“It seems like a city built on precipices, a perilous city. Great roads rush down hill like rivers in spate. Great buildings rush up like rockets.” GK Chesterton, 1905
“In Scottish English phrases such as good food are pronounced with vowels of equal length.” British Library, accents and dialects of the UK.
“I took my aunt for a meal in Stirling. It was a restaurant that specialised in Scottish ingredients, lots of game. We all ordered, grouse, rabbit, hare, deer. The waiter came to my aunt, pencil poised, she looked up and asked “Have you got anything else on the menu other than all this vermin?”‘ Supper club guest
“Do you know about ‘writer’s block’? It’s the area in Morningside where all the writers live… JK Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin. Let me tell you a story – JK Rowling went into the local supermarket. She bought a chicken. When she arrived at the till, the cashier, an older lady, said: ‘Chickens are two for the price of one!’. JK murmured that it was fine, one was enough. The cashier’s voice rose in pitch and volume ‘Twooo for one, hen!’. JK desisted, saying that one was really enough. ‘Gooo get one! If you don’t want the free chicken, give it to someone else!’. In the end the richest woman in the UK, after The Queen, accepted her free chicken.” Supper club guest
“Edinburgh is ‘tight’. It’s hard to get to know anybody from here. They go to school together, to university together, then they join the same law firms. That’s why supper clubs are great, we can meet people” Supper club guest
“They used to say, If you see a table and chairs in the street in Edinburgh, it’s an eviction. Things have changed. Now we can drink on Sundays. The Church no longer rules.” Supper club guest
“There aren’t any Scottish people in Edinburgh. I’m a scouser, and I’ve worked with whisky for 20 years. I ask people their surnames here, it’s things like ‘White’ and ‘Brown’. They aren’t Scottish. The real Scotsmen have orange beards and are running around in the heather in the highlands up north.” Supper club guest
“Becoming a capital has given us confidence.” Supper club host
“I‘ve never been to Edinburgh before – I didn’t realise it was so beautiful. I love that whole mountain in the middle of the city thing.” Dido
Dhokla Recipe , steamed savoury semolina cake
Callum’s Steamed stem ginger pudding recipe:
- Generously butter a 1.5 litre pudding basin.
- Place the slivers of stem ginger into the basin.
- Mix together the stem ginger syrup with the golden syrup. Pour over the stem ginger slivers in the pudding basin.
- In your steamer, ensure that you have enough boiling water to come halfway up the basin. However, I used a steamer basket, so my sponge didn’t sit in the water. Both ways work just as well.
- Now make the pudding: cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. – Beat in the eggs one at a time, alternating with the flour.
- Pour in the milk and beat until smooth.
- Stir in the chopped stem ginger and the ground ginger.
- Spoon into the pudding basin. The basin will not be full as the pudding needs room to rise.
- Cover the top of the basin with a centrally pleated piece of baking paper, and another of foil.
- Secure with string and steam for approximately 1 ½ hours. A little more won’t cause any harm.
- Remove the foil and paper and run a knife around the edge of the pudding before turning out.
- Turn the pudding out onto a lipped plate, in order to ensure that you don’t lose any of the syrup.
- Serve straight away with hot custard.