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Why I love cold Scotch pies: A personal tribute to Scotland’s iconic pastry

Why I love cold Scotch pies: A personal tribute to Scotland’s iconic pastry

Scotch pies are among the country’s top creations, but I prefer mine served stone cold. In this article, I will share my personal reasons for loving this traditional Scottish delicacy and how it connects me to my heritage and culture. What is a Scotch pie? A Scotch pie is a small, double-crust meat pie, traditionally filled with minced mutton or lamb, but sometimes beef. It is baked in a round, straight-sided tin, and the top crust is placed lower than the rim to make space for adding accompaniments such as mashed potatoes, baked beans, brown sauce, gravy or an egg.…
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English Restaurant Chain Expands to Scotland with New Edinburgh Outlet

English Restaurant Chain Expands to Scotland with New Edinburgh Outlet

The popular English restaurant chain, The Ivy Collection, has announced its plans to open its first Scottish location in Edinburgh next year. The new outlet will be located in the former Bank of Scotland building on St Andrew Square, and will offer a variety of dishes and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Ivy Collection: A Brief History The Ivy Collection is a group of restaurants, brasseries, and cafes that originated from the famous London restaurant, The Ivy. The Ivy was established in 1917 by Abel Giandolini, and soon became a favourite haunt for celebrities, politicians, and royalty. The…
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Lyla: A New Culinary Gem in Edinburgh

Lyla: A New Culinary Gem in Edinburgh

Lyla is a new restaurant in Edinburgh that offers a modern twist on Scottish cuisine. The restaurant, which opened in November 2023, is located in a former bank building on George Street. Lyla’s menu features seasonal and local ingredients, as well as some exotic flavours from around the world. A Cozy and Elegant Ambience Lyla’s interior design is cozy and elegant, with a mix of contemporary and vintage elements. The restaurant has a spacious dining room, a bar area, and a private dining room for special occasions. The walls are adorned with paintings by local artists, and the lighting is…
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Edinburgh to host a new festival of drinks at a former biscuit factory

Edinburgh to host a new festival of drinks at a former biscuit factory

Edinburgh is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant festivals, but this year it will also be the destination for drinks enthusiasts. A new festival of beer, wine and spirits will take place at a former biscuit factory in Leith, featuring some of the best local and international producers. The Biscuit Factory: a creative hub for events The Biscuit Factory is a historic building that was once home to Crawford’s Biscuits, a famous Scottish brand that produced biscuits for over a century. The factory closed in 1970 and was left abandoned for decades, until it was transformed into a creative…
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Fake Chocolate Bars Pose Health Risks, FSA Warns

Fake Chocolate Bars Pose Health Risks, FSA Warns

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning to consumers not to buy or eat counterfeit chocolate bars that are being sold in shops and online across the UK. The fake products include Wonka and Prime-branded chocolate bars, which may be unsafe and contain undeclared allergens. Counterfeit Wonka Bars The FSA first alerted the public about the fake Wonka Bars in March 2022, after receiving reports of the counterfeit chocolate bars on sale over the past year. The fake bars may be produced or repackaged by unregistered businesses and individuals who could be violating food hygiene, labelling and traceability…
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Finnieston Six by Nico to become a fish and chip shop

Finnieston Six by Nico to become a fish and chip shop

A popular Glasgow restaurant is set to be transformed into an ‘upmarket’ fish and chip shop. Finnieston Six by Nico, which is part of the Six by Nico chain of restaurants, has submitted plans to change its use from a restaurant to a hot food takeaway. A new concept for Finnieston Finnieston Six by Nico opened in 2017 as a sister restaurant to the original Six by Nico in the city centre. The restaurant offered a six-course tasting menu that changed every six weeks, based on different themes and cuisines. Some of the past menus included The Chippie, Childhood, New…
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Scottish eateries make it to the top 100 list of UK’s best restaurants

Scottish eateries make it to the top 100 list of UK’s best restaurants

Scotland has a rich culinary heritage and a diverse range of cuisines, from traditional dishes like haggis and neeps to modern fusion creations. Some of the best Scottish restaurants have been recognised in the latest edition of the Harden’s Best UK Restaurants guide, which ranks the top 100 eateries in the country based on customer reviews. The Scottish contenders The Harden’s guide, which is now in its 30th year, is based on a survey of over 10,000 diners who contributed more than 50,000 reviews. The guide covers over 3,000 restaurants across the UK, and the top 100 list is a…
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Glasgow chippy goes viral with deep-fried Tunnock’s teacake

Glasgow chippy goes viral with deep-fried Tunnock’s teacake

A Glasgow chippy has become an internet sensation after posting a video of its latest creation: a deep-fried Tunnock’s teacake. The video, which was shared on TikTok by the chippy’s owner, shows the process of battering and frying the iconic Scottish treat. The result is a crispy golden ball that oozes with chocolate and marshmallow when cut open. A sweet treat with a twist The chippy, which is called The Fryer’s Delight, is located in the south side of Glasgow and is known for its traditional fish and chips, pies, and sausages. However, the owner, who goes by the name…
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The Great British Bake Off: The most searched recipes from each series

The Great British Bake Off: The most searched recipes from each series

The Great British Bake Off is a popular TV show that challenges amateur bakers to create various delicious treats. The show has inspired many viewers to try their hand at baking, and some of the recipes from the show have become very popular online. Here are the most searched recipes from each series of The Great British Bake Off, from scones to key lime pie. Scones: Series 1, 2010 The first series of The Great British Bake Off aired on BBC Two in 2010, and one of the technical challenges was to make scones. Paul Hollywood, one of the judges,…
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How Long can Cooked Beef Stay in the Fridge?

How Long can Cooked Beef Stay in the Fridge?

Have you ever cooked a large batch of beef and wondered how long it can stay in the fridge? Food safety is always a concern when it comes to storing meat. In this blog, we will delve into this subject and answer all your queries. We will discuss how long cooked beef can stay in the fridge, how to store it properly, and whether or not you can freeze cooked beef. We will provide instructions on how to reheat cooked beef and which types of beef cuts last longer. Lastly, if you are wondering what to do with leftover beef,…
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