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Wednesday 19 December 2012
In my kitchen: The Edinburgh edition
It is lovely to be home but we are still feeling quite tired and disorganised. I had thought I might get all my Scotland posts up before Christmas. Now I am beginning to think that maybe now I hope to get them up before Hogmanay. Fortunately there is not a lot of cooking in our kitchen (thanks to my mum's kind food parcels), so there aren't too many other posts in the pipeline.
I miss all the lovely wintery sparkly Christmassiness of Scotland. So I thought I would share some of the things (mostly) from our holiday kitchen in Scotland. Above is the raspberry infused cranberry cheese and cheese oatcakes from Arran that I loved some much from the Edinburgh Farmers Market. It would be perfect for Christmas breakfast.
Fallon and Byrne in Dublin and took it to Chris and Fergal's house to drink with dinner. This warm non-alcoholic mulled wine was perfect to drink after a cold wet afternoon. Even the kids could enjoy it. Well Dash did. Sylvia might have if she hadn't been having a jetlag meltdown.
Making Cakes and Bakes magazine. I had been contacted by the editors who were kind enough to include me in their 5 blogs of note list. I also couldn't resist a Big Issue with David Tennant on the cover.
Bunney's in North Berwick. The soda bread was amazingly soft. So so good and tasty. I also sampled the Stockans oatcakes which were very good. The chocolate lebkuchen on the other hand was odd. It had chocoalte on one side and a white thick ricepaper sort of thing on the other that I didn't fancy. Not quite what I had been expecting but very nice once I peeled off the ricepaper.
I wasn't that impressed with the Ainsley Harriott one. It was a packet of rice and quinoa with a separate packet of herbs and spices. I always have rice and usually quinoa in my pantry so the herbs and spices would be all I'd need but maybe it appeals to a different crowd. On the other hand I loved Linda McCartney's cheed leek and red onion pasties. Not so great with the rice and quinoa dish but fantastic with leftover roast vegies and also with stirfried vegies.
Dublin. I bought a few other teatowels but none of the usual tourist ones. I was too concerned about plates breaking in my case, as well as being heavy. This plate came from a charity shop and I couldn't resist. Thankfully it arrived home in one piece.
I am sending this to Celia for her In My Kitchen event. Check out her Fig Jam and Lime Cordial blog for links to peek into more bloggers' kitchens.