle the toasted bread with the oil and vinegar to your taste, mash the avocado and sprinkle a few flakes of chilli on top. I don’t have time to spend long over food preparation, or using lots of implements (that then require washing), so I prefer quick dishes that taste great.


For an easier option, mash an avocado, sprinkle with pepper and smoked paprika and accompany with some toasted bread and butter.

For something fancier and more substantial I like the look of a dish like this one below:- slice the avocado and serve with your bread of choice, sliced boiled eggs, pine nuts and lashings of black pepper. My tots would certainly be helping themselves to our boiled eggs, so we’d have to make extra.


Jo’s Healthy Cupboard 


Jo’s blog covers a range of healthy nibbles and meals, great for those with New Year’s Resolutions that they’re trying to stick to, or for anyone embracing Veganary and beyond for 2019.

Jo says, “I am a mum, wife, sister, friend, daughter, healthy food enthusiast and runner.’

‘My hope for this blog is to inspire you in some way to become a healthier, happier you, to experiment more with plant-based foods and maybe even start running.’

‘I will share my passion for plant-based living, my favourite recipes, cruelty-free products and running tips.”


Jo’s Carrot Cake Porridge – Vegan

For a traditional Scottish breakfast, with a healthy modern twist consider Carrot Cake Porridge. Vegan too, it’s got a lot of good things going on.

  1. 1 small grated carrot
  2. 40g porridge oats or oatmeal
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  5. 1 teacup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  6. Small pinch salt
  7. 1/2 teacup water (depends how thick you like it)
  8. Optional toppings: Almond butter, chopped banana, maple syrup or honey


Grate the carrot. Add the oats, milk, water, carrot and spices to a small saucepan and heat gently. Simmer on a low heat for 5-10 minutes depending to the type of oats you use. Oatmeal takes longer than porridge oats, so you will need to cook it longer. Add more water or milk if you like your porridge thinner. To use a microwave add all ingredients to a microwaveable bowl and heat for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Put back in the microwave for another minute and remove and stir. If it needs longer add for a further 30 seconds. Sprinkle your toppings of choice & enjoy!!

Discover more about our Bloggers

 Join the Conversation at Jo’s Healthy Cupboard

Jo from Jo’s Healthy Cupboard

Find your Travel Fix with Scots2Travel

Janice and Mr Tot from Scots2Travel

Have an Edible Adventure with Foodie Quine

Claire from Foodie Quine

Get Cooking at Skene House

We’d love our guests to try any of these recipes at Skene House, and look forward to seeing any photos you tag us in.

And remember, if you wish to cook a particular meal, and require particular cooking implements, please get in touch to find out exactly which kitchen implements we provide. If we don’t issue a particular utensil as standard, we may be able to source it for you. It’s time to create the Breakfast of Champions.

 Learn more about the suites and kitchens at Skene House by visiting Skene House offers the Suite Life for those who love cooking, eating, or both, so for more information get in touch at +44 1224 659 392 or email



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