Hot potatoes and cool science in the Scottish Parliament

We promised surprises at our food and science event in the Festival of Politics but we weren’t expecting to be quite so surprised ourselves.  Who knew China is the biggest producer of potatoes in the world? Continue reading “Hot potatoes and cool science in the Scottish Parliament”

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”

Spread Christmas cheer: donate to North East Edinburgh Foodbank

Many families are going hungry this Christmas. Volunteers at our local foodbanks have been busy distributing supplies donated over the holiday.  There is still time to offer the gift of food for New Year at South Leith Parish Church Halls in Henderson Street tomorrow (Friday 27th December) between 3 and 5 pm. Continue reading “Spread Christmas cheer: donate to North East Edinburgh Foodbank”

Meena’s menu for an Indian brunch


A beautiful green spinach cake was a hot (literally) favourite at the World Kitchen brunch.  Here Meena Bhana shares her recipe for the spicy savoury cake but first she takes us to the bustling streets of Indian cities with her menu for the World Kitchen brunch.

I put together a menu of Gujerati dishes for the brunch and then I spent hours in the kitchen experimenting.  We decided to offer Falooda –  a spectacular mix of milk, vermicelli and flavourings topped with ice cream –  as a complimentary drink for guests arriving  at Out of the Blue.  With at least 80 bookings, how much milk would that take? Continue reading “Meena’s menu for an Indian brunch”

Your DIY guide to the Burns Super Supper

Hello and welcome to a great new idea. This story – first posted for Burns celebrations in 2010 – takes a new turn for 2011 as Clan Radio joins with Kiltr (social media networking for the Scottish diaspora) to bring you the Burns Super Supper. Click here to enjoy the feast. Continue reading “Your DIY guide to the Burns Super Supper”

World Cafe – a healthy mix of food and music

The first World Cafe of the year  is at North Edinburgh Art Centre on Friday 28sth January. This time with the added ingredient of jazz and a guest performance by singer Cynthia Gentle. The same night another World Cafe supporter Samba Sene launches his album on the other side of town – but with a bit of planning you could do both.

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