Gorse Syrup

Maybe I am taking to country living a bit too much, but at the moment the cottage is surrounded by Gorse Bushes. That coconut smell is filling the air and from a distant memory of a foraging course I did, you can consume gorse! So, I thought I would make some gorse syrup to add…

Orrin Restaurant, Elgin

Orrin is the new kid in town, having opened in mid November, it is a very much welcomed addition to the food scene in Morayshire. Offering fine dining which is accessible to all, Orrin certainly hits the mark in terms of food, drinks and service. The restaurant is located on South Street, a corner position…

The Station Hotel, Rothes

Since ‘moving’ up to Moray 6 months ago, we have on a number of occasions driven through the village of Rothes and I spotted The Station Hotel. On doing a little searching I learned that not only do they have a great restaurant, but also an award winning whisky bar – The Spirit Safe, who…

Sun-Dancer, Nairn

As summer was drawing to a close, we had a visitor to the cottage – my Mum! She is someone who loves to eat out (she can’t cook and frankly doesn’t like to cook, so I have no idea how I survived childhood!) so being relatively new to the area, the hunt was on for…

The Little Chartroom, Leith

Back in April, I was sitting on my sofa drooling over all the delicious food being cooked on the Great British Menu. My attention was peaked watching Roberta Hall-McCarron from The Little Chartroom work her magic. So I, on a whim booked us a table. However, such is demand for this wonderful tiny restaurant, it…

Bootleggers Bothy, Hopeman

I’ve been spending more time recently up on the Moray coast in the North-East of Scotland and have been out and about exploring the local area. A period of good weather around the longest day gave us the opportunity to try out Bootleggers Bothy at the West Beach Caravan Park in Hopeman. After a short…

BBQ Peaches with Honey Yogurt and Mint

It’s that time of year again, when we get a week or two of summer and its time to dust off the BBQ and make good use of the outdoors before packing it all away again for another long winter. I’ve been doing a bit more BBQ’ing over the last couple of summers, particularly with…

Chez Jules

Edinburgh is open for business again, and it’s great to see. Whilst I have not been brave enough to enjoy a meal outside in the chilly Scottish spring, I have been happy to see outside spaces full. Monday 17th May saw the return of inside dining with alcohol. Now without sounding like I have a…

Chocolate Easter Egg Meringue

Whilst this period of lockdowns seems never ending, it’s hard to believe a year has gone by and it’s Easter again! At least this year, depending where you are in the country, we are allowed a bit more freedom, even if it is just meeting up with family and friends who we haven’t seen in…

Millionaires Shortbread Pancake Stack

It’s pancake day tomorrow! That time of year where we over indulge on crepes and pancakes, sweet or savoury! This year I decided to take my pancake toppings up a notch and combine them with one of my favourite tray bakes – Millionaires Shortbread. This can be as easy or as difficult as you like,…