Family style cooking
Last week, a lovely American family – ‘mom’, ‘pop’ and their 12-year old son booked in for one of my private unique Scottish cooking classes and it was a great success.
A friend was given an afternoon Prosecco tea for four at the secret ladies’ bar of Leith Theatre as her Christmas present. It was part of the Leith Theatre’s fund raising campaign and her husband obviously thought some good should come from his wife’s love of quaffing fizz and cake with her chums.
“Tre prosecco “ I knew this food tour was going to go well: it was 10.30 am in the morning – and I had flown into Rome last night from Edinburgh to meet my friend Fran who had flown from Gatwick – and we were on a four-hour eating and drinking tour with Domenico of Eating Europe Food Tours
Gaby Soutar came on Safari and I was delighted to host her for her article for The Scotsman Food and Drink section of 20 August 2021
Roll up your sleeves and make traditional smoked haddock soup
Then relax as haggis over some haggis neeps and tatties and enjoy some traditional Burns poetry
And round off the evening with you own homemade shortbread
I’ve not been out on safari, but I have been staying ” in the hoose” as we are advised in Scotland to do – and boosting my immune system with strong ( well slightly strong 2 per cent alcohol drink) Kombucha.
Have a look at my video and let me know if you would like a SCOBY
Hello from Edinburgh Food Safari
I really want to show support for my brilliant team of bars, restaurants and shops during these uncertain times. Due to the nature of my food walking business; taking guests on a historical food and drink walking tour to high quality local independent suppliers isn’t really possible at the moment. My suppliers are really feeling the loss of business and I’m missing them too -and my guests!
We all need to eat and many small shops have adapted by offering home delivery service such as Armstrongs fishmongers, https://armstrongsofstockbridge.co.uk/ 80 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, who are still open. Gary Huckle says there are literally’ plenty of fish in the sea’ – and in the shop and if you can’t get down to Stockbridge, they will deliver, just call 0131 315 2033.
IJ Mellis https://www.mellischeese.net/stores/three Edinburgh shop are still open with their fantastic range of cheeses and if you can’t get to the shops – then you can order online. George Mewes, https://www.georgemewescheese.co.uk/ Dean Park St, StockbridgeT: 0131 332 5900 is still open Wednesday to Sunday in the Edinburgh shop and its worth checking out their online delivery service.
Its Mother’s Day on Sunday 22 March. Casa Angelina 42 London Street is closing temporarily but is still open on Sunday for Mother’s Day. They will deliver afternoon tea to your house, or your mother’s house for £20 per person – you will get 4 savouries, 3 sweets and a scone, vegetation or vegan. If you are interested then please call 07790839501 and let them know by Saturday 21st March at 10am.
Nicole Roberts the Marshmallow Lady,https://www.themarshmallowlady.com/ 14 Rodney St is still open for takeaway only and is accepting orders online with free shipping all over the UK, And if things get worse the indomitable Nicole will be doing takeaways with customers outside the shop.
The Pastry Section at 86 Raeburn Place https://www.pastrysection.com/with all their fantastic cakes is still open but will very soon be doing take-away – head down early or place an order for their fantastic cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing.
Its not easy going online if you are a bar – Victorian Kays Bar 39 Jamaica Street https://www.kaysbar.co.uk/is still open – no hearty portions of haggis as they have stopped serving food side and they may have to close soon.
Stockbridge market http://www.stockbridgemarket.com/stockbridge.html in Saunders Street will be open this Sunday so if you feel uncomfortable about going out foraging outside, then think about going online and having a virtual forage and a real feast delivered .
It is rare to find genuine Scottish textiles on the Royal Mile, but anyone who is a fan of Scottish textiles such as lace, linen, tweed all made in Scotland will be thrilled by the treasure trove at The Scottish Textiles Showcase at the back of The Tron Kirk, 122 High Street, Royal Mile EH1 1QS .
I was shown the delights by owner, Kitty Bruce-Gardyne who opened this first curated shop of Scottish textiles just last year. As a maker herself Kitty has been a long term champion of Scotland’s rich textiles heritage and was keen to share her passion for a story which remains a best kept secret and physically off the beaten track. From the Scottish Borders in the south to the far flung islands of the Outer Hebrides in the west and Shetland in the north the Scottish textiles story is rich and varied. From tartan to tweed, and linen to lace Scotland’s textiles are in a class of their own and have gained a world wide reputation for excellence.
Celebrate the birth of Robert Burns with a Scottish Food Safari which includes haggis, Scottish ale and of course a single dram of single malt plus smoked salmon, fish n chips, marshmallows made on the premises and a Scottish cheese tasting. Still some places left for this Saturday 25 January at 1pm. Book on www.edinburghfoodsafari.com