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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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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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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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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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Cindy’s Deep Sleep Tea – Product Review

I often have trouble sleeping – I have one of those minds that seems to like to do it’s thinking in the early hours, that, coupled with the exceptionally short days just now, means that at this time of year in particular, I can be quite exhausted. I’ve tried many different sleep remedies including special […]

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Mark Greenaway Launches ‘Perceptions’ – a cookbook like no other!

I love Mark, his restaurant and his style of cooking, not to mention his cheeky smile and endless enthusiasm so I can’t wait for the release of his new recipe book in a couple weeks time – the promo video is bright, fun and mouthwatering, surely a taste of what’s to come. I can’t stop […]

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Petal, Leaf, Seed – Recipe Book Review

Have you ever infused a fig leaf in custard and had it’s coconut and elderflower scent waft up to you on clouds of milky steam? or picked a handful of fennel seeds when they are still green and fat and scalded them with boiling water for a sweet, grassy, anise-scented tea? Or maybe you have […]

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Rhubarb & Ginger Jam Recipe

Rhubarb is one of our best growers in the garden (being an arctic plant the hard frosts we get in the hills keep it very happy) and I’ve spent a lot of time refining this recipe but I’m finally happy with it. I often make up a half batch (just 2 jars) if I have […]

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A 5-course Sensory Dining Experience with Nespresso

Last week myself and group of local foodie bloggers were invited to the intriguing sounding sensory dining experience being hosted by Nespreso and Currys in the private dining room at G&V (formerly Missoni). I love coffee (Nespresso especially – anyone who knows me will know what my favourite bit of kitchen kit is just now) […]

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Crops in Pots – Book Review

I was sent a review copy of Crops In Pots – 50 cool containers planted with fruit, vegetables and herbs by Bob Purnell which is being published this month. It sounded right up my street as I’m currently planning my veggies for this year and it didn’t disappoint. I’d never thought of combining edibles with […]

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