Asda’s toffee apples: Autumnal goodies in National Baking Week

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It’s National Baking Week this week. Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night are also getting closer. It’s that time of year where you yearn for some good wholesome home baking. In this post cake and toffee apples. What a combination! I love baking. I find it therapeutic. I am probably most at…

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Pasta puttanesca works in more ways than one

Roast beef, puttanesca and grated carrots. Yummy!

It’s been raining all day and I am in the mood for autumn food. Summer foods are green and bright with lemon: autumn foods are brow, red and bursting with umami. Today, I wanted roast beef but not the way it’s normally served. I didn’t fancy the heavy, full protein-starch-greens…

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Simon Majumdar and Jay Rayner: writing about eating

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I write for a living. Morning to night I put words on paper to help clients sell or explain technical products. For fun, I eat, cook and write about it. I’m not alone in this: there are lots of food bloggers out there doing the same. Edinburgh has plenty of good food and…

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Chocolate Week Heaven

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Chocolate Week 2011: I thought I’d try my hand at making some chocolates. It was fun, but sure does help you appreciated the experts! Now you’ll have to forgive me, but my unsuccessful efforts to recreate one of the recipes in the Auberge du Chocolat’s book was not all my fault. Yes,…

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The art of food and drink decoration

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As a gardener, I particularly like this time of year when the seed catalogues come through the door. I love flicking through the pages and dreaming of the garden I could have, if only the weather were better/I had more time/I were more green fingered. As a cook, what catalogues…

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We love sous vide cooking

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You might remember that Mr EF built his own sous vide machine and provided instructions last March – can it really be that long ago? Here’s a long overdue report on how we’ve got on.  We have to say: “We love sous vide cooking” So we thought we’d share our…

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But what if I’m vegan? Eating out in Edinburgh

Jerusalem artichoke pie with roast vegetables and beans. Lovely!

We recently received an email about where to eat in Edinburgh if you were vegan from a couple who were coming over from Dubai for a long weekend. I’ve posted on vegetarian restaurants before, but had to have another look at my records to come with good vegan suggestions. As…

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Pasta and tabbouleh – Eating is dull when you can’t cook

Carbonara made with spinach pasta - colourful and tasty.

One day I saw this in my Twitter stream: I think I might be the opposite of a foody. I can’t cook, and I can’t afford good [food]. I live off couscous, beans or pasta. Every night 🙁 I couldn’t see the reason for a frownie. These are all versatile…

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Being cooked for is bliss

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I love Saturdays. Not just because it is the weekend, but because Mr E F cooks for me. We go to the fish shop (Eddie’s Seafood) and choose something fresh and delicious and that’s all the input I have to make. Mr E F’s criteria for a good recipe is…

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