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Mutton…tough as old boots? Not necessarily.  Depends on a) who’s cooking it and b) who’s supplied it, read on.

Yesterday the Monkfish attended a ‘Mutton vs Lamb’ masterclass hosted by various lovely people including Sascha Grierson (the supplier – from Hugh Grierson’s organic farm) and Neil Forbes (the chef) brought together by Slow Foods Edinburgh in the cosy surroundings of Cafe St Honore.

To the uninitiated ‘mutton’ is a very under used product which, as I was to find out yesterday, is a crying shame as the flavours and texture and intensity of the meat is a delight for any chef to work with.  To begin the masterclass Neil and Sascha talked us through the differences between lamb and mutton.

To begin, a few facts. Continue reading


earthy foods coconut curry club edinburghWe all love a ‘pop-up’ these days, it’s the buzz phrase du jour, and when that ‘pop-up’ involves the words ‘curry’ and the best ‘locally sourced ingredients’ then this is a concept that is going to be very exciting, read on…..

Mymonkfish is proud to be partnering with Earthy Foods, Edinburgh, to present the ‘ Pop-Up Coconut Curry Club’ at Ratcliffe Terrace on Thursday 10th November at 7.30pm.  Earthy Foods have just been crowned ‘Best Independent’ in Scotland by the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2011, a worthy accolade for such a passionate and knowledgeable retailer. This passion is plain to see in-store at both the Ratcliffe and Portobello stores and is now going to extend into some very exciting events of which the ‘Pop-Up Coconut Curry Club’ is the first. The Curry Club will be popping up at the Earthy Market Cafe, Ratcliffe Terrace, hit-listed by The List for two years running. Continue reading


Hopefully you’ve just clicked on and watched the lovely cartoon above and it’s struck a chord? Mymonkfish has long been a supporter of all things ‘local’ and I think this film comes up with new ideas for how people can do that.

Mymonkfish is as guilty as the rest of us when it comes to supermarket shopping but recently here at Monkfish Castle we have been trying really hard to shop more locally. One or our top fave foodie destinations is ‘Earthy Foods‘ (might have mentioned that before)….yes, you’ll find it more expensive than ‘Tesco’s’ but blimey, what top quality produce we’ve been buying. And the taste!! Our veg shop the other day included the most delicious tomatoes courtesy of Phantassie Organic and the most delicious steak that we’ve ever tasted (cooked to perfection by Ms. monkfish I hasten to add).  Shout out to Hugh Grierson’s organic butchery based at Earthy Foods in Edinburgh.

Mymonkfish is very passionate about this subject, more and more we want to know where our food is coming from. At the same time we don’t want to preach to the converted…….as monkfish fans you’ll know that ‘artisan’, ‘organic’ and ‘local’ are our values and we are very passionate about them. The more mymonkfish evolves on this whirlwind culinary adventure the more important these values are becoming. Let’s keep our farmers in business and try to buy ‘local’ whenever possible.

Right, soapbox away, time for dinner! Mr Predictable, get those chicken kiev’s in 😉 (I know you’ve all got enough intelligence to know I’m joking….he is partial to the odd Frey Bentos though, yikes, must put a stop to that….)

If this is important to you too please leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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