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Festival Foodies – Food and Drink pt1

16 Aug

Part 1 – Food and Drink

A simply glorious day today, the weather could not have been better. A perfect day to go along to Foodies at the Festival, taking place this year in Holyrood Park.

I must confess to being rather ambivalent about festivals such as Taste of Edinburgh, Foodies at the Festival, what are they actually for? To taste the food, just a pleasant day out, to drink? Certainly today, you could have got absolutely plastered very easily! It actually proved a great opportunity to discover some new suppliers, rediscover some old favourites, get a sampling from restaurants that I’d not yet been to, and to watch cookery demonstrations (more about the last two in Part 2). Continue reading

What’s in season – August

14 Aug

Inspired by Brendan MacNeill’s wonderful photograph of runner beans from my garden, here is what’s in season, with emphasis on what’s available locally. Be inspired!

Runner Beans

Runner Beans

Vegetables and Fruit

Beetroot (look out for the wonderful yellow,  orange and striped varieties), chard, cherries (a few still available on the farmers’ market from Perth); courgettes, fennel, gooseberries, runner beans, raspberries, tomatoes (check out all the wonderful heritage varieties), potatoes, onions and from further afield, apricots, nectarines, peaches and melons.

Meat and Fish

Crab, langoustines, plaice, scallops (look out for hand dived),  John Dory, poultry (Poussin, duck and chicken spotted at the farmers’ market), lamb, squid

Also look out for delicious cheeses, including mozzarella and ricotta if you’re lucky!

Dress up or not for a night out?

15 Jul

I recently ate at Michelin restaurant in England and was astonished to see how casually dressed some of the diners were – (shorts and flip flops for example).

When I eat out at a restaurant, I love to dress up and make it an occasion.  I’d say in Edinburgh at least diners make an effort.  What would you do?

Food Lovers’ Festival Guide (Pt 2)

9 Jul

Ever with food on my mind, I started thinking about foody things to see and do at the Edinburgh festivals and I am pleased to provide tasty offerings that might tempt your palate.  I am going to have to be very brave to dine at 100 feet up though ..

If you know of any must see foody shows, events, happenings, let me know!  @edinburghfoody. Do read  Part 1, in which I suggest great places to eating during the festival.

Edinburgh Festival City

Edinburgh Festival City

Book Festival

Astonishingly, there are still tickets available for Anthony Bourdain – 28th August (remember Kitchen Confidential),  Prue Leith 24th August and Mary Contini – 15th August.

Festival in the Sky

Dare you dine 100 feet up? Join 21 other people and menus that have been created to suit the Festival in the Sky experience by the Cook School Scotland prices from £32.50 per person depending on meal you choose.

Foodies at the Festival

Scant details as yet, but this takes place on 13th and 14th August in Inverleith Park. Cookery demonstrations and tastings are promised. Tickets £10

Events

Taste Whisky and Taste Ale at Leslie’s Bar

Tutored tasting events throughout August with Stewarts Brewing (beer) and ten or so whisky distilleries at this bar which dates back to the 1890s. 45 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh £10

Whisky at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

28 Queen’s Street and The Vaults, Leith. Usually for members only, discover the delights of single cask whisky. £17, 6 dates only at each venue.

Wine in the City

Edinburgh Wine School on the Royal Mile for beginners and those more experienced.

Wine School at the Fringe

Wine tasting on a barge at Edinburgh Quay, Fountainbridge.

Festival Shows

Each year Mr EF and choose a random show to go to, so I’m including some shows chosen purely and simply on their write up in the Fringe programme – could be interesting!

Faulty Towers

The Dining Experience,
Best Restaurant, 16 Drummond Street – do  you dare?

Chat Masala

Hardeep Singh Kohli cooks curry and talks shop with festival guests. Guilded Balloon

Magic Porridge Pot (for Kids)

Interactive porridge anyone?

Muesli – easy, tasty and good for you! (Recipe)

29 Jun

I’ve had a few requests for my muesli recipe, which has evolved from a recipe found on 101cookbooks.com and from my chef friend Annette.

You’re probably like me, there is always one ingredient that you really do not like in any muesli mix. If you make your own, you can pop in your favourite ingredients. Just keep to the proportions and you’ll find this mix easy and quick to make and even quicker to eat.

Edinburgh Foody Muesli Recipe

Edinburgh Foody Muesli Recipe

Edinburgh Foody Muesli

5 cups of porridge oats
1 cup of seeds (mixed selection of sesame, flax, pumpkin, sunflower ….)
1 cup of nuts (mixed selection of walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia …)
3/4 cup of runny hone topped up with 1/4 cup of oil (walnut, rape seed  or similar)

1 cup of mixed dried fruit (apricots, cherries, cranberries …. )
1 cup of toasted coconut flakes (from Real Foods)

Large tray(s) with a lip and silicon paper or similar

Method

Place first 3 items in a large bowl, chop roughly any larger nuts.

Melt the honey and oil together until hot but not boiling. Add to the large bowl and mix thoroughly. Turn out onto a large baking tin in an even layer (you might need two trays). Put the bowl aside for later.

Put in the oven at 200 degrees C (400 F)  and cook for about 15 minutes until light brown, mixing up once. This will very much depend on your oven, do not let it get burnt! You’ll find the mixture at the edges starts to brown first,  mix up to make it consistent.

Turn back into large bowl. Let it cool. When it is cool add remaining ingredients (fruit and coconut) and mix well. Put in a sealed box and enjoy!

Experiment and you’ll find your perfect mixture. It keeps for ages  in a sealed container

Please do let me know how you get on!

Food lover’s guide to Edinburgh Festivals Pt 1

25 Jun

Visiting the inspiring capital for one of the Edinburgh Festivals during August? Food stops need planning as well as your favourite shows. Just to give you a taster, in the first of a series of posts, we will help you plan where to eat. Plan ahead whilst you can! Edinburgh has great restaurants, some say more restaurants per head than anywhere else in the UK (although it has been devilishly difficult to prove this). For the savvy local, this is no problem, but if you are visiting Edinburgh from out of town for the Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival or any of the others running at the same time, you could be very disappointed. Continue reading

Fine foods in Edinburgh

2 Jun
Fred of l'Escargot Bleu

Fred of l'Escargot Bleu

 

Taste of Edinburgh, Frederic Berkmiller of owner l’Escargot Bleu is on the Peugeot stand for his first ever live demonstration: steak tartare using rosy veal. A brave choice on both accounts perhaps? Or perhaps on a mission to change the eating preferences of Edinburgh? After all, the restaurant recently received attention for serving horse meat. Continue reading