Confession: I’ve never been for afternoon tea before. And technically, I still haven’t. It is always something I’ve wanted to do: a whole stand of mini sandwiches, cakes and scones all washed down with tea or something fizzy, that just screams me all over. I tweeted into the abyss that I fancied afternoon tea and my good pal Hayley suggested we do before noon tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse in Edinburgh when I visited her in the next couple of weeks.
We scheduled in an 11am reservation for before noon tea on Sunday morning to round off my mini visit to Edinburgh. I have had my eye on Mimi’s Bakehouse since I was in Leith last year and seeing as it is so famous, I am so pleased I finally got to visit.
I love craft alcohol and it is something I’ve felt passionate about for such a long time, I just don’t know where to start with Scottish craft drinks. Ever since I worked in a restaurant in Kelso in my teens where the owners also owned a craft beer company I’ve been interested in this industry.
I love the creativity and passion that clearly drives those who start up their own craft distilleries and breweries. Craft gins and rums are not something I’m very familiar with and I really want to move my alcohol tastes past Tesco’s Zesty White Wine. Scotland has such a booming industry of craft alcohol and I want to get involved.
One of my favourite things about going back to university was having the opportunity to cook for myself. Becoming a master cook is something I strive towards and I love finding new recipes and cookbooks. The Hungry Student Cookbook was a Christmas present almost two years ago from one of my mum’s friends as I was half-way through my first year of university.
I used to be simply diabolical in the kitchen and I like to think I’m improving slightly. Even if you aren’t a student, I still really recommend this cookbook as it is really simple recipes with easy to follow instructions and affordable. I’m always on the hunt out for new affordable cookbooks so do let me know of your favourites in the comments.
Our new house has quite a few apple trees. It makes the garden look really filled and lived in, I think fruit trees have that effect. I wanted to make use of all the apples hanging from the trees and decided to tackle apple chutney.
My grandmother has assured me it is okay to use her recipe which I found stuffed inside one of her cookbooks. It is super easy to make, like I did it, and really tasty with brie and crackers.
Since I’ve been spending this summer at home, I’ve been trying to revert to being a tourist in my own area and seeing things a little differently. Whilst the Scottish Borders are not Glasgow, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things to see and do and places to eat! Although I’ve been working during the week, I have had weekends off for exploring and grabbing a bite to eat!
I thought I’d share three of my favourite places if you are in the area, all tried and tested by me. Going out of my way to eat at places so I can share, you know me, I’m a kind soul. I was intending to include another place: Hugo’s Wine Bar in Duns but the photographs I took were just so dreadful I just can’t. Not that I’m a perfect pants at photography but honestly, I don’t know what went wrong with these ones, bit ashamed if I’m honest.