It’s that time of year again when pumpkins are in season. We only get a short window in the UK to which to use the bright orange fruit from the squash family. However, unlike little brother, butternut squash, pumpkin is often seen as a gimmick for carving into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. When I lived in New Zealand, they were nuts about pumpkin soup and they even sell it by the tin like we do with tomato soup. With us Brits jumping on the bandwagon of picking our own pumpkin at pumpkin patches (check out Arnprior Farm, famous for being Scotland’s first premier pumpkin farm) like the Americans, there’s really every excuse to get cooking with our favourite October seasonal fruit. This autumn, I’m here to tell you how to turn your pumpkin purchase into a delicious pumpkin soup.
I can’t resist a good Indian meal, the starters alone are enough to tempt me. The Radhuni is a family-friendly Bangladeshi restaurant, a recent winner at the Scottish Curry Awards, they are located in the Loanhead area on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The restaurant is local to my friend’s house so it was the perfect place to meet for a mid-week catch up.
Have you ever tried Iberian Black Pig? If you have then you’re in luck as the Black Pig & Oyster situated on Leith’s Commercial Street, just a stone’s throw away from The Shore, is specialising in the serving of this succulent meat. If you’ve never tried it (like me), boy you’re in for a treat.
On a recent visit to Central Australia taking in the sights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, I was based in Alice Springs feeling pretty ravenous the morning after a 3 day camping trip sleeping outside in swags and munching on camp fire food. Continue reading →
It was a sweltering hot afternoon when Gavin and I decided a jaunt on the train to Ipswich was in order. We headed to the free wildlife park to spot snakes & wallabies as well as a walk up to the water tower with a fantastic view of Brisbane in the distance and the surrounding suburbs. Continue reading →
I’ve always had the notion of visiting Tasmania since finding out that my grandpa’s sister emigrated there as a young woman. That part of Australia, disconnected from the mainland, standing proud on its own. We only had 5 days there so we tried to do the best bits. Let me tell you about my experience and recommendations.