Lemon curd: Quick and easy recipe

A spoonful of lemon curd

One of the independent greengrocers in Edinburgh (in Roseneath Street) often has bags of lemons or limes at very low prices. I couldn’t resist buying a bag of 10 for only 90p! No matter what the price, lemon curd is something so marvellous you’ll just need to indulge yourself. Lemon…

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The king of golden syrup puddings?

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I had a golden syrup pudding from Burtree Puddings the other day. It was too good. The pack I’d bought – 360gr – was for three greedy servings or four normal ones. After a light dinner of soba noodles with garlic I found it made four servings. Four servings shared…

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Palm Court, Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh: champagne afternoon tea at the Bollinger Bar

All prepared for the tea to come.

Last week, we were showing of Edinburgh to a friend who was thinking of coming here to study. We went all over town, had lots of good food, saw campuses galore and ate, ate, ate. To top off Saturday afternoon, we had afternoon tea at the Balmoral (just awarded UK…

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Mark Hix, Soho – Best restaurant in London?

Hix Restaurant - Soho

A good restaurant is all about the food. But food alone does not make it a great restaurant. It has to be about the welcome you receive and the atmosphere. It’s also the feeling that the owner cares. Located just off Piccadilly, it is quite easy to miss the entrance.…

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Breckland Orchard: Thirst quenching posh pop

Breckland Orchard Posh Pop

I’m a great fan of Fentiman’s beverages as you know. However, there are times when you want to drink something a little different. I discovered Clare Martinsen’s range of soft drinks at the recent Speciality Food show in Glasgow and was bowled over. Clare swapped the business world in 2009…

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The orange and almond cake of loveliness

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Almond is very popular in our household: frangipane, marzipan, macaroons (French, British and Spanish), amaretti and amaretto are all consumed here on a regular basis. For Valentine’s day I tried a Seville orange, almond and olive oil cake that I had seen online. It too was very popular and I made it…

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Love salami, chorizo? Venison is the hot new choice

Great Glen Game Salami

This might not seem the natural time of year to eat salad, but I’ve been experimenting, largely inspired by Ottolenghi and Niger Slater to use vegetables such as beetroot, carrots and fennel. Both hot and cold salads are delicious as they are you end up craving for a little something extra.

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Wee Restaurant: a small restaurant with a big heart

Craig Wood at the Wee Restaurant

What’s special about your favourite restaurant? The food and service are very important of course, but if you’re lucky it is also that special welcome you get if you’re a regular diner. Perhaps it’s not so easy in a big city, but just 15 minutes away from the centre, you can find just such a welcome.

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Quick bites: Y-fronts, underwear biscuits, chocolate lollipops

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Do you groan when Valentine’s Day comes around or are you a secret romantic at heart? I am a firm believer that it is the little touches that make all the difference. Endear yourself to your significant other with a little foody touch – especially one guaranteed to make them smile. With a little planning this is easily achieved.

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Mussel Inn: the sea in a pot

Oysters. Ah!

I was reminded of how much I enjoy oysters when I tasted some lovely plump ones from AnCuig Seafoods at the Scottish Food show last week. So when it was suggested that we go to Mussel Inn for dinner Friday night I knew immediately what my starter would be.

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