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Where to buy real Christmas trees in and around Glasgow

20 Nov 2014

Including locations, prices, delivery options and a guide to tree types

The festive season is nearly upon us and living in Glasgow doesn’t mean you can’t find a locally sourced real Christmas tree to decorate your home. As well as centres that let you hand pick trees, many now offer an online ordering system and home…

Where to buy real Christmas trees in and around Edinburgh

19 Nov 2014

Including locations, prices, delivery options and a guide to tree types

A real Christmas tree looks (and smells) prettier than its artificial counterpart, and this festive period there are plenty of locally grown trees to be sourced in and around the city. Plus, last year Edinburgh City Council made special arrangements for…

Recipe: Chocolate Espresso

14 Nov 2014

Head chocolatier at Edward & Irwyn Edda Holt explains how to make an indulgent winter drink

For the hot chocolate: 450ml whole milk 15g (about 2 tbsp) of the best cocoa powder you can lay your hands on (we recommend Valrhona) 40g of dark chocolate (about 60% cocoa solids) A pinch of sea salt Muscovado sugar (optional) Rum…

Recipe: Frijoles Negros Refritos (Refried Black Beans)

14 Nov 2014

The Squid and Whale chef Colin Campbell explains how to make this classic Mexican snack

Ingredients: 400g dried black beans 2 cloves chopped garlic ¼ diced white onion Tablespoon of rapeseed oil 50g Trex vegetable fat Paprika, ground coriander, ground cumin, cracked black pepper, salt - a teaspoon of each Warming, hearty and…

Recipe: Biscotti biscuits

14 Nov 2014

Jameel Lombard, head chef at Glasgow's The Art School, explains how to make the Italian biscuit

Ingredients: 300g plain flour 270g caster sugar 3⁄4 teaspoon of baking powder 2 whole eggs 2 egg yolks 1 vanilla pod (1/2 teaspoon of essence) Zest of 1⁄2 orange and zest of 1⁄4 lemon 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder 135g whole almonds (makes…

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Recipe: Jerusalem artichoke soup with pumpkin seeds

14 Nov 2014

Jameel Lombard, head chef at The Art School, Glasgow explains how to make this warm winter soup

Ingredients: 125g butter plus an extra knob for serving 1kg Jerusalem artichoke (peeled and sliced) 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 large white onion 1 pint vegetable stock (chicken stock can also be used) Toasted pumpkin seeds Salt and white…

Top chefs on their favourite St Andrew’s Day food

13 Nov 2014

Featuring Victoria Henderson, Calum Richardson, Mike Small, Joe Malik and Ruaraidh Skinner

Victoria Henderson – Head chef, Mono, Glasgow Vegan haggis, neeps and tatties For vegan haggis you really are unlimited as to what vegetables you put in. Mushrooms are good as they give it a nice depth and texture, with pulses, oats, onions and…

Restaurant review: The Old Bakehouse Restaurant

13 Nov 2014

Tony Singh's latest venture in Pentland foothills offers mixed bag of Scottish Indian fusion food

Can it be true? Tony Singh, the man behind such Edinburgh institutions as Roti, Olorosso and Tony’s Table, has left the capital and upped sticks to the Old Bakehouse in West Linton. The team insist that it’s nothing more than an attempt to swap the high…

Restaurant review: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

13 Nov 2014

Emphasis on local quality food sourcing and friendly staff set venue apart

It’s 15 years since he left the kitchen, but Marco Pierre White is still a culinary name that gets a reaction. Now the great man (via one of his franchise businesses) has put his name to the Indigo Hotel’s restaurant. Photos of MPW (brooding, reclining…

Christmas 2014: The best whisky and wine tasting events

12 Nov 2014

Including Glasgow Whisky Festival, Summerhall Beer FestivALE and Italian Wine Series

There’s something about long winter nights which lends itself to not just having a drink (responsibly of course: it’s probably a law somewhere that we make it clear), but also to savouring that drink. Or maybe that’s just because we imagine the taste of…

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Opinion: the first post-independence referendum St Andrew's Day

11 Nov 2014

'66% of Scots now apparently would vote Yes if another referendum happened tomorrow'

Life is inherently filled with awkward moments full of cringe-inducing regret. No more so than when you have to come face to face with those you have upset. In that vein, Sunday 30 November 2014 marks the first St Andrew’s Day since us Scots decided we…

Christmas 2014: Top five Scottish craft markets

7 Nov 2014

Including Scotland Re:Designed, FaD Festive Shop & Designer Market and the 3D/ 2D Fair

Scotland Re:Designed A department store, but not as you know it. Local designers get a chance to emerge from their studios for this four-month pop-up shop in Ocean Terminal. Pick up items from ERIBÉ Knitwear, Iona Crawford and Kirsteen Stewart.

Five Reasons to go to Previously … Scotland's History Festival

6 Nov 2014

Enjoy gin, Frankie Boyle, flyting, historical food and the supernatural at this diverse festival

Think of the gin Edinburgh Gin Distillery will let you search through their finest wares while learning about the history of Mother's Ruin. No celebration is complete without a drink or three, not even a historical festival. Bonus: an afternoon at the…

How Did You Get That Job? Rae Baker, Entertainment & Events Manager

4 Nov 2014

The Edinburgh University Students Association entertainment and events manager explains her job

Name: Rae Baker Job title: Entertainment & Events Manager Company: Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) When did you start your job? September 2008 So what does your job actually involve? I lead a department within EUSA that…

The best fireworks and accessories to buy online

3 Nov 2014

Including the Black Cat End Game single ignition firework, Flying Laterns and Mystical Fire

Black Cat End Game single ignition firework This single ignition firework will ensure you have the ultimate stress free night – one light gives you a dynamic display of 173 fireworks. Indoor Fireworks Avoid standing in the cold with this…

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A guide to the best tabletop games

29 Oct 2014

Featuring Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride and Forbidden Island

Settlers of Catan (Kosmos, 1995) In a nutshell One of the best-selling tabletop games of all time. Designed for three to four people, each player represents settlers founding a new colony on the island of Catan. How to play The board is made up of…

Q&A: Andrew Mitchell – Ubiquitous Chip

28 Oct 2014

Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? In years gone by, we have had silver birch trees, fairy lights and other magical Christmas Fayre. This year we have something special planned with…

Q&A: Paul Wedgwood – Wedgwood The Restaurant

28 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? We have minimal yet stylish decorations, all carefully chosen for a more winter theme rather then Christmas. What are the challenges in catering…

Q&A: Stuart Muir – Harvey Nichols

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Christmas is always an exciting time for Harvey Nichols and the Forth Floor. We are in full Christmas swing come December and there is always a great…

Q&A: Ken Chin – Nippon Kitchen

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? You may find some twinkly lights on our bonsai trees and some origami shapes on our Christmas tree but we don't go for the full tinsel and glitter…

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Q&A: Fred Berkmiller – L’escargot Bleu & Blanc

27 Oct 2014

Owner talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Both of our restaurants have put on our Christmas fur so we're extremely warm and winter friendly for the wintry season. What are the challenges in…

Q&A: David Haetzman – Kyloe Restaurant & Grill

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? The look that we are aiming for this year is ‘Disney for grownups’, maybe a little less corporate with emphasis on festive fun. Christmas is after…

Q&A: Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honoré

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Cafe St Honoré doesn't add much to its already wonderful Parisian-feel. We simply add a few twinkles to the lighting and have our own Christmas…

Q&A: Pi Su – Chaophraya Edinburgh

27 Oct 2014

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? December itself has a powerful effect on the restaurant, the grey skies and darker nights seems to enhance the Edinburgh scenery which can be enjoyed…

Q&A: Aisla and Rupert Staniforth – Wee Lochan

27 Oct 2014

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? The restaurant gets all twinkly. We have these fabby porcelain lights on each table The are lithographs and the light shines through the different…