Afternoon Tea with Sabrina Ghayour: Step into Sabrina’s Kitchen

New Queen of Eastern cooking, Sabrina Ghayour has Edinburgh Book Festival crowd salivating with talk of her new book Bazaar

A full Spiegeltent joined cookery writer Ghillie Basan for a Middle Eastern-inspired Afternoon Tea with Sabrina Ghayour who was at the Edinburgh Book Festival last week to discuss her latest book, Bazaar. Last updated by Kerry Teakle at August 26, 2019.

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Pain facile – easy and satisfying bread

Pain facile - all you need is flour, water and time.

YouTube isn’t usually where I go for cooking inspiration. But I was dipping a toe, getting hypnotised by Japanese cheesecake videos and, suddenly, saw the title for this bread recipe: Pain facile: homemade 3 MIN NO-KNEAD bread (Dutch-oven Baked) video. I clicked and a love story followed. Last updated by…

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Mug cake – what’s that all about then?

Vanilla and raspberry - simple and satisfying.

I was in the baking section of my local super market and did  double-take when I saw the instant mug cake. If there’s a powder version, it must have really made the main stream. It was a rainy, dull day. I decided to do some research and see if there was…

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Old Curiosity Gin tour at The Real Mary King’s Close – history meets gin

Old Curiosity gins use interesting botanicals for curious people (some of which may want to visit Mary King's Close to learn some history too).

When I arrived in Edinburgh, Mary King’s Close was difficult to get into: you needed to get special admission from the council and they tended to only give that to groups. That is no longer the case. This year, you can not only get into this fascinating historical part of…

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An appetite for all things food and drink in August

The Real Mary Kings Close Old Curiosity Gin Tour

It’s a well known fact that this EdinburghFoody blogger has a number of loves – the arts and of course, food and drink.  Every August I wait in anticipation with glee for the Fringe programme to show me what the festival has to offer and spend countless hours trawling through…

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Le Goûter – Mais oui, it’s afternoon tea at Damm27

Damm27 has a really cool, welcoming vibe - head here to escape the Fringe madness

Ever since Anteaques in South Clerk Street closed, I’ve rather lamented a good place to have an afternoon tea this side of Edinburgh. Well, that is until now.  Following extensive renovations, the Victoria Pub on Causewayside has re-opened as continental gem Damm27 and is serving afternoon tea as well as…

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Spirit & Spice by Ghillie Basan – a book review

Ghillie Basan - author of Spirit & Spice (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

How many writers or authors do you know who have penned over 40 books yet still remain under the radar?  Not many, I’m hear you reply. But Ghillie Basan is just one such author and I want to shout loud that it’s time we all got to know this very…

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Assembly Food Festival and Foodies – two festivals to whet your appetite this July and August

Edinburgh Food Festival will tickle your taste buds this summer

With Edinburgh Fringe, International, Art and TV festivals soon to start in August, there’s also a number of food festivals to whet your appetite this summer too. Kicking off today is Assembly Food Festival (19-28 July) in Assembly George Square Gardens, and followed in a couple of weeks with Foodies Festival…

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Pickerings’ Picklings at Bar 1821

Strawberry shrub can be a refreshing addition to a gin and soda

As a child, my younger sister used to love to drink shrub and coke when we were on holidays. I’m convinced she thought that the cordial she brought from the Cornish cornershop, was alcoholic and therefore illicit – although that’s as far from the truth as could be.  It only…

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