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.
One casual rainy Friday where I was nursing a hangover, in a huff about Riverdale, dreading my seminar and had made and then cancelled plans to trot around IKEA, I ended up in Nippon Kitchen.
My phone started freaking out as it tried to receive Facebook messages whilst out on the desk of said seminar and I quickly thrust it in my bag before slyly opening Facebook up on my laptop to pretend like I was writing in-depth notes, my friend Keila had asked if I wanted to go for lunch.