Quick bites: Meals in a hurry

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Recently, I had the chance to taste a range of cooked meats from Tarbet’s fine foods. I particularly enjoyed the slow roast beef – it was moist and very much like the sort of beef you’d like to cook yourself if you had the time! As it was chilly, salads…

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Cookery books galore – inspiration for the new year

Cuts of lamb from Forgotten Ways of cooking

Amazon wish-lists are great. They make sure you get what you want. In our household, this Christmas saw no less than four cookery books under the tree: Darina Allen: Forgotten Skills of Cooking Nicola Graimes: New Vegetarian Kitchen Pushpeesh Pant: India: the Cookbook The Silver Spoon Last updated by Caroline von…

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The perfect sauce for fish

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A windy day in Edinburgh with gusts up to 100 mph. Mr EF was at home rather than work and offered to cook. How wonderful to arrive home to a delicious meal and in particular an amazing sauce. Perfect sunshine food. The original BBC Good Food recipe features grilled fish…

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Vitamin D rich foods – instant sunshine

Salmon with Avocado and Cucumber

Reports that the Scots are deficient in Vitamin D have surfaced again. This time, there seems to be compelling evidence that lack of Vitamin D may explain the high instance of Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland, There are also reports that children have been diagnosed with rickets (in the 21st Century?). The Scots Government…

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Hotel du Vin Christmas market

Sebastiano and his tasting table. I want to go back.

Hotel du Vin in Edinburgh offers rooms, food and drink to visitors and locals alike. This December, they had a Christmas market. There was carolling. There was wine tasting. There was whisky tasting and there were cheeses to die for. I went and had an evening of beautiful Christmas songs,…

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Electric pepper mill: a new gadget

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It took me years and years to find a good pepper mill. I had ones in all shapes and sizes but none worked too well. Until I discovered one in of all places TKMaxx. I didn’t realise it was a “Rolls Royce” of pepper mills created by Peugeot at the…

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Zamorin, Linlithgow: high up on the hill there’s a restaurant

Pork ularthu, one of the chef's signature dishes.

I lived in Linlithgow for three years in the mid-noughties. Since then one of its main hotels and pubs has burnt down which is really sad. My favourite restaurant has closed and a new, really good cafe/deli has opened. The world never stands still, not even in historical and picturesque town like Linlithgow with…

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What foodies really want for Christmas

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Sometimes, when I am searching for that perfect Christmas present for someone, I get distracted. I see a foodie gadget, or cookbook , or whatever, and start thing I would really, really like one of those. Usually these are totally impractical. I’d need more space, a different lifestyle (Edinburgh really…

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