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..
Introducing the Robot nutcracker, click to purchase HERE

Why are ALL water bottles round? Well they’re not any more…how handy is this?
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 :)



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


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

And download their app too!


IMG_0237We’ve done a lot of fishy things this year which is handy as we like to get our Omega 3′s topped up on a weekly basis. Our work with Scottish Salmon has been really exciting, from a recipe creation and photo shoot at Monkfish Towers to Mrs M cooking at the Scottish Salmon stand at Eat Drink Discover Scotland 2014.

Here she is in action…with a little help from her ‘sous chef’, the lovely Mark Heirs, who has taken part in Masterchef the Professionals and has worked with all sorts of exciting people.





Cooking a Japanese style salmon salad dish Mrs M literally ‘wowed’ the crowd with a simple recipe that can be cooked and served up in less than 5 minutes, tis true. There’s a recipe card available to all our readers, just drop us an email via the contact us page and we can send you one. You can also find the recipe in full at the bottom of this post.

IMG_0248Eat Drink Discover Scotland took place during the Scottish Food Fortnight 2014 and was a great opportunity for Scottish producers to show off their products and enjoy being part of the fantastic Scottish food larder that we are so lucky to have on our doorsteps.




Photos taken at Monkfish Towers courtesy of  Stoyanov & Jones
All other photos by 

And here’s the recipe in full…

Serves 4

4 Scottish salmon fillets
2 limes (grated rind plus juice)
2cm fresh ginger grated
half a cucumber
1 or 2 avocados
200ml coconut cream
2cm fresh lemongrass finely chopped
2tsp fish sauce
2tbsp rapeseed oil (or olive oil)
rice noodles (straight to wok preferable) – 3 to 4 packets
1 red onion finely sliced
1 red chilli finely chopped
extra limes for serving

1. Finely grate the limes and ginger
2. Remove the skin from the cucumber and cut into strips
3. Peel and chop the avocado, place in a dish and put lime juice over it to stop it from becoming brown
4. Place the coconut cream in a bowl, add the grated lime and ginger and lemongrass. Pour in the fish sauce and squeeze in a couple of tsps of lime juice. Taste for flavour, you may want to add more lime juice or fish sauce. Set aside
5. Chop each salmon fillet into 4 or 5 pieces. Add the rapeseed oil (or olive oil) to a large frying pan. Once hot sautee the salmon for approx 5 mins till cooked through.
6. While the salmon is cooking heat the noodles according to the packet instructions.

To serve place a handful of noodles in each bowl, pour over some of the coconut cream sauce, take a handful of cucumber strips, sliced red onion and avocado and put in each bowl. Finally place the salmon on each dish, pour over the remaining sauce and top with the chopped red chilli. Serve with lime quarters for extra zing!

This recipe was produced for the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation.



Hey Monkfish fans, even though we all think that August is the busiest month EVER in Edinburgh it seems like September is gearing up to be pretty hectic too.

This little lot is happening. Click on the links, dip in and out, see what you can get up to whilst enjoying some Autumnal sunshine.

Scottish Food Fortnight…

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Already underway there are plenty of events during #scottishfoodfortnight to get your teeth into, quite literally. Check out the website for more details or follow them on Twitter HERE

Eat Drink Discover Scotland…


Taking place this weekend, Friday to Sunday, join numerous chefs, producers, suppliers in the ultimate celebration of Scotland’s Larder. Look out for the Scottish Salmon stand as Mrs M will be cooking up a storm on Sunday and serving up a Japanese Salmon noodle salad throughout the day!

Organic September…


The Soil Association are celebrating ‘Organic September’ – check out what’s happening on their website HERE #smallchangesbigdifference

Terra Madre Scotland 2014


The first ever ‘Terra Madre Scotland’ will take place on 20 & 21 September at Cawdor Castle, Nairn in partnership with ‘Living Food’ – an annual celebration of quality artisan food from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

For tickets and more information click HERE

And if that’s not enough….

Try out the new Victor & Carina Contini restaurant – Cannonball – located in the heart of the Old Town just underneath the Castle. See more on their website HERE.

Or you could always join Mrs M and Mini Monkfish at Night Garden Live on Saturday? Hashtag Iggle Piggle :)