Turkey: An Education

It will be just over 23 years ago that I first tried traditional Turkish food whilst on holiday with a friend.   I had never visited a Turkish restaurant and actually don’t think there was one in Edinburgh at the time … Continue reading

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“Honestly………….all you have to do is plug the flippin’ machine in mother!”  said my rather irate and tired daughter as she flounced out of the kitchen to do something far more important than plug in the pannini machine to make … Continue reading

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Will you just grow-up

A friend of mine recently commented on a picture of an old school friend she had seen on Facebook saying, ‘It was like looking at an old woman!’  Now we all went to school at the same time so does … Continue reading

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Favourite time of the year

This is my favourite of the year. There is a distinct change in the weather and you can almost smell winter in the cold air. Colours change too; the sky seems to go from bright blue to deep reds at … Continue reading

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A life well-lived, a dignified end

Being part of family means that you always have someone you can turn to in times of need, and this extend also to our friends.  No more so when our close friend found out that her mother had terminal cancer. … Continue reading


Teaching the teachers…keep it simple!

  I have in the past taught an evening class on basic Italian cooking and found it to be a simple guide to psychology. People react very differently when you place them in a situation that they are unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Turkish Memories

Turkey Turkey

Having been most fortunate to have spent the majority of my summer’s holiday abroad, whether it had been in Italy or time spent living in Turkey, this year was an exception. I thought it would be nice to ‘experience’ the … Continue reading

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  I was watching a TV programme the other night which had two famous Italian chefs motoring around Italy in a camper van, stopping in wee hilltop villages and towns, which seem as if they are ‘stuck’ on the side … Continue reading

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Something from the weekend

I have just spent the last weekend tucked away in a rather lovely, large house, with five incredibly funny and wonderful friends, perched on the hillside, surrounded with fields of newborn lambs, commanding views that were postcard worthy. Thankfully, we … Continue reading

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