ITRI, Edinburgh – not just another Italian restaurant

A glass of grappa is a good close to a meal

Since this post as written, ITRI has closed. It was C’s birthday and in our household, when it’s your birthday, you decide what’s for dinner. The plans started with a pleasant but not overly ambitious dinner at home but changed, a couple of days before the day, to dinner out.…

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Learn how to make bread in Edinburgh: Breadwinner

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If you live or indeed have visited Edinburgh, chances are you’ll have eaten bread or cakes from Breadwinner without realising it – they supply more than 100 cafes and restaurants throughout the city! I am so heartened that so many establishments from burger bars to tea emporiums seek out the…

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What’s in Season – March

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Spring is a time for sowing rather than harvesting, but some ingredients reach their peak just now. Beautiful morel mushrooms and forced rhubarb vie with imported new potatoes and Spanish strawberries. A challenge to eat locally, but not impossible! Fruit and Vegetables Chicory, carrots, rhubarb, jerusalem artichokes, fennel, potatoes from…

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What a difference a slice makes: good bread is essential

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Recently I went to The Apartment and Whighams for dinner in the same week. I was looking forward to both with equal relish. I did not have the same type of experience, however. I’m not going to itemise the various things that made one experience more pleasurable than the other. I’m…

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Earthy: have lunch, get your shopping

The Earthy salad bowl is a bowl and a half.

Edinburgh foodies know about Earthy. I knew about it too, I just hadn’t been there until last weekend. Last weekend a friend took me to Earthy for a pudding tasting. (What else are weekends for, if not pudding tastings?) We tasted Burtree Puddings puddings, shopped for those things you can’t…

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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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