It has been 6 months since Iast wrote up my Blog and as with all of us life has been busy.
You may have been following me on twitter at @scottifood with its mix of daily life food and loves such as my two Bengal cats - a constant source of entertainment and joy.
I have enjoyed many opportunities meeting and working for some lovely people who enjoyed my food and made it a pleasure for me to cook for them.
Food discoveries have mainly been in the area of condiments - most notably salt and I am currently enjoying the tasty and delightfully pink Himalayan variety. Wholefoods have a range of salts from across the continents and from a variety of sources - seas, rivers and salt mines.
A beautiful travelogue for the taste buds.
My current favourite is Australian Murray river salt.
This summer I have had the chance to rediscover the delicate taste of aubergines. This year they seem particularly good and I have enjoyed both the sight and taste of the miniature varieties that are particulalry good value for money.
Supermarket wines can be a bit hit and miss and often just serve to fill the required quaffing space around food. I was delighted though to be taken by surprise with a great offer at Sainsbury's, Prestige Calvet white Bordeaux. It was a great find, delicious and a real bargain at half its normal retail price selling at £7.99 a bottle. Fantastic value.
I have been selling Fine Italian foods for the last few months to both the restaurant trade and private clients. The added bonus of this is that I get to meet the people behind the scenes in the small restaurants locally. Its is a treat because it is what I love to do cook and talk and taste food and food preparation. To be in conversation with people who have a passion for my loves is both a privilige and a pleasure,
In addition to all this I have the absolute delight to combine my love of food with that of music. My great friend and colleague Gianluca De Martini has been working with me to bring live music to dinner party events. It was a real treat to see him singing with both Elbow and Muse and the Olympic Stadium closing ceremony.
Life has many pleasures, food and music being two of the greatest.
Long live summer.