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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1
Jul
2016
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Hotel Saint Elena, Venice

I promise, this is my final post about Venice. But, since I’ve talked about the city’s culinary highlights and the major sights, it only seems fair that I close the loop and tell you a bit more about where we stayed and why I would recommend it. We stayed in the four-star Hotel Saint Elena. I’ll start by saying if you’re looking for a central hotel, this isn’t one for you. It was slightly out of the centre, in a somewhat residential area, and took around 25 minutes to walk to St Mark’s Square. Not a problem for us, but...
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23
Jun
2016
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Remaining European

Regardless of what little corner of the world you call home, you’ll probably be aware that today, the UK is voting to decide whether or not it wishes to remain in the European Union. Yikes. This post isn’t designed to sway, influence, or act as some kind of soapbox for my political views; it’s more a declaration of how I feel, and I feel European. Tonight when I leave work, rather than go straight home and cook Rob and I dinner, I’m going to my local polling station to vote, where I will tick the box to remain in the...
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12
Jun
2016
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Venice, one bite after another

As the rain pounds my window, I would like nothing more than to be back in Venice right now. I figured that reliving our trip in a blog post would be a reasonable substitute, especially if I could talk about my favourite topic: food. Italy is a pretty great country to visit on the food front. Pasta and pizza are so simple, that they’re hard to mess up, but on the flip side of that, when they’re just right, they’re hard to beat. The same rules apply to Venice as to most touristy cities – if you eat in the...
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