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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6
Apr
2012
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Kitchen wish list

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My kitchen wish list for this month is something I hope in the not to distant future will be realised. We bought our flat nearly four years ago. When we moved in we met every expectation for a young couple who had just bought a property: cash poor with not a piece of furniture to our name. Since then, we now (thankfully) have a fully furnished house, a home in fact, that I have fallen head over heels in love with. Despite my love for the property itself there has always been one room that has been neglected: the kitchen....
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24
Mar
2012
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Forbidden fruit

I had intended for this post to go up last Saturday. How wrong I was. As I was happily tempering chocolate in Coco of Bruntsfield’s chocolate making kitchen, I was blissfully unaware of how the afternoon was going to pan out. Under the guise of ‘taking photos for the blog’, armed with my handmade chocolates, I was led to a dark corner to the Botanic Gardens, where my boyfriend proposed. Never in my life have I been rendered speechless – an unexpected proposal will do that to you. Obviously all attempt to take pictures was abandoned and I was promptly whisked off...
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