Pumpkin pins

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love its orange glow, the leaves on the ground, Halloween, and of course, pumpkins. I’m a huge fan of that huge orange vegetable and have got completely carried away pinning ALL the pumpkin recipes I could find. You can see them all over on my Pinterest page, but in the meantime here are a few of my favourites.

1. Harvest pumpkin soup 2. Pumpkin bread with streusel topping 3. Pumpkin pie snickerdoodle bars 4. Pumpkin pie muffins 5. Pumpkin pasta with sage 6. Pumpkin dip 7. Pumpkin buttermilk biscuits 8. Pumpkin pie oatmeal 9. Pumpkin pie.

What pumpkin recipes will you be cooking this autumn?

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Not so well rested

I saw this card on Pinterest today and it made me laugh. Coming from someone who is currently battling jet lag, it sums up exactly how I’m feeling at the moment.

Last night I went to bed at 11pm and fell asleep at 4am. I was up for work at 7am. Right about now my body has no idea where it’s at, but was it all worth it? Hell yes. New York was everything I thought it would be and more, and as soon as my body is a bit more clued-up on what it should be doing and when, I’ll fill you in on some of the highlights from my first taste of the Big Apple. Until then, I hope you are all well (rested).

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New York, baby

This is my last day in Edinburgh for just over a week. Tomorrow morning, I fly to New York with two of my closest friends to celebrate turning 30. We’ve been planning this holiday for years and it’s hard to believe it’s finally here.

Last night was spent packing my case with a Martini in hand while Sex and the City was on in the background. Today, I’ve been obsessively flicking through guide books and making lists of things to see, places to eat and where to shop, over gin and red wine with my husband.

And so it’s farewell from me for a little while. But before I go, if you have been to NYC and have any recommendations for me, please send them this way. Have a great couple of weeks everybody!

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The final three

You’ll know from previous blog posts that I’m a massive fan of The Great British Bake Off. Not only does it cheer up a Wednesday night, but it gives me a legitimate reason to eat cake … and lots of it. But that’s all about to change tonight when we say goodbye to this wonderful TV show for another year.

I personally think this has been the best bake off yet. The standards have been high, the ratings even higher and there was even ‘bingate’, which added a little drama to this otherwise entirely civilised production. Now we are down to the final three and although I’m backing Richard, all remaining contestants are just so lovely, I’d be happy for any of them to win. Roll on 8pm and another slice of cake, of course.

Image credit: www.thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk

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Tales from the weekend #3

We sure did cram a lot in this weekend. After a beautiful dinner out on Friday night, we had a long-lie on Saturday morning followed by a walk up to Edinburgh Castle and a cocktail at ENZO, a new Italian restaurant and bar.

On Saturday night, I experimented with an oven-baked risotto, accompanied by a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, which Roberson Wine sent me. The wine was really good. It was smooth, fruity and went really well with my red pepper and haricot bean risotto.

Sunday morning started with a long run, before undoing all of my good work with a latte and pain au chocolat at Cafe Tartine. So, yet another food orientated weekend from me. What did you get up to?

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