Prepped: Vanessa Kimbel’s caraway and parmesan muffins pass the test

Vanessa's caraway and parmesan muffins are perfect with soup.

Vanessa Kimbell put out a call to the food blogger community recently, asking for willing testers for the recipes in her next book, Prepped!. The concept is unique: every recipe leads to another one, linked by a flavour

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Silicone muffin cases: favourite gadget

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Silicone bakeware is great. It is easy to clean, comes in bright colours, stored away small, is light-weight and is non-stick. Pretty and easy to use. I recently bought a bunch of muffin cases in the Habitat sale and find myself making muffins every second day. To have a good…

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What’s in Season – January

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What’s in season in January? It a time of year when we need those jaded palates revived – not too easy at the moment!

I’m thinking hearty soups and slow cooked stews, lovely fresh fish with delicate sauces … Do seek out some seasonal produce whether you’re cooking or eating out!

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Joys and pains of specialist cafés, Edinburgh

Tea cozies at Loopy Lorna's

There are so many cafés in Edinburgh now that to compete, cafés have to become centres of excellence, specialists in one thing or another. Some are specialists in coffee. Others are specialists in something else: books, chocolate or bread, for example. Or tea. The tea house is a relatively recent addition…

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