A few months ago, I purchased a cast iron skillet for the sole purpose of making a blood orange polenta upside down cake. My reasoning for splurging on kitchen tools: it’s important to invest in myself, which sometimes involves buying new kitchen toys. While some, such as my ice-cream maker, are seldom used, I’ve found my cast-iron skillet to be one of my best purchases. It has the ability to retain heat like no other kitchen appliance, and it has yet to fail me. I’ve already made pancakes, upside-down cake, skillet cake, and quiche, and I cannot wait to further experiment with it. If you have ever wondered whether it is worth investing in a cast-iron skillet, the answer is yes. With that said, here is a wonderful recipe to celebrate summer and sunshine: blueberry cornmeal skillet cake drizzled with blueberry sauce.
For you lovers of all things 'tart', strawberry rhubarb pie is a scrumptious summer dessert to add to your repertoire. Its crumbly and buttery crust, sour berries, and sweet, syrupy filling make for a very naughty treat. If you are feeling particularly sinful, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of creme fraiche.
The only kind of drizzle I am willing to except after a winter akin to that of the Ice Age is lemon. For my birthday, my lovely Mumsy made me this cake and I have craved it’s lemony-ness ever since! The cake is syrupy with sunshine that transports you to the Amalfi coast surrounded by citrus groves! It is my pure heaven, and it must be good for you. No scurvy to be found here!
Tucked away in the basement of a launderette on the corner of Queen and Hanover, Bramble is one of Edinburgh’s most exceptional cocktail bars. Bartender Magazine listed it in their top twenty bars of 2008, the very first Scottish bar with this accolade.
The sun is coming out, which means its time for fruity cocktails! Next time you’re basking in the beautiful weather, try making Rouge 75. A twist on the classic French 75, it contains muddled raspberries and orange zest.
This colourful, springy salad is relatively inexpensive and very healthy. Eating raw brussels sprouts may seem a little bizarre, but when sliced thinly with a mandolin, they serve as the perfect base for a salad. The bitterness of the grapefruit cuts the richness of the crab, and the lemon juice and olive oil brighten up the dish. I recommend going to Kerachers’ for top notch crab meat.
In her daily perusing of blogs and tumblrs, my flatmate stumbled across this delightful recipe. As avid lovers of blood oranges and mojitos, this is our new go-to cocktail. It is sweet, citrusy and has a beautiful colour.
Thursday night, April 4th, saw the first Wine and Cheese event since spring break. Needless to say, I was excited at the prospect of another evening which provides some of the cheapest alcohol in St Andrews, and my, did it deliver! For the first time, the societal titans of W&C and MNG combined forces to bring us Afterhours, a classic event with an upmarket twist. As guests entered the sumptuous Old Course ballroom, they were were greeted by the smell of Manchego, Comte, Cashal Blue, Stilton and Brie De Meaux, sourced from the Guid Cheese Shop, as well as the sight of 250 bottles of wine.
Food blogs have never been more popular, and fantastic hunger-inducing photographs are crucial to a successful one. I certainly judge a cookbook by its pictures, and an online blog is no different. For all of you aspiring food bloggers, the Fine Food and Dining Society will be holding a photography workshop as part of the On The Rocks Student Arts Festival in Week 9.
This week's cocktail is one of my all time favourites: Aperol Spritz. My host family in Verona introduced me to this delicious concoction, and I found that my language skills improved exponentially with just one. It is light and refreshing, and has the perfect hint of bitterness.