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MYMONKFISH INSTAGRAM FEED…

Monmouth coffee, Borough market

MYMONKFISH INSTAGRAM feed

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s been a while….in fact, it’s been a long long while since we’ve updated the blog. Tonnes of reasons why, the main one being our continued [healthy] obsession with Instagram. Who needs words when a picture speaks volumes….

By ‘we’ we’re referring primarily to Mrs Monkfish who with her new iPhone 6S permanently attached to her hip she just can’t help snapping away at any given moment.

Here’s a small selection of the pics we’ve captured over the last few months to whet your appetite and to leave you wanting more during 2016. We’ve been eating and drinking a lot of late, both here (Edinburgh) and in other lovely places (most recently London), and I’m sure that will continue during the course of this year.

A particular highlight from December 2015 was dinner at Aizle, (St Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh), chef owner Stuart Ralston just gets better and better, we urge you to go ASAP. And probably second to that is our relentless mission to find the BEST coffee in  Edinburgh, we’ve found a few great places you’ll be glad to hear but quite frequently venture down the coast a bit to the brilliant Steampunk which is always a pleasure. For an Edinburgh coffee hit the shout goes out to Artisan Roast Stockbridge where you can sip your chosen cup sat in a flower shop. You don’t get that in Costa.

Enjoy the gallery below in a ‘Vision On’ kinda way…hit PLAY, you know you want to 🙂

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Swing on over to @mymonkfish on Instagram for more.
And then some.

 

FOOD BLOGGERS ARE DEAD….OH, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 Now we’ve got your attention this may be of interest…. Yesterday The Times published their ‘top ten food trends for 2015’, yep, everyone’s at it, producing lists of ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ but this particular list caught our eye due to the inclusion of this at number 7 …

The food blogger is dead.

Discuss.

 That’s right, it’s all over, boys and girls. You amateur critics and commentators with your prattling, forever-scrolling text laced with pointless, self-regarding opinion — you thought you were the vanguard of the digital age, ushering in democracy as you cast aside established newspaper critics with your man/woman-on-the-street real people’s creds. Well, the tech that made you will now destroy you. Because your nifty little blogs that pandered to our shortening attention spans have paved the way for Instagram. It’s just pictures the food world wants now, not your words. Witness Clerkenwell Boy, with his 57,000 followers lapping up pictures of his every eating moment. Now look who feels like some pesky new urchin is stealing their livelihood . . .’

That’s us told. Thank you William Sitwell. We did like some of your other thoughts particularly about Anna Jones. Mrs M got her new book for Christmas, ‘a modern way to eat’, if you’ve not seen it yet check it out.

See you next time where we’re going to try really hard not to make any predictions at all, we’ll try really hard not to bore you with our self regarding opinions and pointless scrolling text. Bet you can’t wait… Oh, and at the same time we’ll be ramping up our Instagram feed so that we can keep up with ‘Clerkenwell Boy’ and his cronies….we are food bloggers, and we’re ok with that!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Find us on Instagram HERE!

TODAY’S BBC RADIO SCOTLAND’S KITCHEN CAFE….AS IT HAPPENS!

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Hello and welcome to today’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe.

We are now LIVE ON AIR with presenter Clare English and guests Hilary Sturzaker (that’s me!!), Cate Devine and chef Paul Wedgwood. We hope you’ll stay with us for the whole show, you’d be a fool not to 🙂

I (Mrs M) will be live blogging throughout the show…think the Guardian live TV blog but undoubtedly not as funny….although I’ll try to be as thoroughly entertaining as possible within my limited realms of comedic talent.

I’ll be updating this post, adding new posts, tweeting, posting photos on twitter @mymonkfish Instagram mymonkfish and the perhaps the odd Facebook post on mymonkfish.

1:08pm…Yes, the good old BEEB are asking a lot quite frankly but hopefully my multi tasking skills will come to the fore and my O’level typing qualification will shine on through, there may be smoke coming from the keyboard…

Why do it? What makes a good blog? Is it all personal opinion? Are there too many food blogs? How do you stand out from the crowd? Do you want to?

Please please please leave your comments on any of these, the more the merrier. We want to get to the bottom of #foodblogging !

Hope to chat to a lot of you throughout the show, get the kettle on…


We are go! 
And clearly that wasn’t me reading out a recent post about DATE NIGHT!

1:12pm
Meet the production team up in Inverness…Dan and Gillian
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1:15pm
Cate Devine currently telling us what she likes about food blogs…..scottish food, good photograhpy….honesty…. she’s claiming she’s not a dinosaur and she’s right!

1:18pm
Major effort required for food blogging…constant pressure on us bloggers!

1:20pm
Twitter is going mad….keep those comments coming! Introducing Paul Wedgwood from the Edinburgh broom cupboard….
Paul DOESN’T read that many food blogs…int-er-esting!

1:22pm
Paul thinks blogging is a blessing and a curse….

1:25pm
Thanks for all the tweets, keep at it NOM NOM YUM YUM 😉

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Clare and Gillian in full flow….

1:32pm
Thanks to Su for the chilli…wish we had some here in the studio, not eaten since breakfast!

1:35pm
Sorry about the noisy keyboard if you’re listening in…bit rattly but I’m trying very hard to press the keys as gently as possible! Chilli with chocolate says chef Paul Wedgwood….yes please! But with sea bass?? Interesting…

1:37pm
Yep Leila, that blog name is a tough one to pronounce!

1:39pm
Very interesting point to mention is that most food bloggers are girls….and most of the tweets currently being read out by Gillian are from girls….

1:42pm
Influence of food bloggers….what do you think? Have food bloggers got a power?

1:45pm
FREE LUNCH ANYONE???!?!!? Blogger or blagger?

1:47pm
Can food bloggers carve out careers? Definitely….so many cook books have been written by food bloggers….but it’s mostly a labour of love for sure.

1:52pm
OK, let’s defend the GOOD bloggers as there are loads and there are LOTS and LOTS of GREAT blogs that I read and love – yes, I’m shouting! Blogging is the future, it’s here to stay, technology is moving so fast and lots of us feel like we’ve got something to say!

1:54pm
Winding up here in the studio with a few final words about blogging….

1:56pm
Finding blogs that you like? Tricky one, there’s sooooo many! It’s a jungle out there but you will definitely stumble upon one you like so keep looking!
Chef Paul Wedgwood gives his recipes out – yippeeeee!

1:59pm
Almost done, it’s been brilliant fun and my fingers are exhausted….sorry again for the noisy keys!

Cate is about to start her own blog on The Herald website – the A-Z of Scottish Food. Follow her on twitter @CateDvineWriter to find out more!

2:00pm
Show done, debrief in progress….here’s the program notes from the production team in Inverness…
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5:12pm
And I’m finally home from sunny Glasgow, Halloween party in full flow here at Monkfish Towers. Brilliant day spent with the BBC Kitchen Cafe crew….hope to be live on the airwaves again soon. Have a great weekend y’all!

TODAY’S BBC RADIO SCOTLAND’S KITCHEN CAFE…

Turn on, tune in 92-95FM BBC Radio Scotland
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As Mrs Monkfish makes her way to the BBC studios in sunny (?) Glasgow we’d love to hear from you ahead of today’s Kitchen Cafe which is on air at 1pm. Do you have a food blog? Why? What do you love about blogging? What makes a good blog?

Mrs M will be blogging live during the programme (eeeek, this will be multi tasking at it’s best…live blogging AND talking, how will she do it….) and hope to post a few photos, put a few thoughts down in words and chat to a few bloggers throughout the show.

Also live in the studio is the lovely Cate Devine of The Herald and chef Paul Wedgwood.

Follow us on twitter @mymonkfish and also check out our Facebook page at mymonkfish.

 

 

TOMORROW’S BBC KITCHEN CAFE TALKS FOOD BLOGGING….THOUGHTS?

IMG_4467We’ll be talking food blogging on tomorrow’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe…what do you all think about food blogging? Has it had it’s day…we hope not…but in a world literally full to the brim of blogging, and food blogging in particular, how do you stand out from the crowd? Have we reached food blog overload and who reads them anyway? Have you got a blog? What do you love about blogging? What makes a good blog? What makes a bad blog? Is there such a thing as a bad blog?

Questions questions!

Here at Monkfish Towers we’re always trying to evolve mymonkfish.com to make sure it’s relevant to our readers, to excite them, to involve them, to inspire them to try new things and to feel part of a community. We’re not preaching, we hope we’re informing, and if you don’t want to read it we won’t lose any sleep over it.

We do it because we love it, it’s a window to the world that we love, ie FOOD!
We love eating and we love telling stories about it. If you love to read it then that makes us happy too!

This could be controversial stuff…tune in to find out more and feel free to air your thoughts either via this post or on twitter @mymonkfish @bbckitchencafe using the hashtag #foodblogging

We’ll be live on air on Friday 31st {#spooky} following the 1pm news on 92-95FM, BBC Radio Scotland.

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