It's World Mental Health Day today! I only found this out when a colleague circulated a link to our organisation's counselling and support service, alongside their own experience of accessing to help with overcoming anxiety. I have written here about my own struggles with mental health (in particular here, here, and here), and have found the … Continue reading My ‘Sparkle Moment’ on World Mental Health Day
There are few places in the world closer to my heart than Kampong Ah Lee: Malaysia Delight. The Malaysian restaurant on Edinburgh's Clerk Street is undoubtedly a highlight of the city's food scene, serving incredible unpretentious food at reasonable prices. Cat and I have been eating there for years; and, in fact, built our whole … Continue reading Back Down Memory Lane At Kampong Ah Lee
Sometimes it's hard to know what to write about here. I missed a post last week - largely due to life getting in the way - but, in part, because I had a bit of writer's block. I nearly added a new entry to my culinary A-Z (C for celeriac), but didn't quite find the … Continue reading This Week, I’m Mostly: Thankful.
This week, I share a few of the things I have learned about my mental health as I have dug myself out of a hole. It's no secret that I've been feeling a bit rough round the edges of late. I wrote a bit about my mental health here a few months back, and I received … Continue reading On the meds, and on the mend: 5 things I have learned about my mental health
I have always liked the idea of being a butcher. My large collection of super-sharp knives would seem less fetishistic, for a start. There always seems to be something strong and dependable about butchers - though I suppose if you haul carcasses around for a living, you're also likely to develop a certain macabre grit. … Continue reading This Week I Mostly: Played Butcher for a Day
This week, I'm kicking off a new feature on the blog - an A-Z of my favourite ingredients and how to use them. Today I'm going to focus on anchovies and broccoli - two fantastic ingredients which make remarkably good bedfellows! If you've never tried these beauts together, you're going to want to make the super-simple … Continue reading A is for: Anchovies – B is for: Broccoli
Sorry for the late post this week, I took a day off work yesterday, and hit the Edinburgh Fringe with Cat and The Boy. It's been a bit of a hectic couple of weeks in one way or another, so I'm going to keep it brief today, with a recipe for mayonnaise. Hellman's might claim … Continue reading Home Made-onnaise
I recently gave up drinking for a while, to see how it affects me. Since The Boy came along, I've struggled to keep fit. I used to play sports three-four days a week, and I'd walk to and from work every day. I even managed to train for, and run, a marathon in 2015. In … Continue reading This week I’m mostly: Giving Up Drinking
Festival Fatigue? Tourist Trouble? If you need a break from the city's madness, there are lots of great caffs, restaurants, and watering holes on Edinburgh's northern fringes.
So-called 'superfood' fads tend to pass me by. I'm not all that into quinoa (kwin-oh-a? Keen-oh-a? Cue-noi-way?), chia seeds I can take or leave, blueberries - well, they're actually pretty good, but I'm fairly sure that they can't cure cancer or mend a broken heart, and what even is a goji berry? As I see … Continue reading This Week I’m Mostly: Jumping on the Kombucha Train