Kerry and Elisabeth Luard
Kerry was excited to attend a book launch for esteemed cookery writer Elisabeth Luard (to the right above, with Kerry) at Vin Caffe. She is, in Kerry’s opinion, one of the best writers around. Elisabeth was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Guild of Food Writers (June 2016) in recognition of the rich talent and unique voice she has demonstrated since the publication of her first book, European Peasant Cookery, three decades ago. Her new book Squirrel Pie (and other stories) – Adventures in Food Across the Globe recounts anecdotes of the many places she has visited: scouring for snails in Crete, sampling exotic spices in Ethiopia and tasting pampered oysters in Tasmania.
A talented artist, the book is illustrated with Elisabeth’s own sketches and will appeal to anyone with a taste for travel, and an affinity for that most universal of languages: food. Kerry took her 20 year old copy of Family Life: birth, death and the whole damn thing to be signed. It is Elisabeth’s memoir of raising her young family of four in Andalusia. Stories juxtaposed with her charming sketches and recipes, this is a book that should be on everyone’s book club list.
Kerry attended the relaunch of Harry’s Bar in Randolph Place in the West End on Thursday. This old haunt has evolved to be one with a social conscience and is now describing itself as a bar with a restaurant and a dance floor.
It’s always sunny on the One Square Gin Terrace
Pickerings and One Square at the Sheraton have got together to create a gin terrace at the front of the hotel. With summery colours, warmth from heaters, you can make believe you are on the beach even in poor weather.
We loved the Marvellously Mixed Musical Martini Maker which has been created especially for the Gin Terrace. A first in the world of gin, this brand new labour-saving device has been designed to perfectly stir mixed drinks to the rhythm of 78rpm. It uses the Pickering’s patented musical infusion technology to create perfectly poured cocktails from the brand new Peacocktail and One Square cocktail collections that are available throughout the summer.
We loved the small bites including haggis balls with a dipping sauce and crispy courgette with hummus. Definitely worth a visit!
Check out the Martini Masterclass and Meet the Maker Events in June and July.
I kicked off World Whisky Day early with breakfast on Calton Hill on Friday morning. Hosted by Glengoyne, it was odd to be drinking whisky at 8 am whilst admiring the view.
World Whisky Day (21 May 2016) invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. From sunrise in New Zealand to sundown in California, thousands of revellers will be getting involved. And the best bit is, it’s completely free. World Whisky Day is all about trying new…
Originating in France, where organic growers provided produce to a central point for collection, Food Assemblies are giving us the chance to buy local produce on a regular basis.