Monthly Archives: October 2012

Breakfast at Porto and Fi, the Mound (Edinburgh)

The last time I was in Porto and Fi I threw a glass of water in my ex’s face and never got to finish my French toast. He deserved it, but I really wish I’d had a chance to finish my breakfast!

I visited with my parents this morning because my kitchen in currently a work in progress, meaning I have four walls and a ceiling but very little else! My plumber is laying the tiles today (beautiful Fired Earth silver blue slate) so we decided to make a swift exit!

Firstly let’s get the gushing over the fabulous cappuccinos out of the way. Perfectly frothy, creamy foam and smoooooothe coffee. The curvy Danesi coffee cups were lovely too!

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My salmon eggs Benedict were surprisingly light, none of this claggy gloopy nonsense of a hollandaise sauce I’ve been the victim of in less abled kitchens! Free range poached eggs of course!

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Oh and my dad let me sample his baguette French toast, fluffy like a cloud and making me rethink my decision to throw that glass of water at my ex before I finished my breakfast that morning! He still deserved it, but I could have enjoyed my food first!

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I really should be posting an update after the AMAZING party this weekend for my lovely friend Em’s birthday, but I have other rather exciting news which really can’t wait! I have managed to score 4 (nearly) free tickets to go see the Grand Prix in MOnaco next May…

Basically, a friend of my pa’s bought 4 tickets awhile ago, and in September found out him and his lady are expecting…unfortunately she’s due just before the F1, so no Monaco for them…well in steps my dad, who mentioned I would LOVE to take those tickets off his hands (after the guy offered them to my dad for free).

BRING ON MAY!!!! I am SO excited!!!

Monaco!!

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Quiet Friday night in

Tonight I am doing one of my favourite things as well as one of my least favourite…party planning and tidying! Three guesses which is which?!

Next weekend is my lovely friend Em’s birthday, and we at Maison des Animaux are having a fabulous dinner party (followed by some drunken nonsense) in honour.

Em is one of my favourite people, we’ve been friends since her slightly flaky older brother abandoned her at Waverly station 11 years ago, leaving only a garbled voicemail for me asking me to pick her up. Fast forward a decade and a bit and big bro is still flaky, but wee Em is an absolute star, one of my most favourite people in the world.

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3 ridicuously easy things to do…with steak

I’ve been on a meat kick recently; craving steak and egg, sauteed cabbage, simple food.  Maybe it’s the impending kitchen renovation in three weeks time, and I’ve packed away all but the storecupboard essentials.  Though I’m dreading the length of time I will be without a kitchen, I know it’s going to be worth it in the end. 

So in anticipation of 3-4 weeks with only a Tefal grill, a 2-ring electric hob/toaster oven combo and a fridge (yikes!), I have prepared a…er…trio of ridicuously easy ‘recipes’ with steak. 

Sweet Chilli Fillet Steak with braised greens: Braise any greens you like (mustard, cabbage, pak choy etc) in a splash each of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and water (or stock), plus a sprinkling of black onion seed.  Sear a lovely, juicy fillet steak (oiled) quickly to seal in a grill pan, brush both sides with about 1 tsp chilli jam, season with sea salt and sear each side again.

Brown sugar and mustard glazed steak: In a bowl, mix roughly 1 tbsp each brown muscovado sugar and smooth dijon mustard until smooth (per steak).  Sear an oiled rib-eye steak in a grill pan to seal, season with sea salt and immediately spread or brush glaze on and give the steak one more turn.  Serve immediately with mashed potatoes.

Whiskey peppercorn steak: Oil a ribeye steak and rub generously with crushed peppercorns.  Sear in a grill pan to seal then add a dram of single malt to dglaze and flambe in the pan.  Add fresh peppercorns, double cream, the tiniest pinch of beef stock.  Serve with mustard mash or colcannon.

 

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Happy October 1st!

Which reminds me, I need to pay a wee visit to October First Lighting for a few quotes… Oops, there goes my internal monologue, getting out again!

To me, October = autumn. I know, I know…what about September you ask? I always feel September is still clinging on to summer, and trust me here in Edinburgh we try to grasp any summer we can! It’s not exactly been glorious sunshine here since June!

So though the leaves have yet to change colour and the air is not quite crisp, today signifies (for me at least) the beginning of the new season. And of course there are all the things I’m looking forward to with the coming of autumn…

Fun with pooch.

Of course fun is had with pooch all year round, but the change from summer is always a relief where I stay…my wee guy is ball-obsessed, which makes walking him in the park near my house sometimes problematic with all the footballs flying about – he doesn’t know where to run first! I always feel awful when he steals someone’s football or even worse, accidentally bursts it! So when the air becomes a tiny bit cooler and people head back to work (or school), I can let him run to his wee heart’s content!

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Oh and of course, all his wee pals are back from their holidays, so the park is full of dogs again!

Warming, lovely stews and soups..

I love my Le Creusets. I adore how I can chuck some lovely ingredients into a cast iron pot and let everything bubble away for hours. Take one piece of meat, add onions, vegetables, potatoes and if you’re feeling frisky some chillies (maybe rice, barley…whatever you fancy!). I’m a slow cooking kinda girl!

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Autumn fashion..

Shh…but I love boots, funky tights, sweaters, hats and jackets! I always feel a little ‘unfinished’ without a jacket, but then don’t feel quite right covering up when it’s super warm. Maybe folk don’t feel like this in warm places, but here in Scotland we can’t take warm weather for granted! So I’m definitely looking forward to some super pretty pieces in grey, camel, jewel toned plush reds, navy and aubergine!

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