14
Jan
2012
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Spice it up

One of the best things about winter, is coming home, taking off your coat and warming up. Sometimes a cup of tea just doesn’t cut it, and that’s when I reach for the hot chocolate. One of the most common ways to glam-up your hot chocolate, is to add marshmallows and lashings of cream. But there are other ways to make this winter warmer drink a little more interesting. Spicing up your hot chocolate is an alternative to the often sickly sweet marshmallows and cream option. Using store cupboard favourites like chilli and cinnamon, creates an indulgent, very adult alternative...
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8
Jan
2012
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Cranberry and yogurt muffins

For many, the January detox appears to be in full swing. Supermarkets are littered with promotions on their healthy living ranges, and noticeably fewer muffins are being purchased with morning lattes. From past experience, as soon as something becomes forbidden fruit, you tend to want it more, turning the January detox into more of a January binge. I’m far from immune to this affliction, but in a bid not to fall off the wagon at the first whiff of a freshly baked cake, I decided to look at healthier alternatives to my afternoon snack, rather than cutting them out altogether....
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31
Dec
2011
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All about the eve

I’m a hard one to please when it comes to saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new. In fact, I’m not really a fan of any scenario where ‘forced fun’ is the theme. This year, the decision was taken out of my hands. Rather than meeting friends at Treacle for the start of 2012, becoming ill has meant that my body has ultimately made the decision for me – I will be staying in, and having an entirely alcohol free night. Not one to be told what to do, ordinarily I would ignore my dwindling immune system,...
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11
Dec
2011
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The frost finally bites

Winter has very much arrived. As I slid through Stockbridge earlier today, I made peace with the fact that my brogues had tread on their last leaves of the year, and it was now time for my Uggs to provide me with a safer form of transport. What has proved to be a particularly tiring few weeks, led to my plans today going slightly askew. An early rise to watch the Santa run was replaced with scrambled eggs on brown toast and a cup of Earl Grey, with a knitted blanket to keep me warm. When I finally braved the...
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28
Nov
2011
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Kitchen wish list

My kitchen wish list is never ending. Struck by a love for home interiors, every time I go out my list gets that little but longer. My monthly purchase of a range of food and interiors magazines doesn’t help – I blame both Ideal Home and Good Food in equal measure for highlighting such a tempting array of homewares. Last month I featured the Ascaso coffee machine, which I still drool over every time I visit Harvey Nichols food court. But this month, as red becomes the colour of the season, a long standing wish list item has become this...
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20
Nov
2011
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Patisserie Madeleine

I  generally opt for savoury over sweet. If a bowl of olives and a bar of chocolate were sitting side-by-side, I’d opt for the olives. I understand I’m very much in the minority here, and know people who gurn at the mere mention of an olive. However, there is one Edinburgh establishment that manages to twist my arm on the cake front: Patisserie Madeleine in Stockbridge. One thing that’s hard to ignore is the sheer temptation. With a foray of authentic sweet treats in the window, walking by is impossible. Without any rational decision making process, I was soon sat...
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