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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30
Oct
2011
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Red, orange and brown

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The Botanic Gardens was my venue of choice today, as I breathed in the smell of autumn, and made a point of stamping on every leaf I encountered, just to hear the glorious crunch. I wasn’t the only child doing this in the Botanics today, but I was certainly the one who was getting a few disapproving looks. Although this statement seems fairly obvious, the difference in the light today was noticeable: dark at 5.15pm means that I’ll be walking home from work in the dark tomorrow. It’s official, summer has packed its bags and bid us goodbye for another...
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25
Oct
2011
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Kitchen wish list

Every foodie has a what I like to call a ‘kitchen wish list’, laden with various wishes and wants. Some are necessary and achievable, while others are objects of pure desire, and lie in a future that is filled with beautiful kitchens and endless budgets. Those of you who know me (and my blog) will know that not only do I love coffee, but depend heavily on it, as so many of us do. Although my trusty espresso maker keeps me in coffee, and decorates the stove nicely, it’s beginning to show its age. And oh how nice it would...
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