Sunday Summary #150

23.11.14

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1.Chimichangas 2.Steak at Kyloe 3.Stripes 4.Tapas feast

As usual, this week has been all about the food. Should probably change the name of these posts to "What I've Eaten This Week", eh? It all started off with a little trip to Chimichanga, which opened a few months ago on Queensferry Street. I always have fairly low expectations for chain restaurants, but the food here was pretty lovely. We opted for one of the sharing starters which included lots of good things like pulled pork quesadillas and tex-mex spring rolls, and then I had a steak chimichanga. The food was good, but the service left a little to be desired - the only time our waiter paid any attention to us was when he told me they had run out of Coke so I asked for water instead and he looked at me with absolute horror and tried to persuade me to have Sprite instead. Erm?!

Friday's dinner was a rather more classy affair as my flatmate Laura and I headed to Kyloe to treat ourselves to some steak and wine. Well, if we don't treat ourselves then no one else is going to, so why not? We both had sirloin steaks which were delisssssh, and the beef dripping chips were amazing - sort of a cross between chips and roast potatoes, you definitely need to order these if you're ever visiting Kyloe! It was pouring rain outside so it seemed like a wise choice to stay a little longer and order dessert whilst we waited for the rain to stop (...yes, that's my story and I'm sticking to it) so I had a lovely salted caramel banoffee sundae. Feeling very full, we made our way home and spent the rest of the evening watching I'm A Celebrity. On that note, I've been well and truly sucked into I'm A Celeb this year, and I think Foggy is definitely the middle-aged man version of me.

Yet more eating and drinking was done on Saturday, as Lynne, Kirsty, Jade and a few more pals headed out to celebrate Laura's birthday. Our first stop was Cafe Andaluz on George Street for plate after plate of delicious tapas. Ahhhh, so good! Then it was time for cocktails at one of my faves, The Blackbird, where we spent the rest of the night until it was chucking out time.

Oh and also, in some exciting news, I've been nominated in EdinBlogger's 2014 Edinburgh Blog Awards! Yay! Thanks to whichever of you cheeky devils nominated me, and if you fancy voting for me in the Lifestyle category you can do so here.

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Recipe: Brioche French Toast

21.11.14

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If there's one thing I've learnt whilst writing this post, it's that breakfast foods should be present at every meal. Other things I've learnt: French toast is very difficult to photograph prettily, and I should clean my George Foreman Grill more often. Those problems aside, this idea for French toast (or the infinitely more descriptive "eggy bread" as it was always called in my house) using brioche struck me when a loaf of Brioche Pasquier Sliced Brioche Loaf arrived in my latest Degustabox* delivery. Sweet, spongy brioche - which handily comes ready sliced - loaded with crispy bacon and maple syrup... what could be better for a weekend brunch? If you fancy trying out this easy recipe, here's how.

Ingredients (Serves 2):
4 slices Brioche Pasquier Sliced Brioche Loaf
2 eggs
50ml milk
4 rashers of bacon
Maple syrup to serve

Method:
1. Switch on your grill (or use a frying pan) and begin cooking your bacon whilst you prepare the French toast.
2. Add a little bit of butter to a frying pan and melt over a medium heat.
3. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk with a fork.
4. Dip each brioche slice in the egg mixture, coating well on both sides. Allow the egg to soak into the bread.
5. Add each slice to the frying pan (depending on the size of your pan, it's probably easiest to do two slices at a time) and cook for a couple of minutes on each side, or until golden brown and a little bit crispy on the outside.
5. Serve the French toast topped with the crispy bacon and a generous helping of maple syrup.

The brioche is great in this recipe as it adds a little bit of sweetness to the French toast and it soaks up the eggy-ness really well. Any excuse for bacon and maple syrup is good enough for me, but this would also be great served with bananas and golden syrup or some fresh berries if you prefer.

Don't forget to check out what else is in this month's Degustabox here!

Gillian x

Outfit: Winter is Coming

18.11.14

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Dress: H&M
Jacket: New Look*
Faux Fur Stole: H&M
Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart
Boots: DUO Boots*

Berry shades! Faux fur! Black lace! Gold things! All this can mean only one thing... winter is coming. Whilst daily outfits at this time of year usually consist of slouchy jumpers and old jeans, nights out in autumn and winter are the perfect excuse for a little bit of luxe. This H&M faux fur stole is a few years old and gets dug out of the wardrobe every November - it's a little bit ridiculous and I can't help but love it. With the rest of this outfit being fairly simple, I think it works well with my new Burgundy Crepe Blazer from New Look and it makes me feel a little bit faaaancy. Usually I stick to a black coat for winter, but I'm loving all the burgundies, reds, dark greens and greys from New Look's range of jackets and coats this year. Think I may need to add a couple more colourful jackets to my wardrobe ready for the cold weather!

A couple of weeks ago I went along to an event at the DUO Boots Edinburgh store. We got to find out all about DUO and get ourselves fitted to find the perfect pair of boots. Some ladies chose knee-high boots (and even a couple of over-the-knees), but I was firmly a member of the ankle boot tribe as soon as I laid eyes on these beautiful Sanna Boots. DUO offer a fantastic fitting service, with boots (and other shoes) available in narrow, regular and wide fit and up to 21 different calf sizes. No matter what style or size of boot you need, you're sure to find the perfect fit. My Sanna boots not only look nice, but they're also comfy and fairly practical too - although I'm not sure if suede was the most sensible of choices for the Scottish winter!

The black lace skater dress is another old favourite from H&M, and the necklace is a new favourite from Kirsteen Stewart. Working for madefromscotland.com and being surrounded by pretty things means I maaaay have bought quite a few new pieces of jewellery (and some homeware and gifts and cards and and and...) lately. This little Kirsteen Stewart number has quickly become my favourite everyday necklace. Unfortunately it's out of stock online at the moment, but if you're in Edinburgh head to our Pop-Up Shop at 115 Rose Street to pick one up for yourself!

Gillian x