What’s the best piece of business advice you could give?
Believe in yourself, give yourself time, it wont happen overnight and build a good foundation, something that's solid enough to survive when things are a bit tight. Also don't beat yourself up or take things personally when things don't work out the way you want them to. I started with a rough plan in my head and just went with it, my husband actually has a very good saying, keep throwing mud at the wall and some of it will stick eventually. He also says ‘stick to the knitting Elizabeth’ when I get carried away and think I can do loads, he grounds me and keeps it real and manageable.
Where would you like to see your business in 5 years time?
Surviving, sustainable, well respected as a good quality local producer.
If you could only cook one of your own products/recipes, what would it be & why?
Would have to be 2 I'm afraid, bread (any kind as long as its good and Real, I am a member of The Real Bread Campaign and passionate about good bread) and bannocks on the girdle served with Orkney cheese and a nice beer.
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – Who would it be and why? …and what’s on the menu?
I would have to invite four people, sorry I know that's cheating but it's my dinner party! It would be my Grandfather for not even knowing how much he inspired me, my husband for all the support he offers, and his parents because I never met them and they aren't around anymore, but I make his Fathers Plum Duff and have been invited to the BBC Good Food Show as a good food champion because of that recipe and his Mother was a keen baker and i have all her bowls, aprons, equipment which gets used in my kitchen every day. I would make Bere Bannocks, butter, cheese and then Plum Duff with home made custard.
Keep an eye out for the launch of the new Capability Brown's website which is due to launch in the coming weeks. Keep up to date with Capability Brown's on Facebook, plus keep up to date with the other side of Elizabeth's business at The Wee Croft Shop.
Professional images supplied courtesy of Alison White Photography.