DRAM & SMOKE, A SCOTTISH POP-UP IN LONDON

This is a great little film from our friends Dram & Smoke who ‘pop-up’ in some very cool venues including this steel yard in Vauxhall, London, earlier this year.

They are about to pop up again from mid November to mid December (weds to sat) in a brand new, never-used-before venue called Black Swan Yard on Bermondsey Street – run by the Dalstondepartmentstore.com. For more info and to book tickets head on over to their website www.dramandsmoke.com.

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MONKFISH MONDAY…OCTOBER ROUND UP

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Lots and lots of things are happening during October and we’ve got lots of things we want to tell you about too….so here is this month’s round-up. If we’ve missed anything crucial we’re sure you’ll let us know but here’s what we think is trending in and around Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond…

#FISHBOX
Fish…like your dinner delivered to your door? No brainer…of course you do. Like to put in a bit of effort and make it your own though? Well, ok, as long as it doesn’t take too long… One of the quickest ‘fast foods’ we eat a lot of at the Towers is fish. Good old fish, monkfish, haddock, cod, sole, hake, salmon, mackerel, yep, we’ll eat it, love it, squid, mussels, scallops, yep, we’ll take them too. Imagine if it was delivered to you in a box as fresh as the proverbial daisy. Drum roll, it’s here…fish in a box #fishbox

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Think ‘Graze box‘ but you’ll need to run to the fridge with the contents a bit quicker than you do with a bit of muesli and a few nuts…

Two companies are currently on the Monkfish radar…Coast and Glen and EatFish. Last week we sampled Coast&Glen’s £35 box and it was brilliant, it was posted on Wednesday, arrived pronto on Thursday packed in a polystyrene box with ice gel packs. Fresh fresh fresh.
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So our five days of fish went something like this…
Thursday – pan fried hake with a mustard and cheddar crust
Friday – pan fried monkfish with fennel and garlic
Saturday – grilled mackerel with roasted vegetables
Sunday – lemon sole with the best cauliflower cheese and peas
Monday – we put the cod in the freezer for another day but fully intend to wrap it in parma ham and roast it, yum.
We had to think on the spot what to do with the fish but that made it more fun, we’d never had monkfish with fennel and garlic before but it was really really good, thank you Rick Stein for the inspiration. Recipe HERE.
Coast&Glen come highly recommended from the Towers, find out more about them at www.coastandglen.com.

We’ve not tried EatFish yet but we will…and we’ll let you know what we think. Like them on Facebook HERE and keep an eye out for their new website coming soon.

#CAKE
If you’re missing the #GBBO (that’s the Great British Bake Off for those unfamiliar with the ‘hashtag’ usage….) then you can don your pinnies, whack up the oven to Gas Mark 6, grease and line your springforms and grab a hold of that whisk, as it’s baking time once more! This time you can whip up your signature bake all in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity….

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Ambassador for Beatson Cancer Charity James Morton of {hashtag} GBBO fame has all sorts of ideas for you over on the Beatson website so hop on over there now. A bake off at The Towers is imminent if Mini and  Mr M can manage to get their acts together….
To order your exclusive Bake it for the Beatson event kit, visit www.bakeitforthebeatson.orge-mail them or call 0141 212 0505. DO IT!

Here’s #minimonkfish in action already..
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#EDINBURGH
Mrs M has been eating her way around town as usual.
Dinner at Cannonball last week, the new addition to the Contini family, blog post plus FOOD photos coming soon..
A catch up with friends at The Vintage, Leith, always goes down well, great charcuterie and yummy beers…
Bacon butties on Sunday up at Craigies farm..
And if you’re at a loose end this Saturday you could head over to our chums house Alright Treacle for a Halloween inspired supper club..more info HERE

#BEYOND
Terra Madre!!
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If you’re lucky enough to be flying to Italy today and going to Terra Madre, enjoy! For more info see their website HERE

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Bon Voyage x

MONKFISH MONDAY, THE NEW THINGS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE

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Come on Monkfish, are you serious? No! Never take things seriously, life is too short for that. So if that means eating your boiled eggs (with soldiers) from a Sumo egg cup then do it…imagine the fun?! Here’s a film to prove it….
So, you’ve got your Sumo egg cups, what else do you need in your life…a trip to Wales? I think so, particularly if you can visit somewhere like this…
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This is THE DO FARM, a unique venue in Wales for creative types who like ‘off-site’ meetings but best of all they serve up amazing food in cool tents. We want to go there NOW!
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Cool ain’t it?

Thinking about Christmas yet? Eeek…well, you can start a bit of present shopping research can’t you? This is ideal for the nuts in your life..
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Introducing the Robot nutcracker, click to purchase HERE

Why are ALL water bottles round? Well they’re not any more…how handy is this?
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Perhaps a tad hipster, will it take off? Pretty inventive we think plus it’s dishwasher friendly, re-usable, BPA free. Get one!

Thanks to Swiss-Miss for inspiration as always :)

SCOTTISH COLD-PRESSED RAPESEED OIL – THE MOVIE!

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We’ve been fans of Scottish cold-pressed rapeseed oil for a long long time at the Towers. It’s such a great alternative to olive oil (and others) and without boring you with all the technical stuff it’s actually better for you, tick tick.

When Mrs M was asked to be the ‘star’ of a brand new ‘movie’ all about rapeseed oil she ran as fast as she could to B&Q, purchased the obligatory green wellies and set off to East Lothian to the film set pronto. What you’re about to watch is a short film produced by the groovy Coolbox Marc featuring Mrs M…sometimes with her wellies on and sometimes not, sometimes in slow-mo and sometimes not. She’s actually pretty good in slow-mo…

Enjoy the movie….then run out and purchase some rapeseed oil cos it’s brilliant and you’ll love it x


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#scotlandsgold

ROLLING INTO THE WEEKEND…

rsz_11photo-2-351x234There’s something cool going to happen at Fort Kinnaird Edinburgh this weekend, yes, you heard us right. Something cool at a retail park?! YIP.. This weekend thanks to British Street Food the ‘Eats from the Street’ roadshow hits Edinburgh …

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Eats from the street will be located in front of the Boots store from 11.00am – 6.00pm on Saturday 11th October and 11.00am – 5.00pm on Sunday 12th October featuring….
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Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 13.26.29For further dates and line ups click HERE. Bring on the food!

If you’re interested in reading more about British Street Food then visit britishstreetfood.co.uk

And download their app too! britishstreetfood.co.uk/app/