10
Mar
2015
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Mother’s Day gifts for less than £20

Mother’s Day in the UK is but a hop, skip and a sleep away. On the day itself, I’m having all the mothers round; my mum, my gran and Rob’s mum. I’m serving a light lunch of spinach and caramelised onion muffins (recipe to follow) and then we’ll be having cupcakes from Cuckoo’s Bakery and a glass of Prosecco. I can’t wait! Normally we don’t do huge gifts for Mother’s Day in our family – instead, we prefer to spend the day together and I get my mum just a little something. But it can be expensive, so if you’re...
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8
Mar
2015
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Chorizo and Cabernet Sauvignon crostini

I have a long list of places I’d like to visit one day and Catalonia is one of them. The architecture, the food, the weather … what’s not to love. It’s also known for producing really good wine, so when the Catalan Tourist Board sent me two fantastic bottles of vino from the Torres Family Winery, I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen and do some cooking with them. When we have people round to our house, I always like to put some food out and crostini tends to go down really well. You can add any topping really,...
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5
Mar
2015
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A taste of Scotland

I’ve recently developed a real taste for whisky. Writing for Hot Rum Cow has definitely had a part to play in it, as have the wonderful people at the Scotch Whisky Experience, whose restaurant, Amber, recently served me with a truly excellent meal. We were invited along to sample the Taste of Scotland menu, a collection of starters, main courses and a dessert, all of which represented the best of Scotland’s larder, and of course, the talents of Amber’s skilled chefs. To start, we devoured game terrine, chicken liver pate and a salmon roulade. All three starters were delicious; the...
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3
Mar
2015
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If the sun was shining …

It’s 03 March and it’s snowing today in Edinburgh. Fricking snow … in March. All the optimism I was feeling when I wrote my last post has frozen solid with today’s plummeting temperatures, and in my longing for blue skies and warmer temperatures, I got to thinking about what I would be doing today if the sun was shining. First of all, I wouldn’t be wearing my winter clothes. I would be adorned in florals, basking in the sunshine, preferably with a cocktail in my hand. I would go to the beach. It’s been so long since I’ve felt the sand...
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27
Feb
2015
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Things that made me smile this February

February seems to have been a bit of a blur and I can hardly believe that it’s pretty much March already. So with that, here’s a few of the things that have made me happy this month. 1. Discovering Meridian crunchy peanut butter and proceeding to spread it on absolutely everything, including the wholewheat bagel above, which I lathered in it. As peanut butters go, this is definitely the best one I’ve ever tried. 2. Having the girls round to my house for pizza and wine after work last Friday. It was so much fun and before we knew it,...
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23
Feb
2015
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Broccoli and courgette soup

In a bid to save time during the week, I’ve started cooking masses of whatever we have to eat at the weekend. Chilli con carne, curry and stew all freeze really well and means that we can still have healthy home made dinners during the week, no matter how tempting it might be to phone in a Chinese. I also always make a huge pot of soup on a Sunday. I eat soup for lunch most days and I only ever really by shop bought ones as a last resort. This recipe combines two of my favourite vegetables: broccoli and...
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