Kitchen Musings…

“Kitchen Musings” is a new addition to the blog. On a regular basis I’ll share with you what’s happening in the world of food and drink, what foodie events you should schedule into your diary and what really must make its way into your shopping basket this week.

Lets kick things off with our priorities. Gin enthusiasts will be pleased to hear Edinburgh Gin’s latest addition has just been released. While its Elderflower Gin was most definitely the taste of summer 2013, the new Spiced Orange Edinburgh Gin is going to be a hit this autumn and will carry us through to the festive period just nicely thank you very much! Infused with fresh red oranges from Valencia with hints of cinnamon and spice this gin promises to warm you up with the summer months now a distant memory. Delicious with Fever Tree tonic or soda water, or for an extra special occasion try it with Champagne. So if like me there are only a few drops of your Elderflower Gin left, make room in your drinks cabinet for this autumnal tipple.

I love an opportunity to introduce new tastes and flavours to people, so while choosing our wedding cheese in Stockbridge’s I. J. Mellis, I introduced the Chief Taster to Dunsyre Blue, one my favourite picks from the family run Errington cheese company based in South Lanarkshire. It ignited his taste buds and will now take centre stage on our cheese board. Having picked up some more at the Stockbridge Market on Sunday I think this cheese, which is made from cows milk, will regularly inhabit our fridge.

Calling all livestock farmers. If you want to sharpen your butchery skills, learn how to bone out a carcase and ensure you have a freezer full of good quality meat to see you through the winter then Quality Meat Scotland may just have the answer. They will be running two free butchery workshops on the proviso participants bring their own carcase next month. The first will take place on Tuesday 15th October at Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire and the second will take place on Wednesday 16th October at Madderty Village Hall, Crieff, Perthshire.

Finally a big congratulations to my favourite seafood restaurant in Edinburgh, Ondine, which was named AA Scottish Restaurant of the Year at the British Hospitality Awards in London last night. Well done to Roy Brett and his team!

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