Timberyard, Edinburgh

  Timberyard 10 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DS 0131 221 1222 www.timberyard.co       The Bill  Eight Course Tasting Menu  £89 A la Carte  Snacks £2.00 – £10.00 | Starters £13.00 – £14.00 Mains £23.00 – £29.00 | Desserts £9.00 – £10.00 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4.5/5  Value…

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The Food Producers – Michael Kaplan, Great British Vermouth

Michael Kaplan The supermarket most local to me sits just behind Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium. Next to it is an industrial plant, well protected with security cameras and razor wire. This is not, as you might assume, due to its proximity to Gorgie and Tynecastle Stadium. The principal reason is that they, quite legally, manufacture morphine.…

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Noble Rot, Soho, London

  Noble Rot Soho 2 Greek Street, London W1D 4NB 020 7183 8190 www.noblerot.co.uk The Bill Starters/Snacks  £3.00 – £14 | Mains £21.00 – £32.00 Puddings £8.00 – £9.00 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4.5/5  Value 5/5 TOTAL 21/25 Don’t be confused by the picture. Read on. Noble Rot is a…

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Glenlivet and Bon Accord Do Cocktails

I wrote recently about attending the Masterchefs of GB lunch. There were sponsors a-plenty and we all received a goody bag to take home. Sponsors included The Glenlivet whisky and Bon Accord soft drinks. Not only did the bag have samples, it contained a few cocktail recipes which I thought I would share. But first,…

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Cookery Classes? Beware of Little White Haired Ladies

Lest my good pals Nyssa, Ash and Dereick of the Edinburgh School of Food & Wine are concerned, allow me to allay their fears. Going to a cookery class is usually a fun thing to do. Read recent articles for details. NOT Fiona G Lines Written Pre Class Today, I speak from the other side…

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Jerusalem Artichoke and Ginger Soup

This is a very short recipe – soup ones always are. I was doing some fridge tidying up before we headed off to London for a few days’ hedonism. In the depths of the vegetable drawer (so often a source of inspiration for off the wall stuff) I discovered a bag of Jerusalem artichokes. It…

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Brasserie Zédel, London

  Brasserie Zédel 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED 020 7734 4888 www.brasseriezedel.com   The Bill  Prix Fixe  2 courses £13.00 | 3 courses £17.25 Formule (including a glass of wine) 3 courses £27 A la Carte  Starters £3.75 – £19.25 | Mains £11.75 – £32.50 Desserts £3.00 – £8.75 The Score Cooking 6/10 |…

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Ann Smyth’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

I am not a great eater of puddings. You may have noticed that the dessert selection is often missing from the Tom Eats! column. (My simple response is to say that it seems to work for Giles Coren, and he’s made a good living out of his scribblings.) I make an exception, however, whenever I…

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The Adamson Hotel, Crossford, by Dunfermline, Fife

  The Adamson Hotel 27 Main Street, Crossford, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 8NJ 01383 736132 www.theadmasonhotel.com   The Bill  Set Lunch  Sandwiches £5.75 – £7.50 | Soup and any Sandwich £7.95 A la Carte Starters £4.50 – £6.75 | Mains £9.75 – £26.50 (Half Portion Selected Mains £6.75) Desserts £4.95 – £6.75 The Score Cooking 4.5/10…

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Diets: The Wee Fat Lawyer Revisited

In June and July we published 15 articles aimed at helping you to lose weight and keep it off. On The Side featured, in five instalments, The Wee Fat Lawyer’s Diet Book. For the first time ever, Tom Cooks! had two columns a week, The Wee Fat Lawyer’s A – Z of Food and Recipes from The Wee…

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Challah Six Strand Loaf

Well, it’s Easter and we like to be seasonal, and give you something to celebrate with. To be extra topical, my plan was to feature Paska, a Ukrainian loaf traditionally made at Easter time. It’s a sweet loaf topped with a coiled, three strand braid. It’s usually jazzed up with saffron, raisins and other fruit. The…

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Aizle, Edinburgh

  Aizle 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ 0131 527 4747   www.aizle.co.uk   The Bill  6 Course Tasting Menu £85.00 The Score Cooking 10/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 5/5  Value 5/5 TOTAL 25/25 It was twenty years ago today! (No, not actually today. The anniversary to which I refer occurred on the day of…

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Our Daily Bread at The Edinburgh School of Food & Wine

The plea to the Almighty to give us this day our daily bread is probably the most common prayer in the Christian world. After two days at the Edinburgh School of Food & Wine, I found myself with a fortnight’s worth, and did wonder if I had overdone things a bit. I have been making…

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Can’t Sear, Won’t Sear: Scallops Part 2

These days, were you to go on a programme such as Masterchef and cook scallops any way other than searing in a hot pan, you would be met with derision. It wasn’t always thus. I remember asking a chef some decades ago how one should cook them. Gently in a lot of butter was the…

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A Street Near You, La Casa Dalry, Edinburgh

  La Casa Dalry 103 – 105 Dalry Road, Edinburgh EH11 2AB 0131 337 2875 www.la-casa-restaurant.co.uk The Bill  Set Lunch  2 courses £9.95 | 3 courses £11.95 A la Carte Tapas/Mezze  £2.95 – £7.50 | Mains £10.95 – £19.95 Desserts £4.95 – £5.95 The Score Cooking 5.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5  Value 5/5…

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Tom Eats! With The Master Chefs

It’s early April. Another batch of you with 31 March year ends will have hung up your gowns, spreadsheets, laptops or whatevers and joined the happy band. The band, that is, of the wastrels, parasites on society, to wit the retired. So let me tell you how it is, by relating something which happened to…

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Passorn, Edinburgh

  Passorn  23 – 23 A Brougham Place, Edinburgh EH3 9JU 0131 229 1537     www.passornthai.com The Bill  Set Lunch (Wed – Sat) 2 courses £12.95 Pre Theatre Supper (Mon – Thu 5.00 – 6.45) 2 courses £15.25 A la Carte Starters  £6.00 – £8.00 | Mains £10.75 – £18.25 The Score Cooking 8/10 |…

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Scallops Part 1

In Wednesday’s Chef Watch column, Graeme Cheevers chose scallops as his favourite ingredient. He’s certainly not alone in that. It’s a dish I always find hard to overlook on any menu. Like many stars of Scottish produce (especially those from the sea) we’ve moved on a long way from how we used to (mis)treat them.…

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Côte Brasserie, Edinburgh

  Côte Brasserie 51 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1LH 0131 202 6256  www.cote.co.uk   The Bill  Prix Fixe (Mon – Thu all day; Fri 12  – 7) 2 courses £14.95 | 3 courses £18.95 A la Carte Starters  £5.95 – £9.25 | Mains £11.95 – £23.50 Puddings £5.25 – £7.25 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 |…

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Recipes From Lupe Pintos

On Wednesday, On The Side introduced you to Dougie Bell of Lupe Pintos. Between them, he and his partner Rhoda Robertson have produced three excellent cook books, coveriing a broad range of cuisine from Mexico through the southern states of the USA and on to the Caribbean. The fourth in the series, The Mexican Wrestlers Cookbook was produced…

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The Food Retailers: Dougie Bell of Lupe Pintos Deli

Meet Dougie Bell for the first time, and you immediately notice two things. The first is the trademark pork pie hat, worn at all times. The second is the permanent twinkle (albeit not in my truly dreadful photos.) You just know at first encounter that this has not been an ordinary life. Two of his…

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