The New Food Writing: an evening with Caroline Eden & Louise Gray

Louise has become a friend of mine this past year, since attending her book launch of The Ethical Carnivore and sharing a weekend of processing geese for Christmas on a ...

Africa in Motion 2017 – Food and Movies in Edinburgh & Glasgow

One for people who like exciting food and world cinema… Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival runs from the 27 October – 5 November 2017 and is Scotland’s major annual celebration ...

The UK’s Changing Food Trends and the growth in ‘GYO’

I’ve recently completed my MSc Gastronomy dissertation in which I studied GYO bloggers in the UK and looked at their GYO and GYO blogging in terms of food activism – ...

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Food Beyond The Plate – Upcoming Foodie Workshops

So, my studies are complete and the results are in, I now officially hold a Gastronomy MSc. One of my lecturers, Charlotte Maberly is running some more workshops in the beautiful Newton Walled Garden (near Dalkeith) that might well be of interest to some of you (see below)… Food Beyond The Plate is a collaborative project […]

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Hendricks Gin Invites You To Make Harmonious Music With Cucumbers

Calling gin lovers (and those who may not be so obsessed), the Hendricks events are always imaginative and great fun… Review of last year’s tour bus here. Hendrick’s Perilous Laboratory for the Absorbment of Natural Teachings (P.L.A.N.T) is conducting a genuine and most unusual scientific experiment during the Edinburgh Festival at the Assembly George Square […]

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Food Beyond The Plate – Foraging and Foodie Events

One of my Gastronomy lecturers is working on a collaborative project between food educators, foragers, chefs, artists and producers in the Edinburgh area. They are offering workshops and experiences from July 2017 which explore the world of food in its broadest sense in the beautiful Newton Walled Gardens at Millerhill just outside Edinburgh. You can find out […]

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Power of Food Festival – Events Programme – 17th-18th June

The full programme of events has now been launched, click on the image below to see what’s in store for this year’s festival… The Power of Food Festival, a great celebration of community food growing, will be held in 29 gardens across Edinburgh on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. 2017 marks the third edition […]

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Great British Menu 2017 – Scotland is Up on the 29th!

The Great British Menu is back and celebrating 140 years of Wimbledon. Ally McGrath from Osso Restaurant in Peebles will be returning to our screens as the only Scottish chef actually cooking in Scotland. I tried his GBM dishes last year – they were outstanding, we couldn’t stop talking about them for days. I was […]

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The Power of Food – Food Gardening Festival in June

This is a fantastic two-day festival that allows people the chance to visit different food-growing gardens in and around Edinburgh – with almost 30 gardens throwing open their doors this year, there’s bound to be something for everyone. I can’t recommend the Lost Garden of Penicuik enough if you fancy a wee trip out of […]

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The Third Plate – an inspirational & engaging foodie read!

This book was so inspirational that I had to share. It’s a really easy read and anyone with an interest in cooking, eating or growing food will find it a delight.   The author, Dan Barber, is a well known American chef with a restaurant on his farm and education centre in the hills outside New […]

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Cocktails & Dinner at La Petite Mort

Any restaurant that names itself after the French phrase for an orgasm has to be pretty confident in it’s offering so when La Petite Mort asked me to come along and try their porthole cocktails and have dinner they didn’t need to ask twice. Tucked away around the corner from the Kings Theatre and adjoining […]

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Top Burger Restaurants in Edinburgh

The folks at Quartermile luxury apartments have been checking out the best burger bars in town for this guest post – I have to say I agree with the ones I’ve tried and the others look great too!  Top Burger Bars In Edinburgh Sometimes when hunger strikes, there is nothing you want more than a […]

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A Contemporary Burns Supper

QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) asked me to come up with a contemporary Burns Supper using Scotch Beef  (it’s PGI certifies provenance, quality and traceability). Always one to pick up a meat-related challenge, I was more than happy to oblige. After a trip to the super-helpful Saunderson’s Butchers in Bruntsfield, I settled on a hearty piece […]

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