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enroot This warrants it’s own blog post which we’ll do following our visit next week (v v excited) but we wanted to share this with you while it’s hot off the press!

food news June 2015
food news June 2015

This month a group of chefs, artists, and activists dedicated to sustaining small scale farming in the UK, will come together to form Enroot.

Enroot is a travelling, grass roots kitchen that hosts farm-to-table events in collaboration with farmers and small business. The Enroot team strongly believes that there is an ever-increasing disconnect, between the food people eat and the farmers who produce it, which comes from the consumer’s lack of knowledge of where their food comes from.

Enroot’s goal is to bridge this widening gap between producers and consumers by removing the barriers separating them, and preparing dinners on the farm itself. During the months of June and July, 12 dinners will take place on four different farms throughout the UK. The food the team provides will be carefully sourced from the communities surrounding each farm, in an effort to create menus that reflect the produce of the communities themselves. Diners at the events will enjoy not only this site specific menu, but will also enjoy the company of the farmers and community members who will have all worked to make the evening possible.

The Enroot Collective was co-founded by Edinburgh born, Angus Buchanan-Smith and his great friend DeVonn Francis, the two young men met while Angus was attending The Cooper Union University in New York. Angus grew up on Cockburn Farm Dairy, located just outside Edinburgh and was deeply affected by the closure of the dairy in 2003, due to the collapse of the dairy market in the UK and has since become an advocate for small scale farming. DeVonn grew up working on his father’s restaurant in Virginia, USA, and is the chef who will be crafting Enroot’s menus.

To make this pop up series of dinners actually happen they have been seeking support from crowdfunding in order to turn their dream into a reality.

Dates for forthcoming events are Saturday 6th June (SOLD OUT), Friday 12th June, Saturday 13th June. £35 per head hosted at Cockburn Farm Edinburgh, Scotland.

If that ticks all of your boxes as it does ours then click on the website and book your spot now before they sell out. Jamie Oliver has already ‘got wind of them’ so strike now, before it’s too late….and remember, you heard it from the Monkfish first!

In other food news….

HOPETOUN FARM SHOP 4TH BIRTHDAY – Hopetoun Farm Shop have announced a family BBQ day on Saturday 13th June, 12-4pm to celebrate their 4th birthday. Loads going on including beer tasting, mural painting for kids, meet the farming team and of course some tasting BBQ food.

seafood-supper-1172x856HARVEY NIX SUMMER SEAFOOD DINNER – Wednesday 17th June, 7pm, £75 per person includes Prosecco on arrival, four courses with matched wines and tea or coffee. Hosted by executive chef Stuart Muir and Stevie ‘Fish’ the duo will talk you through four incredible courses (all with matched wines) describing the sourcing, provenance and cooking techniques involved in creating beautiful seafood dishes. The dinner will take place in the Forth Floor Restaurant, Edinburgh. To make a reservation or for further information contact the Reception Team on 0131 524 8350 or email forthfloor.reservations@harveynichols.com

food news June 2015

– – CRAIL FOOD FESTIVAL – The 5th annual food festival runs from 12-14 June 2015. Lots and lots going on, check out the website for more details. Highlights include the opening night film showing of ‘Chocolat’ and the Food and Drink Emporium which showcases produce from jam to gin. There is something for everyone and if it rains don’t forget your pac-a-macs, you’ll be in Fife after all…

RHS 2015 Creative Landscape– – ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2015 – this year the Royal Highland Show celebrates it’s 175th anniversary and runs from 18-21 June at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh. Tonnes more detail over on the website so click HERE now. If it’s anything like last year the Food & Drink hall will be well worth a visit and considering 2015 is the ‘Year of Food and Drink Scotland‘ it’s going to be moo-hoosive…to quote their publicity material….
food news June 2015

CAKE FEST EDINBURGH – 21 June, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. As if the Royal Highland Show wasn’t enough the very same weekend you can ‘have your cake and eat it’ quite literally. Cake fest promises a free day of cake, entertainment and Scotland’s best food and drink. Head on over and check it out for yourselves. One of our favourite street food fans, CREMA CARAVAN will be there.

SAVOUR – Savour is back again following a successful event in 2014. Taking place at Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sunday 5th July, 1-6pm, while away your Sunday afternoon eating and drinking your way around The Dissection Room, The Wine Lab and The Pudding Hall plus more! Tickets available via the BITE magazine website HERE.

– FOOD HATS – come on, you know you want one. Follow ChiliPhilly on Instagram now, he’s sure to put a smile on your face and stop you talking about the weather!

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PIZZA IN THE WILD – no food news to speak of but just because we like the pictures. see more HERE

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Yep, we’re here to inform as well as entertain! That’s your food news for this month, till next time Monkfish Fans. Get knitting, clickety click….or perhaps chuck your pizza over a traffic light and instagram it pronto 🙂




east neuk of fife – food heaven? OH YES!

We are just this second back from a long weekend to the East Neuk of Fife – the weather was its usual unpredictable self….sunny one day, force 10 gale and rain the next. Typical Scotland. It was good to get out of the city for a few days and explore our lovely coastline and now we can tell you a little bit about what we got up to and what we ate. Come on, it wouldn’t be a holiday if there wasn’t food involved.

So, on the subject of Fife, here’s what you can get up to in the space of a few days come rain or shine!

Balgove Larder Steak Barn
We’d never visited Balgove Larder before so this was our opportunity. Just minutes away from centre of St Andrews this brilliant farm shop, butchery and cafe gives high fives all round to the amazing produce that Fife (and beyond) has to offer. But….on top of that….they’ve just opened the Steak Barn which just so happens to be the coolest barn in Scotland. Take a peak…
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The barn – potato boxes stacked high to make walls, communal tables,  industrial lighting, candles and blankets. OK, there’s not much comfort or central heating here and plenty of fresh air gaps in the walls to boot, but hey, wrap up, you’ll be fine.

The food – you’re eating some of the finest produce in Scotland, Balgove’s own steaks, hung for at least 28 days. Burgers and sausages made on site in the butchery. Everything is cooked to order and you can top up with twice fried chips, beer battered onion rings and rinse it all down with a pint of local beer.

Open April-October.
01334 898145

– The Night Market, St Andrews
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Now we’ve introduced you to the Steak Barn you might be interested in this…The Night Market in the barn kicks off on Wednesday 13th May.

The five monthly markets will take place throughout the summer and include live music, work from local craftspeople, fresh food and drink from Balgove Larder and a selection of other producers.  This will be served up with beer on tap from local brewers, Eden Mill

The dates for the markets are:
·      13 May – The launch of the new night markets will see the return of the top producers, favourite Balgove nibbles as well as new food and drink.
·      10 June – This market has a summer barbequing theme with an emphasis on al fresco eating.
·      8 July – As St Andrews gears up for the British Open, there’s a golf theme to this market with book signings from Oliver Horowitz New York Times bestseller An American Caddie in St Andrews alongside signings of new children’s book Little Tommy Morris by author Roger McStravick, and illustrator, Maria Amelia Randall.
·      5 August – This market provides the opportunity to meet a series of talented local chefs (something about tasting the chef’s creations as well?)
·      16 September – An autumnal market featuring speciality local beers.

Loads more info on the Night Market facebook page and also on the Balgove Larder website, see links below.

Steak Barn, Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNightmarketSA
Twitter: @nightmarketsa
Website: www.balgove.com

The Lobster Store, Crail
If you don’t already know about this little gem you do now. Only open at weekends in late Spring but weekday opening during the summer you are promised the freshest crustacean the East Neuk of Fife has to offer. Lobsters caught that day are cooked to order for the small matter of £11 each. Grab a bag of chips from the chippie up the road, a bottle of fizz if you’re in the mood and snuggle up on the nearby beach for one of the finest picnics ever! #tasteofscotland

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Fife Farmers Market
Don’t go all the way up to St Andrews without sampling the Fife Farmers Market. Check the website for times and locations here www.fifefarmersmarket.co.uk. We sampled a couple of things but the Arbroath Smokies were the stand out, melt in your mouth. Iain R Spink is your man.

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And yes, it was sunny some of the time we were in the East Neuk of Fife but just to prove our earlier point regarding the unpredictable climate then this was what it was like on Sunday….seriously!
St Andrew's, FifeTakes you right back to those childhood memories of picnics in the car with a flask of tea. You know when you say you’ll never turn into your parents….#that !!




There is so much going on right now it’s hard to know where to start… Mrs M has just rolled the ‘magic’ dice and it said EAT, so perhaps that is where we should start this edition of Monkfish Monday…with food…for a change.

Popcorn to be exact. Really need one of these at the Towers…

–  We’ve been hanging out at Lovecrumbs this week, they’re ‘about to’ (inverted commas) open a new place on Brunswick Street, look out for their soon to open news via Instagram.

– Lucky Mrs M dined at Number One at The Balmoral last week just to ‘check out’ their new refurb. You’ll find her photos over on our Facebook page. Yes, it was pretty spectacular and she’s been raving on about how blooming lovely Chef Jeff Bland is…

The Kitchin also celebrated their latest refurbishment which has extended the dining space and then some. There’s some great photos over on their new Instagram feed.

– We love this book Hemsley & Hemsley, and think you will too. Healthy yes but still really really good! They’ve inspired us to buy a spiralizer so we can do all of THIS.

Soderberg formerly Peter’s Yard in Edinburgh has opened a HUGE bakery/pizza place in Quartermile. It looks and smells amazing, pizza by the slice, what’s not to like.

– Love this short film by Carol Sachs on the rebuilding of @PolpettoW1 & the brilliant @FlorenceKnight #food #film

– And food news just in….we’re excited to be able to tell you that our friends Dram & Smoke will be ‘popping up’ during the festival this year, hurrah for that. We’ll let you know when we know more.

– Our new favourite bar in town is Spitfire, check it out!

– Finally, some light entertainment for you from Wednesday 11th February 2015. Mrs Monkfish took part in a Google Hangout on behalf of The BIG Dinner. You can tune in HERE.