Vision Board Workshop

I did something very powerful recently, I went on a Vision Board Workshop. Led by psychologist, Emma Calvert aka Miss Manifestation

Miss Manifestation

I knew I would enjoy it. I have always visualised and have written things down that I want, in black marker, on a white board above my desk for a while now and I always get them – scary! I can remember Madonna saying ‘be careful what you want because you might get it’…
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Ballintaggart Cook School

Perthshire’s latest foodie destination. Ballintaggart Farm is a new venture set up by the couple behind the fabulous Edinburgh supper club, Charlie and Evelyn’s table, Chris and Rachel Rowley. Aiming to provide gourmet catering and aspirational, user-friendly cookery courses and workshops.

I felt very spoilt to receive an invitation to attend a course here last weekend, entitled Seasonal Suppers and Salads. I always need inspiration at meal times and realise my menus are in much need of renewal.

We started with a delicious late breakfast at 10am, I have to say, it was an easy drive from Gullane, I left at 8am and was there well in time, anyone travelling from Edinburgh or Glasgow is going to have an even easier journey. However, if you are coming from further afield, luxurious B&B accommodation, very reasonably priced, is available on site, to ensure your day is completely free of stress.
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A Winter Kitchen

Preparations are underway in our house for Christmas, the fire is lit every night, every afternoon if possible!

Doug has had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful kitchen belonging to a Swedish family in Glasgow. Scandinavians are experts at bringing cheer to this potentially gloomy time of year of course – they have to be really!

Traditional baking includes iced biscuit houses, jam buns and cinnamon swirls, all easily achievable, fun, xmas treats.
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The Great Taste Awards

The Great Taste Awards are the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards, often described as the ‘Oscars’ of the culinary world.

Goodies form the Great Taste Awards

I was very fortunate to be sent a few samples to try over the weekend… Big excitement when the parcel arrived, ripped it open!
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Cooking in colour

Magazine editors often request “a kitchen with a bit of colour”. The reason being that a kitchen is an investment and most of us like to play safe: a white kitchen won’t date, you are unlikely to tire of it – you can always change the decor if you do, of course, and as a result, most people’s kitchens are white. However, if you are feeling brave, choosing colourful cabinetry can reap wonderful rewards.

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This beauty is by Harvey Jones. Using colour will bring your kitchen to life. Healthy diet advice includes eating colourful foods: beetroot, carrots, peppers and greens – they just sound healthy don’t they? Find ideas at my lovely friend Mel’s Spice Pots. You might like her range of beautiful enamel ware? Enliven your kitchen as well as your plate. Although white is safe, the results can be sterile and quickly look quite dowdy, white surfaces are not forgiving.
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