Here’s my easy Pavlova Recipe

Don’t you just love the summer (ok, that’s a slight exaggeration in Scotland just now because the weather’s been colder than usual!). The summer fruits are starting to taste really good and so it’s time to make pavlovas. Several years ago I was given a tip on an easy pavlova recipe and I decided to share it.

I use the whites of three eggs and a full cup of caster sugar; a tiny pinch of salt; a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of vanilla essence or extract.

To make the meringue, I place half the sugar in a very clean bowl, add the whites of eggs and the tiny pinch of salt (actually, it’s more like a few grains of salt on a teaspoon). Whisk these ingredients together to form stiff peaks of meringue (it’s possible to turn the bowl upside down and the meringue stays in the bowl!) After this stage, add the rest of the sugar slowly, making sure it’s incorporated evenly. Finally add in the vinegar and vanilla essence.

I usually make individual pavlovas – placing a tablespoonful of the meringue on a greased paper. Make a little hollow in the meringue so that you can later fill it with fruit and cream. Depending on how generous you are with your portions, you can get 8/9 portions of pavlova. I cook mine in an electric fan oven at 120C for approximately an hour. Allow to cool. You can store these for several days so this is one great recipe you can do in advance of a dinner party.

Be creative when you decorate the pavlova – strawberries and/or raspberries are traditional, but all sorts of other fruits make a great accompaniment for this. I try and add a dash of strawberry or raspberry sauce for some additional color – but plum compote would also look dramatic.

Sterling Silver Celtic Earrings set with Onyx

As Christmas approaches, I feel the need to continue updating my website to add in products that will be great presents for loved ones. I remembered these lovely silver Celtic earrings which are set with black onyx and somehow they seemed appropriate.

Of course, we sell other silver (and gold) earrings – and you can find more on our website: Silver Celtic Earrings and Gold Celtic Earrings

Can’t really believe it is so close to the Festive season in what has been a challenging year for so many reasons.

Hearts are back in fashion

All over the catwalk in 2023

It’s always interesting what is trending by watching current tv shows. There are many TV shows that feature heart-shaped jewelry. Here are a few examples:

Silver Heart Earrings – Luckenbooth
  • Bridgerton: The Netflix show features a lot of lavish jewelry, including heart-shaped pieces. In one scene, Daphne Bridgerton wears a heart-shaped necklace that was given to her by her husband, Simon Basset.
  • Gossip Girl: The CW show was known for its fashion, and heart-shaped jewelry was a popular trend. Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf were often seen wearing heart-shaped earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. (Gossip Girl TV show heart shaped jewelry).
  • Pretty Little Liars: The Freeform show also featured heart-shaped jewelry, often worn by the show’s main characters, Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Emily Fields, and Hanna Marin. Poshmark Pretty Little Liars TV show heart shaped jewelry
  • The Vampire Diaries: The CW show had a gothic aesthetic, and heart-shaped jewelry was often seen on the show’s characters, including Elena Gilbert, Caroline Forbes, and Bonnie Bennet.
  • Once Upon a Time: The ABC show was a fairy tale retelling, and heart-shaped jewelry was often seen on the show’s characters, including Snow White, Cinderella, and Belle.

These are just a few examples of TV shows that feature heart-shaped jewelry. Heart-shaped jewelry is a popular choice for TV shows because it is a symbol of love, romance, and passion.

Silver Heart Stud Earrings

Covid-19 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have made some changes here at MacGillivray‘s, so we wanted to let you know what is happening.

Our website is still open for you to browse and place your orders as usual.

Because many of our suppliers have made the decision to close their workshops to ensure the safety of staff and customers, it means that we will be unable to supply many products which were available to us by return of post . Consequently, we have been working hard to update our site so that we are currently only offering items that are in stock – but, with quite a big website, it’s not always possible to find every last product which we would have to buy in. It’s frustrating all round 🙁

Finished stock is available though so please still place your order or get in touch with us at margaret@macgillivrays.co.uk if you would like to check if we have a particular item available. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but we hate disappointing you if we have to cancel an order.

How many brooches should I wear?

Silver Celtic Brooch set with Blue Topaz

It seems as if brooches are back – Lady Hale’s amazing spider brooch was an exclamation mark, showing the style and the power of a piece of jewellery pinned to a garment. It would seem that any style goes – and, for some, (think Georgio Armani) the more pieces pinned to a garment, the better! So, we’ve got some lovely silver brooches which would make beautiful Christmas gifts for 2019’s stylish lady.

silver luckenbooth brooch Sterling silver celtic cross brooch Silver Celtic Brooch

The three brooches here are some of our most popular designs; traditional, made in sterling silver and hallmarked in Edinburgh, they could be amazing, grouped together on a jacket or dress! We’d love to see your photo showing how you wear your brooch! Tag us on Instagram to let us see your Celtic style.

Gold Celtic Bangles

Celtic Bangle in 9ct Gold - Boisdale
9ct Gold Celtic Bangle

Our gold bangles are available to order so please allow 10-15 working days for the manufacture and hallmarking of this select piece of jewellery. Made in Scotland, our bangles are hallmarked in Edinburgh. You can find more information about the Boisdale Celtic Bangle here.

https://www.macgillivrays.co.uk/celtic-bangle-in-sterling-silver-boisdale.html (This bangle is also available in hallmarked sterling silver –

Another gorgeous Celtic bangle in gold is our Askernish bangle. It is a substantial piece of jewellery – the gold Celtic motif opens up to allow you to put the bangle on.

Ask about different stones

Sterling silver Celtic brooch set with amethyst
Silver Celtic Cross Brooch set with Amethyst

You’d love to buy a Celtic brooch in gold or sterling silver, but you’re looking for one set with a different precious or semi-precious stone? How often do you say to yourself, “I’d love to buy this for Auntie M but she only wears silver and turquoise!” Well, you know what, our silver and goldsmiths are versatile and we can request a quotation for you to supply a special piece of jewellery which is set with the gemstone of your choice. Sure, it might cost a little more than the standard offering and it will certainly take a few extra days for us to get it made for you. However, challenges like this are our bread and butter – we love it when our customers say that they’re looking for something unusual and don’t know how to got about obtaining it!

Silver Celtic Brooch set with Ruby
Sterling silver Celtic Cross Brooch – set with Ruby this time!

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Please just ask us 🙂 Don’t worry, we’ll be gentle with you and will let you know about costs and timescales as soon as possible.

All locked in!

Well, the other day we were investigating possible storage units for our household goods for when we do our renovations. We went to look at one container rental business fairly close to home.

security fence
Locked In

When we arrived, we parked in the industrial estate and walked to the storage area.  All fenced in with an open gate, the facility looked clean, neat and well organised. So far, so good. We decided to walk in and ask in the office if there were units available.

Big mistake!

As we walked round to the office, the gate shut behind us.

Although the lights were on in the office, it turned out that the office was locked – no-one there.  The obvious thing to do was to phone the support number which could be seen on the units; this was the moment that I discovered that the battery in my iphone was completely flat.

Fortunately someone walked by and very kindly offered to find someone with the code to open the gate again so we didn’t have to spend the night in the storage units.

That’s what you call a #Margaretmoment 😂❤️☺️😅🙃

Have you also found our Amazon shop?

Please note:  now that we’re semi-retired, we no longer have an Amazon store.  Apologies if you’ve been looking for us on there.  

Did you know that we have a small shop on Amazon.co.uk?  We’ve been selling there for quite some time – check out our feedback in our online storefront.

Amazon is extremely particular about customer service, speedy delivery and keen pricing.  You’ll be delighted to know that we apply the same standards of service to products sold here on MacGillivray’s so you can be assured that we will look after you extremely carefully whether here on our own website or on the Amazon platform.

Celtic bangle
Sterling silver celtic bangle – Askernish.

There are many products on our own site which don’t make it to our Amazon store and, very occasionally, the reverse is true.  However, if you have a question about a product or would like to find out if we can supply something, please phone or text us – 07955 450739 is our customer service number.

We’re here to help!