Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant, Pitlochry

  Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5HT 01796 473473  www.knockendarroch.co.uk The Bill Dinner Only: 3 courses £49.00 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 20.5/25 The power of the staycation. For those who don’t now it, Pitlochry is a pretty Scottish village just off…

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Chipotle and The World’s Greatest Chile Con Carne

A bit like Lord Reith’s BBC my mission has been both to entertain and to educate. The problem is that you were the ones who were intended to be educated, not me. Mind you, I consider my weekly Italian lesson a failure if my teacher hasn’t learned something new: similarly, the amount of knowledge I’ve…

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The Food Producers: Cameron Bell of The Smiddy, Texas BBQ Experts

Cameron Bell It’s midday on a sunny Sunday, and I’m here for my lesson at The Smiddy Night School in Powderhall. Now I know what you’re thinking. This is just one example of the flexibility and adaptability of the amazing business run by Cameron Bell, wife Emma Roeder and their team from converted blacksmith’s premises.…

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Jalapeño and Chipotle

As I said on Wednesday, you can do anything (well, anything that’s legal, decent, truthful and honest – this column has standards) with jalapeños that you could do with most other chillies. You’ll all have your own favourites, so let’s travel a little. Firstly, snacking in the States. Some years ago my eldest offspring was…

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Chow’s Eating House, Parkgate, The Wirral, Cheshire

  Chow’s Eating House The Parade, Parkgate, Neston, The Wirral CH64 6RW 0151 336 2385  (No active website) The Bill Starters £3.00 – £16.00  | Mains £9.00 – £22.00 Desserts £3.50 – £6.00 | Set Menus £10.00 – £42.00 p/p The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 18/25…

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The Food Alphabet: J is for Jalapeño

Sometimes one is simply spoiled for choice. You can alight on a letter for a food alphabet columns and lo! the world is your oyster. As it may turn out to be when we get to O in a few months’ time. But J? Fewer examples than you might think. Jackfruit, currently best friend to vegans. I rejected…

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Butternut Squash Soup with Chilli and Coconut

Most of us have a favourite season. Mine is autumn. Ask many of my fellow autumnal devotees what they love, and many will cite the colours. In one sense, I do too, but more from the cook’s perspective. Last week the vivid purple of brambles had centre stage. Round about now, magazine editors are adorning…

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Sholeh Persian Restaurant, Glasgow

  Sholeh Persian Restaurant 146 – 148 Nelson Street, Glasgow, G5 8EJ 0141 418 0796  www.sholehglasgow.com The Bill Set Lunch 2 courses £10.50 | Set Dinner 2 courses £12.50 A la carte Starters £3.90 – £4.95 (5 for £16.95 including naan) Mains £8.95 – £18.45  Desserts £1.95 – £5.95 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service…

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Bramble and Apple Crumble

What has gone wrong with the world? While some types of foraging may be a little esoteric – mushrooms, for example, potentially deadly if you don’t know what you’re doing – nothing could be simpler than bramble picking. Well, apart from the jaggy bits, and the permanent staining. I have recently returned from a holiday…

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Chef Watch – Willie McCurrach OBE FIH

Chef Watch Featuring Willie McCurrach OBE FIH, formerly Head of School, City of Glasgow College, Food Technology How long have you been a chef? I have been a chef for a total of 50 years and loved every minute of my career. I started as a student at Aberdeen Technical College and was really impressed…

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Partridge with Wild Mushrooms

We really aim to be seasonal here, and today we hit double top. The partridge season started at the beginning  of September. While it has been a rotten year for grouse, partridge are plentiful. September is also prime time for wild mushrooms. If you forage for your own, you won’t need me to tell you…

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Pepe Nero, Edinburgh

  Pepe Nero 1 – 3 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HU 0131 332 9977 www.pepenerostockbridge.co.uk The Bill Starters £2.95 – £8.95  | Mains £8.50 – £24.50 Pizza £8.95 – £11.50 | Desserts £1.65 – £6.95 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 19.5/25 Shall we begin with the…

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Musings On Being A Restaurant Reviewer – Seven Years On

I awoke with a start and an itch. Something, I could tell, was beckoning. History, as it transpired, seven years’ worth to be precise. This month marks the seventh anniversary of the first ever Tom Eats! review. It came to pass after I had abandoned any plans to trade under the banner of the then…

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Alison Doody’s Coconut Flapjacks

This is a recipe for those of you with a sweet tooth. It comes courtesy of sister-in-law Alison, whose company we are currently enjoying, the first time in two years. As most of you know, baking, bread excepted, is not really my thing, so I’m forever grateful to the guest contributors such as Alison who…

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The Potted Lobster, Abersoch, North Wales

  The Potted Lobster High Street, Abersoch, Pwllheli, LL53 7DS, North Wales 01758 431432  www.thepottedlobster.co.uk/abersoch/ The Bill Starters £8.00 – £12.00  | Mains £9.00 – £45.00 Desserts £2.50 – £9.00 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 (Decor 5/5 | Health and Safety 0/5) TOTAL 20/25 I don’t usually…

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Saltimbocca alla Romana

Or, if you want to translate literally, jump in the mouth as the Romans do. You can see why, even on British menus, they stick to the original. I mention it in today’s Tom Eats! so I thought I might include the recipe. It’s incredibly easy to make. The fact that my last attempt wasn’t…

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Rico’s, Edinburgh

  Rico’s 58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3LU 0131 332 6750 www.ricoristorante.co.uk The Bill Antipasti £9.00 – £16.00  | Primi Piatti £16.00 – £25.00 Secondi Piatti £18.00 – £32.00 | Dolci £6.50 – £8.50 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 20.5/25 Here’s a Q and A…

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Ice Cream

Well, I couldn’t tantalise you with a brief history of the stuff (see Wednesday’s On The Side column) and not give you some to eat, could I? You know by now about the cream allergy, so you’re not going to be getting any of the rich stuff, nor one of these unctuous ones where you start…

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The Raeburn, Edinburgh

  The Raeburn 112 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HG 0131 332 7000 www.theraeburn.com The Bill Starters £6.00 – £8.00  | Mains £11.50 – £28.80  Desserts £5.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 5/10 | Service 3/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 16/25 In life, sadly, there are winners and losers. The good news this…

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I is for Ice and Ice Cream

Well, no prizes for guessing what the I was for. I did think about focussing on ice alone, but doubted you would let me away with it. Ice is defined as a food in the UK food legislation, and should be handled as such. The few times I’ve had a dodgy tummy out east can…

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