OUT with Desserts IN with sweet shots

I have a sweet tooth, always have.  It’s been a long waged battle, trying to keep a figure I like without giving up desserts and my beloved chocolate. My last meal on earth would be chocolate based. I’ve made it into quite a hobby, discovering chocolatiers and their creations, learning about cacao and how to…

Hors d’ouvres in a flash

A lot of people, like myself, while they love to drink and eat fabulous food are more conscious about keeping their weight in check. Personally, I like nothing more than being invited to drinks and nibbles. There is the promise of multiple options which meets my love of variety and I don’t have to justify…

5 home entertaining tips

Fragranced Candles Flickering light and scent can do a lot to ensure your guests are comfortable and relaxed, ready to enjoy a pleasurable evening. Neom, Jo Malone and Diptyque all offer exceptional fragrances candles. Stay with floral notes in your ‘reception’ area which will work their subtle magic in the background but keep your dining…

How to recognise fine chocolate

Know how to recognise high quality chocolate? You know the rituals around fine wine and aged malts, here are four things to look for when selecting chocolate, Cocoa bean, colour, smell and taste. Cocoa There are 3 varieties of cocoa bean, Criollo,  Trinitarian and Foresero Criollo – expensive, premium, and the most sought after. Trinitario…

The Bloody Mary

One of the few alcoholic drinks acceptable to drink before noon, both the origins and the name of the Bloody Mary are contested. Whichever story you buy into try the premium Scottish version using super premium Arbikie Chilli Vodka. Petiot’s Red Snapper One story is the Bloody Mary was an invention of Fernand Petiot, a bartender at…

Gamine Gastronoms Guide

  An appreciation of premium food and drink need not be synonymous with an excess of weight. Rarely are the confessions of slim people to ‘eating like a horse’ true.  Tips from slender gastronomes.. Downsize Aversions to sugar and weight concerns have more people waving away invitations to indulge in dessert. There is a way to…

The Skinny on Macaron

  If you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy these spheres of deliciousness in Paris then you’ll know why macaron are something to get very excited about. Perfect to take along to dinner parties, tea parties, to a birthday party or just as a thoughtful treat for a friend or loved one.  If you’ve yet to sample them…

The Truffle Fork – Iain Burnett

Perthshire truffle specialist Iain Burnett won the Worlds Best Dark Truffle award in 2016 for his Classic Velvet Truffle, a sublime ganache made with single source São Tomé cocoa and fresh Scottish cream. Presented in sleek black boxes they aren’t unlike other luxury chocolate brands. What is different however, is the inclusion of a truffle fork,…