Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Recipe: ruby red veal tail stew with port

We have been subjected to some less than balmy weather in Scotland this summer, and at a time of year we should be sitting in gardens sipping bubbles and barbecuing it feels like warming soup and stew weather instead!

I managed to get my hands on some beautiful ruby veal tail (similar to oxtail but with more of the meltingly gelatinous goodness) from Peelham farm that I was dying to do something with. Originally I had intended to get Madeira for the soup, but found the remnants of a bottle of port lurking in my drinks cabinet (in my house that’s the area under the shelf in my kitchen).

Ruby veal tail stew

1kg organic ruby veal tail (or oxtail)
Rapeseed oil
3 medium onions, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1 glass port
2 beef stock cubes
750 ml water

Dust veal or ox tail with plain flour and brown in a casserole with a couple of tbsp rapeseed oil. Remove and set aside.

Sauté the onions and carrots until softened, then return the tail to the pot. Add the port and reduce, then add the stock cubes and water.

Once the stew has come to a boil reduce the heat and continue to simmer with the lid on at a low heat for 2-3 hours. Or as I did, until you remember about the stew and realise it’s been bubbling away gently for rather a long time!


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Look! Jelly and ice cream!

Kids menu?! Why yes please!


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Wedding at Carberry Tower

I’m at Carberry Tower in Musselburgh for my friend M’s wedding…what a stunning place!

The hotel is a bit of a maze like most country manors, with intriguing alcoves and wee secret doorways everywhere you turn.

More photos to come on the actual day, but so far my favourite thing has been the moose head in the lobby (such beautiful antlers)!



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Photos to counteract a dreich day

On a dreich day in Edinburgh you’ve got to find pretty things to bring some colour into your day. I was looking through the photos on my phone today and found these pics from Gardening Scotland at Ingliston back in June. Man I miss colours!





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My new favourite drink


BLOOD ORANGE San Pellegrino?!  Where have you been all my life?!!  The San Pellegrino sparkling juices are some of the only fizzy drinks I will consume out of choice (that very short list includes ginger beer, Rubicon sparkling mango/guave/lychee, Orangina and of course Canada Dry ginger ale).  This is some seriously tasty stuff, and I love that it in’t exactly super-carbonated…more blood orange juice with just enough bubbles.  Love it!

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Shoes, glorious shoes

I’ve been searching for the perfect dress to wear to my friends M and C’s wedding next week, and after an afternon wandering around Harvey Nicks and George Street I was nearly ready to give up.  Say sod it and rustle up something from my own wardrobe.  Ok admittedly my wardobe is better stocked than some shops, but there is something about a wedding that really requires a new outfit.

Or so I keep telling myself.

Well, several hours and a champagne lunch with D later, we found this great little shoe shop on Castle Street.  I’d heard about it before but had never wandered in as it’s usually by appointment only – guess that’s just a subtle way of saying ‘we’re only open Thursday to Sunday, so if you want us any other day of the week phone and make sure someone will be in’.  Says on their website drop in times are Thursday to Sunday anyways, so luckily for us it was a Saturday!

Now I am a total design geek (amongst other things), and one thing I have always been a little obsessed with over and beyond my usual geekery is architect-designed objets d’art.  I don’t mean buildings, but anything that utilises the knowledge an architect has over a designer of structure, engineering and form in alternative mediums from concrete and glass just kinda makes me swoon.

United Nude is a label I’d heard about over the past couple months, but as Edinburgh isn’t exactly a fashion capital (I think we have cobbled streets to thank for that) I had never seen their shoes in person.  I did know however that they designed a line of ‘EAMZ’ shoes with a structural heel inspired by the works of Charles and Ray Eames and had seen them online.  I think once you look at the shoes close up it doesn’t come as any surprise that the guys behind these beautiful shoes are a Dutch architect and an British shoemaker.

So today I will be going back to bring these babies home.  Moulded carbon fibre sole and 5″ heel and designed as a structural frame for the foot (a little like the steel beams that hold up skyscrapers).  Rest assured I will be snapping a photo of my own wee feet once these darlings are mine!



United Nude: designed by an architect and a shoemaker

Shhh…: concept New Town shoe shop, Edinburgh

KidViskous: Style breakdown, 9 of spring’s strangest heels

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