Exploding skulls with Chef Mark Greenaway

Halloween is here and that means ghouls, ghosts and that maestro of the dessert realms himself- Chef Mark Greenaway. With a well-established reputation for deconstructing our most popular puddings and serving them back to us as the edible equivalent of a Picasso, for Mark, Halloween is the candy Christmas of dessert days. This year, the …

Ladies who launch: the Punjabi women’s kitchen

It’s the pale orange blush roses on the counter that you notice first. Their petals washed with peach like watercolour on canvas, they stand out like bright orbiting suns against the white backdrop of the room. There’s not much in the way of Michelin star decor in Punjab’n De Rasoi. Its bare chairs and tables …

Room with a view as brothers restore pomp to the city

It takes a true Englishman to be excited about a teapot, but then, this is no ordinary teapot. And this is no ordinary Englishman. “Look at the silver work on this one, isn’t it incredible?” says Jeff Galvin excitedly. “All my teapots just arrived this morning, they’re all dated back to the right century so …

Balti on the beat as police box turns takeaway

Nutan Bala has a laugh that should be captured, bottled and served up alongside her pakora it’s filled with such warmth. Giggling away merrily in one of the old blue police boxes by the Meadows in Bruntsfield, Nutan, 33, is the proud owner of Bollywood: The Coffee Box and of a smile that the Colgate …

Bake house serves up whole Manna of sweet delights

It’s during the short journey from the sugar bowl to my Americano that I first notice the black, wet nose quivering inches from my croissant. Glancing down, my eyes meet those of the giant golden labrador that has managed to sidle up from behind my chair to stand to attention by my table. Tail erect …

Meet the Marshmallow Lady

There’s something about being in a recession that makes us cry out for something sweet to make us and the world we live in feel like a much better place to be. It brings us back to happy memories of by-gone days when we would welcome sugary soft foods like a comfort blanket. Being handed …