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Cyrus Todiwala's Saffron and Cardamom Crème Brûlée


Cyrus Todiwala's Saffron and Cardamom Crème Brûlée: This is an amazing recipe I tasted earlier this year at the London Wine Fair and persuaded chef Cyrus Todiwala of Café Spice Namasté to share. He says it's not yet in any of his books so you're not to nick it and pass it off as yours!

Aug 28 Read more

Timberyard - Edinburgh’s most atmospheric restaurant?


Timberyard - Edinburgh’s most atmospheric restaurant?: One of the main problems restaurants have is consistency. Keeping up the standards not only of the food but decor and service. So could Edinburgh’s Timberyard make an equally good impression as it did when I first went 16 months ago?

Aug 24 Read more

Sake and food pairing

Top pairings

Sake and food pairing: What type of food is the best match for sake and why? Shirley Booth, founder of the British Sake Association comes up with a few surprises and some useful pointers on serving temperatures.

Sep 1 Read more

The best wine matches for Manchego, Berkswell and other hard sheep cheeses


The best wine matches for Manchego, Berkswell and other hard sheep cheeses: Hard sheep’s cheese - especially mature cheeses - are the winelover’s friend. Nutty, tangy and savoury, they show off a good red like no other cheese which makes them a great choice if you’ve picked a serious wine with your main course.

Aug 22 Read more

RinQuinQuin à la pêche

Spirits & cocktails

RinQuinQuin à la pêche: I love old-fashioned French aperitifs but the name of this Provençal one makes it doubly irresistible. And the peach flavour makes it perfect for this time of year.

Aug 16 Read more

Mutiny on the Beagle IPA

Beer & cider

Mutiny on the Beagle IPA: With its own university brewing department (at Heriot Watt) Edinburgh is very much a beer-drinking city so it seems appropriate after spending a few days there this week that my drink of the week should be a beer

Aug 23 Read more


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