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21212, EDINBURGH

Edinburgh holds a very special place in my heart. I studied there many moons ago and over the years have visited at least twice a year, and always for the Edinburgh Festival in August which I haven’t missed in over 20 years. Each time I visit, I fall in love…

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CHOCOLATE CAKES WITH BAILEYS SALTED CARAMEL

I am a huge lover of Baileys but I do tend to forget it for a large chunk of the year…until the temperature starts to drop. That’s when I get back into my hot chocolate game and the Baileys comes out to play. (If I’m being really indulgent I melt…

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CLASSIC TEAROOM CHOCOLATE VICTORIA SPONGE

One of my favourite baking recipe books is Annie Bell’s Baking Bible. Its a fantastic book filled with straightforward, easy to follow classic recipes for cookies & biscuits, traybakes, sponge cakes, cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, tarts, pies, brownies, breads and meringues. One of my favourite recipes is this classic tearoom chocolate…

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BLACK DOVE, GLASGOW

The South side of Glasgow isn’t known for its restaurants. In Glasgow, Finnieston is the area to head for if you want really good food but for South siders, its frustrating that there is not much nearby, with the exception of The Glad Cafe. Fortunately, Black Dove in Shawlands is…

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CHRISTMAS GIFT HAMPERS 2016

Everyone loves a good hamper, don’t they? And with this being the season of giving, what’s better than the gift of food? Christmas is a time for indulging…forget about the diets, its all about letting go, undoing the top button on your jeans or unzipping your skirt and diving head…

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FOODIE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016

I can’t believe Christmas is just a few weeks away, it seems to come around quicker and quicker each year. I adore Christmas and all its build up but I hate New Year’s Eve. I must say though, for once I will be delighted to see that back of this…

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THE THREE CHIMNEYS HOT MARMALADE PUDDING

‘Marmalade. You either love it or loathe it – and I adore it’… begins Shirley Spear in her new book The Three Chimneys Marmalade Bible. Shirley Spear and her husband Eddie opened the internationally acclaimed The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye in 1984. Although they had no previous experience…

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THE GOLF INN, GULLANE

Staying away in a hotel or Inn always feels rather special. Its always great to get away, even if its just for one night, and it offers something you can never really recreate at home…indulgence, relaxation, a comfier bed than your own, people to look after you, no need to…

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24 HOURS IN MONTPELLIER WITH LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN

I was lucky enough to be invited to Montpellier recently, to visit the home of Alain Coumont, founder of Le Pain Quotidien, an opportunity I could not pass up. If you’re not familiar with Le Pain Quotidien, let me fill you in….it is a restaurant and boulangerie chain known for…

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ROASTED GRAPES WITH GOATS CHEESE & HONEY

One of my favourite things to do if I find mysef with any free time over a weekend is watch the utterly marvellous Ina Garten, otherwise known at Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. I have spoken about my love of her before. Recently, I saw an episode where she…

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ALCHEMILLA, GLASGOW

I have recently left my beloved London and moved to my hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. I was initially rather worried I would miss the sheer volume and variety of restaurants, stalls and markets that I was lucky to be bombarded with in London, but even in my first week, I have eaten some…

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BRUNCH AT JAZ & JUL’S

Jaz & Jul’s in Islington have recently launched a new chocolate-themed weekend brunch at their Chocolate House on Chapel Market, just a few minutes walk from Angel tube station. I LOVE a good brunch, so my friend Kirsty and I popped in to try it out a couple of weekends ago.…

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