Monthly Archives: May 2016

Edinburgh college apprentice restaurant vegan night

I went to the Edinburgh college apprentice restaurant for the first time last week and oh my what a treat! Everything was absolutely delicious and it is up there with some of the nicest food I’ve ever eaten! And it was only £15 for alllll this yummy amazingness! …All you Chefs out there still serving up a plate of unimaginative and frankly embarrassing limp lettuce leaves and bland fruit cocktails – take note! And be inspired!

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Clockwise from top left: cheese, fig & caramelised onion tartlet; cheese & mushroom fritter with escalivada; gazpacho with watermelon; wild mushroom & salsify risotto with asparagus tips & sweet potato crisp; fruity chocolate plate for dessert rounded off with tea or coffee and petit fours.
They make everything from scratch.. They even made their own cheese! ..incredible training for the up and coming chefs of the future!
{Escalivada I’ve just discovered is a traditional Spanish dish of smoky grilled vegetables. And I can now also add salsify to my repertoire of foodie knowledge which  is a plant cultivated for its ornamental flower, edible root, and herbal properties}

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Comparison is the thief of joy

…So I was extremely proud of myself that I fiiiinally got around to setting up this new baby blog and even getting as far as my first blog post! I was excited to get inspiration from other blogs that I admire for layouts and styles etc… then I did what I always do and began comparing… comparing my newborn blog to other well established and literally stunning websites (they don’t even look like blogs in the traditional sense.. but then I am basically from the stone age when it comes to this sort of thing) so I got somewhat overwhelmed by what I wanted to create & achieve – the demands I put on myself and the perfection I seek – and underwhelmed by the measly, feeble appearance of what I’d just begun… I’d spent a lot of time yesterday trying to figure out how to have pages and links etc… yes I can be impatient, I want it and I want it now! I can also see so clearly in my head how I want to be and I get frustrated because I dont actually know how to make it happen! So… I came back to this quote which I think is a good one for me in a lot of areas of my life… don’t compare what you have/do/achieve/create to what others are having/doing/creating or achieving… because it will only bring you down. I was so high off the pure and simple fact that I’d actually ticked off something that’s been on my to do list for far too long… and this high led me to want to do more and be more and achieve more, which was great, but I do get carried away and I probably do set my expectations too high… so this is a reminder to myself to forget what others are doing and be so involved and focused on my own stuff that nothing else distracts me or prohibits me. Yes be inspired by others but don’t try to live up to others either. This is my journey and I’m starting from scratch, with no real knowledge of html or formatting… but I’ll pick it up somehow and I’ll get there. It’s good to know what I would like to possibly achieve & create in the future but I need to focus on now and going through the motions… broken down and simplified… My aim approximately 24 hours ago was purely to start a blog, not to have an all singing, all dancing, perfectly pruned production! I simply wanted to get a blog going and I’ve achieved this so I need to focus on what I have done and not the million things left that I still want to do… we need to give ourselves credit for even the small things we achieve on a daily basis and not be so hard on ourselves! So less concern with what others are doing and more focus on our own kingdoms we hold ownership over!

My First Blog Post

Wow I finally made it here! My first ever blog post! It’s only been around a decade in the thinking/ planning… to start a blog that is, not my first post.. if that was the case this first post would hopefully be better than it actually is going to be considering I’m just winging this and blabbing my thoughts through the keyboard as they arise… So why a decade? I suppose I am an eternal procrastinator… and professional over-thinker… I mull things over and analyse details in my head to the point I sort of talk myself out of doing the things I really want to do! The reason I started my instagram foodie page is because 1) I love food and 2) it was a short cut and easy way out of having to start and run a blog… a few of my friends had suggested I start a blog to share my food and recipes etc (circa 2007) but when I looked into it, it just seemed like so much effort and time and, well I’m kinda lazy! So I forgot about it for a long time, then when I heard more about instagram I set up my dedicated food page in 2012 or so. I was veggie at the time but after a while of following vegan pages a lot of things started to click. I’ll write separate blog posts on this in more detail but I basically credit instagram with ‘switching the light on’ for me so to speak. I follow so many wonderful people on there and find it a really positive and inspirational sharing platform. At the start of last year I finally acted out my year on year resolution to quit facebook (which I found to be overall a less positive and inspirational sharing platform.. but again, more on this in another post!) but I kept my account to be able to continue following vegan pages and groups, which I check in on now and again. On the whole, quitting facebook has been a brilliant move, but there are some aspects I miss, but mostly as a photo-holic (technical term for someone who is addicted to taking photos) I miss being able to store my pictures which are sort of like photo-journals of my travels etc.. they are just bunged onto the computer and then forgot about… so the concept of a blog crept up on me again.. I thought I could use it as a way to store my memories online and share my adventures and also food experiences with fellow plant eaters and food enthusiasts… plus all my other musings on various topics and things close to my heart… or things that may be of interest to others.. so this blog, in summary, is gonna be a right mish mash! But hopefully of things that may be useful to someone, somewhere… I don’t really know what I’m doing in all honesty but the fact I’ve even got to this stage is quite something! A small triumph in fact! I have lots of ideas for various posts so at least I’ve got some material to be getting started with! so with that in mind, I might as well get cracking!

Love & Light (and Leaves),

Lynsey x