Apple Cinnamon Bread and Butter Pudding

As we are now in Autumn, and the weather gets colder it’s the perfect time of year to turn to the more comforting robust foods. Salad for me certainly belongs in summer, it’s now the time for hearty soups and stews, as well as comforting sweet brunch treats, perfect for lazy autumn weekends. I’ve seen…

The Fife Arms, Braemar

After a lovely weekend up on the Moray Coast (more on that later!) we stopped off in Braemar on the way back home. I haven’t been in Braemar in years (about 15 to be precise, when I was doing research for my Masters’ dissertation!) and in general it hasn’t changed, except for one place –…

Garrison West, Fort William

Since lockdown has eased and we are allowed to travel a bit more freely around our own countries (though I could really do with some sunshine!) we have been taking short breaks and the odd random day trip. Our first random trip seen us take an overnight stop in Fort William before heading out onto…

Seared Peach and Prosciutto Salad

This is a really quick and simple salad, great for a lunch or to be served as part of a wider spread. With peaches in season right now in the UK, it’s a great time to enjoy them, even better with a crisp cold glass of white wine. Seared Peach and Proscuitto Salad (Serves 2…

Whiteadder Reservoir & Priestlaw

Typically, once lock-down rules were slightly relaxed the grey grim usual weather of a Scottish summer appeared. However, it didn’t stop us venturing out for a welcome walk in the hills and some fresh air! We headed out of Edinburgh into the Lammermuir Hills on the edge of the Scottish Borders, a part of the…

The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

The Witchery by the Castle is a bit of an Edinburgh institution and has remained one of my favourite restaurants in the City, particularly the Secret Garden. I have been many times over the years, but my latest visit was the first weekend of freedom, when bars and restaurants were finally allowed to re-open. As…

Challah Bread

One of my favourite types of bread to bake is Challah Bread, a sweet enriched bread which is soft and great to toast or to eat on it own, either way slathered in butter is mandatory! Patience of course is always required in bread making, but in this case it definitely pays off. One thing…

Mezze – Vegetarian Dishes

Meat-based dishes are great as part of a mezze but veggie dishes can really lighten the richness and also help a little with any spiciness!These next dishes are simple and tasty, and don’t have to be eaten as part of a mezze, the hummus and baba ganoush could be eaten just with flatbread while watching…

Mezze – Meat Dishes

I am sure its obvious from this blog that I do have a thing for middle eastern food and could quite happily live off a diet of hummus and falafel! A few weeks ago during lockdown we cooked ourselves a Mezze Feast featuring some of our favourite dishes. As usual both Nigella and Ottolenghi recipes…

Dishoom’s Chicken Ruby & Black Daal

During lockdown there have been many things I have missed, one of which is my all too regular visits to Dishoom. Whether it be for their Bacon and Egg Naan Rolls (more on that in another post!) or a feast of dishes which usually includes their famous Chicken Ruby and Black Daal. So, I grabbed…