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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!

Macaroon heaven – Patisserie Madeleine, Edinburgh

10 Aug
Delicious macaroons from Patisserie Madeleine

Delicious macaroons from Patisserie Madeleine

We were on the way to Hector’s for coffee and whatever sweet things they may serve when we walked past Patisserie Madeleine and I stopped. They sell macaroons. French macaroons, those nutty, gentle, chewy and crispy little dainties, sandwiched together with ganache or flavoured cream. My favorite thing in the world. This is where we had to go for cake.

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Go Chop Chop to this new restaurant in Leith

1 Jul

Your heart rather sinks when you hear another restaurant has opened in “restaurant death row” opposite the Scottish Office on Commercial Street, Leith. With the exception of the Kitchin and Daniel’s restaurant who have successfully dug their heals in, many restaurants have opened and soon closed. 

Following a wonderful dinner last night, I am sure Chop Chop will be an exception. Fans already note the Haymarket location as their favourite restaurant in Edinburgh, and judging the number of people on a Wednesday night, they are flocking to Leith too. 

I have to declare, this is the first time I have eaten out at Chinese restaurant in many, many years as I have an aversion to MSG used liberally in many restaurants. The chance to celebrate Social Media day encourage me and Mr EF to go along. 

Chop Chop Edinburgh

Chop Chop's famous dumplings


The group celebrating were served the Unlimited Banquet. Rather than read the menu in advance, we decided to “go with the flow” and find out more as the dishes arrived. Do check out the full menu, a real bargain at £18.50 per person. 

The flavours of the dishes were fresh and completely different from the standard Chinese menu. The unprepossessing boiled dumplings pictured were stuffed with pork and coriander, beautifully moist and delicate. Other particular favourites were the fresh salads; gloriously sticky sweet and sour pork ribs; the spinach and peanuts; the crispy northern beef and the aubergines with garlic. Those on other tables whose eyes were bigger than their stomachs ordered more in the (short) interval and struggled to finish. We were more restrained but by the time the last item came, we definitely felt satiated. 

If you’ve been put off by the fact that the Haymarket restaurant featured on Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word Best Restaurant (Series 5, episode 4) , don’t be. Book that table today.  Currently, the restaurant is BYOB (you can buy beer) so don’t forget to take along your own bottle. There are some opening offers well worth checking out.  

Chop Chop 


Come rain or shine – Taste of Edinburgh

9 Jun
Pimms taste of sunshine even on an overcast day

Pimms taste of sunshine even on an overcast day


 The last three years have offered glorious sunshine on the Taste of Edinburgh Saturday. This year, the good weather came a week early. None daunted, me and three good friends set out with wind proofs and umbrellas, certain we could eat ourselves comfortable through any downpour.   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

Taste of Edinburgh – Part 1

29 May

I had the luck to get a free ticket to the Taste of Edinburgh in Inverleith Park today. In truth, there was much about it that was a taste of elsewhere – local suppliers and restaurants were there of course, but also companies and producers from many miles away (parmesan anyone?)  The big stars of the show were from England (and of French and Italian descent) and were joined by local chefs including Tom Kitchin who  had a crowd of several hundred trying to watch his demo (why don’t they make the theatres bigger?) Continue reading