MONKFISH MONDAY, THE AUGUST EDITION

KNOPS BEER 4So yet again we’re drinking beer…and why not, it’s August, the sun is shining….kind of…and with so much going on in Edinburgh you only have to stumble out of Monkfish Towers and you’re in amongst the Festival action.

On Monday night we pottered along to the ‘Meet The Brewer’ event at The Pommery Bar off the Royal Mile. The brewer in question was Mr Robert Knops of the Knops Beer Company, East Lothian. Crumbs, what a location, absolutely stunning.
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Happily quaffing a selection of Knops beers including an Indian Pale Ale, Musselburgh Broke and a Californian Common we were entertained, enlightened and educated about all things beer. Mr Knops is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to beer – chemistry, brewing, recipes, fermentation, bottling, history, he knew it all. To balance off the FOUR beers on a school night we were treated to a Pommery burger which was delicious.
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So, what else have we been up to so far in August….Mrs Monkfish went to a couple of ‘food-related’ events at the Edinburgh Book Festival including  a chat with Julian Baggini - the popular philosopher and author of “The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten” and “The Ego Trick”, chatted about the food on our plates and what it can teach us about being human. A very interesting chap and definitely worth a follow on Twitter @microphilosophy. She also attended the Andrew Whitley and Mike Small event which discussed ‘Good, low cost food’. Again, another really interesting discussion and if you’re keen to start baking your own bread check out Andrew Whitley’s new book ‘Do Sourdough‘ and if you’ve got time have a listen to him here:

Today we’ve ticked a few things off our ‘new’ Edinburgh bucket list…can’t keep up there’s so many new places opening in our lovely city but we managed to visit a couple. Filament coffee was our first stop this morning for coffee and a bun. A fine flat white and a squidgy Danish, just what you need to start the day.

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It’s without doubt a bit of a hipster hangout, but hey, we can do hipster, we might be the wrong side of 30, ahem, but we still cut it with the cool kids and we like to think we know our coffee. The flat white was very good, another high five to the buzzing Edinburgh independent coffee scene, hurrah.

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Next stop lunch….Ting Thai Caravan, step aside Wagamama, you are no longer any use to us! Well, perhaps if we get stuck at Ocean Terminal or Terminal 5, in fact is there a Wagamama at anywhere with a Terminal?…. We digress. Yes, Ting Thai Caravan HELLO, you are our new favourite Thai street food destination. Originally a pop-up idea it now has a home on Teviot Place, the perfect location for catching the August crowds. We tried to get a table there on Thursday evening before a festival show but were met with a ‘no chance’. Anyway, we got there today and loved it. We urge you to try it. Without going into full review mode zzzzzz all you need to know is it’s fresh, zingy, served up in brown cardboard boxes, chopsticks are optional, spices are spot on, you can be in and out in half an hour (if you wish) and it cost less than twenty quid for two mains and a side plus a cheeky starter. Get there quick. It’s good!

That’s August so far…..oooh, forgot to mention our first trip to BMB Edinburgh. For those of you who haven’t heard of the infamous Burger Meats Bun Glasgow then your quest for the perfect burger in Edinburgh has been answered…..look and start dribbling…..see our photos on the Mymonkfish Instagram feed HERE.

This weekend we’re venturing to Street Food Sunday at Castle Terrace, read more about it HERE.
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We’re going to try and catch a few more shows before the end of the Festival then we’ll be looking forward to the Scottish Food Fortnight in September, more about that soon.

See you next time Monkfish fans x

IN NEED OF A FESTIVAL BEER? LOOK NO FURTHER….

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 We love a beer….or three….or maybe a few more particularly in August during the festival. Here, Tony Naylor rounds up the best that  Edinburgh has to offer including our very favourite place EVER, the lovely Timberyard.

We love a beer….or three….or maybe a few more particularly in August during the festival. Here, Tony Naylor rounds up the best that  Edinburgh has to offer including our very favourite place EVER, the lovely Timberyard.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Top 10 craft beer pubs in Edinburgh” was written by Tony Naylor, for theguardian.com on Friday 1st August 2014 05.59 UTC


Bow Bar

It may look like a classic old-school Edinburgh pub (it is, in fact, a painstaking, late-1980s recreation), but the Bow Bar is resolutely forward-thinking when it comes to beer. Beside that mahogany bar – the Bow Bar is also the newly-crowned Dram Magazine Whisky Bar Of The Year – you will find an extensive bottled beer menu, whose contemporary tone is in sharp contrast to the surrounding decor of vintage cigarette advertising and historic pub-trade memorabilia. As well as Belgian and German classics, the menu takes in lesser-spotted craft beers from trendy Scandinavians (Mikkeller, To ØL), US trend-setters (Alesmith, Odell) and the new, creative UK breweries which they have inspired, such as Bear Hug, Elixir and Ticketybrew. Meanwhile, eight cask pumps (three permanents include Alechemy’s Bowhemia Pale and Cromarty’s “new wave pale”, Happy Chappy), and several keg lines dispense beer of a similar seriousness and variety. Bow Bar also runs several, seasonal mini beer festivals. Its summer festival finishes on Sunday 3 August.

As local beer geeks will be aware, the company that owns Bow Bar, Edinburgh Real Ale Ltd, also runs two equally good beer bars on the fringes of the city centre. Cloisters Bar has 16 cask/keg lines and a busy events programme. Its Scottish beer festival runs until Sunday 31 August. The Stockbridge Tap (2 Raeburn Place) is Edinburgh’s current Camra pub of the year.
Pint from £3.30. 80 West Bow, 0131-226 7667, @bow_bar

Jeremiah’s Taproom

One year old this week, Jeremiah’s is very much a sign of the times: a once down-at-heel boozer reborn as a craft-beer standard bearer. You may find its swanky makeover – a colourful fusion of Victorian pub and trendy Brooklyn beer bar – a bit OTT, but the enthusiasm of the staff is real enough. As with most of the staff in Edinburgh’s specialist bars, they are passionate beer advocates. Five craft-keg and three cask lines are in constant rotation supplemented by a small bottled range (Brewdog, Anchor, Flying Dog etc.). Scottish micros dominate, with established names such as Black Isle, William Bros and Harviestoun, listed alongside newer craft upstarts, such as Leith hop-shots, Pilot. From south of the border, Thornbridge, Redchurch and Summer Wine were all recent guests, while I enjoyed a 3.9% Smoke Bomb from Morpeth’s Anarchy Brewing. A moreish backdraft of bonfire and chocolate flavours, its dry, assertive hop tang kept it light on its feet.

Pint from £3.60. 7-8 Elm Row, 0131-556 8201, jeremiahstaproom.co.uk

Usher’s

Named after a famous family of Scottish distillers and brewers, this vast new basement space is a, “speciality purveyor of mankind’s greatest creation”. 15 keg and five cask pumps dispense progressive beers, the choice fleshed-out by a compact bottled list of select gems. For instance, Sierra Nevada’s classic Torpedo, Harviestoun’s barrel-aged Ola Dubh and bottles from Thornbridge (expensive at £6.50). While wondering at the logic of a mid-afternoon music policy that alternated Doves and Elbow with blustering “rawk”, I drank a Volcano IPA – more a light, zippy, tropical South Island pale, to me – from Barney’s, a local micro based at the arts centre and Fringe venue, Summerhall.

Talking of the festival, Usher’s is open until 3am for the duration, as are many other Edinburgh bars. These include the nearby Auld Hoose (pint from £3.60). A no-nonsense, bare-bones place, famous for its punk/goth/metal jukebox, the Hoose only serves one guest real ale of its three, as well as a few craft bottles and Brewdog’s Dead Pony Club on draught. However, that guest pump generally features – in this instance, Fyne Ales’ terrific zesty, toffeeish Jarl – the creme de la creme of UK craft breweries: Marble, Dark Star, Red Willow, Arbor, Bristol Beer Factory, Magic Rock, Buxton, Summer Wine. What the Auld Hoose lacks in choice it certainly makes up for in quality.
Pint from £3.50. 32b West Nicolson Street, 0131-662 1757, ushersofedinburgh.co.uk

The Potting Shed

No one could accuse the Potting Shed of not fully committing to its concept. There are tin buckets and plant pots as light fittings; mini wheelbarrows and gardening forks suspended from the walls; wooden planking and old hessian sacks, everywhere. Any misgivings about this thematic heavy-handedness will be offset by the A1 beer choice. On top of a modest can and bottled selection, 17 taps (three cask) serve beer from next-level UK micros such as Siren, Four Pure, Camden Town and Thornbridge. Warning: these regularly top £5-a-pint (and, annoyingly, the Potting Shed only serves beer in schooner or pints, no halves). There is an emphasis on beers from Scottish brewers, both big (West, William Bros.) and boutique (Inveralmond). A sample Iced Tea Ale from Leith’s Pilot was, undoubtedly, the pick of the beers on this Edinburgh trip. Made with bergamot and lemongrass, this crisply bitter, unfined amber beer has an exhilarating spiciness that grows and grows, before it unveils its aromatic earl grey notes and earthier, tannic twangs. It is a brilliant summer beer, hugely refreshing, yet satisfyingly complex. The Potting Shed, incidentally, is just across the road from the Underbelly Fringe stages in Bristo Square.

Pint from £3.50. 32-34 Potterrow, 0131-662 9788, thepottingshededinburgh.co.uk

Holyrood 9a

With its 25 taps and extensive bottled beer list, this bar and burger joint clearly means business. In the nearby Scottish parliament, MSPs map Scotland’s future, while in Holyrood 9a – a butch, wood-panelled chocolate-brown space: part gentleman’s club, part hunting lodge – beer geek’s debate the future of British beer with equal fervour and analytical rigour. The “house” draught beers include selections from prominent forward-thinking Scottish breweries, such as Fyne Ales, Tryst, Alechemy and the excellent Cromarty, while the guest taps and bottles roam further afield, from Bristol’s Wild Beer to Copenhagen’s Mikkeller. Following a meet-the-brewer event with Welsh outfit, Celt Experience, the boards were heavily dominated by its beers, but I opted, instead, for a bottle of Sugar Lumps by an exciting new experimental Livingston brewery, Elixir. A 7.7% imperial stout laced with oats, Demerara and Belgian brewer’s candi sugar, this was rich, thick beer; as warm as good brandy, its syrupy-ness nicely offset by tart, dark fruit and roasted flavours. It was a big beer that needed mulling over, at length, by a roaring log fire. Such depth of flavour does not come cheap. You can drink interesting stuff at Holyrood 9a, at around £4/£4.50-a-pop, but that Elixir bottle was £5.95, while £3 halves (Magic Rock’s Magic Eight Ball), are not uncommon. Holyrood 9a’s owners, Fuller Thomson, also run two similarly beer-focused bars in Edinburgh, The Southern and Red Squirrel.
• Pint from £3.60. 9A Holyrood Road, 0131-556 5044, theholyrood.co.uk

Timberyard & Blackfriars

It is not just Edinburgh’s pubs that are embracing craft beer, many of its restaurants are too. Two of these, Timberyard and Blackfriars, have bars open all day to non-diners. Blackfriars particularly (which I didn’t visit, it is closed Monday/Tuesday), is an established part of an Edinburgh beer circuit which includes, among others, the Bow Bar and the local branch of Brewdog. It has five craft-keg taps that often feature something creative from Bristol’s Wild Beer (craft pints around £5), while its can and bottle menu includes contemporary classics such as Beavertown’s Gamma Ray and Redchurch’s Great Eastern IPA.

Meanwhile, across four taps and several bottles, Timberyard focuses on highly-serious, cutting-edge beers – sours, saisons, a gruit beer that includes local herbs, even a mead – from the likes of Kernel, Brew By Numbers and Partizan. Those beers have clearly been chosen with a connoisseur’s eye to complement, and reflect the ethos of, Timberyard’s food. However, there is a one significant sting in the tale: the prices. You are looking at £6/£7-a pint. A 750ml bottle of Meantime IPA is a staggering £13.

Yet, sat there drinking an invigoratingly fresh Kernel Table Beer (as murky as grapefruit juice and, remarkably, given its 3.3% “weakness”, just as tasty), I couldn’t help but love Timberyard. A serene, Scandi-style warehouse space: all whitewash, weather-beaten wooden planks and minimalist wire sculptures, it is a peaceful escape from the hubbub of the local pubs and/or festival madness. My advice? On a sunny day, treat yourself to a half of something extraordinary in Timberyard’s beautiful, rugged walled garden. In such a setting, those ludicrous prices are still ludicrous, but suddenly far easier to swallow.
Blackfriars, pint from £3.70. 57-61 Blackfriars Street, 0131-558 8684, blackfriarsedinburgh.co.uk. Timberyard, beer from £4.50. 10 Lady Lawson Street, 0131-221 1222, timberyard.co

Blue Blazer

This is a traditional corner pub that retains its original features – not just that lovely inlaid mosaic insignia by the door but, more crucially, a lively, free-flowing banter between staff and drinkers at the bar – while embracing the latest innovations in beer. You will find William Bros. Joker IPA and Black Isle’s organic lager on keg and bottles of Brooklyn lager in the fridge, but the centre of the action is seven cask pumps serving beer from such outfits as Sonnet 43, Pilot, Alechemy, Harviestoun, Arbor and Cromarty. Two of those taps are so-called “Scottish tall” or Aitken fonts, historic beer taps, which advocates will tell you dispense a superlative pint. Certainly, Cairngorm’s Trade Winds, despite its boring, old-fashioned pump-clip, was alive with the advertised, “citrus, wheat, elderflower” flavours. It was a timely lesson that, even in this brave new craft beer world, there is still some fantastic beer hidden away behind fusty, traditional packaging.
Pint from £3.50. 2 Spittal Street, 0131-229 5030, facebook.com/blueblazeredin

The Hanging Bat

The Bat is generally regarded as Edinburgh’s HQ of hops, a craft beer nirvana where fans can geek-out over some 20 keg and cask taps and a bottled selection of over 100 beers. You know you are in safe hands when that bottled menu includes a section of new wave “farmhouse ales” (saisons, lambics, spontaneously fermented sours) and another, simply entitled, “strange brews”. While it is littered with the hottest names in UK brewing, the menu also confidently includes some less-trendy items, such as Sam Smith’s organic fruit beers.

Such knowledge and enthusiasm is equally evident at the bar, where the staff are ready with tasters and advice to help you navigate that selection of draught beers from, for instance, Kernel, Thornbridge, Siren, Wild Beer, Beavertown. Sat there sipping Brew By Number’s brilliant Mosaic Session IPA – a mid-strength beer full of overripe fruit flavours and paracetamol bitterness – all of this excitement is almost enough to make you forget that the Bat doesn’t serve pints, only schooners and halves. We will have to leave that debate for another time, but in most other regards this split-level bar is a doozy. Even elements of the design (the urinals are made of cut-out beer kegs), are cute in a way which makes up for the now cliched filament lightbulbs and reclaimed plank-cladding. At the back of the room is the Alpha Project, a tiny brewing setup that sometimes produces beers for the bar, which also takes some beers from its separate sister-business, the Hanging Brewing Co. Of course, given the Bat’s reputation and pull – it is owned by craft beer distributor, New Wave – it has no problem attracting big names to its meet-the-brewer events. Later this year, the Bat will open a second bar in New Town.
Schooners from £2.40. 133 Lothian Road, 0131-229 0759, facebook.com/pages/The-Hanging-Bat

Cambridge Bar

On Young Street and blandly decked out in first-wave gastropub fashion: Chesterfields and bucket seats in the bar; bare tables in the de facto restaurant section, you could easily overlook this pub. However, give the bar a thorough onceover and you will find plenty of interest. Three cask pumps serving, on this visit, beers from Tiny Rebel, Blackjack and Alechemy, sit alongside six craft keg lines (three of those are Black Isle beers). In addition, the Cambridge stocks a surprisingly adventurous range of around 20 craft bottles. These included brews from Partizan, Bad Seed, Cromarty, Edinburgh’s Knops and also Natural Selection, a brewery staffed by post-grad students at Herriot-Watt University. They show a lot of big-screen sport in the bar here, but, oddly, hadn’t turned the music off in the rest of the pub. Which left me listening to an irritating soundclash of the Commonwealth Games commentary and the Mamas & Papas. But if you are heading to this month’s Edinburgh international book festival (9-25 August) in Charlotte Square, then the Cambridge Bar will be a godsend.
Pint from £3.75. 20 Young Street, 0131-226 2120; thecambridgebar.co.uk

Guildford Arms

Has it got good beer? It certainly has. But this grand Victorian boozer is a showstopper even before you get to its (handsome, polished) bar. For once, I found myself scrutinising the ceiling – a masterful composition of decorative plasterwork, gilding and intricate carving – more closely than the short bottled beer menu. For the record, it included tasty tackle from local micros Knops and Elixir, as well as beers from Orkney and Harviestoun (its Orach Slie, a lager matured in whisky casks). Nine cask pumps, five permanents and four regularly changing guests, dispense everything from staid stalwarts (Wells’ Bombardier) to lovely, on-trend stuff from, for example, Fallen, Mòr, Great Heck, Sonnet 43 and Craft Beer Kitchen, the new innovative arm of traditional regional real ale brewer, Stewart’s. Even better, the Guildford Arms stages a monthly tap takeover, where it gives over its four guest taps to a specific brewery and sells its beer at £2.50 a pint. Previous collaborators have included Leith’s Pilot and Alechemy. The legendary Oakham are next up (25-28 September). Throw in a couple of interesting continental beers on keg (namely, wheat beers from Paulaner and Weihenstephan) and the fact that Waverley Station is two minutes away and, in many ways, you have the perfect Edinburgh pub. Or, certainly, the perfect end to any Edinburgh crawl.
Pint from £3.50. 1-5 West Register Street, 0131-556 4312, guildfordarms.com

Travel between Manchester and Edinburgh was provided by First TransPennine Express

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AFTERNOON TEA, THE SCOTSMAN, EDINBURGH

IMG_6685It’s not often we ‘take afternoon tea’, (honest ;) ) but with Sister Monkfish in town for a few days we thought what better way to while away the afternoon in style than with a cake or three accompanied with a steaming pot of tea and a chillax. Ooh, and not forgetting a wee glass of prosecco to wash it all down with.

We’ve never ‘taken tea’ at The Scotsman, Edinburgh, but as it’s within spitting distance of the Royal Mile (where the big sis always likes to hang out) we thought we’d try it out.

First up, check out the crocks. Cool tea plates with headlines from the Scotsman, nice touch.

The Scotsman offers various options for it’s afternoon tea including gluten free, a strawberries and cream tea and this little lot which is what we opted for:

Traditional Sandwich Selection
Mature Scottish cheddar cheese and pickle
Honey roast Ayrshire ham and Arran mustard
Free range egg mayonnaise with watercress
Smoked Scottish salmon and herb cream cheese

Chef’s Bakery
Freshly baked fruit scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and butter

Chef’s Sweet Platter
Selection of freshly baked cakes, cupcakes and biscuits

Coffee and Tea
A choice of Filter, Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso, Macchiato, Mocha, or Americano Coffee
A choice of Traditional Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green, Peppermint, Darjeeling, Camomile or Decaffeinated Tea

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Highlight of the tea was definitely the macarons, just the right consistency and a lovely coffee flavour coming through. There was nothing ‘not to like’ about the tea full stop, it was clean plates all round. Service was good, we felt like VIP’s for a few hours, the atmos was relaxed and it was the perfect spot for people watching. All in all a lovely afternoon. The only niggle, and we stress, ‘only’ niggle was that the tea wasn’t explained to us. We know our cakes and sarnies but an explanation or a menu on the table would have made this a five star afternoon.

We booked our tea through TRULY, the luxury gift experience website as a wee treat for Sister Monkfish as we don’t see each other that often. We think she was impressed…..she chomped right through everything in front of her anyway! No doggy bags requested in for us!

Check out the TRULY website for lots of lovely things to do (and eat….) .

All photos mymonkfish.com

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ANYONE FOR HAGGIS?

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Our friends at Macsween recently asked if we could come up with a ‘Commonwealth Games‘ recipe using their haggis… The thinking caps were well and truly on for this one – we wanted it to be healthy, definitely summery but also come up with an unusual and creative way of using haggis that you may not have tried before. Not forgetting we also wanted to use ingredients from Commonwealth countries. Tricky! Mrs Monkfish was set to task and came up with this…..

Haggis stuffed roasted pears with wild rice and halloumi salad

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This is a delicious and flavour packed dish full of healthy ingredients. It’s ‘summer’ on a plate and is sure to keep everyone happy while they watch the Glasgow Games and sip a cold glass of their favourite tipple.

Haggis with pears? Yes! Believe it or not this is a really tasty way to eat haggis. The sweetness of the roasted pears really cuts through the haggis spices. We eat apples with pork, and cranberry with turkey, so don’t be put off, give it a go, on the flavour scale it’s right up there.

This dish is extremely versatile too. Keep portion sizes small for a fantastic starter or with the addition of mild, salty halloumi, a fresh zingy salad and some rice you can serve up an appetising main course. As with any recipe you don’t need to stick to the rules, customise it – try a feta salad instead of halloumi, change the dressing if you don’t like almonds, just make it your own!

So, even if you’re not currently soaking up the Cypriot or South African sun right now, put your feet up, it’s time to enjoy the flavours of the Commonwealth whilst they visit the home of the haggis.

Enjoy the Games!

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Ingredients
Quick cook long grain and wild rice
1 onion finely sliced
1tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp Scottish cold-pressed rapeseed oil
salt and pepper to taste
scattering of toasted flaked almonds
2 firm but ripe pears
knob of butter
250g halloumi
couple of leaves of fresh mint chopped
454g Commonwealth Macsween Haggis
handful of mixed salad leaves
extra rapeseed oil and a splash of white wine (optional) to dress the dish

Method
Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/320°F

  • Cook the long grain and wild rice as per the packet instructions.
  • Fry the onion gently in a small pan with the olive oil, ground cinnamon and ground ginger.
  • Cut the pears in two lengthways. Use a small spoon to take out the core which will leave space for the haggis later in the recipe. Melt the butter on a baking tray and then put the pears flesh side down on the tray and cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the flesh is soft.
  • Meanwhile slice the halloumi and either pan fry it in a dash of rapeseed oil or place it on a hot griddle pan for a minute or two each side. Place to one side.
  • Check on the onions, they should be lovely and soft by now but not brown. If using a splash of white wine then quickly turn the heat up, glug in the wine and let it bubble away for a few seconds. Remove from the heat and add the toasted flaked almonds. Set aside.
  • Once the pears are almost done prepare the haggis for cooking by removing the outer vacuum pack bag and put in a microwaveable dish. Heat the haggis in the microwave as per the instructions.
  • Remove the pears from the oven and carefully spoon the haggis into the hollowed out space.

To serve

  • Place a pear half on each dish with a spoonful of wild rice.
  • Place the sliced halloumi with the salad leaves and scatter the chopped fresh mint over the halloumi.
  • Finally drizzle the onion and toasted almond dressing around the edge of the plate and over the salad if you wish

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For more information about Macsween Haggis visit their website HERE.
To see this recipe on the Macsween website click HERE.

 

 

Monkfish Monday, it’s been a funny old week

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It’s been a funny old week at the Towers, a photo shoot for Scottish Salmon, a birthday, a trip to the zoo, the tasting menu at Timberyard, and a knee op, all in 7 days. We do like to pack it in. Mrs Monkfish was the unfortunate one who had the knee op but she’s a trooper and the thought of a few days R&R whilst watching Wimbledon is almost too good to be true….and has stopped her ‘going bananas’.

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Timberyard

So, we must fill you in on the tasting menu at Timberyard… 8 courses of maximum flavour and taste sensations await you. With a focus on ‘grow your own’ -visit The Patch at the back of the restaurant – and a nod to the Nordic your taste buds will be tickled at every opportunity.
photo 3-4If you like RAW you’re in luck. Two courses out of eight were as fresh as you like, ready to walk off the plate given a chance, they were both ‘momentous’ particularly the venison. The smoked beef loin was a triumph, we don’t think we’ve ever tasted anything quite like it and we want more of the same please #nexttime. The fish was equally as delicious, wild turbot cooked beautifully served with smoked mussels and squid ink, tasty tasty tasty. Puds were good, not sure we needed two, far too full, but not ones to be defeated we dutifully completed them, waistbands loosened.

And if that’s not enough you need to check out the cocktail menu too. We had no problems at all knocking back an Auld Reekie and a Black Spruce served theatrically by the bar staff.
photo 2-7 photo 1-7And as an FYI, Jo Radford (star of the bar) has just produced his own soft drink range called Cry Baby Soda, follow him on Twitter HERE. They’re probably the coolest soft drinks you’ll see in Edinburgh #trustme .
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Timberyard has got it all going on, and then some. If you’ve not tried it yet we urge you to go very very soon. We’re 3 visits in this year already and probably on for another 3, we don’t need an excuse, we just love it.

OK, next..

Canada Day

As Canada Day has just passed then how about a drop of Maple Syrup from Drip. Sharing this solely for the super cool bottles…..yes, how cool? Click over to the website, really nice, pity you can’t buy it over here….yet.
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SCOTTISH SALMON PRODUCERS ORGANISATION

To top off the busiest week of the year to date Mrs Monkfish featured in a photo-shoot for the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation. Filmed at the Towers the one and only Mrs M knocked up a Thai style salad for the crew who snapped away while she was slaving away in the kitchen. Here’s a couple of snaps to keep you going until we can unveil the lovely photo-shopped ones which will eliminate the wrinkles, grey hair etc…. Enjoy :)
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Photo credits :
Photos 1-4 thanks to Stoyanov & Jones 
Photos 5-6 thanks to mymonkfish

Watch out, she’s on a roll…there’s a film appearance coming in the next couple of weeks, YIKES!