Mr Lee’s Oriental Noodles in a Cup

Mr Lee's Noodles - 100% tasty, 0% nasty

After the excesses of Christmas and the New Year festivities, it’s at this time of year that most people succumb to those New Year resolutions, which are often broken by the end of first week. Whilst I’ve never been one for diets (most of my family would probably rudely say…

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The Walnut in Leith – home away from home

Hot smoked salmon, beetroot & horseradish

Well, we have all survived the excesses of Christmas and as a family we were certainly no different, however I made sure we had one evening’s escape from the kitchen as a treat and change of scene for everyone. So, where do you go that will please everyone’s palette’s without…

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The Wee Restaurant: a first look at their wine dinners

Iain Mellis cheese plate

Back in November, I made a long overdue visit to The Wee Restaurant’s Edinburgh outpost. It’s a bright space; cosy but not claustrophobic. We were delighted to be invited along to one of their special 4 course wine dinners (£50pp). Hosted with L’Art Du Vin, the evening was an opportunity…

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The Oxford Companion to Cheese – everything you ever wanted to know about cheese

Colour plates, black and white images add to the interest of the Companion's entries.

Cheese is one of my Favourite Things. You can keep chocolate: cheese, in its manifold textures and flavours, is what I really love. You can imagine my excitement when the The Oxford Companion to Cheese came out. When I planned this post, the opening photo was of a glass of…

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Christmas favourites: here’s what we really like

Trifle: breakfast of champions!

Christmas can be a time of joy and pain, depending on whether you’re a fan or not. Here, we share our favourite Christmas foody things. Because food is always a source of joy to us. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at January 8, 2017.

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New Chapter – top tip from 2016

Duck hash cake with pickled red cabbage

It’s amazing the effect that word of mouth can have on your decision making, I was having coffee earlier this year with Gaby Soutar and asked where she thought would be a good venue to bring together family for a wee celebratory dinner. I wanted to make sure the final…

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The Stockbridge Restaurant Revisited

Sea Bass Stockbridge Restaurant

Unlike Caroline, I’d always been a little wary of The Stockbridge Restaurant. To me, dark walls, heavy curtains and white table clothes were more old fashioned than inviting. But what better reason to try a place than to prove yourself wrong? Last updated by AmyB at January 8, 2017.

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Glengoyne whisky, orange and almond cake – an alternative Christmas dessert

OFM Awards 2016 Best Reader's Recipe - A Glengoyne Whisky, Orange and Almond Cake

In October, I had an early Christmas present, being presented with the Best Reader’s Recipe at the Observer Food Monthly Awards, which were held at a glittering ceremony at the Freemason’s Hall in London. It was the biggest secret I have ever kept. I had found out in August but…

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Forage & Chatter treats seasonal ingredients with skill and love

Apple and meadow sweet gratin, yoghurt in an elevated form at Forage & Chatter.

I was a huge fan of Edinburgh Larder Bistro, the last occupant of the down’stairs corner unit at 1 Alva Street. I was therefore very curious indeed when invited to review the new occupant: Forage & Chatter. It’s maybe unfair going to a restaurant when you’re, as it were, thinking…

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