30
Dec
2014
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Goodbye 2014, you’ll be tough to beat

Sorry for my lack of posting recently. The general busyness of the festive season teamed with a chest infection means that I’ve had to take things a whole lot slower than I normally would. At this time of year, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t look back over the year and reflect on the good, the bad, and how they hope to make things different for the next 12 months. I can say with all honesty that when I think about 2014, all I end up with is a huge smile on my face. Why? Well, if you are a...
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22
Dec
2014
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Hazelnut hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of those drinks I only enjoy in December. A bit strange, I know, but although it’s not strictly a Christmas drink, I seem to associate it with this time of year. That said, because I drink it so little, when I have it, I want it to be really indulgent, just like this hazelnut hot chocolate I made for AO Life. There’s not so much as a spoonful of hot chocolate powder to be found in this luxurious drink, but real, proper chocolate. Intrigued? Pop on over to AO Life to find my recipe.
15
Dec
2014
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Humble Grape

The name of my blog is a bit of a give away that I like wine. No, scratch that, I love wine. Being brought up in an Italian family, there has always been wine on the table, designed to enhance each and every meal. So when Humble Grape got in touch and offered to send me a couple of bottles of vino rosso, I couldn’t say no. What I really love about Humble Grape is how accessible they make wines. There is a lot of snobbery around the what’s, where’s and how’s of this age-old drink, but Humble Grape’s philosophy...
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12
Dec
2014
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10 delicious porridge toppings

Scotland is known for its cold weather at this time of year. The chilly, dark days and nights can make it hard to eat healthy, when all I really want to do is indulge in comfort food. But one area where I haven’t fallen off the wagon is breakfast. I’ve been eating a steaming hot bowl of porridge or oatbran every morning, which isn’t only a healthy way to start the day, but it really warms me up. Here are 10 different toppings I regularly add to my porridge: 1.Peaches baked with vanilla and cinnamon (pictured above) 2. Blueberries and...
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10
Dec
2014
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Winter whiteout

I’ve been to a few Google City Experts events, and so I know those guys can show people a good time. And last Wednesday evening’s event was no exception. In fact, it might have been the best one yet. The venue for the evening was The Pompadour by Galvin restaurant, which sits proudly in the five-star Caledonian Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The theme was winter whiteout and this spectacular hotel looked even prettier than normal decorated with snow-laden branches and wintery back drops. The evening started with a gin cocktail and a selection of moreish canapés. What followed was a three-course...
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7
Dec
2014
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Tales from the weekend #4

We have just had one of those joyful long weekends. It kicked off at 1pm on Friday with lunch at the Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, where we had steak and chips. You know you’re having a good day when steak and chips is on the menu, or at least this is the case in my world. Following our meat feast, we went for a wander around the city centre. Edinburgh does Christmas really well and at this time of year, certain areas of the city play homage to the festivities, with stalls serving mulled wine, fairground rides, ice rinks and...
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