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Afternoon Tea Empire Biscuits

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I just love my Empire Biscuits, I do have to say they are rather tasty. Having the afternoon to myself I fancied getting my creativity on this afternoon and trying some new techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed my creating and so glad they turned out…..I don’t have the steadiest of hands…lol. Although my love hearts could do with more practise…lol!

 

For the Empire Biscuits:-

Makes approx 10 – Empire Biscuits

Designs:-

I used 1 spoonful of the icing in each tub and added food colouring. 20170311_144514

I used a skewer that I had in my kitchen drawer, but anything with a pen like nib would do.

Once you have put your white icing onto your biscuit you then choose your design colours. 20170311_144852

I started off with roses. Put the nib of the skewer into the red colouring and place a small dot onto the icing and start to rock and circle the skewer to make your design. Clean nib then dip into the yellow and add a dot in the middle. Clean nib then dip into the green and draw small leaf shapes at the bottom. Finish design with small dots of colour randomly.

I done the same thing but on a bigger scale for me single rose.

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Then using each colour draw lines on your biscuit.

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Then drag the tip of your skewer firstly down the way then up the way to create the design.

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Happy Baking!

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Burns Night Recipes

Classed as the Best Scottish Supper of the year, with amazing local produce such a haggis, neeps and tatties to our Famous Scotch Whisky and our sensational Scottish tablet along with the bagpipes it is one amazing night celebrating the amazing poet Rabbie Burns.

Here are some of my favourite recipes:-

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties

Whisky Mousse

Scottish Cranachan

 

I have a love of bananas right now so I think I’ll be having my Whisky banana tomorrow.

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100ml Scotch Whisky

100g soft brown sugar

100g butter

4 large bananas

Ice cream of your choice.

  1. Melt the butter in a deep-sided frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and whisky. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add bananas and simmer gently until bananas are warmed through and glazed with the syrup. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.

 

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Foodie Scotland, why not come and explore?

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I Love my Homeland, I love the scenery, I love the places, I love the people but most of all I love our homegrown produce and our ever growing excellence in small businesses, here are a couple of more awards and successful business owners.

 

IN EDINBURGH

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IN GLASGOW

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If you haven’t visited yet, why not come taste and see for yourselves? I guarantee you, your senses will be heightened to a new level of excitement and surprise.

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My Colourful Morning Scott’s Energy Oats

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It’s starting to get chilly in the mornings now here in Bonnie Scotland, the Autumn has certainly arrived. I do love the Autumn though, apple pies, warm pumpkin soup, warming hearty stews and lovely hot breakfasts! Feeling cold and tired, I decided to colour up my porridge this morning and add some energy boosting foods, it certainly perked me up and put a smile on my face, great way to start the working day.    Total calories:- 318

 

1 portion Scotts porridge oats (I used the so easy version for quickness)

1 banana – sliced

8g almonds – grinded to powder

7g pistachios – grinded to powder

5g chia seeds

pink food colouring

 

  1. Cook porridge oats as per normal but adding in the pink colouring
  2. Place the other ingredients in any way you choose. Make a different design and colour every day! Have fun with your food!

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Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight….best Fortnight in my calendar!

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I just love everything about this fortnight, it brings local & new food and drink producers together and lets us foodie’s experience exciting new culinary ideas! Visit the official website for more details Food & Drink Scotland

I am off this Saturday to visit Loch Lomond where they are hosting a whole range of food, drink and experiences, so watch this space for some new and exciting produce ideas.

 

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Good Food Top 50 Restaurants – Scotland is doing well!

GOOD FOOD GUIDE TOP 50 FOR 2017

GOOD FOOD GUIDE TOP 50 RELEASED

Thank you to the Glasgow Foodie for the report. Top 50

Gleneagles restaurant soars to top spot of Scotland’s best restaurant list in the 2017 Good Food Guide which

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, is the top Scottish restaurant!
· Aizle, Edinburgh, a new entry to the guide, has been praised for sustainability and its use of seasonal and local ingredients
· Inver, Strachur, another new entry, was singled out for its use of heritage ingredients and its reliance on local resources in a remote area
· Number of Glasgow entries has almost doubled this year
The Good Food Guide (GFG), owned by Waitrose, is a guide to the very best restaurants and eateries across Britain.

Scotland also receives a new entry to the Top 50, with Castle Terrace in Edinburgh, run by chef-patron Dominic Jack, featuring at number 22

The Peat Inn in Fife (ranked 20 with a cooking score of 8), along with Tom Kitchin’s eponymous Kitchin (ranked 23) and Restaurant Martin Wishart (ranked 39), all make the coveted Top 50 list.

Speaking about Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, says, “Unimpeachable ingredients are at the heart of Fairlie’s culinary endeavours, from the Gartmorn Farm duck served with ceps to the seasonal pickings from his flourishing two-acre garden (some ten miles away). At the stoves, he’s a master technician, eloquently schooled in the refined traditions of French haute cuisine, but applying a modern sensibility to dishes that always feel newly minted.”

Glasgow has almost doubled its number of entries in the GFG this year, moving from seven entries last year to 13 in 2017.

Singled out for praise in the Longest Serving category, are Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow, which has been featured consistently in the guide for 45 years; Airds Hotel, Argyll & Bute, 41 years; Ostlers Close, Fife, 34 years; The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye, 31 years and Crannog, Fort William, 27 years (see our review here).

The top restaurant in the whole of the UK this year is L’Enclume in Cumbria, which scored a perfect 10 and kept the number one spot for the fourth year running – and we can’t argue with that (see our review here)!

1 L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)
2 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
3 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)
4 Pollen Street Social, London (9)
5 Hibiscus, London (9)
6 The Fat Duck, Berkshire (9)
7 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)
8 Hedone, London (8)
9 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)
10 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)
11 The Ledbury, London (8)
12 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
13 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)
14 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)
15 Fera at Claridges, London (8)
16 Le Gavroche, London (8)
17 Marcus, London (8)
18 The French, Manchester (8)
19 André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)
20 The Peat Inn, Fife (8)
21 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (8)
22 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7) New to the Top 50 this year
23 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
24 Bohemia, Jersey (7)
25 The Greenhouse, London (7) New to the Top 50 this year
26 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
27 Casamia, Bristol (7)
28 Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall (7)
29 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (7)
30 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
31 Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire (7)
32 Restaurant Story, London (7)
33 Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)
34 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
35 Simpsons, Birmingham (7) New to the Top 50 this year
36 Sketch, London (7)
37 Forest Side, Cumbria (7) New to the Top 50 this year
38 Murano, London (7)
39 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
40 Ynyshir, Powys (7)
41 Adam’s, Birmingham (7)
42 The Raby Hunt, Durham (7)
43 Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire (7)
44 Orwells, Oxfordshire (7) New to the Top 50 this year
45 Restaurant Marianne, London (7) New to the Top 50 this year
46 Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)
47 The Whitebrook, Gwent (7) New to the Top 50 this year
48 Llangoed Hall, Powys (7)
49 Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (6)
50 The Dairy, London (6)

The Good Food Guide will be available to buy at Waitrose from 5th September priced at £12.99 (rrp £17.99). The guide can also be pre-ordered now at thegoodfoodguide.co.uk