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Private chef in your own home

If you’ve ever watched MasterChef then you’ll be no stranger to the talents available in the world of private chefs. I always assumed this was only something for the rich and famous who owned their own yachts or mansions, but when I was contacted by the lovely people at La Belle Assiette I found out otherwise.

When offered the chance to host a dinner party at home with a private chef cooking for us and tidying up after, my reply was a no-brainer. The night I chose for our dinner party was the night before my husband’s birthday in January so it was the perfect opportunity. We invited 4 friends and asked them all to bring a bottle. After we set the date and invited our guests, all we needed to do was set the table and look forward to the feast!

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Cuckoo’s Bakery launch summer cupcake range

Cuckoo’s Bakery was taken over by new owners Thomas and Joanna Partridge back in June this year. The husband and wife duo have just launched a retro summer cupcake range, celebrating classic ice lollies and ice cream such as The Fab, Solero, Twister and Ninety-Nine.

Cuckoo’s Bakery first launched on Valentine’s Day in 2011 with its cake shop and tea room on Dundas Street. They then opened a second shop in Bruntsfield in April 2015. All cakes are freshly baked daily, by hand, with up to a whopping 1,000 cakes produced each day!

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Super simple bread recipe

I’m a huge fan of simple cooking and easy recipes. I also love bread but haven’t had much success in making my own until I discovered this super simple recipe.

If I’m honest, this could be better described as a giant savoury muffin or scone, but it serves every purpose a fresh loaf would. My favourite way to enjoy this would be heating up a chunk in the microwave for 10 seconds and smothering it in butter – ultimate comfort snack!

Ingredients

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 25g butter
  • 180ml milk
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 1/2 top salt

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Leith Cafe Quest

One of my favourite things to do in life is to chill out on a Saturday afternoon in a pretty, cosy cafe. Edinburgh is great for this, but my neighbourhood of Leith is particularly special.

The diversity of people, pubs, cafes and restaurants is what made me fall in love with Leith. From the recently opened Starbucks (I’m not ashamed to like chains too) to the vast range of little independent coffee shops featured in this blog post.

Whenever I’m driving or walking down Leith Walk there always seems to be somewhere new that catches my eye. Recently, there seems to have been an influx of cafes so I decided to share my faves and hopefully you can tell me about some I’ve missed!

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