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dry january

Dry January

Dry January

Dry January is a custom of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January, particularly practised in the United Kingdom. The custom, as a formal entity

Nope, it’s not for us! Life is for living and that means seizing the moment and not depriving ourselves of the ‘good stuff’. So if the good stuff crops up in January we’re not going to risk missing out. Dry January, I don’t think so…

And we’ve just found all this lovely stuff we want to share with you. And it mostly consists of drink…..cocktails……and the occasional mixer. Continue reading


food bloggers

food bloggers (!)

 Now we’ve got your attention this may be of interest…. Yesterday The Times published their ‘top ten food trends for 2015’, yep, everyone’s at it, producing lists of ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ but this particular list caught our eye due to the inclusion of this at number 7 …

The food blogger is dead.


 That’s right, it’s all over, boys and girls. You amateur critics and commentators with your prattling, forever-scrolling text laced with pointless, self-regarding opinion — you thought you were the vanguard of the digital age, ushering in democracy as you cast aside established newspaper critics with your man/woman-on-the-street real people’s creds. Well, the tech that made you will now destroy you. Because your nifty little blogs that pandered to our shortening attention spans have paved the way for Instagram. It’s just pictures the food world wants now, not your words. Witness Clerkenwell Boy, with his 57,000 followers lapping up pictures of his every eating moment. Now look who feels like some pesky new urchin is stealing their livelihood . . .’

That’s us told. Thank you William Sitwell. We did like some of your other thoughts particularly about Anna Jones. Mrs M got her new book for Christmas, ‘a modern way to eat’, if you’ve not seen it yet check it out.

See you next time where we’re going to try really hard not to make any predictions at all, we’ll try really hard not to bore you with our self regarding opinions and pointless scrolling text. Bet you can’t wait… Oh, and at the same time we’ll be ramping up our Instagram feed so that we can keep up with ‘Clerkenwell Boy’ and his cronies….we are food bloggers, and we’re ok with that!


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Food trends 2015

Food Trends 2015

Heard too much about them already? In case you’ve not read enough about ‘predictions’ and ‘trends’ yet here is this year’s Food Trends 2015 infographic from The Food People. Happy to report that they’re predicting big things with Mexican food which is one of the trends that Mrs M will be talking about on this Friday’s BBC Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe. Tune in at 1:05pm on Friday 2nd January for an hour’s chat on what’s hot for 2015. She’s probably going to mention sherry and gin too…


It’s almost Christmas and with a ‘Food Trends 2015’ post coming up soon on mymonkfish we thought you’d like to see Jay Rayner’s predictions for next year first…..There will be food. Some of it will be horrible. Some of it will be really nice….wish we’d summed it up like that. That’s why he’s Jay Rayner, and we’re not.
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Lots and lots of things are happening during October and we’ve got lots of things we want to tell you about too….so here is this month’s round-up. If we’ve missed anything crucial we’re sure you’ll let us know but here’s what we think is trending in and around Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond…

Fish…like your dinner delivered to your door? No brainer…of course you do. Like to put in a bit of effort and make it your own though? Well, ok, as long as it doesn’t take too long… One of the quickest ‘fast foods’ we eat a lot of at the Towers is fish. Good old fish, monkfish, haddock, cod, sole, hake, salmon, mackerel, yep, we’ll eat it, love it, squid, mussels, scallops, yep, we’ll take them too. Imagine if it was delivered to you in a box as fresh as the proverbial daisy. Drum roll, it’s here…fish in a box #fishbox

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Think ‘Graze box‘ but you’ll need to run to the fridge with the contents a bit quicker than you do with a bit of muesli and a few nuts…

Two companies are currently on the Monkfish radar…Coast and Glen and EatFish. Last week we sampled Coast&Glen’s £35 box and it was brilliant, it was posted on Wednesday, arrived pronto on Thursday packed in a polystyrene box with ice gel packs. Fresh fresh fresh.
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So our five days of fish went something like this…
Thursday – pan fried hake with a mustard and cheddar crust
Friday – pan fried monkfish with fennel and garlic
Saturday – grilled mackerel with roasted vegetables
Sunday – lemon sole with the best cauliflower cheese and peas
Monday – we put the cod in the freezer for another day but fully intend to wrap it in parma ham and roast it, yum.
We had to think on the spot what to do with the fish but that made it more fun, we’d never had monkfish with fennel and garlic before but it was really really good, thank you Rick Stein for the inspiration. Recipe HERE.
Coast&Glen come highly recommended from the Towers, find out more about them at

We’ve not tried EatFish yet but we will…and we’ll let you know what we think. Like them on Facebook HERE and keep an eye out for their new website coming soon.

If you’re missing the #GBBO (that’s the Great British Bake Off for those unfamiliar with the ‘hashtag’ usage….) then you can don your pinnies, whack up the oven to Gas Mark 6, grease and line your springforms and grab a hold of that whisk, as it’s baking time once more! This time you can whip up your signature bake all in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity….

Ambassador for Beatson Cancer Charity James Morton of {hashtag} GBBO fame has all sorts of ideas for you over on the Beatson website so hop on over there now. A bake off at The Towers is imminent if Mini and  Mr M can manage to get their acts together….
To order your exclusive Bake it for the Beatson event kit, visit www.bakeitforthebeatson.orge-mail them or call 0141 212 0505. DO IT!

Here’s #minimonkfish in action already..
Mrs M has been eating her way around town as usual.
Dinner at Cannonball last week, the new addition to the Contini family, blog post plus FOOD photos coming soon..
A catch up with friends at The Vintage, Leith, always goes down well, great charcuterie and yummy beers…
Bacon butties on Sunday up at Craigies farm..
And if you’re at a loose end this Saturday you could head over to our chums house Alright Treacle for a Halloween inspired supper club..more info HERE

Terra Madre!!

If you’re lucky enough to be flying to Italy today and going to Terra Madre, enjoy! For more info see their website HERE


Bon Voyage x