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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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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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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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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