Friday, 30 July 2010

Friday favourites - Ruth Reichl

My favourite food writer, Ruth Reichl. First of her books that I ever bought was 'Garlic and Sapphires' and I swear I could not put it down. I had to read it pretty much at one go, I cried and giggled my way through it and when it was finished I went and ordered rest of her books. 
An amazing author. You can follow her on Twitter, too. Her tweets are like little poems!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Scottish Food Word Sunday - 'Kale Brose'

 'kale brose'
"A Scottish peasant dish of cows' heel simmered and skimmed for 4 hours, finely shredded kale and toasted oatmeal added and boiled until cooked. A more up-market version uses beef broth with beef cheek." 

From 'Dictionary of food' by Charles Sinclair

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Naked, Edinburgh

Here is something different for Edinburgh's takeaway scene: Naked takeaway. It was about the time that somebody thought of something like this!
You can get freshly cooked, affordable, good quality seasonal food delivered to your door. Choose from their very attractive menu, place your order and get it delivered to your house. Now there's and option for those nights one doesn't fancy cooking and is not in a mood for Chinese or Indian...
For starters we shared 'Iberico chorizo and chickpeas', tapas-style stew with tomato, pepper and onion sauce and 'Killer king prawns', succulent king prawns marinated in garlic and coriander, coated with crispy Panko breadcrumbs. Both were decent starters but the prawns were a winner and I'm not a massive fan of them normally!
I ordered 'Yoga chicken', local free-range chicken marinated in buttermilk and herbs, served with a light creme fraiche dressing, cooked and served on a wooden skewer with a small gardener's salad. There was something missing and it was the dressing, but what the hell: I had juicy chicken on a bed of salad that tasted so fresh that it was just pulled out of the garden. I was also in a mood for comfort food so had an side order of delicious buttery mash as well. Mr Lovable had 'Jamaican stew pork' with rice and was oohing and aahing over it.
  Eek! Like how damn cute is their packaging? I am very much looking forward to our next order from Naked... I have a funny feeling that their burgers with chips would be sensational. 
fresh idea, fresh food

open 7 days

fast, free delivery
35 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AU - 0131 516 2988‎
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Sunday, 18 July 2010

Scottish Food Word Sunday - 'Hairst Bree'

'hairst bree'
"A type of hotchpotch with as well as the usual vegetables, broad beans, shredded lettuce, cauliflower florets and chopped herbs."

From 'Dictionary of food' by Charles Sinclair

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

First Coast, Edinburgh

I have lost count of how many times we have been to First Coast
for dinner. Last Friday night, our original plan was to drive to Peebles and find somewhere to sit down for a dinner, but instead ended up walking over to scary Gorgie to our favourite bistro.
Their menu had luckily changed since our last visit, otherwise my only choice would have been to order the best risotto I've ever eaten again! We both had homemade black pudding with caramelized apple and sticky gravy for starter and it was different than any black pudding that I have ever tasted, very nice and perfect partner for the apple.
For my main I had Middle eastern platter, tabbouleh, chickpea and pumpkin stew, pistachio and sumac labneh, muhammara and flatbread. I did not have a clue what half of the things were on this dish, but ordered it anyway and it was a superb combination of different flavours.
For dessert we couldn't resist sharing an Eton mess with hazelnut and chocolate. I never thought of using anything else than berries or fruit for this pudding but changed my mind after eating this lovely dessert.
their waiting staff is so relaxed and friendly, nothing is ever too much trouble for them

funky menu that changes often

always busy, always enjoyable

  97-101 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AB - 0131 313 4404

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Scottish Food Word Sunday - 'Inky-Pinky'

I have made a great book discovery: 'Dictionary of food: International Food and Cooking terms from A to Z' by Charles Sinclair. It covers all descriptions of dishes, ingredients, equipment and techniques you can imagine of the world's cuisines. Funnily, there's even loads of Finnish words in it as well. But what really caught my attention was all Scottish food terms that I have never heard of before, like 'inky-pinky', 'haggamuggie' or 'howtowdie'...
I thought that this is way too fascinating not to share and decided to post one Scottish food word every Sunday.
First one to go is my favourite, 
 "A kind of stew of leftovers made with beef stock thickened with corn flour and heated with cold roast beef, which has been trimmed of all fat and gristle. Cooked carrots and cooked button onions are added together with seasoning and 25 ml of vinegar per litre of stock. Served with small squares or triangles of toast (called sippets)."

Friday, 9 July 2010

Friday favourites - Good Natured Berries

We eat lots of fresh berries, especially in the summertime. Lots of them. When we do our weekly shopping there is always a varying selection of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries and blackberries in the shopping trolley. I grew up in the countryside in Finland and every summer our huge garden produced more berries that we could possibly eat. We had hundreds of strawberry plants and in the back of the garden blackcurrant and redcurrant bushes. And of course all the nearby woodlands were packed with blueberries and lingonberries in the end of the summer.
At the Taste Festival this year we sampled berries from Good Natured and were both amazed how good they tasted. They actually reminded me of my childhood. So full of flavour that you'd think that they somehow injected the berryness in. 
Since that I have kept my eyes open when shopping, but have not managed to find any of their products in supermarkets or anywhere else. Only place I have found them since was at The Royal Highland Show. As well as gorgeous berries, they also do tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes and range of herbs. Their pesticide residue free berries are grown in Angus on the East Coast of Scotland. If you ever see them, buy them, they are guaranteed to be bursting with flavour.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Kalpna, Edinburgh

We are lucky to have the best Indian take-away in Edinburgh, Delta, just around the corner from us, but sometimes it's nice to go and sit down for a curry. Kalpna has been in St Patricks Square for a quarter of a century. Another place on our list that we have wanted to try for a long time but never quite managed, until now.
This family owned vegetarian restaurant is open for somewhat famous 'all you can eat' lunch from 12pm-2pm and for dinner 5.30pm-10.30pm. Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment as the place seems to be always busy.
My starter was Tandoori mix with broccoli, baby potatoes and Paneer, coated in a spicy yogurt marinade and cooked in a tandoor. The broccoli could have been cooked more but it was still a nice dish, with two interesting sauces.
For mains I chose Mughal Kofta: cheese, onion, nuts&potato fritters in a delicious hot spicy cashew nut and almond sauce, garnished with fresh coriander leaves and caramelised onion. We also ordered some pilau rice and naan bread that was to die for. All food arrived very quickly and was full of rich flavours.
When we arrived the place was empty but filled up in minutes and I was glad to see lots of Indian customers which is always a good sign. The only low point was that I found their staff a tad ignorant, bored looking and not so friendly... maybe they were just having a bad day? But still, I would definitely go back.
lots of sauce

mirror decorations on the walls

quick service

 2-3 St Patrick Square, EH8 9EZ - 0131 667 9890
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