The great potato story: food for thought at the Festival of Politics

Make room in your diary for our Festival of Politics event. History of the Potato on Sunday 16 August is not just a highly topical talk by a cutting-edge scientist, but also a multicultural mash-up of potato dishes from around the world. Come hungry and be prepared for surprises as we conjure up sweet, savoury and spicy foods, all made with potatoes. You’ll have had your chips!  Continue reading “The great potato story: food for thought at the Festival of Politics”

HenPower stirs a melting pot of memories

On a drizzly, grey day in South Queensferry there’s a sudden beam of childhood sunshine in the sheltered housing common room. Over coffee and biscuits we’re flicking through ideas for a new recipe book of old family favourites and it stirs a powerful pot of memories: scrumping for apples in the gardens of big houses, clambering over dykes in search of brambles, fishing for watercress in cold, clear streams, pulling turnips from a farmer’s field on the way home for tea.  Continue reading “HenPower stirs a melting pot of memories”

Talk of the Walk

Wanted: women to join an exciting new community venture in Leith which involves food, fitness and fun.  It has so much in common with World Kitchen in Leith we’re hoping to get together with the Talk of the Walk during the programme which runs every Wednesday from now (November) until March 2013. But first, over to Emma Pattinson of Edinburgh Community Food to tell us more about it…. Continue reading “Talk of the Walk”

Calling Mr Sunshine to The Big Tent

We’re getting ready for the Big Tent.  The menu is prepared, the tents are booked, the wellies are in the bag. Mark has designed and ordered some very smart new aprons for the occasion – and with any luck Ian has booked a sudden spell of sunshine. Continue reading “Calling Mr Sunshine to The Big Tent”

Meena’s recipe for Leith Mess

A treat in the post. Meena Bhana has sent a recipe for her Indian twist on Eton Mess which she calls  Leith mess. Meena, who is a very talented member of World Kitchen in Leith, came up with the idea for this variation on an old theme when she was planning the menu for one of her Chai Lounge Supper Club nights.

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A cake for all weathers

“I wish I could join you, But perhaps you could share this recipe with your friends instead.”

Rose Jamieson lives in Perthshire so was not able to join us for our recent events in Out of the Blue Drill Hall. But her cake was a hot favourite on the desert stall at Jock Tamson’s Brunch.  We’re hoping Rose can join us in person when World Kitchen in Leith goes on tour (no kidding, more about that later)  but meanwhile here’s her lovely apple cake recipe… Continue reading “A cake for all weathers”

Not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic

Agnes among Jock Tamson’s Bairns: picture Clara Massie

“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” Jimmy Carter

Welcoming guests to Put the World on Your Plate, Agnes Ngulube Holmes quoted Jimmy Carter. The words were a tribute to the great diversity around her at Sunday’s multicultural event when World Kitchen in Leith served up a fusion of foods inspired by the pictures and stories in  Jock Tamson’s Bairns exhibition. This is not your stereotypical view of Scotland’s capital city.

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Jock Tamson’s brunch

I translated at the Nuremberg Trials. I looked Hess in the eyes….I still didn’t know what had happened to my family. David Goldberg

The World Kitchen multicultural brunch at Out of the Blue on Sunday 1 April was inspired by the unforgettable stories in Jock Tamson’s Bairns Exhibition.  If you saw the words and pictures on display during Previously, Scotland’s History Festival you will know why.

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