9
May
2012
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Heart shaped pot

After a long day at work nothing hits the spot better than comfort food. I firmly believe that everyone has at least one dish they turn to to lift their mood. One of my favourites, is the good old British classic, cottage pie. But in the absence of potatoes and a lack of motivation to fetch some, I created a delicious new topping for this staple dish. Substituting potatoes for butternut squash and cauliflower mash, created a delicious dish, that wasn’t quite as heavy as the traditional potato topping. Simply mash the vegetables with a tablespoon of thyme, a drizzle...
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6
May
2012
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With a cherry on top

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I don’t really do dinner parties as such. I do, however, have friends round for dinner. The idea of throwing a dinner party brings out the anxious cook in me, who worries about etiquette, matching crockery and whether or not the sorbet course is absolutely necessary. On the other hand, having my friends round for dinner is something I love. Cooking rustic food, served in well-loved, miss-matched bowls makes me happy, and is far more enjoyable than a formal affair. Last night I opened my door to friends, served plenty of food and wine and when the time came for...
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26
Apr
2012
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Another greedy Italian

This Thursday and next, I will be busy. I haven’t taken up a new hobby, and neither has my social life taken a turn for the better. Instead, I will be spending my evening with two greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo. Their BBC2 show is now in its second season, where the two self-proclaimed ‘greedy Italians’ return to the Motherland to see how vested traditions are surviving the modern day. Further to their nostalgic reunion with the glorious ‘Italia’, the two chefs cook along the way. Finding idyllic locations to cook in Italy is by no means difficult,...
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23
Apr
2012
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Lunch at Cuckoo’s Bakery

This review previously appeared on Edinburgh Spotlight. Some places just get it right. Cuckoo’s Bakery in Edinburgh’s New Town is one of those places. With a loyal following who go out of their way to get their daily cupcake fix, this bakery has become something of an institution for locals with a sweet tooth. In addition to the pull of their innovative and creative cupcakes, Cuckoo’s food menu is homemade and varied. Their freshly made bread compliments the wide selection of suitably named ‘doorstep’ sandwiches with hearty fillings. But today we looked elsewhere on the menu, past the soups and...
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17
Apr
2012
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The ban has been lifted

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Since my self-imposed embargo on chocolate has now been lifted, my aim seems to be making up for the 40 days I spent longing after it. I never really need an excuse to bake, but in an effort to preserve my waistline, I generally only bake sweet treats when I have more than one person to share them with. Otherwise, I will willingly commit one of the seven deadly sins, and a meaningless repentance will follow. These muffins were made not only to indulge my inner glutton, but for an afternoon of visitors, who came and went, muffin in hand...
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