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Young Buck blue cheese scones

Ingredients 250g soda bread flour ( I use Mortons) 50g butter 125g Young Buck blue cheese 100ml buttermilk 1 egg Method Preheat a fan oven to 200c. Put the soda bread flour in a large bowl, add the butter and rub the butter through flour to resemble breadcrumbs. Cut up the Young Buck blue cheese...

Clam and Cork

If you suggested to me that my love of food would take me on a culinary adventure by way of a train to Doncaster and a walk to Doncaster markets I would have thought you had gone mad. BUT there I was, at Doncaster Fish Market having the time of my life. Turns out Jay Rayner knows...

Mini Simnel Bundt Cakes

Ingredients ( makes 4 mini bundt cakes and some muffins)480g plain flour1 tsp baking powder½ tsp bicarbonate of soda1 ½ tsp mixed spice 200g caster sugar2 eggs110g melted unsalted butter 280ml milkZest of an orange100g sultanas50g raisins 50g currants50g mixed peel100g marzipan (plus extra to decorate) Method Heat the oven to 170cPut the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of...

Aizle, Edinburgh

Wow. To be honest I could stop the review there. Aizle was wow, from beginning to end and it’s been a while since I have had a meal that blew my socks off. Not one dish disappointed. Each was creative and interesting and left me asking ‘so how did they do that’.  I had high...

Young Buck blue cheese scones

Ingredients 250g soda bread flour ( I use Mortons) 50g butter 125g Young Buck blue cheese 100ml buttermilk 1 egg Method Preheat a fan oven to 200c. Put the soda bread flour in a large bowl, add the butter and rub the butter through flour to resemble breadcrumbs. Cut up the Young Buck blue cheese into little pieces and add to the flour mix. In a jug mix together the...

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Clam and Cork

If you suggested to me that my love of food would take me on a culinary adventure by way of a train to Doncaster and a walk to Doncaster markets I would have thought you had gone mad. BUT there I was, at Doncaster Fish Market having the time of my life. Turns out Jay Rayner knows what he is talking about 😉 Clam and Cork is everything I hoped it would...

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Mini Simnel Bundt Cakes

Ingredients ( makes 4 mini bundt cakes and some muffins)480g plain flour1 tsp baking powder½ tsp bicarbonate of soda1 ½ tsp mixed spice 200g caster sugar2 eggs110g melted unsalted butter 280ml milkZest of an orange100g sultanas50g raisins 50g currants50g mixed peel100g marzipan (plus extra to decorate) Method Heat the oven to 170cPut the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice in a bowl In a separate bowl whisk the sugar and eggs...

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Aizle, Edinburgh

Wow. To be honest I could stop the review there. Aizle was wow, from beginning to end and it’s been a while since I have had a meal that blew my socks off. Not one dish disappointed. Each was creative and interesting and left me asking ‘so how did they do that’.  I had high hopes when we first entered the restaurant and I spied chopsticks.  I love eating with...

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The Little Chartroom

They say all good things come in little packages and they, whoever they are, would be right because what The Little Chartroom lacks in size it certainly makes up for in personality and culinary flare.   We ventured to the Little Chartroom for brunch on our last morning in Edinburgh and it certainly gave us a fantastic farewell to this beautiful city.  Situated on Leith Walk, with its mix of faded...

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Noble Holywood

I just happen to be sitting opposite Jay Rayner at Monmouth coffee company’s Borough Market cafe. Not long ago I spent a day with him in London learning more about the craft of writing (with several other people I hasten to add) his simple presence this morning reminded me that I’ve not written in a while and I should,  in fact the place I want to write about is a place...

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Slow cooked mutton in a spiced marinade

Ingredients Leg of mutton 150g Longley Farm fat free yoghurt Thumb side piece of ginger 2 cloves of garlic  Teaspoon each of cumin, turmeric, chilli flakes and fennel seeds Juice of a lime  1 teaspoon of tomato purée  Small bunch coriander Method Put the yoghurt, spices, ginger, garlic, tomato purée and lime juice in a food processor and blitz Place the mutton in a large food bag and pour in...

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Mincemeat biscuits

I love making edible gifts for Christmas presents and this is one I’ve made many times. This recipe makes about 24 biscuits. Ingredients 200g unsalted butter, softened  100g soft brown sugar 200g porridge oats (I use Stringer porridge oats, from  a local farm in Bishop Wilton)  100g plain flour 6 tablespoons of mincemeat (I made my mincemeat using the River Cottage apple, pear and ginger mincemeat recipe) Method: Heat the...

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The Hideaway Kitchen

I guess the clue is in the name of the place but ‘Hideaway Kitchen’ really is tucked away in North Yorkshire’s in rolling countryside. Only a short trip by car from York or Harrogate down a single lane road and you find yourself in the most beautiful village of Lower Dunsforth where Georgina and Amelia are working their magic.  This is no village pub or cafe or restaurant it’s a...

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Wreckfish

There is something rather exciting about the group of restaurants that make up ‘Elite Bistro's of the World’. Gary Usher has this wonderful way of inviting you into the family, warts and all and taking you on an emotional roller coaster.  You desperately want him and the restaurant dreams to succeed. And so, nearly a year after our little investment in that dream, we arrived at Wreckfish, voucher in hand....

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