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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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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DRY – an alcohol-free pop-up bar launches in Stockbridge, 17th Jan

This is an interesting new venture and they’re looking for foodie collaborators – supper clubs, pop-ups – the more variety the better   DRY, Edinburgh’s first alcohol-free pop-up bar to launch on 17 January 2017 at 15 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge. DRY’s founder Jamie Walker is a recovering alcoholic who set up Adelphi whisky […]

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Foodie Book Recommendations

Last year I had a clear out of my recipe books – I had over a hundred and many just weren’t used so off they went to a local charity book sale. The bookshelves were nice and tidy, briefly, before I started my MSc in Gastronomy at Queen Margaret University – I now have around […]

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Trying Guga (Gannet) – Eating Like a Gastronaut

We recently went on a field trip with our MSc Gastronomy class to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides – we met with many of the islanders, many of whom make a living from the land or sea and what it provides in a variety of ways – fishing, crofting and butchery for example. […]

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Mackie’s ‘Big Night In’ Competition

Yesterday I received a lovely box of goodies from Mackie’s to help kick off their new ‘Big Night In’ competition launching today (I didn’t even know they did chocolate – double win!) I’m certainly going to have fun creating my snap, here’s more info if you’d like to enter too… The prize includes a pair […]

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Peebles-based UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks on TV from Monday

We’re doing well in The Borders just now, what with Chef Ally McGrath’s recent appearance on Great British Menu (he actually visited Ruth on the show to be shown how to temper chocolate for his dessert), we now have UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks and her team at the Cocoa Black chocolate factory in […]

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Anniversary Lunch at Craig Millar @ 16 The West End

After 48 hours of feasting in Fife courtesy of the Fife Tourism Board (more on those foodie adventures to follow) you might’ve thought that would’ve been enough, but then maybe not, my constitution has long been a source of amazement to others. There was actually an occasion to be celebrated, our first wedding anniversary, so […]

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Getting Our Hands Dirty – Foraging & Soil Science

This week the Gastronomy MSc kicked off properly and Monday was a brilliant day – we were looking at Food Procurement – a brief history and consideration of the methods and location from which we acquire our food and how this shapes our relationship with the environment. This included a guest lecture and foraging session with […]

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WIN with Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano

The lovely people at San Daniele & Grana Padano kindly sent us a wee hamper with some samples and a cheese knife – I’ve often bought Grana Padano – I like to use it in my cooking – but never (knowingly) tried the Prosciutto before – it was really good too – so soft, unlike […]

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Experiencing A Great British Menu at Osso

After watching local Peebles-based Chef Ally McGrath on Great British Menu last week we decided to treat ourselves to a visit at the weekend to try out his competition dishes which they are currently serving on the menu. The dishes are right up our street and we ended up having one of the best meals we’ve had […]

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