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My visit at the Global Market Village in Glasgow

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I was lucky enough to win some vouchers for this years Global Market Village, it is another huge celebration of culture, flavour and diversity! With over 40 different traders, Glasgow was bursting with a fantastic atmosphere where shoppers have the chance to explore a number of represented countries during this free event!

From a range of different Curries to a Greek grill, Spanish paella, Traditional German Schwenkgrill, French Crepes and not forgetting the amazing Italian Cuisine on offer there was something for everyone, my mouth was watering with every step.

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I well and truly spend all my vouchers, I went around the world but decided to France and Italy for my purchases, with some amazing spaghetti to French Patisserie delights and beautifully coloured and flavoured meringues I was in my element. Lovely day walking around and amazing smells.

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Here is what I picked up, can’t wait to get cooking. The pastries and meringues were amazing.

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Glasgow’s Food Assembly

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The Food Assembly offers the people of Glasgow and surrounding areas a new way to shop for local and fresh produce.  Currently Six producers from Glasgow are gathering to offer fresh and local food to their customers.

The Food Assembly is the British version of a French network of communities known as ‘La Ruche qui dit Oui!’ which offers fresh food from local farmers and was launched in the UK in July 2014.

The network is now spreading all across Glasgow to offer high quality food and support small local producers.

In order to shop with the Glasgow Food Assembly, the customers first need to create an account on their website. Then, they have to select the products they want and finally, pick them up on the day of the assembly. The Glasgow Food Assembly gathered for the first time on 8 February 2016 at the Drygate, the UK’s first experimental craft brewery, to deliver the orders that customers had made on the online shop a few before the event.

The network is now preparing its fifth assembly and discussing about future ones in Glasgow.
The popularity of ethical and local producers is growing steadily in Glasgow and the network is gaining new members. Geraldine Pitt, Food Assembly’s host, started organizing the gatherings in the UK in November of last year. She said: “The whole initiative takes about 12 weeks: finding producers, organizing venues, growing members, etc.”

The concept of the Food Assembly is widening and will from now on welcome not only food producers but any ethical local producers to take part in the process. One of the new participants is Carishea, a business that will be selling cosmetics for the network.

A lot of people from the city and beyond gathered on 8 February at Drygate in the desire to meet local farmers and food makers and enjoy fresh products grown within a radius of less than 150 miles from Glasgow.

The Food Assembly is also a way to help small-scale producers to promote their business all around the city while reducing food waste thanks to the online process the customers are going through to order their products.

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Last Wednesday I placed my first order, trying not to get too carried away as I viewed some amazing produce and vegetables that I never even knew existed, like rainbow carrots and beetroots!

I was absolutely excited today to go to the Drygate and pick up my goodies, a very good system too, all the producers were there ready with your order, all numbered so they knew exactly what was yours. They answered any questions very professionally and passionately and spoke about why their produce is the best and their procedures.

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So here is what I picked up today, I am currently working on some new recipes to try with these, so watch this space!

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Edinburghs’s Most Romantic Restaurants for Valentines Day

Edinburgh’s Most Romantic Restaurants:


1. The Stockbridge Restaurant »
Scottish | Stockbridge
£26 to £40
Welcome to The Stockbridge Restaurant Edinburgh.Edinburgh’s cozy, family-run restaurant is situated in the heart of historic Stockbridge where it’s not so much fine-dining as a relaxed, unpretentious experience. Head Chef Jason, his partner Jane and their…
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2. Monteiths »
British | The Royal Mile
£26 to £40
Monteiths bar & restaurant is nestled in a fairy-lit close in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The award winning venue is located just off the historic Royal Mile and combines chic cocktail bar with intimate restaurant. A favourite of locals and visitor…
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3. Angels with Bagpipes »
Scottish | Old Town
£26 to £40
Angels with Bagpipes is a stunning restaurant on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. Mixing an atmospheric Old Town setting with chic and contemporary looks.

Choose from our full menu or fantastic 2 & 3 course dining offer

From Scottis…

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4. Blackfriars »
British | Old Town
£26 to £40
Our small, independent restaurant is located just off the Royal Mile, inthe heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, on Blackfriars St. We focus onhonest, produce driven cooking.For dinner we offer a regularly changing 4/5 course set menu for £35 perperson…
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5. Twenty, Princes Street, Grill & Smokehouse »
Steakhouse | New Town
£26 to £40
Twenty Princes Street presents an elegant and stunning setting that is sure to bewitch even the most cosmopolitan of patrons with a seamless mix of traditional elegance and contemporary design. A distinguishing feature of the restaurant is the lush, cap…
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6. The Cellar Door »
Scottish | Old Town
£25 and under
Having taken over the restaurant in October 2012 we are passionate about creating Scottish dishes using fresh local produce. We are a relaxed family friendly restaurant, non-pretentious offering flavoursome food served by friendly staff. Happy to accommod…
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7. Contini Cannonball »
Scottish | The Royal Mile
£26 to £40
At Cannonball Restaurant we offer the finest Scottish dining in the very heart of the Old Town, with fabulous views of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile and beyond.
Serving delicious dishes like Scottish Oysters with lemon; slow cooked duck leg with s…
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8. WHISKI Rooms Bar & Bistro »
Scottish | The Royal Mile
£25 and under
Award Winning Whiski Rooms, great fresh Scottish Food, extensive drinks list from wine, cocktails, beers and whisky selection. Whiski Rooms has a reputation as being one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh, one of the best Whisky Bars in the world, the f…
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9. C~shack »
Seafood | Leith
£25 and under
Located at Newhaven Harbour our new seafood restaurant offers an ever-changing daily market menu, presenting contemporary dishes from the finest that Newhaven Fish Market has to offer. This is supported by our regular menus which have a range of fresh fis…
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10. Victor & Carina Contini Ristorante »
Italian | New Town
£26 to £40
Since opening the doors in 2004, Contini Risorante has established an award winning reputation for the best Italian food in Edinburgh. Located in a beautiful former Georgian banking hall, the restaurant focuses on the finest quality ingredients served wit…
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Mushroom and Red wine Steak sauce

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Our Saturday night is normally Steak night, after a while I am always looking for a change and as I love mushrooms and Red wine I thought I would try my hand at a homemade steak sauce instead of buying one. I have to admit this is pretty delicious and rich in flavour.

Serves 2

2 Shallots – sliced
4 tbsp olive oil
4 Chestnut mushrooms – sliced – I love our Scottish ones by Sainsburys, loads of flavour.

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1 tsp garlic
1 tsp rosemary
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
50ml red wine
50ml beef stock
2 tbsp creme fraiche
1 knob butter

 

  1. Saute the shallots in a pan with oil
  2. Season with black cracked pepper, garlic and rosemary
  3. Add the knob of butter, melt, then add in the mushrooms, cook for few mins.
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NOTE: You could use Beef Stock instead of Creme Fraiche if you don’t want it creamy.

 

Nutrition Facts
Mushroom and Red wine Steak sauce

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 349

  • Total Fat: 33 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.4 mg
  • Sodium: 113.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 10.6 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g
  •     Sugars: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g

 

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Best Cakes in Dundee!

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I was on my way to see one of my customers in Dundee today and after calling ahead, the designers asked if I would bring them in a Coffee Tower from Fisher & Donaldson Baker, so being the kind person I am and I was also intrigued as to what a Coffee Tower was! I thought I would treat them in the hope I would get a coffee after a long drive.

I decided to stop in at the Perth Rd, Bakers Shop at 9am this morning, walking through the door your are hit with the amazing smell of sweet and savoury that instantly makes you hungry. I was welcomed with a warm hello from the girl behind the counter, who was also very chirpy for 9am. (I am not a morning person!lol!) I asked for a Coffee Tower and she presented me with this deliciously looking Choux Bun filled with coffee flavoured cream and coffee glaze topping. Oh my it looked amazing, so I just had to get one for myself……..and oh boy…it was delicious! I had to stop myself going back in to get more……

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The variety of cakes and breads they do was just amazing I couldn’t help wandering my eyes over the vast amount of selections they had. Here are a few:-

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I would definitely come back here again and again. If you are in any of these areas that they have shops, please go in and try, you won’t be disappointed. Check out their website:- http://fisheranddonaldson.com/

They have stores in Cupar, Dundee and St. Andrews.

 

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Happy Burns Night!

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HAPPY BURNS NIGHT TO ALL!

Who is Burns and what is Burns Night I hear you ask?

It’s a night that features Whisky, Haggis and Poetry in honour of ‘Rabbie’ Burns our famous Poet from Ayrshire, Scotland.

Of all the poets who have written in the Scottish language, Burns is most well-known, although much of his writing is also in standard English and a light Scots dialect.

Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.

After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.

Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television.

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To help celebrate here is my 4 course Burns Meal:-

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His Famous Haggis poem:-

Address To A Haggis – 1786

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o’need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin’, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Bethankit! hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ blody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ hands will sned,
Like taps o’ trissle.

Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer
Gie her a haggis

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Avenue Coffee Roasting in Glasgow

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I recently went to a Coffee Festival and this Company stood out for me, not only did they offer loads of Decaf options but their Full Caffeine options were amazing.

So who are they? What’s their Story?

We set up with one simple aim – we wanted to make the best coffee and share it with as many people as we could.

Starting a speciality coffee shop in 2011, we built a team with years of experience not only in coffee but in customer service and quickly gained a reputation as one of the best coffee shops to go in Glasgow. However, it wasn’t enough for us just to be making good coffee – we always wanted to have more influence on what was happening to our beans further up the line. We wanted to share our coffee with even more people. We soon started a second shop, and put a Diedrich IR12 coffee roaster in. We spent time meticulously profiling coffee beans and were inspired by the results – which we now bring to you.

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They sell coffee in their shop or online either in bean form or they will filter for you. We choose bean form and grind ourselves as we feel you get that freshness better.

 

I recently purchase the Santa Lucia Decaff and I have to say it makes the most amazing after dinner coffee. A really creamy and sweet decaf. Super nutty with notes of milk chocolate & vanilla. Love this!

 

Check out the other flavours they do.

http://avenue.coffee/product-category/coffee/