Recipe: Chicken Braemar with root veg mash and whisky sauce
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2w ago
WITH BURN'S NIGHT fast approaching, I thought I'd share a dish I knocked up on Hogmanay -chicken Braemar! It looks a bit cheffy but is actually pretty straightforward to make at home; it definitely brings the wow factor if you're having guests around.  I used black pudding here, but haggis can easily be substituted to make chicken Balmoral instead.  The great thing about this dish is it isn't just for Burns night! Ingredients (Serves 2): 2x free-range chicken breasts 2x Stornoway black pudding discs (or Haggis), grated 12x rashers streaky bacon 1x small turnip, peeled and ..read more
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Review: Mariachi, Edinburgh
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3w ago
 I’D COOKED RELENTLESSLY from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Day; that’s what you get for being the resident chef, not that I mind.  It was time to loosen the apron and let someone cook for me – I was beginning to forget what that felt like.  We decided to take our traditional festive stroll down the enchanting Victoria Street hoping our favourite Mexican, Mariachi’s, had a spare table. After a couple of well-earned drinks in the Jinglin’ Geordie we tactically wandered up the Royal Mile just in time for their 5:00 p.m. opening, swithering whether to have a cheeky half in t ..read more
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Review: The Percy, Edinburgh
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1M ago
 A FRIEND OF mine pointed out that I hadn’t blogged anything in a while, so I thought I had better get my finger out and produce some copy.  After all, I am laid up with a fracture in my back and have plenty of free time on my hands, even if I am in pain.  I’m no stranger to The Percy at the foot of Easter Road, but the last two times we’ve attempted to get a table it’s been fully booked; third time lucky. For those of you who don’t know, The Percy is a Polish restaurant joined onto the Persevere bar next door opposite Tesco Leith’s car park.  It’s known for its hearty por ..read more
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Review: Tapa, Edinburgh
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6M ago
 BEING A LEITH resident means you are blessed with excellent eateries. From Michelin stars to great gastropubs like Teuchtar’s Landing and The King’s Wark to modern dining spots like Borough and Heron, ‘spoiled’ might be a better word. Tapa is a long-established Spanish (how did you guess?) restaurant we’ve been visiting since we moved to the capital 10 years ago. It never seems to disappoint. Independently owned, I’ve always admired their devotion to sourcing great produce, unlike these chain tapas bars you find up town.  Why wouldn’t you use the best when Spain has such an incredi ..read more
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Review: Purslane, Edinburgh
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8M ago
 I MUST ADMIT I felt guilty about booking a table at Purslane for Sarah’s birthday lunch. I’d always eaten fantastically well there, admiring chef/owner Paul Gunning’s creativity as well as his sound cooking ability.  It was time to put things right and see how this little restaurant had evolved. Located in a basement site on the eclectic St Stephen Street in Stockbridge (right underneath my barbers Vagabondas it happens), the 30-seater restaurant had had a tasteful refurb since my last visit and I was pleased to see a familiar face back running front of house in the shape of restau ..read more
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Recipe: Chicken Parmo
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10M ago
  I FIRST CAME across chicken parmo on Masterchef a few years back.  As it happens, it's one of the most popular takeaway dishes in Teeside and I wanted to make my own version.  I ditched the 'traditional' bechamel for a tomato sauce with gooey mozzarella; I guess this could be a Scottish version of the dish!  Butterflying chicken is a useful skill; check out tutorials omn YouTube if you haven't done it before.  I like to serve this with mini roast paprika and garlic potatoes, but spaghetti would would just as well.  Ingredients (serves 2): 2x free-range ch ..read more
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Review: Woodland Creature, Leith, Edinburgh
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11M ago
 TEMPERATURES HAVE JUST started to shift in the right direction after what seemed like an endless winter. That means the start of beer garden season is upon us– hooray! Sunday roast at Woodland Creatures with our friends Ashley, Alex, new arrival Henry, and their adorable pooch Arthur was the order of the day before a first outdoor pint could be consumed. The gastropub was opened on Leith Walk by four friends back in 2018. With the tram works on top of a global pandemic, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for a business still in its infancy, but Leith’s motto is Persevere af ..read more
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Review: The Ranch, Edinburgh
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11M ago
 I WAS AFTER a cheap post-work bite to eat and remembered a regular customer of mine had recommended The Ranch on Barclay Terrace. I seem to recall this place opening sometime during lockdown in the site of the former Henrick’s bar.  It’s hardly surprising given the establishment’s name that burgers and Texan BBQ are the focus and, as you know, I like a good burger. As it happens, this is the second venture by the people behind The Torfin, the original branch of The Ranch which just happens to be next door to their original Corstorphine restaurant. The atmosphere was buzzing when we ..read more
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The Palmerston, Edinburgh
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1y ago
 THE PALMERSTON is the hottest ticket in town at the moment. The former bank in Edinburgh’s West End has been transformed into a multi-functioning space that houses an all-day restaurant, bakery, coffee shop, and bar. The food looks to showcase highly seasonal British produce at its peak in a relaxed environment. The brainchild of head chef Lloyd Morse and general manager James Snowden, The Palmerston finally opened in September and has received rave reviews from critics and the public alike. I remember Lloyd’s food when he did a brief pop-up at Good Brothers in Stockbridge and it always ..read more
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Review: House of Tides, Newcastle
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1y ago
 I’D VISITED HOUSE of Tides the week before the first lockdown in what was a fantastic if slightly weird experience.  Pubs were empty, restaurants half full and nobody knew what was going to happen next.  We had enjoyed the visit to Newcastle’s sole Michelin starred restaurant so much we vowed to return, and here we are. The restaurant is a beautiful 16th century merchant’s house that husband-and-wife team Kenny and Abbie Atkinson restored back in 2014 with the guide bestowing a coveted star two years later. You enter a gorgeous open-bricked reception area where we studied the ..read more
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