22
Aug
2016
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#Spritzcityguides

Since we bought a house this year, a holiday abroad is off the cards. Instead, I’m holidaying in my own city; trying new places to eat, going to parts of town I don’t usually frequent, and wandering down alleyways and closes, all with the intent of getting lost and finding something new. When the lovely people at Aperol Spritz – one of my favourite drinks – got in touch and asked me about some of the best things about living in Edinburgh, I could have rattled a hundred things off without even thinking. But, last week, instead of relying on...
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12
Aug
2016
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Monthly finds: August 2016

I could easily have dedicated this month’s ‘finds’ post to all things home-renovation related, but since not all of you spend your weekends knee-deep in DIY, I’ll spare you. Instead, this month’s discoveries feature a healthy mix of food, drink, podcasts … and maybe one interior-related element. I guess I just couldn’t help myself. Here goes: 1. I’m a convert of Meridian’s almond butter and love to spread it on rye toast or a bagel, top it with dates and enjoy it for weekend breakfasts. That habit has recently changed, with the discovery of their coconut and peanut butter. You...
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2
Aug
2016
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Key day and a home update

Friday 29 July, otherwise known a ‘key day’, came and went, and four days after opening the door to our new home, quite a lot has happened. First of all, I’m going to rewind to Friday when excitedly we put the key in the lock only to discover the previous owners had left us the wrong keys. A bit of a false start, but we got there in the end and realised we were just as in love with it as we were when we first saw the house back in May. We knew when we bought it that it...
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25
Jul
2016
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T minus 4 days

After what feels like the longest wait ever, we get the keys to our new home on Friday. To put this into perspective, we moved out of our old place on 13 May. The Edinburgh property market is buoyant and we were lucky that we could sell our place and move on relatively quickly. But, what we weren’t quite prepared for was the time it would take us to find a new home. Yes, we offered on places and no, we didn’t get them, outbid a whole three times before an offer on property number four was accepted. Did I...
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12
Jul
2016
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Roasted cauliflower, aubergine and chick pea salad

Cauliflower seems to be the vegetable du jour and it’s easy to see why. You can whizz it up and turn it into rice, you can mash it, you can steam it and you can roast it, which is my current favourite way to enjoy this versatile vegetable. When Sainsbury’s got in touch asking me about my favourite summer salad, there was no contest. My roasted cauliflower, aubergine and chick pea salad, dressed with tahini and lemon, brings a hint of the Middle East to my plate. So even if the rain is pounding the windows in Edinburgh, I can...
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5
Jul
2016
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Spicy tortellini with butter beans and spinach

You all know how big a fan I am of pasta. Stuff some tomatoes and cheese in the middle and I can’t resist. Yes, I’m talking about tortellini, those delicious little parcels that take pasta to a whole new level. I’ve recently become a little obsessed with the new Pizza Express range of cook at home fresh pastas, including tortellini and ravioli with fillings inspired by their classic pizzas. This recipe features Margherita tortellini, which is pasta stuffed with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, but there are other flavours including Pollo ad Astra, Sloppy Giuseppe and American Hot. I can thoroughly...
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