Taisteal: fine around-the-world dining in relaxed surroundings

Apple terrine with miso butterscotch and applee and tarragon sorbet. In the background, my dining companion.

Last Tuesday it rained in Edinburgh. I worked from home and spent the day running between my laptop and the kitchen to empty over-flowing drip-bowls. We had what the insurance company calls ‘water ingress’. Not fun. The day’s silver lining was that I didn’t have to cook my own dinner.…

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Vitality and Great British Chefs cook up a treat with Martin Wishart

Martin Wishart in Action.

Vitality provides health and life insurance. Their difference? They help you stay fit by offering incentives for proof of healthy habits. Last Saturday they partnered with Great British Chefs to run an event for a handful of their clients who had won a three-course dinner by Martin Wishart. I was…

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The Queen’s Arms – Wednesday Night Meat Up

Wednesday Meat Up - Cumberland Sausage, Duck Eggs and Chips

It’s amazing that after 17 years of living in Edinburgh I am still finding places that I haven’t tried or visited before. In my continuing quest to find 50 new places to eat/drink each year, I visited The Queen’s Arms on Frederick Street for their ‘Wednesday Night Meat Up’. Last…

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Reekie’s Smokehouse – fabulous Scottish BBQ

Brisket, chips, pickles and slaw. Entirely delicious and what I hanker for this second.

Summer is here! Clouds of smoke rise off portable grills in the Meadows and much beer and cider is being consumed. It’s a wonderful time of year. In Edinburgh, there are a couple of places where you can enjoy the quintessential summer food – BBQ – at any time of…

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Le Roi Fou: far from the madding crowd

Poached rhubarb & pistachio crumble

The Edinburgh jungle drums had been beating about a new place off Broughton Street and since we might be moving to this part of the world in the future, it felt like a great opportunity to check out the new competition in the hood – Le Roi Fou – or…

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Honeycomb & Co: Busy Bees in Bruntsfield

Roasted cauliflower salad

I don’t often have quiet afternoons on my own with the chance to have a leisurely few hours doing my own thing, however an opportunity popped up the other week and I seized the chance to take my mum out for lunch. We had heard there was a buzz in…

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Sri Lanka: the Cookbook – warmth and coconut spice

Coconut heavy with vegetables and rice. Making the everyday sing.

These days, I do most of my travel through books; cookery books in particular. A month ago I was asked if I wanted to review Sri Lanka: the Cookbook by Prakash K Siranathan and Nirajala M Ellawala. I did! I know very little about Sri Lanka and was curious to…

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