Week 1 of teaching has gone without major damages… how reassuring to wake up on this Saturday morning realising that! I like my new students and this semester smells so much better! the weather is not that good though… Edinburgh is covered by grey skies… and I could only manage a flying visit at the garden. It was good to catch up with Cornelia, though. Sweet peas will have to be started soon in the propagator and pots for various other plants will have to be in the offing from next weekend, so let’s hope for better weather then!
Anyhow, last night hubby and I paid a visit to our favourite spot, Al Dente on Easter Road… Giuseppe (Graziano’s right hand man and chef extraordinaire) helped us beat the January blues and mark our 1st 6 months together as a married couple, which is great. We shared a starter of simple tomato bruschetta and then hubby had a luscious plate of orecchiette with tomato, rocket and ricotta salata, whereas I enjoyed a bowl of cream of fava beans topped with caramelised onions… and assorted grilled veg to complete the meal. Amazing stuff, I can tell you. If you want to eat like the real Italians in Italy do in Edinburgh look no further, Al Dente is the place.
Yesterday we also found time for a great discovery… the Mash Tun, also on Easter Road. On this side of the city, i.e. in the East between town and Portobello this pub is a truly good spot. Good beers (and a nice food menu looking at it… and at the happy faces of the punters enjoying its offerings) and nice atmosphere, it made for a nice pre dinner drink spot, so we will surely go back again.
Lunchtime today came… and I was emboldened by reading the 1st issue of the Real Bread Campaign newsletter, True Loaf, of 2014. So much so that last night I fed my sourdough starter and this morning set about 600g dough to prove to make the feature recipe of the newest issue of True Loaf, i.e. feta and spices pasties. Just pasties, made with proven bread dough and filled in our case with crumbled feta, olives and a spoonful or so of harissa paste… well, hubby had the real thing and said they were delicious. As for me, I swapped the feta with fresh rocket from the garden and yes, it all proved tasty indeed. Three cheers for this great recipe and for the Real Bread Campaign, such a good bunch of people and a strong support for all us amateur bakers out there.
Now, back to the sofa before more household chores… i.e. helping hubby with new furniture.