Aurora modern eatery, Leith, Edinburgh

  Aurora modern eatery 187 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5LQ www.aurora.co.uk   0131 554 5537 The Bill Lunch  2 courses £24.00| 3 courses £29.00 | Cheese supplement  £7.00 Dinner 5 course tasting menu £45.00 The Score Cooking 8.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 23/25 Having booked online, I was…

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The Wee Fat Lawyer’s A – Z of Food: Part 2 – D

After Part 1 was published, one of my daughters took me to task that it was terribly negative, containing things you really shouldn’t touch. While I’m not sure that was entirely fair – I did after all extol the virtues of bread – it certainly can be applied to today’s warnings. Never mind, there’s some…

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The Wee Fat Lawyer’s Diet Book Part 2

After last week’s introduction, we look at some of the ways you may have tried to lose weight and why they didn’t work; we work out precisely how many calories you need in a day, and get ready to start counting. If you haven’t already done so, we strongly recommend that you download My Fitness…

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Pineapple Grill and Seafood, Meldrum House Hotel, Oldmeldrum

  Pineapple Grill & Seafood Meldrum House Country Hotel Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0AE www.meldrumhouse.com   01651 872294 The Bill Dinner Starters £6.00 – £12.00| Mains £16.00 – £26.00 | Desserts £7.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 18.5/25 At least they kept the tiger tied up.…

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The Wee Fat Lawyer’s A – Z of Food: Part 1 A – C

Should The Wee Fat Lawyer’s Diet Book ever see the light of day as a complete volume, it will contain this A – Z, a random compendium of some foods and thoughts on where, if at all, they can fit into your dieting programme. Recipe names in Italics will feature in Tom Cooks! Once the…

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Recipes From The Wee Fat Lawyer’s Diet Book – Part 1

As I mention in the book, for all calorie counting I refer to the My Fitness Pal app. If I am cooking something substantial, such as a piece of meat or fish, or using an ingredient with a very high calorie count such as butter, then I will weigh it. Otherwise it’s an approximation; however,…

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The Wee Fat Lawyer’s Diet Book Part 1

For probably the first time in my adult life I’ve managed to lose weight AND keep it off over a sustained period of time. I’ve done this by eating and drinking anything I wanted, never being hungry, and never eating boring food. The Wee Fat Lawyer’s Diet Book explains how. It will be published in…

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Two Interesting Rice Dishes

Avgolemono For today’s recipes, my thanks are due to two remarkable ladies. The first comes from from Sarah Wyndham Lewis, who featured in this Wednesday’s Food Producers feature in On The Side. Sarah Wyndham Lewis’s Avgolemono Sarah’s Introduction Avgolemono is the ultimate in simple, nourishing comfort food, quickly made and very sustaining. (The g is pronounced…

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Fishers In The City, Edinburgh

  Fishers In The City 58 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EN 0131 225 5109 www.fishersrestaurants.co.uk The Bill Lunch and Dinner Starters £4.25 – £15.00 | Mains £14.25 – £45.00 | Desserts £4.00 – £6.75 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 20.5/25 No, familiarity does not breed contempt.…

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Asparagus and Gruyere Flan

Certainties in life? There are many. In central Prague, for example, they come in the form of young men dressed as Mozart selling tickets to Vivaldi concerts. (No, I don’t understand that either. Though come to think of it, maybe the ones flogging tickets for the Mozart gigs are in fact dressed as Vivaldi.) Anyway,…

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Chef Watch – Brian Maule, Chardon d’Or, Glasgow

Chef Watch Featuring Brian Maule of Chardon d’Or, Glasgow How long have you been a chef? 36 years. Why did you become a chef? Went to a work experience in the Skean Dhu, Irvine (probably to give my teachers peace and quiet). Favourite ingredient Without a doubt, salt. Favourite or signature dish I don’t really…

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Braised Ox Cheek

From this… This is such a simple recipe that I thought hard about including it at all. But when you have a meat dish which can feed up to six people with the main ingredient costing less than a pound a head, it is irresistible. Equally so is the transformation from something so tough that…

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Golden Oldies – Strangers’ Dining Room, London

Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, St Margaret’s Street, London SW1A 0AA   See below for details of the bill   Well that’s it! Democracy has gone mad! Is nothing sacred? For this, Scotland’s last week of restaurant free existence, for the final period of no eating out unless you succumb to the horrors of…

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Ross Marshall: In Praise of Roadkill

Now don’t go all squeamish on me. I’m not talking about that pancake flattened feral pigeon, barely identifiable, in the middle of Corstorphine Road on a wet April afternoon. Such are beyond redemption, frankly, alive or dead. Quality roadkill (RK) is mostly, though not always, the preserve of country roads and, though RK is available…

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Smoked Haddock Omelette

Many will have heard of Omelette Arnold Bennett; fewer, I suspect, will have eaten it; and fewer still will have made it. Invented at The Savoy Hotel in London for author Arnold Bennett, who resided there for a number of years, it features on the menu of The Savoy Grill to this day. Provided you…

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Golden Oldies – Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Hotel

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perth & Kinross  PH3 1NF 01764 694267          www.andrewfairlie.co.uk The Bill (2015 Prices) Dinner  3 courses £95.00   Dégustation Menu  (7 courses) £125.00 The Score Cooking 10/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 24/25 The good news for all of us, not least for the beleaguered restaurant…

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H is for Harissa

Hands up all of you who know what harissa is. Well, that’s all of you, obviously. Keep your hands up if you’ve used it. Yep, most of you, as I suspected. And finally, keep the hands up if you know what the word means. Ha ha! And it’s such a simple word too – هرس…

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Halibut with Mussel and Leek Sauce

I didn’t follow a recipe for this anniversary routine masterpiece, but it worked quite well. You  make it slightly backside foremost, as you have to cook the mussels first. The sauce for the fish is wine based (or in this case vermouth). Traditionally you would thicken this with a splash of cream, which I don’t…

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Where You’re Going To Eat After Lockdown

After a little prompting your replies have come in thick and fast with where you’re going to go and eat once lockdown permits. Space doesn’t permit mention of all of them, and in some cases initials have been changed for reasons of modesty. You’ll see why. A lot of you have been pining for your…

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Introducing Slow Food Scotland

Well this whole article came to life because of a quip about fish and the aftermath. And if you are a food writer of a certain age who is a fan of the Marx Brothers, it would be negligent not to include the greatest of all fish jokes, from the pen of genius of S…

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Wee Deliveries – The Wee Restaurant At Home

The Wee Restaurant, 17 Main Street. North Queensferry. KY11 1JG If you still remember how, pick up a pen, pencil or other implement and sign your name. Put it to one side and read on. Oi, moosh! I hear you cry. Not only do you not do takeaways, you’ve written almost eloquently about why you…

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