Tart Attack!

Tonight I picked up the courage to venture forth to a meeting of the Edinburgh Cake Ladies.  A few weeks ago I rushed to put my name down for this latest event, and realised halfway through the email, the theme was ‘Getting Tarty’, which means only one thing… pastry. Over the last few weeks there…

St Patricks Day

If you didn’t know already today is St Paddy’s Day in Ireland, and as it would seem the rest of the world.  I think that its due to the fact that us Irish spread ourselves out round the world, giving everyone a taste of the craic. In honour of such a great man who drove…

Through the Pinhole

I spent a lovely afternoon at the Botanic Gardens today, spring was definitely in the air as the place was abloom with crocuses, daffodils and narcissi.  An added bonus was the Pinhole Photography Festival that is currently on there (ends Friday 16th) and the fact that everyday at 2pm they hold a beginners workshop.  As…

Happy Pie Day!

Or Pie Week as it actually is! In honour of this Week of Pie, for last nights dinner I made Minced Beef Pie.  This, back in the day, made a regular appearance on our dinner table and its been a long time since I have had one.  I didn’t used my Mum’s recipe for this…

At the curbside

A post tonight on twitter regarding the lack of a food truck revolution in Edinburgh got me thinking (or more reminiscing) of the great food I ate during my autumn trip to the East Coast of America, which appears to be food truck central.  This wasn’t just fish ‘n’ chip van style food or bland…

Horatio Todd’s

Another food post from Belfast (did I mention I ate  a lot when I was there?). Horatio Todd’s is a local bar / restaurant in  the Ballyhackamore area of Belfast.  A recent article in the local newspaper stated there were 22 different bars and restaurants in the area – who knew? I remember the days…

Avoca

This is one of my favourite shops. I want to buy it. All. Avoca is an Irish brand (though I have seen a Avoca items sneak into the likes of John Lewis), so every time I go back home it is law that I have to pay a visit. They sell really cute home ware,…

Made In Belfast

We were back in Belfast last weekend and we did spend a good lot of the time eating out.  One place which I tend to back to time and time again is Made in Belfast.  They have recently opened another restaurant in the Cathedral Quarter and its just as good as the one beside the…

Cuckoo’s Bakery

On our way back from the Stockbridge market on Sunday, I had built up a bit of a thirst, and since it was a lovely cold, crisp day I thought it would be really nice to cuddle a cup of something hot in a nice cafe somewhere (oh the old romantic in me!).  Every time…

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Happy Valentines Day! I got a little surprise this morning, a cute little heart slate notice board and some yummy Macarons – my favourite! Stuart and I aren’t really into celebrating Valentines Day, however 3 years ago we did end up with a little celebration, because after 6 years together he asked me to marry…