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Pum update…2016, What a year!

2016 has been quite a year and I’m going into 2017 feeling positive and with a big smile.

One of the great things about writing a blog is the constant reflection.  If I want to look back on 2016 I just have to revisit my favourite posts and remember some of the amazing things I’ve been up to.

Among my highlights are a fantastic birthday weekend to the Peat Inn, a great work trip to Denmark and Sweden (where I tried some local treats), going to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the big holiday to New Zealand and Singapore.

We rounded off the year with our lovely Christmas treat of a stay at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and we dined at Number One at the Balmoral, a wonderful restaurant holding a Michelin star for 13 years!

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I actually had a think about all the restaurants we’ve been to in 2016 and it’s quite a number (woops); Peat Inn, Number One at the Balmoral, Gleneagles, Porter & Rye, The Butcher Shop, The Gannet, Ship on the Shore, Ondine, Grill on the Corner, La Vigna, Cau, The Spiritualist, The Wee Lochan, The Bridge Inn, The Railway Bistro, Doghouse, Duck Bay Marina, Andiamo, Hard Rock, The Big Slope, Elliots…

 

2017 is already an exciting year with Josh’s birthday trip to London (and dining in another Michelin star restaurant…we’re fairly racking them up), our holiday to Mauritius at the end of January, our anniversary in February, a family holiday to Spain in July, 2 hen weekends with some amazing girls in August (one of which is in Berlin), and that’s just to name a few things coming up…!

 

I’m also excited about leaving the festive period behind and getting back into my fitness routine and hopefully cooking a bit more than I have done in recent months.  January is always such a motivational time, I don’t care if some make fun of the vulnerable people who buy into fitness trends and fool themselves into thinking they’ll be a better person in the new year…I think it’s fab!

 

So Happy New Year to you and yours when it comes,

 

Pum x

Pum reminiscing…The Peat Inn

Last week I mentioned that I would be dedicating a separate post to my birthday weekend at the Peat Inn, it was such a special weekend and is a place I would really recommend.  After much pestering, Josh finally told me what he was planning for my surprise birthday weekend which was an overnight stay at the Peat Inn, Michelin Star restaurant with rooms…needless to say on hearing this I was very excited!

The weekend started with a nice drive to South Queensferry for an early lunch and a short stretch of legs.  Despite being the start of October the weather was actually lovely, cold but bright.

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We then headed straight up to the Peat Inn (which is just 15 minutes drive from St Andrews).  The buildings and surrounding gardens were lovely and there’s something inviting about the ‘restaurant with rooms’ set-up, where everything felt quite exclusive.

 

 

The room was huge and all the little touches just made it extra special; sherry, coffee, brownies, champagne, Belgian chocolates…I definitely felt spoiled!

 

 

After a few hours of relaxing (and trying not to stuff our faces on all the goodies before dinner) we headed to the restaurant for our tasting menu.

Neither of us are fussy so we happily accepted the menu and welcomed trying some things we might not have ordinarily ordered.

 

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In addition to the menu were a couple of amuse-bouches to begin with (including a very delicious venison sausage roll) and petit fours to end the meal.  The highlights for me were the 2 middle dishes – the confit egg yolk and the partridge.

 

Picture quality is not great, possible due to inhaling my food…

I hope I’m not over-exaggerating but I enjoyed every part of the weekend at the Peat Inn; the staff were friendly but not overbearing, the bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve slept in and the modest continental breakfast served in the room was actually much needed after overindulging the night before!

We rounded off the perfect weekend with a trip to my childhood holiday location, Largo, and a wander round St Andrews.  If any foodies in Scotland are looking for a special weekend away this is somewhere I’d definitely recommend!

Pum x

Pum update…What’s been happening?

Hello, I’m back!  It’s been nearly 6 weeks since my last blogpost but for good reason, I’ve been very busy…

The start of October was taken up with birthday surprises and treats (I have definitely been spoiled).   Then I was off for the big trip to visit big sistas Keeks in New Zealand and Biff in Singapore.

I’ve just about shaken the jetlag and feeling almost back to normal.

The past month has been filled with sooooo much good food and drink.  I’ll need to do some specific posts on a couple of highlights (namely the Peat Inn where Josh took me for my birthday and Raffles in Singapore for brunch, treated by Biff).

 

In the meantime here’s a little taster of the amazing food I’ve been enjoying…

Beautiful Michelin star dinner at the Peat Inn in Scotland

Brunch in New Zealand (Lake Taupo)

Lovely lamb and beef shank dinner in New Zealand (Rotorua)

Incredible chilli crab in Singapore

Delicious desserts in Singapore (top of Marina Bay Sands)

Street food in Singapore

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg I’ve been so incredibly lucky to have experienced so much in the past 6 weeks.  2016 has been a good year!!

 

Pum x

Pum update…How The Scandinavians Do It

Carrying on with my work travel series I’m recently back from a work trip to Sweden and Copenhagen.  My trips last year covered Italy, Portugal and Spain which were all brilliant, but it was really nice for me to get the opportunity to go to Scandinavia where I’ve never been before.

Food

Scandinavia is a fantastic place for seafood and I managed to try some delicious salmon, char and fish eggs while I was there.  We went to a great little restaurant Hambergs Fisk in Uppsala which I’d definitely recommend.

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In Copenhagen I had uhhhmazing thinly sliced duck with dark cherries.   Not a typically Scandinavian dish but excellent nonetheless.

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And a trip to Denmark isn’t complete without a Danish pastry…or three!!

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Sights

I was really impressed with both Uppsala and Copenhagen.  There was so much to see and the architecture was so interesting.  We took in some beautiful botanic gardens, lovely canals and of course a visit to the Little Mermaid!

 

Exercise

I packed my gym stuff with great intentions but lack of time and tiredness from the travelling prevented me from unpacking it.  We did manage to keep up the steps while we’re there as we were both in agreement that walking is the best way to take in a city.

 

All in all a fun and balanced trip!

 

Pum x

Pum update…Sunday Snapshots

Sorry to have been a bit MIA and haven’t put a post up in a couple of weeks but I’ve been a busy bee.  I was away with work to Sweden and Denmark (which I’ll blog about soon) and just catching up with things now on a perfect lazy Sunday.

So much has happened over the last couple of months that I’ve not yet put into blog-form so thought I’d do a quick roundup in pictures…

Trips and Events

  • Annual Harry Potter related trip with bezzi Vivi (WB Studios tour and the Cursed Child play)
  • Sarra and John’s wedding (red dress from ASOS)
  • Edinburgh Fringe (pictured with big sis Biff)
  • Sarah and Craig’s wedding (pictured with the handsome bf)

 

 

Eating Out

  • Amazing seafood at Ondine in Edinburgh (seabass with gnocchi, roasted shellfish platter and scallops)
  • Steak dinners at Grill on the Corner in Glasgow (rump steak with handcut chips, apple tart and after eight coffee cocktail)
  • Pies at Bridge Inn, Ratho (steak pie with chips and lovely coffees for afters)

 

 

It has certainly been a good summer!

 

Pum x

 

 

Pum update…Eating In Lately

Last week I updated you on Eating Out Lately  so thought I’d pull together a post on some of my recent tasty eats-in.

I made my tried and tested lasagne  the other week and it was such a treat.  Thankfully Josh took a few portions home since I always make too much!

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I’ve really been getting into scrambled eggs recently.  It’s funny I go through phases and when I’m off them I really can’t stand them but when I’m loving them I can’t get enough, hence the scrambled eggs for dinner tonight!

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Followed by fruit salad with loads of pink grapefruit, fave!

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Using half a roast chicken I whipped up a really yummy chicken soup on one of my Sunday cooking sessions.  The added rosemary really finished it off and I didn’t mind at all having this for lunch all week.

Not given up my porridge-loving-ways I’m back into the date syrup (with peanut butter obv).

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I’ve also made a delicious new discovery of mint in salads.  Who knew?!  Definitely makes a green salad less boring!…

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Sticky honey, soy chicken has been one of my go to dinners lately, just really quick and easy to pull together!

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When the weather was gorgeous here I enjoyed dinner at Chez Cat’s (…aka Catriona’s house).  As soon as the sun’s out I become instantly jealous of people with gardens!  Cat served Asian salmon with mango salsa and salad.  It was sooooo good, perfect for outdoor dining.

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Josh has also made some pretty good meals recently, credit where credit’s due eh. Grilled asparagus with parma ham, chicken stuffed with black pudding wrapped in bacon with a whisky sauce (hello!) finished with rhubarb crumble.  Not even going to pretend this was a healthy dinner but it was bloomin’ good!

Aaaand rounding off today’s post is the immense chocolate calzone that Josh also made me (after the infamous ‘calzone incident’ where I wasn’t allowed to order a chocolate banana calzone in Zizzi lest we miss the cinema…joking, it wasn’t that bad but I still got a homemade calzone out of it).

 

Pum x

Pum update…Eating Out Lately

In the last month or so I’ve been eating reaaaallly well.  And by well I don’t mean particularly healthy but just absolutely delicious food!

Here’s an update and a bit of a review of where I’ve been eating and what I’ve been enjoying…

Yauatcha Soho

I spent this past weekend in London (don’t worry I’m likely to dedicate an entire post to this fantastic weekend!).  One of the highlights of the trip was catching up with an old friend over a fantastic meal.

She recommended we go to Yauatcha, a Michelin stat dim-sum restaurant in Soho.

My first Michelin star experience (hopefully not the last) and I was not disappointed!

We had an amazing selection of dim-sum, pictured below is the char siu bun, venison puff and prawn cheung fun.

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The Ship on the Shore

A couple of weekends ago Josh and I spent a lovely Sunday in Edinburgh.  We went to a seafood restaurant in Leith which I would recommend so much.  We has mussels, seafood chowder and lobster paella.  I love fresh seafood and this was just great!!

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Singl-end

I caught up with the lovely Emma over lunch on a recent Saturday and she recommended we went up to a little place on Renfrew Street in Glasgow.  I would never have know this was there without her telling me!

I had the delicious meaty baked eggs which was eggs oven baked in a casserole of homemade pork and fennel sausage, cannellini beans, tomato and chilli!

We then split 2 of their selection of gorgeous cakes; the peanut butter and jelly cake and the millionaire shortbread.  YUM!

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India Quay

I took Chris for a late father’s day dinner/movie date and decided on the India Quay since it was close by to the IMAX.  I had been there before and know it’s a great choice for just a really good Indian meal.

We ate a lot…

A sharing platter of starters (not pictured), 2 different curries with rice and naan.  We were absolutely stuffed but it was worth it!

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Krispy Kreme

Now I’m not sure if this really qualifies as eating out but I had a coffee and donut with Kathi in Krispy Kreme and I loved it so it’s made it onto the post!

Chocolate dreamcake for her and PB&J for me!

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I pity people that don’t enjoy eating out as much as I do…it’s just so great!

 

Pum x